Hapag-Lloyd Europa 2 visits Port of New Orleans for the first time.
Over 500 cruise passengers are spending a few days in New Orleans this week, after Europa 2 made her maiden voyage to the Port of New Orleans Julia Street Cruise Terminal on Monday.
The 516-passenger cruise ship, owned by German-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, is one of 10 cruise ships scheduled to make a port call in New Orleans by the end of this year.
Port-call vessels typically have a wide ranging impact on the local economy, as passengers, who are often international, have the opportunity to spend a few days exploring everything the City and the surrounding region has to offer, said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO.
As is done when a ship makes a first-time call at a port, city and port officials hosted an onboard ceremonial plaque exchange with the captain of Europa 2.
About Europa 2
The cruise ship, launched in May of 2013, features 251 cabins, two owner suites and seven family apartments with the greatest space per passenger of any cruise ship in the industry. Europa 2 has an art collection of 890 original commissioned works, gourmet dining in seven restaurants, a choice of 600 wines and its six bars offer more than 200 varieties of gin – the largest gin collection at sea.
Europa 2 also offers a 50-foot long pool, a gym, two golf simulators and a 10,000 square-foot spa.
The ship departs New Orleans on Oct. 12 and cruises to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean before a voyage to Australia and New Zealand.
Port of New Orleans is currently host to three home-ported cruise ships. Carnival Cruise Lines 2,754-passenger Carnival Triumph sailing year-round four- and five-day itineraries from New Orleans and the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream sailing year-round seven-day itineraries to both eastern and western Caribbean destinations. Norwegian Cruise Lines 2,340-passengerNorwegian Dawn returns in November month for seven-day itineraries through May.
More ships add Port of New Orleans
On deck for port calls remaining this year include: Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Quest on Oct. 25-26, AIDA Cruises’ AIDAvita has four overnight calls beginning Nov. 5, P&O Cruises’ Oriana Nov. 8-9 and the Azura Dec. 22-24. Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity visits New Orleans on Dec. 6-7.
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