In May 2013, MS Europa 2 undertook her official maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon. With 258 suites accommodating 516 guests, the vessel operated by Hapag –Lloyd Cruises offers the largest space-per-passenger ratio of any cruise ship in the world, along with a whole host of superb on-board facilities and amenities.
Constructed at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire on the west coast of France, Europa2 took over 18 months to build with over 1,000 of the shipyard’s employees and engineers involved in its construction.
In keeping with the ship’s high build specification, COMPAC’s technological marble was selected for all the bathrooms and mini bars areas in the guest suites.
As well as offering a luxurious uniform look and feel, COMPAC’s technological marble was specified because it’s lighter than natural marble and thereby helps to reduce the overall weight of the cruise ship, resulting in improved energy efficiency and fuel savings.
Containing up to 96% natural marble mixed with resins, COMPAC’s technological marble has the beauty and hardness of marble but its resistance to impact and breakage is much greater owing to its enhanced flexibility.
It has a wonderful consistent, uniform appearance and can be fitted to large surfaces without breaks or differences in colour tone being noticeable.
The Europa2 has recently been given a 5 star+rating and voted best cruise ship in its class by leading cruise ship guide Berlitz.