Europa 2 has rejoined Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet following a 14-day renovation (Image: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
Europa 2 has rejoined Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet following a 14-day renovation at the Blohm+Voss yard in Hamburg, Germany.
Between 13 and 27 September, around 550 external specialists and 370 crew members completed cosmetic repairs, maintenance work, structural upgrades and conceptual renovations onboard Europa 2.
Highlights included modernisation work on Deck 9, where the Blohm+Voss team added new furniture, colours and materials to the Belvedere lounge, transforming it into a coffee bar with newly integrated library. The former library has now been turned into the Cruise Sales Lounge, which incorporates a small Europa 2 museum in its waiting area. Here, display cases feature a model of the ship, a replica of the keel-laying coin and much more. Also on Deck 9, the auditorium has been redesigned as a studio for workshops, talks and cinema viewings. Yoga classes can also be held here.
Extensive construction work was also carried out in the spa area on Deck 5, with all four saunas being renovated. One is now a Finnish sauna, another is now a Deep Ocean sauna, the third is a herbal sauna with Black Forest-inspired decor and the final one is now a mineral steam bath. The spa area also now has a lounge corner with an electric fireplace, while new lounge furniture has been added to the outdoor area.
Elsewhere, the Herrenzimmer gin bar on Deck 4 has been renamed Collins and now features the largest gin collection at sea (45 varieties), a new record player for guests to use themselves, and a piece of artwork by Hamburg-based duo Sutosuto. Opposite the Collins bar, the former Jazz Club has been named Club 2, while new seating has been added to Italian restaurant Serenissima, and former private dining room Speisezimmer has been transformed into a large lounge area with alcoves, games consoles and more. In addition, the Teens Club has been relocated from Deck 7 to Deck 4, and features an entrance lined by graffiti work from Hamburg-based artist Lady Wave.