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Your Itinerary
Day 1: Mumbai Mumbai (ex Bombay)(India)(Mumbai)

Situated on a peninsula halfway up the west coast of India, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is India's economic powerhouse, and home to more millionaires than any other city on the Indian subcontinent. As well as being the country's financial capital, Mumbai is also an important port, handling a third of all international trade; and a base for many of India's largest companies. However, among all this wealth and the Bollywood lifestyle are cases of extreme poverty, with almost half of the 21 million-strong population living in slums.

The Portuguese established this old Hindu city as a colony in 1509. In 1661, it passed to England as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza when she married Charles II, and became a vital trading base for the East India Company and later the Crown. The centre of Imperial Bombay, the city contains a breathtaking array of High Victorian buildings and is reminiscent of a prosperous 19th-century English industrial city. The fascinating range of architectural styles reflects the British passion for the Gothic and demonstrates the wealth, panache and confidence of British Bombay. Prosperity has always been considered more important than religious homogeneity in Mumbai, and this is reflected in the range of places of worship throughout the city: churches and cathedrals sit alongside countless mosques, and Hindu and Buddhist temples.

Like many Indian cities, the streets of Mumbai are congested with cattle, carts and motor vehicles, and the air is thick with smog and the sound of horns. But despite this, the city has much to offer, and those en route to Goa should take time to discover Mumbai's colourful and fascinating history, as well as its vibrant, energetic and friendly people.

Day 4: Goa Mormugao, Goa(India)(Goa)

This small state, halfway down India's west coast, was a Portuguese colony until 1961, which goes some way to explaining the alternative atmosphere found in the region. Cut off from British India by a wall of mountains and vast plains, Goa relied on trade with a declining Portuguese Empire. However, what was lost in terms of British trade was more than made up for in terms of Portuguese attitude. To this day, Goa retains a distinctly laid-back and relaxed feel.

Goa was 'discovered' by travellers in the late 1960s, when many were searching for somewhere unique and off the beaten tourist track. Goa quickly became a kind of hippie paradise, where holidaying meant simply hanging out and partying on the beach (particularly during full moon). The state quickly grew a reputation for its hedonism and liberal attitude, not to mention its hot sun, that sets in splendour every evening over the Arabian Sea. In recent years, though it still hosts epic trance music festivals (such as Sunburn), the authorities of Goa have tried to discourage hippies and budget backpackers from swamping the area, angling rather for clientele with fatter wallets, with the result that Goa is slowly losing its reputation as India's 'party central'.

With a quick rail link to Mumbai and charter flights from the UK, thousands of tourists flock here each winter to relax and enjoy the famous Goan cuisine, which largely consists of seafood prepared in exotic Indian spices. Many hotels and resorts have popped up over the last few years to cater for this ever-popular destination, but with more than 25 miles (40km) of beautiful sandy beaches, there is still plenty of tranquillity to be found.

Day 5: Mangalore Mangalore(India)(Mangalore)

New Mangalore Port, established in 1974, is the major port of Karnataka. It has the distinction of the ninth biggest port of India. Its construction got completed in 12 years using the latest technology to provide the best port facilities. The port has been established in such a way that it can bear all kinds of climatic hazards. Mangalore is named after the goddess Mangaladevi. Mangalore is a panorama of palm-fringed beaches, lush green fields and enchanting forests. It is sheltered by the soaring western ghats on the east and the mighty Arabian sea roaring along its western shores. With an important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre that still retains its old world charm-old tile-roofed buildings amidst coconut groves, fishing boats silhouetted against the darkening skyline, fishermen hauling in rich catch of fish, sea food served in spicy coconut curries.

Day 6: Kochi Cochin(India)(Kochi)

The port city of Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) is located on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas about halfway up the Goan coastline, in the north of the state of Kerala. A favourite destination for European tourists on package-deal tours of the country, Kochi offers a serene and relaxed change of scenery, and a very gentle introduction to a holiday in India.

The majority of tourists to Kochi stay in the Ernakulam district, but the old sections of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin are the main areas of interest. All linked by a series of ferries and bridges, these districts are an unlikely blend of late-medieval Portuguese, Dutch and English architecture, and are a living record of the area's colonial history.

