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Two New Expedition Vessels For Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be increasing its fleet with the arrival of two brand new, 5-star expedition vessels – scheduled for launch in April and October 2019.

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: “The former director Albert Ballin invented the modern cruise concept 125 years ago. We are perfectly positioned in the luxury market with our cruise ships “EUROPA” and “ EUROPA 2”. In this anniversary year, we are charting the course for the future. Already we operate successfully in our expedition segment, which offers growth potential for 5-star cruises. Our new-builds will help us to develop further the expedition segment and offer a modern interpretation. They will also serve to strengthen our leading position in this market, in particular at the international level.”

The two new vessels will be built at the Norwegian Vard shipyard of Vard Holdings Limited, a shareholding of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard. The vessels will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological features and environmental technology. With PC6, the highest Polar Class designation for passenger ships, they will be able to cruise not only in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica but also in warm water destinations such as the Amazon. On-board Zodiacs will allow landings in otherwise inaccessible expedition areas. The ships will also feature a water sports marina.

One of the new builds will serve the German-speaking markets and the other will serve German-speaking markets as well as Belgium, the United Kingdom, United States and the Netherlands.

Each vessel will have a GT of 16,100, a length of 138 metres and a width of 22 metres.

Seven passenger decks will house 120 luxurious staterooms and suites for a maximum of 240 guests. Three restaurants will feature and offer international cuisine, and a modern spa and fitness area will also be onboard.

More information will follow in the coming months.

For more information on voyages with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.