For guests traveling onboard the Europa 2, individuality and the opportunity for personal development really do matter, according to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The same also applies to the shore-ex program. Whether guests choose tailor-made arrangements organised by the travel concierge service, late afternoon excursions for late risers, or independent exploration – the shore ex staff makes cruise passengers' every wish come true.

Among the highlights bookable are diving excursions to explore the unique underwater world of Asia.

In January 2014, the Europa 2 will be setting sail on course to a range of destinations, including Thailand and Vietnam – two of Asia’s most beautiful diving destinations.

Guests onboard the Europa 2 can discover the unique underwater world during special open water dives. All that is needed is dive qualifications.

The underwater excursions are led by expert divers from certified diving schools (PADI, CMAS) and can be booked during the cruise through the on board travel concierge service. The travel concierge is also responsible for putting together custom-made, private excursions both before and during the cruise.

"Activity and adventure tours play a major role in Europa 2's on-shore programs. The extensive choice includes canoeing, rafting and horseback riding on Phuket, or excursions in which guests get to know the destinations authentically, for example a cooking class in a local restaurant. In addition we offer classic excursions, such as city tours and visits to nearby sights and attractions, often with a different interpretation - for example a Segway tour through Manila,” added Julian Pfitzner, director of product development.

Children between the ages of 4-10 and teenagers from 11-15 can explore the destinations on escorted excursions – without parents. Highlights include trips with the zodiacs and snorkelling in the crystal-clear water of Yalong Bay on the Chinese holiday island of Hainan. There are also special family excursions to cater for the whole family, such as a trip to Vinpearl Land Water Park in Nha Trang, Vietnam.