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Europa is decidedly different. You feel it the moment you step on board as you are welcomed by friendly staff members that prefer to address guests with "Frau" and "Herr" instead of "Mildred" and "John". The sense of formality is even reflected in the ship's interiors, which are done in neutral tones complemented by beautiful wood paneling. The core of the ship is the pleasing 7-deck high Atrium, with 24-hour reception desk, tour desk, photo gallery and small piano bar.

Plaque stating Berlitz 5+ star rating

Piano Bar

Atrium

Atrium with reception desk

Atrium
Aft stairwell
 

There is a pretty good chance you won't get out of your suite at all when sailing on Europa. The attention to detail is astounding. Expect to find twin sinks and separate showers and tubs in all bathrooms. Fluffy European duvets. Balconies in 82 % of all suites. And lots of living and storage space for all. Suites come in three sizes. First there is the "standard" suite, which is all but standard in terms of size and amenities. Most of these suite feature a private veranda.

Next in line is the Penthouse Deluxe Suite, offering 45 sq m of living space, a semi closed-off bedroom, Jacuzzi tub and larger sitting area. But most impressive are the two Penthouse Grand Suites, located all the way up on the highest deck. Offering stunning views forward, these suites are nothing short of extravagant. The decor of these suites is kept very neutral ... perhaps a bit too neutral for my taste. But the sheer indulgence of having your own huge living room, private sauna (!), telescope and wrap-around balcony will please even the most discerning of guests.

Veranda Suite

Aft balcony
Penthouse Deluxe Suite
Penthouse Grand Suite
Custom-made toiletries and an orchid...

Cabin corridor

Interactive tv in all suites
Veranda Suite
Veranda Suite bathroom
Penthouse Deluxe Suite

 

All photos and text: 2004 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on October 16, 2004. All rights reserved.