Near Kochi's waterfront, visitors will find a host of extremely old and interesting religious buildings: the St Francis Church is India's oldest European church, and held Vasco da Gama's mortal remains for a while before they were transported to Lisbon; the imposing 16th-century Santa Cruz Basilica, a testament to the Portuguese occupation of the area, might feel a little out-of-place but is still full of grandeur and is eminently photogenic; and the oldest synagogue in the entire Commonwealth, the Paradesi Synagogue, can be found in Kochi's 'Jew Town' area, a beautiful white building with dark blue accents, founded in 1568. Set amid these fascinating sights are spice markets, fish markets, and a village green that could have been transported straight from rural England.

Boasting many cultural sights and interesting things to do, as well as some top-class restaurants specialising in both local and international cuisine, the main allure of Kochi remains its serene atmosphere and languid pace of life. It is very easy to while away time in Kochi by simply meandering around the waterfront area, watching fishermen unhurriedly fixing their nets by the water's edge, and perusing the fine selection of goods presided over by (mostly) Nepalese traders.

Kochi is also an ideal place from which to organise cruises of Kerala's backwaters, which is one of the most popular tourist activities in the whole of India.

Day 10: Phuket Phuket(Thailand)(Phuket)

Located in the Andaman Sea off Thailand's west coast, the holiday hub of Phuket, or the 'Pearl of the South' as it has become known, is connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge. Along with being Thailand's largest island, Phuket has an incredibly diverse list of attractions, which include rocky and sandy beaches, tall cliffs, forests, waterfalls, and temples.

Phuket caters to all, with accommodation options that range from backpackers and simple guesthouses to modern luxury hotels, though beachfront bungalows on unspoilt stretches of white sand are more rare now than they used to be. There are numerous activities in or near the destination, including mountain biking, bungee jumping, and golf, and it is even possible to go elephant trekking. A variety of tours offer day trips to the cliffs of nearby Phang Nga Bay, Koh Phi Phi, and the beaches and islands around Krabi. Several offshore islands are good for snorkelling and scuba diving. Phuket also has a huge variety of goods and shopping establishments, from markets and street stalls to department stores and specialist shops, and a range of restaurants that includes Thai seafood, Indian and Western cuisine.

The island's airport makes it easy to get to and from Bangkok and, though thousands of tourists visit in peak season, Phuket's sheer size allows travellers to escape from the madding crowds. Patong Beach is the island's most famous and developed beach resort, and offers a wide choice of holiday activities, dining options, and nightlife. It is situated nine miles (15km) from Phuket City.

Day 11: Pa Tong, Phuket Island Pa Tong, Phuket Island(Thailand)(Pa Tong, Phuket Island)

Day 12: Koh Hong Koh Hong(Thailand)(Koh Hong)

Day 13: Ko Adang Ko Adang(Thailand)(Ko Adang)

Day 15: Port Klang Port Klang(Malaysia)(Port Klang)

In the past, luxury was not casual and casual was not luxury. The EUROPA 2 is different. Enjoy smart casual travel and a discerning lifestyle in a modern, relaxed atmosphere - with no formal attire, fixed mealtimes or traditional seating plans in the restaurants on board the best cruise ship in the world, according to the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2020.

With a maximum of 500 guests, enjoy individually tailored service and the highest level of personal space - and an exceptionally luxurious ratio of crew to passengers. The EUROPA 2 combines the comfort of an exclusive resort with the flexibility of a yacht that can also visit small harbours and places off the beaten tracks. Great route diversity opens up whole new opportunities to discover unforgettable destinations.

Unique Feature

Gourmets can hone their cooking skills on the EUROPA 2 under the guidance of our Tarragon chef. The classroom corresponds to the level of the skill being taught there: the chefs will entertain you in the kitchen of the EUROPA 2 equipped with high-quality MIELE appliances as they teach you how to conjure up cuisine and creatively present it on the table. Devote yourself to the fascinating topic of culinary enjoyment in complete calm on the EUROPA 2.


With an inside area in excess of 600 m² (6,458 ft²) and a 200 m² (2,153 ft²) outdoor area, the OCEAN SPA offers everything you need for personal well-being: from luxurious treatments for your body, skin and soul, to deeply relaxing moments on the spacious OCEAN SPA terrace.

