Compare This Lanai Suite On Matson Lines’ Lurline Fifty Years Ago With A Typical Balcony Suite On Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 Today

For those who like their luxuries, here is an interesting comparison. This is a typical Lanai Suite from Matson Lines’ 26,000-ton (18,163 US measure) 632-foot ocean liner Lurline, which sailed between San Francisco and Honolulu from 1932 into the 1960s. From 1957, she offered a First-Class only service for 475 passengers, also offering occasional cruises to the Pacific between her regular Hawaii sailings.

Accommodation Matson Line Lanai SuiteFifty years later, here is a typical balcony suite on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 42,830-ton 739-foot Europa 2, introduced last year. Have some fun and count up the similarities (that room divider for one thing) and the differences (Venetian blinds vs balcony for another) betwen the two styles, which, although separated by half a century, are very similar.

Accommodation Europa 2 Balcony Suite

Europa 2 carries 516 passengers in all-balcony accommodation in the best style, offering 7-night itineraries in the Mediterranean by summer and skighty longer Far East itineraries by winter. She is rated by the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships as the top cruise ship in the world.

For further details on cruising on board Europa 2 please call Gay Scruton (who is off for another cruise on Europa 2 tonight) at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail