In line with the motto “Great moments. Truly exclusive.” the newly- built Europa 2 has been christened in celebratory and stylish fashion by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on 10 May 2013, during the 824th Hamburg Port Anniversary. Godmother Dana Schweiger smashed the champagne bottle against the bow of the ship near Blankenese, Hamburg. The special invitees onboard experienced the new ship while attending numerous events with celebrity guests.
At around 19.00 hrs Europa 2 embarked on a twilight voyage - with the city of Hamburg as its backdrop - sailing to its launch site near the riverside district of Blankenese. Godmother Dana Schweiger officially gave the new ship her name at 21.36 hrs. “I christen you the Europa 2 and wish you and your crew good voyages and safe returns, and may there always be enough water beneath your keel,” said Dana Schweiger.
Dr Wolfgang Flägel, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said: “This is a special moment for our company and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their commitment. I am certain that the Europa 2 with raise the bar in the luxury sector with its modern interpretation. We wish the ship and her crew safe journeys and enthusiastic passengers.”
Around 700 guests onboard enjoyed a brilliant fireworks display to round off the ceremony in style. Afterwards, observing tradition, the godmother presented the neck of the bottle to Europa 2 Captain Friedrich Jan Akkermann. After the christening ceremony, the star act Dick Brave & the Backbeats created a party atmosphere with their rockabilly music.
The fully-booked 14-day maiden voyage departs on 11 May from Hamburg and will sail to Lisbon via Amsterdam, Antwerp, Honfleur, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Bilbao and Leixoes (Porto). At the start of the voyage, the Europa 2 will cruise in the port with special on-board celebrations.
Guests can enjoy the cruise through the lively Port of Hamburg, box seats at the famous Tugboat Ballet and other exclusive surprises. After the big fireworks display at the 824th Hamburg Port Anniversary at around 22.30hrs, the Europa 2 will set off on its maiden voyage and leave Hamburg.
The Europa 2 is a modern and casual luxury ship, which does away with cruise traditions such as the captain's dinner. With up to 516 guests, Europa 2 provides the greatest space per passenger on a cruise ship anywhere in the world.
The ship features exclusively suites with verandas and a minimum area of 28 square metres. Eight restaurants and six bars are dedicated to serving up culinary diversity and a large spa and fitness area accommodates the well-being trend on cruises. Its flexible route concept will appeal to professionals and families in the luxury sector in particular.