Hapag-Lloyd's luxury Europa will be joined by a newbuild from STX France, launching in 2013.STX France has received an order to build a luxury cruise ship, the Europa 2. The new ship is being acquired by a third-party proprietary company outside the TUI group at the French STX shipyard and will enter service in 2013.

Sources familiar with the situation told Cruise Industry News that the newbuild will have a passenger capacity of 516.

The vessel will complement the famous Europa Hapag Lloyd-Cruises fleet and will be designed and built according to latest international regulations and delivered in 2013. For STX France this new contract represents about 2.5 million working hours. Construction will start in September 2011.

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"We are proud to be chosen to build the new cruise liner in our Saint-Nazaire shipyard and we are delighted to contribute to the expansion of the luxury cruise activities of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises", says Jacques Hardelay, General Manager of STX France.

Hapag Lloyd Cruises is part of TUI, Europe's leading travel group. Presently the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet includes four cruise ships: the luxury Europa, the expedition ships Hanseatic and Bremen and the Columbus in the premium segment.