Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 – A 9-Night Sampler Cruise From The UK – Portsmouth To Lisbon On June 2, 2015, From £2,990

europa-2-french-restaurantSPECIAL EUROPA 2 UK 9-NIGHT SAMPLER CRUISE (NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR ALTERNATIVE RESTAURANTS)

June 2, 2015, 9 nights from £2,990 per person on the world’s most luxurious ship. From Portsmouth to Lisbon via St Peter Port (Guernsey), St Malo, Belle-Ile, Bordeaux and La Coruna, finishing in Lisbon with an overnight stay on board. 119Two of the themes on board Europa 2 are “Relaxed Luxury” and “Hideaway at Sea.” This is quite different from the rest of today’s cruise market, even the ultra-luxury operators. Europa 2 is aimed squarely at a different audience – an affluent and professional market, still in work, younger in age and with growing children. The new ship’s dress code is thus smart casual, not formal. To reach this audience, the Europa 2  operates quite differently from other ships. Her summer cruises in the Mediterranean are 7-day itineraries that can be extended to 14 or 21 days, with no itinerary repeated before three cruises have elapsed. There are eight different restaurants to choose from and wines and spirits are sold at prices that are cheaper than onshore, unlike other cruise lines that charge full shoreside hotel prices. Beer is about €1.40, a cocktail around €4.20 and bottles of wine run from about €14. The usual practice on cruise ships has long ago moved away from charging real duty free prices. Hapag-Lloyd’s goal is not to maximise on board revenue but to offer value and a great experience. Also, in the alternative restaurants, it will not be possible to book more than forty-eight hours in advance, but on the other hand there is no etra charge in any of them. For further details on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and booking the Europa 2 please contact Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526 313 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

The Avid Cruiser Ralph Grizzle Reviews Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Top-Rated Europa 2, The Top-Rated Cruise Ship In The World

Enjoy a few minutes watching Ralph Grizzle’s most recent review (July 2014) of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2, the top-rated cruise ship in the world (Five-Stars-Plus with Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2015:


For more information on how to book a cruise on Europa 2 please call Europa 2 expert Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. In North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Ask about the half off second passenger and no single supplement offers that are now available.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ First Birthday Summer Specials On Board The World’s Top-Rated Cruise Ship, ms Europa 2

Europa 2 at sea

A view from the Europa 2 at sea

In recognition of ms Europa 2 ‘s first full year at sea, Hapag-Loyd Cruises has a birthday gift for Cruise People clients. On seven cruises this summer you can enjoy cruising the Mediterranean at fantastic fares.

In a guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite Category 0 you will pay only £2,730 per person,cruise only, double occupancy – and save up to £1,500 per person. The eligible cruises all take place this July and August, with Saturday departures:

EUX 1419    July 12-19                              Rome to Barcelona
EUX 1420    July 19-26                              Barcelona to Rome
EUX 1421    July 22-August 2                 Rome to Barcelona
EUX 1422    August 2-9                             Barcelona to Rome
EUX 1423    August 9-16                           Rome to Valetta
EUX 1424    August 16-23                         Valetta to Venice
EUX 1425    August 23-30                         Venice to Valetta

You can enjoy even more space (560 sq ft) and cruise at a cost of just  £5,460 per person in a guaranteed Spa/Grand Suite category 6, 7 or 8.

In addition, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has a special introductory offer to the UK market, with a 10-night cruise leaving Southampton on June 25 for Barcelona, with fares starting at £3,990 per person in double occupancy. A 2-night sampler cruise also leaves Hamburg for Southampton on June 23, with fares fropm £840. Free business class flights are included either to Hamburg or home from Barcelona.

Unlike her fleetmate Europa, which concentrates on the German market, Europa 2 operates in the international market and full English-language services are offered on every departure year-round.

