Recapping Our Journey Through History aboard EUROPA 2

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 arrived at dawn in the Turkish port of Kusadasi. It’s the midway point in Voyage 1428 for most guests but for the small press group I am part of, the time has come to say goodbye.

Before [...]

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Volos, Makrinitsa and France – All In One Day

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“Bitte.” It means “please” in German, and it’s today’s German Expression of the Day here onboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2.

Each day, the printed Programme of the Day offers up a small lesson in the German language to English-speaking guests, which [...]

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Coming Ashore For A Day on Lesbos

Monday, September 22, 2014

Today was our first day of shoreside exploration here onboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 as we tendered ashore in Mytiline, Greece for a morning of exploration with the Lesbos Tourism Association. This was, of course, after another stunning breakfast taken out on the [...]

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Gin, Sushi and the Dardanelles

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pleasant surprises were on the menu today aboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 as we made our way through the scenic (not to mention busy) Dardanelles that separate Istanbul from the Aegean.

The first and most noticeable surprise: we’d be getting in to Mytilene, Greece early [...]

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Meet Hapag-Lloyd’s EUROPA 2

Saturday, September 20, 2014

This morning, I saw something onboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 that I have never seen before on any other cruise ship that’s barely a year and a half old: they painted the pool.

Not that the swimming pool needed to be painted, mind you. At least, [...]

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A Quick Look at the Ship and the Trip

Today, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ beautiful EUROPA 2 is at anchor in the rich blue seas surrounding Mytiline, Greece. My journey so far has been an impressive one, both in terms of EUROPA 2’s elegant styling and her dedicated crew, most of whom are young Germans eagerly [...]

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EUROPA 2: Five-Star-Plus For a Reason

Can you fall in love with a ship? I think so. Today, despite the over-tired, jet-lagged, caffeine-addled fog that enveloped my mind, everything sharpened to a point when I saw Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 at her berth here in Istanbul, Turkey.

A ship that inspires the same sense [...]

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Grosse Momente. Ganz Exklusiv. Great Moments. Truly Exclusive.

Grosse Momente. Ganz Exklusiv. It’s German for “Great Moments. Truly Exclusive”, and it’s the motto of Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Tomorrow, I’m flying to Istanbul, Turkey for the start of another exciting Live Voyage Report aboard a very special ship: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2.

The [...]

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Recapping our Un-Cruise Adventure in Alaska

September 7, 2014

One full week has passed, and today Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Endeavour arrived back at her berth in Juneau. Together with my fellow 83 other guests, I placed my luggage outside my stateroom door this morning before breakfast. I had my final breakfast onboard – which [...]

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One Last Day aboard Safari Endeavour in Alaska

September 6, 2014

In show business, they say you should always save the best for last. The crew here onboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Endeavour seem to subscribe to that theory, because our final day on our weeklong Discoverer’s Glacier Country itinerary in Alaska has quite possibly [...]

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