Hapag-Lloyd is the latest cruise line to confirm roundtrip Dubai cruise itineraries for the 2021 cruise season, with Europa 2 sailing her first ever mini cruise season from the city.
The luxury cruise ship Europa 2 of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will sail twice from Dubai on roundtrip itineraries in the Arabian Gulf, before departing a third time for Port Louis in Mauritius.
Europa 2 will join five other cruise ships homeporting in Dubai for the 2021/22 winter cruise season, although all of those ships (from MSC, Costa, TUI, and AIDA) will be basing ships in Dubai for much longer.
Europa 2 will sail her first cruise of the year from Dubai on November 30th, 2021, visiting all the major cruise ports of the Arabian Gulf during her 9-night cruise (which includes an overnight stay in Dubai on the final night).
Ports of call include Muscat and Khasab in Oman, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, and the offshore cruise destination island and wildlife reserve Sir Bani Yas Island, Doha in Qatar, and Khalifa Bin Salman, the primary port of the island nation of Bahrain.
Europa 2 will repeat this itinerary on December 9th, 2021, and then on December 18th, will depart Dubai bound for Mauritius. She’ll visit Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain, and Muscat again, before heading out into the Indian Ocean to call in La Digue, Seychelles and Saint-Denis, Reunion.
The 18-night voyage will end in Port Louis, Mauritius on January 4th, 2022. Also included in the itinerary is a Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebration on board.
Europa 2’s Dubai cruises in 2021 come ahead of her Northern European and Mediterranean cruise seasons for 2022, with the ship due to sail from Hamburg, Kiel, Liverpool, Lisbon, Monaco, Civitavecchia (Rome), Venice and Piraeus (Athens) throughout the summer.
In October just before the start of the 2022/23 South African cruise season, she’ll sail a 13-night African and Indian Ocean itinerary from Cape Town to Port Louis, Mauritius.
The 225-metre, 42,830-gross ton Europa 2 carries 516 passengers, giving her the greatest space per passenger of any cruise ship, and has seven restaurants, six bars, a 15-metre-long (49 ft) pool, a gym, a spa and two golf simulators.
She was named the number-one cruise ship in the world by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Shipsafter she was launched in 2013.
Although Hapag-Lloyd is a German cruise line, its cruises aboard Europa 2 are aimed at an international cruise market, with services, printed materials, entertainment and staff all communicating in English as well as German.