Columbus 2 Enters Service April 17 – Other Cruise News: More Details Released For Europa 2 – Saga Sapphire Breaks Down on Delayed Maiden Voyage


          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 16th April 2012

The casino on Oceania Cruises’ Insignia has been converted into the Martinis Lounge in her new guise with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises as Columbus 2. Note the banquettes where slot machines once stood and the dance floor replacing the former roulette and blackjack tables.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ latest vessel, the 698-berth Columbus 2, arrived at Palma de Mallorca this morning after the second of two pre-inaugural cruises before she is renamed in Palma tomorrow. Operating until now as Oceania Cruises’ Insignia, she will replace the 420-berth Columbus, which goes to Plantours & Partner of Bremen next month as ms Hamburg. During the cruise, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises also chose to reveal further details of their latest newbuilding, Europa 2, now under construction at St Nazaire. Meanwhile, an earlier Europa, that of 1981, now operating as Saga Sapphire, has suffered not only a delayed maiden voyage but also an engine breakdown on the delayed cruise and passengers are being flown back today from Valencia, where she is undergoing engine repairs.

                                          (See previous columns)


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