Thursday, 2 May 2013

Gourmet Offerings On New Europa 2

Guests on board Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2 will experience top-class culinary variety when she sets sail on her maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon on May 11. 

The gastronomic concept of this new luxury ship provides no less than seven different restaurants, including a sushi bar and three speciality venues. Additionally, the "Speisezimmer" can be booked for private dining. And, for guests who feel like cooking themselves and getting to know dishes from their cruise destination, they may wish to book a cooking course in the Miele Culinary School while at sea.
 
The Restaurants
 
With a total capacity of 266, the largest restaurant on board is the "Weltmeere". It stands out because of the generous amount of space while Chef de cuisine Wilke and his team serve both international and refined vegetarian menus. 
 
The "Yacht Club" is the second largest restaurant, providing specialities fresh from the grill and variety from the buffet for up to 276 people. Special feature: guests can dine “alfresco” here if they wish. The chefs can also be seen working their magic in front of the passengers as they prepare and plate the dishes. 
 
Fans of French cuisine will be at home in the "Tarragon" (44 seats) while Asian delicacies will be featured in "Elements" (48 seats) with its plethora of aromas from aniseed to lemon grass. The "Serenissima" (56 seats) then provides high quality Italian cuisine. Here, guests can enjoy Mediterranean classics and also modern interpretations of Ligurian and Neapolitan cooking. 
 
The culinary world journey is completed by the "Sakura" sushi restaurant (58 seats), which offers the celebrated miso soup and fish specialities, plus green tea ice cream for dessert. Classic wines from all over the world with accompanying dishes are available in the "Grande Reserve" wine bar and individual tastings can also be arranged here, with real vine rarities for a maximum of 12 people.

Exclusive Private Dining
 
As well as her restaurants, Europa 2 also offers the option of private dining for special occasions, with guests able to book the “Speisezimmer” exclusively at a cost of 1,170GBP for an evening, so they can relax and be indulged in a small group. 
 
The price includes an aperitif, amuse-bouche with caviar and a dinner with lobster. There is the opportunity to book before the cruise in order to ensure absolute perfection in the planning.

Cooking School
 
If guests feel like cooking themselves, they may book a cooking course in the Miele Culinary School. Here, the chef de cuisine of the Tarragon - the French style restaurant on board – will demonstrate the culinary side of the ship's various cruise destinations. 
 
The cooking courses take place in the morning and can be booked as an alternative to a shore excursion. Participation costs 80 Euros (63GBP) per person, which includes accompanying wines, cooking aprons and recipes.

Finally, guests on Europa 2 can enjoy all this pure, informal luxury as there are no fixed dining times or fixed table allocations in the restaurants within the opening times. Another plus point: the meals are included in the cruise price - there are no additional costs for any venue (except the Speisezimmer).

For bookings, follow this link to The Cruise Line, the UK's luxury cruising specialists.