Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ two luxury cruise ships, EUROPA and EUROPA 2, are the only cruise ships to receive the coveted distinction of 5-stars-plus in the latest edition of the renowned Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2020.

The vessels have defended their top rankings as the best ships in the world in the “Top 20 Small Ships” category. The 139 m long expedition cruise ship HANSEATIC nature was named the best boutique ship for the first time and awarded a 5-star rating.

The EUROPA 2 achieved 1,864 of a possible 2,000 points, topping the rankings for small ships with a capacity of 251-750 passengers. Her sister ship, the EUROPA, was also awarded the coveted 5-stars-plus with a total of 1,852 points. HANSEATIC nature, being the latest addition to the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet, also earned recognition and attained first place instantly in the “Top 20 Boutique Ships” (50-250 passengers) category with 1,791 of a possible 2,000 points.

“We are proud to claim the top three spots overall in the luxury and expedition segments of the esteemed cruise rankings. In our eyes, 5-star quality entails not only top service, exceptional quality and an unrivalled amount of space per passenger but also effective environmental management. From July 2020 onwards, the entire Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet worldwide will use the low-pollutant fuel marine gas oil exclusively. We see this step as an important and decisive investment in our future”, says Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.