Blohm+Voss to refit two Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships

Europa and Europa 2 will undergo technical upgrades and interior renovations at the German yard
Blohm+Voss to refit two Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships
Europa 2, pictured in Moorea, will be the first to enter dry dock at Blohm+Voss (Image: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

By Rebecca Gibson |

German shipyard Blohm+Voss is to refit Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa and Europa 2 before the end of October 2017.

Both ships will undergo scheduled maintenance works and technical upgrades, while certain areas onboard areas will be refreshed with new décor and equipment.

“During our ships’ docking periods, not only do we carry out the necessary technical maintenance, but also complete various renovations onboard that then have a direct impact on our guests and enhance their cruise experience – whether this involves adding a new bar, redesigning the spa, or giving another area a makeover,” said Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “When implementing this work, we take into account what our guests want and need, however, we also follow current trends.”

Blohm+Voss will start Europa’s dry dock on 13 September, completely redesigning The Belvedere lounge at the ship’s bow to create access to the library and a coffee bar. The team will also renovate current Jazz Club, which will renamed Club 2, and refurbish the Herrenzimmer gin bar on Deck 4, restyling it as the Collins bar.

Europa 2 will depart Blohm+Voss on 27, setting sail on a five-day cruise to Scandinavia.

Entering dry dock on 27 September, Europa will leave on 13 October with a renovated spa area, upgraded bathrooms in the 36 suites without verandas, and a new Azipod drive-motor computer.

Following the refit, Europa will embark on a 12-day cruise along the coast of Western Europe towards Bilbao, Spain.

“We are very pleased and proud to be able to welcome the luxury ships Europa 2 and Europa back to Blohm+Voss this year,” said Dieter Dehlke, managing director of Blohm+Voss. “These important projects will once again put our refit and repair expertise to the test, requiring us to meet all our customers’ requirements and deliver the two ships within the agreed timeframe and budget. We have worked successfully with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for many years and the upcoming docking periods will allow us to strengthen these ties further.”

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