The two ships will be constructed at the Vard shipyard in Norway. Both vessels will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological features and environmental technologies, including the highest Polar Class designation for passenger ships. PC6. This rating means both ships have the capability to cruise the Arctic and Antarctica as well as also cruising warm water destinations such as the Amazon.
Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said: “The former director Albert Ballin invented the modern cruise concept 125 years ago. We are perfectly positioned in the luxury market with our cruise ships EUROPA and EUROPA 2. In this anniversary year, we are charting the course for the future. Already we operate successfully in our expedition segment, which offers growth potential for 5-star cruises. Our new-builds will help us to develop further the expedition segment and offer a modern interpretation. They will also serve to strengthen our leading position in this market, in particular at the international level.”