It has seen other contenders for its crown, but the ‘world’s best cruise ship’ – Europa 2 – has taken top ranking in another leading guide.
The 516-passenger Hapag-Lloyd ship is ranked six stars-plus in Stern’s Guide To The Cruise Vacation 2017. Sister vessel Europa is given six stars.
Author Steve Stern said: ‘Having cruised on over 800 ships, I can honestly say that no other ship was as exquisitely beautiful as the Europa 2.’
The two ships are also the only ones to be marked five stars-plus by Douglas Ward in Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017.
They kept their positions as the world’s best cruise ships in their category for the fourth time for Europa 2 and 17th time for Europa.
Read my review of Europa 2 here