Cooking School aboard Europa 2Guests onboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2 will experience top-class culinary variety as soon as she sets sail for her maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon on May 11, 2013. The gourmet concept on this new, modern, luxury cruise ship provides seven different restaurants for passengers to choose from, including a sushi bar and three speciality restaurants. Additionally the "Speisezimmer" restaurant can be booked for private dining. For guests who feel like cooking themselves, and getting to know dishes from their cruise destination, they can book a cooking course in the Miele Culinary School while at sea.

Specialities ranging from Asian to Mediterranean

Guest on board the Europa 2 will experience a “culinary journey of discovery.” They can choose from eight different restaurants (including the “Speisezimmer”), ranging from classic Italian to modern Asian cuisine. With a total capacity of 266, the largest restaurant on board the Europa 2 is the "Weltmeere." It stands out because of the generous amount of space. Chef de cuisine Wilke and his colleagues serve both international and refined vegetarian menus. The "Yacht Club," the second largest restaurant on board the Europa 2 will provide specialities fresh from the grill and variety from the buffet for up to 276 people. Special feature: guests can dine “alfresco” here if they wish (there are 134 outdoor seats). The chefs can also be seen working their magic in front of the passengers as they prepare to put the food onto the plates.

Fans of French cuisine will be at home in the 44-seat "Tarragon" restaurant. Passengers can experience Asian delicacies in "Elements" (48 seats) with its plethora of aromas from aniseed to lemon grass. The "Serenissima" (56 seats) provides high quality Italian cuisine. Here guests can enjoy Mediterranean classics and also modern interpretations of Ligurian, or Neapolitan cooking. The culinary “around the world journey” on board is completed by the "Sakura" sushi restaurant (58 seats), which offers the celebrated miso soup and fish specialities, plus green tea ice cream for dessert. Classic wines from all over the world with accompanying dishes, are available for guests on the Europa 2 in the "Grande Reserve" wine bar. Individual wine tastings can also be arranged with real vine rarities for a maximum of twelve guests.

Private Dining will be available in the “Speisezimmer” restaurant. It's possible for guests to book the “Speisezimmer” exclusively at a cost of $1,800 for an evening, so they can relax and be indulged in a small group. The price includes an aperitif, amuse-bouche with caviar and a lobster dinner. There is also the opportunity to book before the cruise in order to ensure absolute perfection in the planning.

If guests feel like cooking themselves, they can book a cooking course in the Miele Culinary School. Here the chef de cuisine of the Tarragon - the French style restaurant on board – will demonstrate to the students the cuisine of Europa 2's various cruise destinations. The cooking courses take place in the morning and they can be booked as an alternative to a shore excursion. Participation costs 80 Euros per person ($96), which includes accompanying wines, cooking aprons and recipes.

Guests on the Europa 2 enjoy pure, informal luxury as there are no fixed eating times, or fixed table allocations in the restaurants within the opening times. All meals are included in the cruise price (except drinks).