Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced the addition of two new shore excursions for fans of motor sports and wine as part of Europa 2's Asia cruise in March and April 2016.
The shore excursions program includes a trip to the Formula 1 race in the Kingdom of Bahrain. German winemaker Markus Schneider will also invite guests to small group tastings during the cruise. Schneider will compare different vintages, vineyards and grape varieties. In addition to true rarities and classics, attendees will sample selected wines that have been unavailable for a long time.
Europa 2 arrives in Bahrain April 3, when the destination opens the door to the world of Formula 1 and motor-sport fans can experience the spectacle ‘live’ from the first bend. The Bahrain Grand Prix is the second of 21 races. Guests on board the Europa 2 can watch to see who triumphs over 57 thrilling circuits. The excursion, which will last about five and a half hours, can be booked for € 398 including transfers.
For wine lovers, The Grande Reserve wine bar also hosts regular tastings. Markus Schneider, a winemaker from Palatinate, whose fine wines also appear on the menu, will accompany the cruise from Mumbai to Dubai. In exclusive tastings and workshops, passengers will meet the successful winemaker in person to discuss his various creations. Schneider’s wines are famous not only for their remarkable quality but also for unusual names such as BLACK PRINT and TOHUWABOHU. The tastings and workshops with Markus Schneider are free of charge.
The Europa 2 Asia cruise from March 25- April 7 2016 (13 days) travels from Mumbai to Dubai via Muscat/Oman, Khor Fakkan/United Arab Emirates, Khasab/Musandam/Oman, Mina Khalifa (Menama)/Bahrain, Doha/Qatar and Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates. The cruise can be booked from $8,960 per person, cruise only.