New details have been revealed of Hapag-Lloyd’s sister ship to the muti-award winning Europa.

Europa 2, will have family suites, kids’ clubs, babysitting services, West End-style shows, seven dining rooms and a spa.

The 516-passenger ship – which will launch in spring 2013 – will have the same levels of luxury as Europa, but with a more relaxed, contemporary feel.

It is the first time that Hapag-Lloyd has targeted this market and has come about due to the changing demographics of cruising.

Europa 2: Launching in Spring 2013

“The style, ambience and décor is completely different from Europa,” explained managing director Sebastian Ahrens at Europe’s biggest travel show, ITB.

“Europa is a traditional cruise ship and so attracts people who want that traditional atmosphere.

“Europa 2 is for younger people, people aged from 40 to 45, families with children and professionals.

“It’s made for families and for professionals.

It’s for people who want a luxury holiday, with all services but they do not want to dress up every night for a formal dinner. They prefer a more casual and relaxed atmosphere with options to choose.”

Reflecting this change, the new ship will have family suites, three children’s sections, a babysitting service and a dedicated programme for children from two years old– a new feature for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The entertainment on board will reflect this change: production shows, music theatre, banks, solo artists and open air events as opposed to the string quartets of Europa.

The dining will also change – there will be no main dining room with set meal times, but seven restaurants, reflecting changing tastes: Asian, Italian, a Brasserie Grill, Wine Bistro, Lido, Sushi Bar, Special Dining and Fine Dining.

There will also be four bars, and a spa offering a wide range of treatments again reflecting the increased demand from passengers for health and well-being at sea.

The ship will also offer shorter itineraries – seven day Med voyages as opposed to fortnight sailings and word cruises, as previously reported on cruise-international.com.

Work will start on the new ship on 1 September in the French STX shipyard in St. Nazaire.

The new ship will have a lot to live up to: its sister is widely regarded as the best cruise ship in the world and is the only 5*plus ship in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising – and has been for the past eleven years.

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