Spa offers

  • Sauna area with herbal sauna, Deep Ocean sauna, Finnish sauna, steam bath and ice fountain
  • Personal Spa* with a sauna, its own whirlpool, massage tables and various ways to relax
  • Tepidarium and relaxation area with loungers
  • Whirlpool
  • Varied range of massages* with innovative and classic wellness treatments including shiatsu, hot stone, Ayurveda, lymph drainage and Thalasso treatments*
  • Beauty treatments* and hairdresser*

Fitness Area

Relaxed or dynamic, focused or holistic, traditional or innovative: what style of fitness suits you best? The EUROPA 2 offers a wealth of exercise options: various classes, high-end gym machines and tailor-made fitness programmes with a personal trainer* await you. There is also a 15 m (49 ft) long pool, which many guests consider to be the best place on board.

Fitness offers

  • A 210 m²/2,260 ft² fitness studio equipped with state-of-the-art apparatuses
  • Comprehensive programme of courses ranging from aqua fitness to pilates and from yoga to jogging on the beach
  • Targeted training with a personal trainer*: comprehensive fitness check, a systematic training schedule and a detailed nutrition plan
  • Sport hosts show you the right way to use devices, explain exercise techniques and give you new ideas for your workout
  • Golf simulators* and fitting station*


Welcome to Golf & Cruise – when the best cruise ship in the world* meets the most interesting greens around the globe. A round of golf and a cruise have much in common. They offer many surprises, make lasting impressions and bring new acquaintances. On our exclusive Golf & Cruise voyages we have reserved the best greens for you. Golfers with a handicap of –36 or better can play on these first-class courses alongside our PGA professionals. While at sea, the golf simulator(s) and modern video analyses invite you to perfect your technique. Our Golf & Cruise voyages are rounded off by friendly get-togethers on board, where you can meet up and talk shop to your heart’s content with the pros and fellow golfers.

Our Golf & Cruise package

(only bookable prior to the cruise, at a surcharge)

  • Welcome cocktail
  • First-class support from experienced PGA golf professionals on board and on the golf course
  • Baggage service, shoe shining and golf club cleaning
  • Individual training at the golf simulator and video coaching
  • Warm-up on the driving range, including balls (if time permits)
  • Green fees and trolleys (e-carts subject to availability)
  • Transfer to and from the golf course with an English-speaking tour guide
  • One special award for each cruise (for example Nearest to the Pin etc.)
  • Halfway snack
  • Exclusiv dinner with the PGA golf professionals
  • Presentations and personal tips from the PGA golf professionals
  • EUROPA 2 golf gift set


The sea can be experienced particularly intensively on the spacious teak pool deck. Impressive focal point is the long pool that invites guests to calmly swim their lengths or exercise with gentle aqua-fitness. Here, at the heart of the EUROPA 2, there is plenty of room for each individual guest to let his thoughts wander and simply do nothing. Comfortable sun lounges are available for every guest to enjoy either the sun or shade – both in pleasant airy as well as sheltered areas.

Deck 10
  • Zodiacs
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sun Deck
  • Bridge
  • Veranda Suites
  • Penthouse Suites
  • Grand Penthouse Suites
  • Owner Suites
Deck 9
  • Restaurant Yacht Club
  • Sushi Restaurant Sakura
  • Sun Deck
  • Pool
  • Conference Room
  • Studio
  • Gallery
  • Culinary School
  • Belvedere with library and coffee lounge
Deck 8
  • Sansibar
  • Tender
  • Knopf Club / Kids Club
  • Veranda Suites
  • Ocean Suites
  • Family Apartments
  • Penthouse Suites (accessible) 
Deck 7
  • Veranda Suites
  • Ocean Suites
Deck 6
  • Veranda Suites
  • Ocean Suites
  • Owner Suites
  • Grand Ocean Suites
Deck 5
  • Ocean Spa
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Golf
  • Embarkation and disembarkation
  • Grand Ocean Suites
  • Veranda Suites
  • Ocean Suites
Deck 4
  • Restaurant Weltmeere
  • Restaurant Serenissima
  • Restaurant Elements
  • Restaurant Tarragon
  • Grand Reserve
  • Tour Office
  • Teens' Club
  • Boutique / Jeweller
  • Reception
  • Foyer
  • Embarkation / disembarkation
  • Photo shop
  • Club 2
  • Collins
  • Theatre
All the promises of a yacht and the serenity of a small resort: on board the EUROPA 2, you can enjoy the highest level of casual luxury with a maximum of 500 guests. The ship has been awarded the coveted distinction of 5-stars-plus by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2020.

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Price from: £pp
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Cruise Line: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Departs: Friday, November 24, 2023
Duration: 14 NIGHTS
Reference: ME2221124

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