Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Experience

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a German cruise company based in Hamburg, is today one of the world’s foremost providers of luxury and expedition cruises. They provide soft adventure, classic cruising and comfort at the highest level on luxury voyages, with the aim to enrich the mind and soul of guests by visiting untouched places in a small manoeuvrable ship.

The EUROPA 2 and HANSEATIC inspiration are international ships (English/German) which ensure that English-speaking guests feel comfortable on board. The EUROPA, HANSEATIC nature and BREMEN offer German-speaking cruises only.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises are best for

Expedition cruises are best for well-travelled, like-minded explorer seekers who look for remote and off-the-beaten-track destinations in a first-class atmosphere (HANSEATIC inspiration, HANSEATIC nature).

Small ship luxury cruises are best for multi-generational travellers, couples, solo travellers, groups who enjoy smart casual travel and a discerning lifestyle in a modern, relaxed atmosphere with no formal attire or fixed mealtimes (MS EUROPA 2, MS EUROPA).

Atmosphere & Experience onboard

The expedition ships ignite a blissful aura as the design is inspired by nature – from colour, shapes and lighting in the cabins to the use of natural materials. Both the luxury and expedition ships are spacious and luxurious providing the highest levels of cuisine and service.

While guests are encouraged to dress from smart-casual to elegant on board the EUROPA 2, elegant clothing is not required aboard the expedition ships. The ships have many facilities and activities available including a sauna and spa area, pool, fitness area, shore excursions, intimate venues, bars and more.


Dining in specialty restaurants and gratuities are included as well as Champagne on arrival and soft drinks in the mini-bar. Access to the beautiful sauna and spa area is complimentary. On expedition cruises, Zodiac rides and landings are also included.


Seasoned cruisers, enriching, adults, families, couples. 

At a glance

Ship size: Small 
Class: Luxury/Niche 


Cruise experiences ranging from luxury to up-market soft adventure with the highest levels of cuisine and service.

Food & Dining with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

From the fine creations of popular three-star chef Kevin Fehling to caviar in its finest form and Italian delicacies, enjoy exclusive flavour experiences at EUROPA’s five first-class restaurants.

EUROPA 2 features seven gourmet restaurants where you can indulge in modern sushi creations, Italian Mediterranean classics or great French cuisine. The three first-class restaurants onboard their new expedition ships combine pure expedition spirit with international gourmet cuisine. Look forward to North American dishes and fine creations in the Japanese and Peruvian style.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Ships

Built: 1999
Refurbished: 2019 – every 2 years
Passengers: 400
Crew: 280
Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.4:1
5-star-plus flagship*
Built: 2013
Refurbished: 2018 – every 2 years
Passengers: 500
Crew: 370
Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.3:1
5-star-plus flagship*
Built: 1990
Refurbished: 2018 – every 2 years
Passengers: 155
Crew: 94
Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.6:1
Built: 2019
Passengers: 230
Crew: 170
Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.3:1
New Expedition Class – 5-star comfort**
HANSEATIC inspiration
Built: 2019
Passengers: 230
Crew: 170
Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.3:1
Smoke-free ship
New Expedition Class – 5-star comfort**
Built: 2021
Passengers: 230
Crew: 170
Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.3:1
Adults only
New Expedition Class – 5-star comfort**

*According to Berlitz Cruise Guide 2020
**According to Berlitz Cruise Guide 2020 (HANSEATIC nature). An official classification for the structurally identical expedition ships HANSEATIC inspiration and HANSEATIC spirit, offering the same comfort and service standards, will follow. 

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