Sebastian Ahrens, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

The official beginning of the construction of the Ms Europa 2 was marked on September 5, 2011 as work began. The new addition to the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet. Sebastian Ahrens, Managing Director of the cruise operator, officially gave the start signal at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

The individual parts of the ship will be manufactured in different shipyard halls over the coming months. Keel laying is scheduled for the spring of 2012, and commissioning for the spring of 2013.

A total of 835 shipyard workers are involved in the project, dedicating an estimated 2.5 million hours of labour until its completion in the spring of 2013. “After an intense planning stage, we are very pleased to be taking this decisive step towards the extension of our fleet with the first steel cut,“ stated Sebastian Ahrens, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The Europa 2 will offer a modern and informal interpretation of sister ship MS Europa. MS Europa 2 will have a total of eleven decks and 258 suites. It will have a maximum capacity of 516 passengers and will boast more space per passenger than any other cruise ship in the industry. The ship’s veranda suites will be a minimum of 92 feet. The range of accommodations to choose from on board includes Spa Suites, Penthouse Suites and family suites. There will be seven restaurants including a sushi bar, two lounges and four bars. There will also be a diverse range of on board entertainment, a large wellness and spa area, and numerous sports and health-oriented offerings.

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