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise Poeple Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Enjoy Learning Something New About Cruise Ships With Guest Columnist Danielle Fear

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 19th August 2013

DanielleThis week, Kevin Griffin is away working on a cruise ship project, so he has invited guest columnist Danielle Fear to make a contribution. Here are some Cruise Ship Fun Facts that Danielle recently ran in her own blog at Cruise Miss. We all enjoy learning something new and a little off-beat so we hope our regular readers will enjoy. Readers will find Danielle’s blog at www.cruisemiss.com.

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Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 Turns Out To Be A Real Game Changer

Europa 2 at Southampton (Wikipedia)As we predicted in April 2012 after seeing the artist’s depictions of the public rooms and restaurants, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 has indeed turned out to be a real stunner. Compared to her fleetmate Europa, now fourteen years in service, it is difficult to see how cruise rating aficionados will not be able to give her an even higher rating, which would make her the top-rated ship in the world. With her high ceilings, large windows and open decks and a passenger space ratio of about 80 tons per passenger (a world record), this is a ship where everywhere you go the sea is with you.

Along with the great and the good of the cruise and travel press, about sixty top UK cruise agents were invited on a one-night cruise from Southampton along the English Channel towards Cornwall last week. Also on board was Douglas Ward, editor of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships.

Europa 2 French RestaurantTwo of the themes on the new ship are “Relaxed Luxury” and a “Hideaway at Sea.” This is quite different from what is on offer in the rest of today’s cruise market, even from ultra-luxury operators. Europa 2 is aimed squarely at a different audience – the affluent executive and professional classes still in work, younger in age and with growing children. The new ship’s dress code is therefore smart casual, not formal.

To reach this audience, the new ship’s operation is quite different from others. Her summer cruises in the Mediterranean are based on 7-day itineraries that can be extended to 14 or 21 days, with no itinerary repeated before three cruises have elapsed. In addition, nannies will be engaged on a ratio of one for every four children. Because of this and the need to house entertainers, although the ship has been designed to accommodate 516 guests, it is unlikely that her passenger loads will ever exceed 480.

Her shorter routes are ideal for a new audience. With 7-day combinable Mediterranean cruises and 13-to-20 day combination cruises to far-away destinations by winter, Europa 2 meets the requirements of young high-earning professionals and families with limited holiday time. Calling at 123 ports on twenty-six different itineraries this year, her cruises will take guests to the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, Southeast Asia and China, and then in 2014/15 to the Americas.

119All itineraries are based on ports that have plenty of air service and are easy to get in and out of – for example, Barcelona, Monte Carlo (Nice) and Venice, Dubai in the Middle East, and in the Far East, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The ship’s size is a major advantage – with a length of 739 feet and a draught of 20.7 feet, Europa 2 is capable of calling at small, rarely-visited ports such as Bonifacio and Portofino, where larger ships cannot go. Twelve Zodiacs are also carried to take passengers ashore to lagoons and beaches that other ships cannot reach. The Europa 2 also introduces some new concepts. She has a magrodome, but it is not the usual cover over a pool deck but is two decks high.

The new ship’s accommodations are all Veranda Suites, with balconies each measuring at least 75 square feet. All suites come equipped with a free mini bar, Wi-Fi Internet access (at a charge) and a tablet computer. The ships 251 suites come in seven categories measuring from 301 to 1,066 square feet. The highest categories have whirlpools with ocean view.

144Sixteen Spa Suites have whirlpool tubs and rain showers with steam saunas, providing guests with a private oasis of well-being. For families traveling together, there are seven family suites, where parents and children live in two separate areas, connected by a door and a shared balcony. What’s more, children up to the age of eleven are carried free of charge as long as they occupy a suite with their parents.

Important to Europa 2 is that every cruise caters to international passengers who speak English. This is unlike the present practice, which is to nominate international cruises for each ship in the fleet. By this means, it is aimed to increase the number of English-speaking passengers by four- or five-fold, from ten to twenty per internatuonal sailing now to fifty to eighty in three to five years’ time.

