Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has released a new episode in its EXPERIENCE.tv series. This time, the line takes a look at Europa 2's wine and spirits collection.
The ship's wine collection hails from 14 different countries. In terms of gin, guests can choose from 37 different types, including varieties from England, Scotland, Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Spain. Guests can experience wine tastings with the sommelier on board and also take part in gin tastings.
The bar menu also lists 50 different cocktails, among those 10 are non-alcoholic. There are also 12 champagne brands, and 24 types of champagne.
The sommelier on the Europa 2, Roland Brenner, organizes the wine tastings on board in the Grande Reserve. For each tasting he puts together different collections of wines. Each wine tasting costs €80 per person.
At gin tastings, guests can learn all about gin -- its origin, its ingredients, and its various categories. Today, gin is a typical British distillate. However, guests can learn that the origin of gin is in the Netherlands where juniper distillates were already noted from around 1600. Around five to six different gins are typically sampled at a gin tasting.