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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

37 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

8 Night
Insider Tips And Classics Of The Mare Balticum

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Hanseatic Nature

14 Night
Expedition South-west Greenland: An Adventure Betw...

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Hanseatic Spirit

19 Night
Expedition West And East Greenland - Nordic Legacy...

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Hanseatic Inspiration

13 Night
Great Lakes - North America's Scenic Shores

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13 Night
Great Lakes - Masterpieces Of Nature

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10 Night
Expedition Spitsbergen

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Expedition Spitsbergen

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

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11 Night
The World Of The Highlanders

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18 Night
Expedition Canadian Arctic And North Greenland: Wo...

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

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From The Eternal City To The Adriatic Sea

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15 Night
Alaska - Nature's Gold Rush

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Alaska - The Call Of The Wilderness

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Historic Gdansk Meets Scandinavian Lifestyle

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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

Hanseatic Inspiration pleasant luxury expedition

There was no grab bar in the shower (though there was one at the toilet), even though the ship commonly sails into rough seas, but at least the tile floor had good traction.Sadly, no hamburger or even German sausages were available for room service options.Read More
Catlover54

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

ship is fabulous Internet is terrible

When it is freely available in the suites We had 12 bad movies for an 18 day cruise No English news no other programs at all No series no other video except a couple of antarctic docos Even the germans were complaining about lack of news The internet.The ladies on the front desk were a bit surly and when I had problems with internet they were very Curt in helping me Let me say this is the worst internet I have ever experienced on a ship including silversea seaborn azamara oceania and even princess.Read More
tinkky

10+ Cruises

Age 47s

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.The ship actually feels and looks more German, than say a Cunard ship (an ostensibly British line with a largely British clientele but with a front facing crew from South Asia, and South East Asia).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).The older German pax way of interacting with strangers, even other Germans, (especially for those from certain parts of the country) is also a bit unfriendly (superficially polite, but generally stiff and not particularly outgoing, so don't count on making new BFF on this ship, you don't just go up to them and start trying to immediately get on a first name basis, as is often done on English luxury lines.Read More
Catlover54

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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