Hapag-Lloyd Cruises maintains top position
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ two luxury ships, EUROPA and EUROPA 2, have defended their top position and have been awarded the highest distinction as the only 5-stars-plus cruise ships worldwide in the latest “Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016” guide.
The HANSEATIC was ranked as the only 5-star expedition ship globally among the group of “boutique ships”.
Attaining 1,860 points out of a possible 2,000, EUROPA 2 achieved the highest score among all ships and has been awarded 5-stars-plus for the third consecutive time.
EUROPA, which has achieved this award for the 16th year consecutively, received 1,852 points. Hence, both ships lead the ranking in the category “top 5 small ships” with 251 to 750 passengers” and are global leaders.
HANSEATIC has retained its 5-star rating as the only expedition ship globally, achieving 1,758 points; the BREMEN received the distinction 4-stars-plus with 1,555 points.
Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Cruise Guide said “Both are beautiful ships to sail aboard with an outstanding amount of space per passenger, high-ceilinged passageways, a superb range of dining venues and types of cuisine, and attentive, friendly, yet unobtrusive personal service. Both ships have proven themselves to be unbeatable yet again.”
Author Douglas Ward and his team tested a total of 270 cruise ships from large to small and scored them based on criteria such as ship fittings, accommodation, food quality, service, crew, entertainment and the cruise experience.