Would you like a taste of the “World’s Best” cruise ship?
There are plenty of beautiful ships sailing around the world today, but according to Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2015, there are only two that deserve a 5-stars-plus rating: Hapag Lloyd’s mid-sized EUROPA and EUROPA 2. The German cruise line’s newest luxury vessel, 518-guest EUROPA 2, achieved the highest score among all 285 ships reviewed – impressive!
So when we found out that EUROPA 2 was scheduled to make a rare stop in Miami, Joyce and I seized the opportunity to spend an afternoon onboard to find out for ourselves what sets this ship apart. With iPad in hand, I captured some of the highlights to give you a taste of what it would be like to experience the “World’s Best” cruise ship. Please join us as we tour EUROPA 2.
Smooth Check-in: No long lines at the pier – your group will check in onboard, just as they would in a fine hotel. The moment we stepped onboard, we were warmly greeted by the bilingual (German and English) EUROPA 2 staff and offered a welcome glass of champagne.
Whatever stress we had that morning melted away as we entered a world of sophistication and serenity, with unexpected spaciousness and stunning design elements around every corner. Imagine your peak performers’ reactions as they enter the reception area – they will know they’ve arrived at the pinnacle of success!
Take a look at why EUROPA 2 earned 5+ stars
Epicurean Delights: EUROPA 2 offers a diverse choice of spacious and stylish dining venues. Eight restaurants feature the finest culinary creations, ranging from classic haute cuisine and rustic Italian to modern Asian cooking – all with open, relaxed seating. Joyce and I enjoyed a delightful luncheon on board in the Weltmeere Restaurant, seated under a dramatic, Chihuly-inspired chandelier. The piece de resistance was this decadent dessert, pictured right.
When we walked on deck, we noticed the staff setting the tables for lunch at the Yacht Club, pictured below – casual, yet elegant, with lovely linens and flowers on every table.
We also had a peek at the Culinary School, where your attendees can perfect their culinary skills using high-quality Miele appliances under first-class instruction.
EUROPA 2 Suites – EUROPA 2 offers eight types of suites, and each one we looked at had one thing in common: plenty of space. There are a total of 251 suites that feature ocean view with private verandas and measure between 301 and 1,066 square feet. We noticed the upholstered furniture from award-winning designers, and attention to the smallest detail in the suites (like silk hangers for delicate fabrics in the walk-in closets, and mood lighting).
Other suite amenities include champagne upon arrival, state-of-the-art technology (flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, tablet computers), a Nespresso machine, and mini-bar with complimentary beer and soft drinks. The larger suites also feature a selection of high-quality spirits in the mini-bar and 24-hour personal butler service.
Lounges and Evening Diversions: EUROPA 2 public rooms are warm and inviting, and all six lounges have a unique look and feel. Your attendees will find endless opportunities to meet, unwind, and strengthen relationships at these venues that include:
- Sansibar -“Germany’s most famous beach bar” is the perfect spot for your attendees to meet up with colleagues. In the evening, aDJ livens up the dance floor. Breathtaking views and invigorating sea air included.
- Herrenzimmer – Your participants who appreciate quiet elegance can linger here in front of a crackling fireplace.
Jazzclub – A great place to unwind and listen to cool jazz after a day of meetings or adventures ashore.
- Piano Bar – The soft sounds of a Steinway grand piano provide a relaxing backdrop in this Atrium venue that’s sure to be a favorite gathering spot.
- Theater – The high-tech theater features a large LED wall extending across two stories. The place to enjoy exclusively produced stage productions, sensational acrobatic shows, concerts by guest artists.
Pool: The spacious teak pool deck features a long pool and comfortable sun loungers. No sun? No problem! The glass roof spans the entire pool area to ensure a pleasant climate – even during cool Mediterranean days. After sunset the pool deck is transformed into an atmospheric venue – perfect for your evening receptions and parties “under the stars”
Meeting Facilities: EUROPA 2 has unique, flexible space for your business sessions and group events, including:
- Theater – 418 seats, modern stage technology with LED wall, microphone , Wi-Fi
- Auditorium – 75 seats with fold-out tables, stage, screen, 2 non-portable projectors (one of them 3D), Wi-Fi available
- Jazz Club – 60 seats, stage, non-portable projector, microphone, Wi-Fi
Impeccable Service with a Smile: Even though we were only onboard for a few hours, we were impressed with the friendly and gracious EUROPA 2 staff. With 370 highly-trained men and women ready to serve a maximum of 518 guests, you can rest assured your attendees will be treated like stars.
Fitness at Sea: Why not incorporate wellness into your next event? On board EUROPA 2, your group can maintain their exercise regime and workout with the latest equipment while enjoying magnificent ocean views. Here’s what we noticed:
- Modern fitness studio spans 2,260 square feet
- High quality equipment from Technogym with TV/Music programming
- Variety of fitness classes – from gymnastics to relaxation exercises, from spinning to Pilates
After their workout, attendees might want to visit the tranquil 6,674-square foot Ocean Spa and indulge in one the customized treatments available in eight treatment rooms (like the one pictured, left).
Any golfers in your group? On EUROPA 2, they can improve their game with professional support and the latest technology. Two state-of-the-art golf simulators have a large selection of worldwide and renowned virtual championship courses.
In-Depth Travel Experiences: EUROPA 2 offers 7-night voyages to Western and Eastern Mediterranean, visiting places off the beaten track and beyond the usual big ship itineraries. Looking for a shorter itinerary? Give us a call! With a lead time of 18-24 months, we can explore shorter custom cruise itineraries.
The ship has a fleet of motorized Zodiacs to take your group to the most beautiful and secluded beaches along the Mediterranean coast. Longer times in port (and overnight calls) allow more opportunities for in-depth destination exploration and evening excursions.
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Wouldn’t you like to reward your organization’s best with the “World’s Best” experience? Whether you’re planning an incentive travel program, a customer loyalty event, corporate meeting or executive retreat, a cruise event aboard one of the most beautiful ships in the world will exceed all expectations- especially when the ship is chartered exclusively for them!