There are eight different restaurants to choose from and wines and spirits are sold at prices that are cheaper than onshore, unlike virtually every other cruise line other than the all-inclusive ones. Beer is about €1.40, a cocktail around €4.20 and bottles of wine run from about €14. The usual practice on cruise ships has moved away from such duty free prices to charging full shoreside hotel prices. Hapag-Lloyd’s goal is not to maximise on board revenue but to offer value and a good experience. Also, in the alternative restaurants, it will not be possible to book more than forty-eight hours in advance, giving an opportunity for all to experience them where on some lines old hands have been able to monopolise these spaces.

All in all, some interesting ideas are coming out of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and this ship is a real game changer. The most interesting thing about this ship was that at the end of the voyage many said they did not want to leave her.  She was christened in Hamburg on Friday, May 10, 2013.

For further details on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and how to book the Europa 2 please contact Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526 313 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Introduces Travel Concierge On Board Both ms Europa and ms Europa 2

HL Travel ConciergeFor details of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Travel Concierge or any Europa or Europa 2 cruise please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Crystal Cruises Extends Getaway Cruises Offer – Cuba Back on the Map – World’s Largest Container Ship – South Africa Liner Voyages

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 25th February 2013

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Get away for 5, 6, 7 or 8 days on Crystal Cruises, from £1,248 per person all-inclusive for 5 nights

Crystal Cruises has announced an extension until the end of April of its special offer fares for shorter 5, 6, 7 and 8-night cruises for summer 2013. These “Getaway” cruises allow busy executives and first-timers to sample the now all-inclusive Crystal ships at lower fares. While Silversea has also announced some 4 to 7-night cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new Europa 2 is due to enter service in May. Unlike the existing Europa, which offers longer cruises, she offers exclusively 7-night Mediterranean cruises this summer. Elsewhere, Cuba is back in the news with the announcement that Cuba Cruise will begin offering 7-night Round Cuba cruises from Havana this winter in the Louis Cristal. And CMA CGM, having opened up its largest container ship, CMA CGM Marco Polo, to passenger bookings, now offers almost 600 passenger berths on 70 ships on its various routes worldwide. Finally, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has just announced two South Africa liner voyages for the Astor in  2014.

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises To Release International Brochure For Its New 516-guest Flagship Europa 2 In London This September

For those following the introduction of the world’s most exciting new cruise ship in a decade, our UK clients will be pleased to know that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is releasing its English-language brochure for its new 40,000-ton Europa 2 on Thursday, September 13, in London. The new ship has been designed to cater not only to the German-speaking market, where Hapag-Lloyd have been particularly strong, but also to the international trade in general.

Now under construction at St Nazaire, in the shipyard that built the Ile de France, the Normandie, the France and the Queen Mary 2, the 516-guest Europa 2 will feature all-balcony accommodations,  some of the most stylish restaurants afloat and a myriad of new features, and will have the highest passenger space ratio of any ship afloat.

The Europa 2 will undertake her maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon between May 11 and 25, 2013, and may also make an inaugural appearance at Southampton in early May on her way from the shipyard in St Nazaire to her delivery in Hamburg – so watch this space for further news.

For further details on any of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ international offerings please contact Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Europa 2 Will Be A Truly International Ship; And Interestingly, She Will Also Follow the Chinoiserie of Empress of Britain of 1931

The Elements Asian Restaurant on board Europa 2

The Cathay Lounge on board Empress of Britain of 1931

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new Europa 2 may well prove to be one of the most interestingly decorated ships since the Empress of Britain of 1931 and Normandie of 1935. But to keep things in a modern tone, Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said, “We are breaking new ground with Europa 2. She will represent a modern and casual interpretation of luxury cruises in terms of her architecture, her restaurants and her entertainment programme.  Europa 2 will offer an international atmosphere for sophisticated, cosmopolitan customers who still have very demanding professional lives and are looking for the greatest possible degree of individuality in their spare time. We have therefore consciously decided to do without cruise traditions such as the Captain’s Dinner.”

“The ship will be positioned internationally.  English-speaking guests will feel comfortable on every cruise on Europa 2. Most of the entertainment on board does not rely on language. The on-board announcements will be reduced to a minimum and made in German and English at all times,” added Ahrens.

