This Week in Cruise: Norwegian Cruise Line Offer Free Stateroom Upgrades

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering guests the opportunity to receive free stateroom upgrades during “The Great Upgrade Event” starting Monday, July 9. Vacationers planning to set sail on any three-day or longer cruise vacation in 2013 or 2014 will receive an up to four category stateroom upgrade and reduced deposits on sailings to Alaska, the Bahamas & Florida, Bermuda, Caribbean, Canada & New England, Europe, Hawaii and the Mexican Riviera, when they book before Aug. 12, 2012. In addition, those who take advantage of the offer will receive e-coupons worth up to $300 in on board savings.

Four months after the laying down of the keel, the Europa 2 left the drydock of the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire on July 6, 2012. In the context of a festive ceremony, the dock was flooded and the new addition to the fleet of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises took to the water for the first time. Now that the Europa 2 has left the drydock the next construction stage is due to begin – the completion of the interior at the outfitting pier.

The Europa 2 will be positioned in the luxury segment as a lifestyle-oriented, casual alternative. The Europa 2 will offer a maximum of 516 guests, more space per passenger than any other cruise liner, with 251 all-balcony suites. All the ship suites have a veranda and a minimum size of 301 square feet. Eight restaurants, as well as six bars will offer culinary diversity, as well as a large spa and fitness area.

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