Blohm+Voss to refit two Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships
German shipyard Blohm+Voss is to refit Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa and Europa 2 before the end of October 2017. Both ships will undergo scheduled maintenance works and technical upgrades, while certain areas onboard areas will be refreshed with new décor and equipment. “During our ships’ docking periods, not only do we carry out the necessary technical maintenance, but also complete various renovations onboard that then have a direct impact on our guests and enhance their cruise experience – whether this involves adding a new bar, redesigning the spa, or giving another area a makeover,” said Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “When implementing this work, we take into account what our guests want and need, however, we also follow current trends.” Blohm+Voss will start Europa’s dry dock on 13 September, completely redesigning The Belvedere lounge at the ship’s bow to create access to the library and a coffee bar.
First Cruise Ship Returns to Tunisia Since Fatal Museum Attack
The first cruise ship has arrived in Tunisia since a deadly Islamic extremist attack on the country’s leading museum last year, a voyage welcomed by singers, dancers and government officials who hope it marks a rebirth of Tunisian tourism. The MS Europa pulled into the port of La Goulette near the capital Thursday carrying 310 passengers, most of them Germans. Extra security was on hand for the arrival, along with Tunisia’s tourism minister, trumpeters and camels. Some 60 foreign tourists were killed in separate extremist attacks last year at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis and a beach resort near Sousse. The attacks devastated Tunisia’s tourism sector as travel agencies pulled out and governments issued travel warnings. Some of the passengers said they made the trip to defy terrorists. https://skift.com/2016/10/07/first-cruise-ship-returns-to-tunisia-since-fatal-museum-attack/
Deputy restaurant chief found dead in his cabin
A 27 year old employee was found dead aboard the "Europa 2" on Mar 8, 2016. The man from Munich was the deputy restaurant director. The man was last seen alive on shore in Ho Chi Minh City on Mar 7 after the ship had sailed from Manila on Feb 27. One day later he was found dead in his cabin. The body was handed over to the authorities in the port of Bangkok. There was nothing suspcious about his death.Upload News