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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

35 Reviews
Europa

About Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd's cruise ships offer onboard and in-port experiences that range from luxury to upmarket soft adventure. Traditionally, Hapag-Lloyd has catered to German-speaking passengers, though the line is beginning to court English-speaking travelers.

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Europa 2

13 Night
Time For Tea, Highlands And Deep Fjords

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Europa 2

9 Night
The Sunny Balearics And The Glamorous Cote D’azur

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Europa 2

9 Night
From The Eternal City To The Adriatic Sea

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Hanseatic Spirit

15 Night
Alaska - Nature's Gold Rush

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15 Night
Alaska - The Call Of The Wilderness

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15 Night
Brazil - Where Explorers' Hearts Dance The Samba

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11 Night
Vast Ocean And Deep Relaxation

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20 Night
Expedition Antarctica With Antarctic Circle

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Expedition Antarctica

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15 Night
Christmas Adventures In Lapland With New Year's Ev...

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From Skyscrapers To World Heritage In South East A...

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18 Night
Expedition Greenland, Newfoundland And St Lawrence...

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Expedition Canadian Arctic And North Greenland: Wo...

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Winter Adventures In Lapland

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Winter Adventures In Lapland

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Hapag-Lloyd cruise ships?

Hapag-Lloyd primarily draws exclusively German-speaking cruisers, but a few ships in the fleet are marketed at the international market and on these you'll get a mix of well-heeled, well-traveled cruisers from Europe and North America. The international ships also draw a larger range of age groups as well, with kids clubs onboard to appeal to families. The German-only ships mostly attract people over 50, mainly couples, and at least one ship is designated as adults-only.

Do I have to dress up on a Hapag-Lloyd cruise?

Depends on which ship you've chosen. On the non-expedition luxury ships, the general dress code for evenings is long trousers and a jacket for men (no tie) and something correspondingly elegant for women. On Europa (a German language ship), there's one formal night per cruise where black tie is encouraged.

On the expedition ships, the dress code is smart-casual throughout.

Is everything free on Hapag-Lloyd cruises?

Not quite. You can dine your way around the specialty restaurants at no extra charge, but drinks are not included, just Champagne on arrival and soft drinks in the mini-bar. Access to the beautiful sauna and steam room suites is free.

Gratuities are also included in the cruise fare, but passengers can tip further if they wish to. On expedition cruises, exploring ashore is included, but on the non-expedition luxury cruise ships, you pay extra for shore excursions.

What are Hapag-Lloyd’s most popular activities?

On the non-expedition luxury ships, days are more about lounging by the pool, visiting the gym and participating in shore excursions than anything else. Evenings are elegant and low-key, with small, intimate venues to enjoy a nightcap more popular than cavernous, noisy bars.

Life on the expedition ships, meanwhile, is all about being ashore and exploring during the day, under the guidance of experienced expedition leaders. In the evenings, there are talks and lectures, and passengers also enjoy playing around in the science labs.

Why go with Hapag-Lloyd?

  • Exquisitely designed and spacious ships, targeted primarily at German-speaking cruisers
  • New fleet of small, luxurious expedition ships operating imaginative itineraries
  • The highest levels of cuisine and service

Best for: German-speaking luxury cruisers and adventurers seeking expeditions packed with creature comforts

Not for: Non-German speakers and budget cruisers

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Cruiser Reviews

A New Favorite Cruise Line

As American English-speaking first timers on Hapag-Lloyd, we chose this cruise to try the storied line (with a long and very distinguished history, much like Cunard), and to be on a smaller upmarket ship, but with a completely different, German vibe.Most of the front line crew and serving staff are German, a few are Turkish, and a mix of Asians and francophone North Africans.Read More
ClipperinSFO

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Wonderful luxury Baltic classical music cruise, Ocean Sun Festival 6/25/23-7/7/23

If the space, food, and good service of the Europa appeals to you, but the lone German language does not, Hapag Lloyd's Europe 2 ( which is bilingual German and English) may be a good choice as long as you don't expect to meet many English speaking new friends to have a good time (because even there, most pax are German).I am fine with a German language ship for various reasons (even though I am not German) but guest performers who do not speak German, as well as the handful of adventurous English-only guests on board, can be adequately accomodated for basics with some planning.Read More
Catlover54

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

It’s not the food; it’s everything else.

This for the most part was a plus on this cruise: the Captain gave his twice daily messages in German and then English; almost all the crew members spoke fair to excellent English as did the majority of passengers, and we never heard a single comment in English that wasn’t directed to or from us.Family: the ship has a number of family style cabins which look like fun, but very few families on this cruise and no one using the kids program.Read More
sandbag7

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Beautiful luxury ship, excellent food, great ports; best to know some German; AC underpowered

The bathroom had a tub and separate shower, just one sink, a walk-in closet with drawers, a small TV (which had many German stations plus BBC), a mini-fridge (stocked with in-room complimentary sodas, juices and beer, customizable), and plenty of overall storage space, even for two.There were no comical order errors or missed deliveries, other than once: when I asked for a specific kind of soft cheese I had had the week before (I even had a picture of it to show the waiter) the request was acknowledged as no problem , but then five minutes later the waiter instead showed up with a plate of five miscellaneous cheeses which I did not order, three of which I detest (my guess is whoever was in back had standard "cheese plates" already made up and did not want to bother finding the one I specifically wanted, especially so close to closing time.Read More
Catlover54

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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