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With the top deck given over to the top suites, Europa's observation lounge can be found on Lido Deck forward. Apart from being the only public room with a view forward, Club Belvedere serves as cocktail lounge, quiet lounge after dinner and venue for classical concerts; something that Hapag-Lloyd has been featuring for years. The decor is very refined, featuring an interesting combination of low-key, neutral furniture and some eye-catching artwork, offset by floor-to-ceiling picture windows offering a great view of sea and sky.

A beautiful arcade lined with original artwork leads aft and offers access to the delightful Library (with Internet Stations) and intimate Auditorium. Further aft doors lead to the main Pool Deck with Europa's unique indoor/outdoor pool. Measuring a generous 17,3 x 5,15 meters (56.7 x 16.8 ft), this is one of the very few seagoing pools that can actually be used for swimming. Part of the pool is covered by a retractable glass roof; the other part is open to the elements. It's simple as it is innovative! But what is that white Porsche Cayenne Turbo doing next to the pool? At closer sight it is revealed that Hapag-Lloyd has teamed up with Porsche. While it is definitely a gadget to have an expensive car parked on the sun deck, the seagoing Porsche seems oddly out of place here.

Club Belvedere

Corridor leading to Club Belvedere
Club Belvedere
Porsche Cayenne parked on Pool Deck
Pool Deck

Club Belvedere

Library
Pool Deck with indoor/outdoor pool
Magrodome-covered main pool
Golf simulator aft on Bellevue Deck
 

The "Wellness" thing is very big in the German-speaking countries and of course Europa caters to every need with a large Wellness Center on Sport Deck. Called "Spa Futuresse", it houses a beauty salon, hairdresser and numerous treatment rooms. The most impressive by far is the Japanese room, with twin massage tables and a hot tub. Adjacent is the relaxation room with chairs and loungers in all shapes and sizes. And fitness fanatics will welcome the new glass-walled Fitness Center that was added onto Bellevue Deck last September, together with Sansibar, a new all-day, all-night "beach club".

After exercising, why not grab a bite at the Lido Café? This pretty restaurant has two self service buffets, discreetly screened off from the rest of the room, which terraces down towards the aft open deck. Here, covered by a large canvas awning, breakfast, lunch and the occasional alfresco dinner are served in utter elegance. There is even a menu printed for each lunch buffet!

Lido Cafe outdoor

Lido Cafe
Relaxation Room
Japanese treatment room

Lido Cafe buffet

Lido Cafe
Lido Deck
Japanese treatment room

 

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

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