Hamburg, 17 February 2017

EUROPA 2 wins through at the Wave Awards 2017

  • Double accolade for EUROPA 2 at the Wave Awards 2017
  • Winner of the Best for Wellbeing/Spas
  • Highly commended in Best for Cuisine category

Announced last night at “The Wave Awards 2017” ceremony, held at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 has won through as outright winner in the category of “Best for Wellbeing/Spas”; and also was highly commended in the “Best for Cuisine category”.

In celebration of the cruise travel industry - and in their second year - The Wave Awards are owned and organised by Real Response Media, UK publishers of World of Cruising, Cruise Trade News and Cruise Ports and Destinations. The majority of the awards are based on rigorous assessment of submitted entries, judged by an independent panel of cruise travel experts.

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says: “We are delighted at winning the category ‘Best for Wellbeing/Spa’ and receiving a 'High Commendation' in the category ‘Best for Cuisine’ at this year's Wave Awards in London, underlining Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ commitment to striving to achieve the very best standards of hospitality. With our fleet of ultra-luxury and expedition vessels we offer outstanding products and holiday experiences and continue with our efforts to improve every day. Both accolades make us very proud and I would like to thank my team back in Hamburg and the crew on board our ships who deliver so well.”

On accepting the award on the night from Katherine Lawrey, Group Editor, Cruise Trade News and Cruise Ports & Destinations, Michael Steffl, Head of International Sales for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said: “As these prestigious awards set a benchmark for achieving excellence in this significant growth sector of the travel market, we are particularly proud to receive this accolade. Such recognition will help us achieve our objective of generating further awareness for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2, both internationally and in the UK marketplace.”

Reservations: International guests, as well as travel agencies, can now make use of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new free-of-charge phone numbers when requesting or booking a cruise. United Kingdom: 0800 0513 829, United States & Canada: 877 445 7447 or 800 334-2724, Belgium: 0800 79 421, the Netherlands: 0800 0220 459; all other countries, please call +49 40 30703070 (English-speaking hotline) – or - send an e-mail to or visit for local agents.

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