Flexibility and individuality will be found in every detail from entertainment to gourmet cuisine on board Europa 2. The routes of Europa 2 will be geared towards working people and families, with one-week itineraries offered. Personalized service will be heightened, with more than 370 staff members for a maximum of 516 guests, as well as butler and travel concierge services offering unsurpassed quality when it comes to catering to guests’ needs. New standards will also be set with regards to environmental protection – Europa 2 will be the first cruise ship equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction, which reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides by almost 95 percent.

Shorter Routes, Ideal for Working People and Families

With 7-day combinable cruises to the Mediterranean in the summer and 13-20 day combination cruises to far-away destinations in the winter, Europa 2 will meet the requirements of working people and families with limited holiday time. The ship will call at 123 ports on 26 different itineraries in 2013. Cruises will take guests to the western and eastern Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula, as well as Southeast Asia. The size of the ship is a major advantage – with a length of 739 feet and a draught of 20.7 feet, Europa 2 is capable of calling at small, rarely-visited ports such as Bonifacio and Portofino, which is not an option for larger ships. Furthermore, a total of twelve Zodiacs will be carried to take passengers to lagoons and beaches  in remote parts of Southeast Asia where ships can’t dock.

Accommodations On-board, All-Suites

Europa 2 will exclusively offer Veranda Suites with balconies each measuring at least 75 square feet facing the sea, a novelty in the cruise market. In addition, all suites will have a free of charge mini bar, Wi-Fi Internet access (at a charge) and a tablet PC. The 251 suites in seven different categories will measure in size from 301 to 1,066 square feet and will offer their own whirlpools with ocean view in the highest categories. In addition, 16 Spa Suites will have whirlpool tubs and rain showers with steam saunas, providing guests with a private oasis of well-being onboard. For families traveling together, there will be seven family-style suites where parents and children can live in two separate areas, connected by a door and the shared balcony.

Culinary Diversity with Flexible Times and Open Seating

The restaurant concept on board Europa 2will be synonymous with diversity and flexibility – flexible mealtimes, no assigned seating, and plenty of tables for two. There will be eight restaurants to choose from among them, three speciality restaurants with Mediterranean, French and Asian cuisine, as well as a Sushi Bar. The Asian restaurant Elements provides an interesting comparison with Canadian Pacific’s Empress of Britain of 1931, which as the time was advertised in Germany as “das Luxusschiff der Welt” (“The Most Luxurious Ship in the World”). One of the Empress of Britain‘s chief attractions was the Chinoiserie used in her decorations, particularly in her Cathay Lounge, something that stemmed from Canadian Pacific’s Transpacific ocean liner service between Vancouver and the Orient.

The Serenissima Restaurant on board Europa 2

 

All restaurants will be included in the cruise price (excluding beverages). On special occasions, guests can book the private dining room, allowing them to dine in a very personal atmosphere. There will also be an on-board cooking school, equipped by Miele, where professional chefs will provide guests with unique insights. In addition to the eight restaurants, six bars are to be found on-board.

Entertainment with Exclusive Productions & Performances

The entertainment programme will reflect the modern concept Europa 2. The theatre will have modern stage technology and a large LED wall extending across two stories – a novelty on a relatively small ship. For the first time for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the entertainment programme will feature spectacular productions, performances and light shows. The shows will have no adaptation of shore programs, but instead will be exclusively performed aboard Europa 2. Two different shows per week will be offered, ensuring plenty of variety. Passengers who spend 14 days onboard will see four different shows. International guest artists will further enhance the entertainment program. Many shows do not start simultaneously, allowing guests to enjoy more than one show nightly.

