For those who like to travel and stay “at home” but still want to see the world, the MS EUROPA 2 could be the perfect way to go. A holiday full of discoveries (a new destination every day) and every two years the „fashion2sea“ cruise, where each time a different designer is the guest of honour. This year it was Berlin-based designer Dawid Tomaszewski with his “Côte de Beauté” collection. Other German designers included Fiona Bennett with her hat collection, jewellery by Mario Keine and bags by PB0110, all curated by the German Fashion Council.
Another of the main attractions is the wide range of dining and wine options, as well as the largest selection of champagne on board.
Seven restaurants to choose from, ranging from Japanese to French, Italian and Mediterranean, as well as the well-known Sansibar. There is also plenty of space and tranquillity for sport and wellbeing. From golf to various classes, a gym and even a track around the ship for walking or running, as well as a pool where you can enjoy your morning laps.
The key is that you have nothing to worry about, not even being misunderstood, as the entire international crew speak many languages and are remarkably friendly and well trained.
This is a German ship, so the service is impeccable, to the point and well thought out. You will find entertainment for all tastes (young to old and in between) and of course the highest technical standards for safe sailing around the Mediterranean.
In the mornings you will be surprised by the daily changing view. Shore excursions can be organised or done by yourself if you want a change of scenery.
But there are also some quiet corners to be found on this rather small ship (only 500 passengers and 370 crew). For example, the forward area, which houses the library and cooking school, is mostly empty throughout the day. The top floor (quiet area) is ideal for morning yoga, a dip in the Jacuzzi, or just to read or daydream.
In addition, the many different types of cabins (suites only) are spacious and well-lit, with bright colours.
I was interested in the question of sustainability of such a cruise ship. The MS EUROPA 2 is probably one of the best designed ships in the world in this respect. Since 2020, all Hapag Loyd Cruises ships have been using exclusively the low-sulphur marine gas oil. The latest environmental technology and the associated conservation of resources played an important role in the development of the MS EUROPA 2. For example, the luxury liner is the first cruise ship in the world to be equipped with an SCR catalytic converter, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95 per cent.
My super-short cruise experience ended in Marseille, in the evening after the big fashion show by Dawid Tomawshewski, who also makes a point of producing his fashion in a very sustainable way. Most of his collection, which consists of his fabric designs, is produced in Germany. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase his looks throughout the cruise, alongside the many workshops and styling exercises guests can book in to learn more about bringing out the best in themselves.
It is definitely a unique experience, especially the fact that you travel by boat, sail at night (listen to the whispering waves) and get all the benefits of travelling to the most spectacular summer destinations without having to pack your bags each time. If this does not sound tempting enough, have a look at their explorer ships and itineraries for the coming winter season …..