Most expensive passenger ship docks in Walvis Bay

05 November 2018 | Others

The passenger ship Europa 2 which is described as "the ritziest ship in the industry” docked in the port of Walvis Bay on 1 November.

The Europa 2 arrived from Cabo Verde en route to the port of Cape Town, South Africa. It is currently on a 12-day one-way cruise from Piraeus to Dubai. The itinerary started on 23 October and ends on 4 November.

The ship has been awarded the coveted distinction of 5-stars-plus by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2019.

She entered service in May 2013, and is the highest rated cruise ship in the world according to the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, replacing her fleetmate the Europa, which held that distinction for more than a decade.

The Europa offers all-inclusive deals, and is often ranked as the most expensive passenger ship in the world.

The 11-deck vessel is 225.62 m in length with 7 passenger decks and can accommodate 516 passenger and more than 370 crew members.

The Europa 2 has seven restaurants. All offer gourmet dining and a choice of 600 wines. On a normal night, 120 different dishes are served à la carte in the ship’s restaurants. Fifty-six cooks serve up to 500 passengers, according to a source.

The art collection aboard the Europa 2 is one of the largest at sea, with 890 originals commissioned exclusively for the vessel. Its contemporary good looks, museum-quality art and chic furnishings make it feel more like a luxury European boutique hotel than a cruise vessel.

The Europa 2 also carries more than 200 different varieties of gin available in her six bars, and Hapag-Lloyd claims the vessel's gin collection, which is constantly evolving, is the largest in the cruise industry.

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