Wellness and Fitness: 1,000 Square Metres/ 10,000 Square Foot Spa

Guests will also find diversity and plenty of space in the wellness area of Europa 2, which will boast 1,000 square metres/ 10,000 square feet. Treatments ranging from massages, to facials, to Thalasso therapy will be offered in the eight treatment rooms at the Ocean Spa. The extensive sauna landscape grants every guest more space to relax than any other ship of this class. In addition, passengers can book a Personal Spa experience and enjoy the private sauna and whirlpool facilities, as well as massage beds and comfortable relaxation furnishings, by the hour or the day, in an intimate atmosphere. The on-board facilities also include a large fitness area with fitness and cardio equipment, as well as a room where Pilates and Spinning will take place. Upon request, a Personal Trainer is available to counsel guests on their workout, and sports hosts are available to organise shore excursions, for example, bicycle tours or Nordic Walking.

Child Care Available For Toddlers Two And Older

Young cruise passengers are sure to enjoy themselves in the Kids and Teens Club, compiled by qualified child care specialists. For the first time in the German market, child care will now be available for toddlers two and older on board Europa 2 (subject to charge). There will be a special area for the infants called the “Knopf Club,” equipped with cots, changing tables and a lounge furnished with cuddly toys, by the renowned manufacturer Steiff. Steiff is a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality for over 100 years. Children aged 4-10 years old play in the adjacent Kids Club, and children 11-15 years old meet in the Teens Club, where table football, video game consoles, or the disco will await them. Children eleven and under will travel free of charge on board Europa 2, when accompanied by two full-price cruise guests. Shore excursions for children, teenagers, or the entire family are offered on all family cruises.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings or brochure requests please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

MS Europa in The Sunday Times, 29th January 2012 – Simply the Best!

When cruising’s most feared critic, Douglas Ward, recently awarded the title of best ship in the world to the Europa, it didn’t make any headlines. Why? Because it’s the 12th time he’s done it. In 12 years. “I know it’s boring, but it’s simply unmatched,” Ward says. He’s right. It’s all in the detail: the cuisine is outstanding (there’s even a restaurant from the superchef Dieter Müller), the service is attentive (they’ll spray you with Evian to keep you cool by the pool), the decor tasteful and the ambience supremely civilised. And it isn’t even that expensive. A six-day cruise from Nice to Malta, departing on May 20, starts at £1,930, full board, through Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. EasyJet flies to both Nice and Malta.

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

The Cruise Examiner for 1st August 2011: Why Some European Cruise Lines Now Avoid America – Other Cruise News: On Board Drinks Prices in 1983 – The New Celebrity Silhouette

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com
by Kevin Griffin

Why Some European Cruise Lines Now Avoid America – Other Cruise News: On Board Drinks Prices in 1983 – The New Celebrity Silhouette

In the wake of the bureaucratic processing some “foreign” cruise ships have been receiving from the US Department of Homeland Security in recent years, several European-based operators of small to medium-size tonnage have started to avoid making calls in US ports. Now, after the 7-hour delay incurred by P&O’s Arcadia in Los Angeles in late May, we have a look at the situation in a bit more detail as it has affected other operators. On a lighter note, we look at shipboard drink prices in 1983 compared to today. And how the $1.60 Martini became $10 (or more). We also look at the latest changes to Celebrity Cruises’ “Solstice” class, as introduced by the Celebrity Silhouette, christened in Hamburg last week. These include The Lawn Grill, The Porch, The Art Studio and the new Alcoves.

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Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa to perform first-ever ex-UK cruise in 2012

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises last week announced that its flagship ms Europa‘s 2012 program will include her first-ever ex-UK departure. In addition, the line will be introducing a service for new custom-made shore arrangements. Key features of her 2012 program will include:

•     Eight international cruises in 2012 (all services, programs, menus, etc, available in both English and German)

•    Her first ex-UK cruise on a 10-day itinerary from Leith to Dover in July

•     Tailor-made shore arrangements to offer an individual cruise experience

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced the first-ever ms Europa cruise to depart from and return to the UK, offering British guests a cruise around the British Isles from Leith to Dover.  This cruise is among eight itineraries offering international guests travel to Oceania, the Far East, Italy, Norway, the Baltic, the Adriatic and the Seychelles featured in Hapag-Lloyd’s new 2012 Europa international brochure, just published.

