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ABOVE: The MV Europa is the flagship of Hapag-Lloyd's fleet. INSET BELOW: MV Hanseatic in Bordeaux; and a double cabin on the Hanseatic's Amundsen Deck.

photoHapag-Lloyd is a German shipping company that goes back to 1856, when Norddeutsche Lloyd inaugurated passenger and cargo service between Bremerhaven and New York.

In 1970, NDL merged with Hamburg America Line (HAPAG), and today the names of Hapag-Lloyd's four passenger ships--the Europa and Europa 2, the Bremen, and the Hanseatic--honor the great NDL liners that plied the North Atlantic route in the 1930s.

photoHapag-Lloyd's ships focus on the upscale market, but each ship has a different character. For example, Europa has a reputation for traditional luxury (albeit with such German touches as a nudist deck), while the newer Europa 2 has a more casual and modern vibe.

In 2015, Hapag-Lloyd is offering a small number of international cruises that cater to both German- and English-speaking passengers. (During other voyages, German is the only language spoken unless at least 15 English-speaking guests are on board.)

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