The 2012 program will also feature advanced excursion bookings, making voyages more personalised, and an array of theme cruises featuring golf and two very popular classical music events.

Itinerary Highlights

The Europa , the only cruise ship awarded 5-stars-plus by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2011 and known for her unique itineraries worldwide, will visit over twenty countries in 2012 on her international itineraries. For the first time, she will start and end a cruise in the UK, giving British passengers the chance to embark and disembark close to home to see the enchanting ports of Invergordon, Portree, Dublin, Cobh, Milford Haven, Tresco, Penzance and Cowes.  Other highlights in 2012 include an exotic South Sea cruise with calls in the islands of Samoa and Fiji, a Far East adventure calling on Thailand, Malaysia and Burma, 6- to 14-day high season itineraries through Italy, Germany, Norway and Denmark, voyages in the Baltic Sea and picturesque cruising of the Indian Ocean including the Seychelles.

Launch of the Travel Concierge

Making the 2012 Europa itineraries even more appealing, Hapag-Lloyd will enhance their shore excursion program with the launch of a travel concierge service, offering advanced excursion bookings on cruises booked for the 2012 season and beyond. The concierge desk on board will still fulfill requests for individual outings during a cruise, but Europa guests will now have the option of having their shore activities pre-arranged in a tailor-made excursion package – as shore arrangements during the cruise as well as pre- or post-cruise.

Whether it’s swimming with dolphins, a New Zealand trip including five-star accommodation or other adventures – giving guests the freedom to prearrange custom-made shore activities will further enhance the personalised experience of the fiev-star-plus Europa .

Themed cruises: music and golf

Following the success of the last few years, the classical music events, Stella Maris and the Ocean Sun Festival, will once more feature international artists with broad repertoires and a high reputation on board Europa . Where the Stella Maris concept brings the world’s most talented up-and-coming young singers together from the best opera houses in the world, competing on board, the Ocean Sun Festival showcases the world’s most renowned classical music performers in the most prestigious classical music festival at sea.

The designated Golf & Cruise program aboard the Europa combines an exclusive golf experience aboard and ashore. With a modern golf simulator and video coach, passionate golfers can test their skills on over thirty international golf courses. Ashore, the golf group, escorted by a PGA golf professional, tees off at distinguished and challenging golf courses set in beautiful landscapes. The Golf & Cruise package includes all tee-times, one-on-one training, luggage service, lectures by the PGA pro, a golf gift set and more. Besides the designated Golf & Cruise itineraries, a year-round golf pro is available on every Europa cruise, offering personal coaching and arranging for private tee-times on land throughout the year.

2012 Cruise Itinerary Highlights

Cruise around the British Isles featuring Golf: From Leith, Scotland, to Dover: July 7  – 17, 2012 (also available from Kiel to Hamburg: July 5 – 19, 2012). Itinerary Highlights: Loch Ness, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Edinburgh * Fares start at £3,750 per person

South Pacific Cruise: From Honolulu to Noumea, New Caledonia: January 18-February 4, 2012. Itinerary Highlights: Kayak tour around the island of Nawi, hiking in the Waisali rainforest * Fares start at £4,430 per person

Southeast Asia Cruise: From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Rangoon, Burma: March 9-23, 2012. Itinerary Highlights: Angkor Wat in Cambodia, high tea at the legendary Raffles Hotel, a private flight to the city of pagodas Bagan * Fares start at £3,220 per person

the Ocean Sun Festival Music Cruise to Norway: From Kiel, Germany, return to Kiel: August 12-24, 2012. Itinerary Highlights: visit to Bryggen, hiking to Storsaeter waterfall * Fares start at £3,840 per person

The Stella Maris Festival Music Cruise to the Indian Ocean : From Dubai, U.A.E., to Port Louis,Mauritius: November 7-25, 2012. Itinerary Highlights: Teatime at Emirates Palace and Grand Mosque in Muscat, UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai National Park (Seychelles) * Fares start at £5,260 per person

* excursions not included in the rate

For further details and a copy of Hapag-Lloyd’s 2012 international brochure please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk