Would you go on a luxury cruise not knowing the exact ports of call? A luxury liner is betting some adventurous cruisers would, as they make a gutsy offer for an increasingly discerning cruise industry market—an itinerary with ‘secret’ destinations.
Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offered a “surprise cruise” on the 2-year-old, 516-passenger MS Europa 2 earlier this May. The most passengers would know about the trip before it begins is that it takes them from Istanbul to Athens, with stops in between to be decided only when the ship sets sail. How does it work? The Captain was to present possible destinations, and a lecturer was also available to talk about the merits and charms of the ports. The guests would then come together to design their trip.
Included in the potential list of stops are destinations with each of their own thrills, like the Byzantine town of Kavala, the beaches of Limenas, the biblical metropolis of Thessaloniki, the excavation site of Dikili, diving destination Chios… just to name a few of the exciting possibilities. The ten-night sailing was priced starting at $5,990 per person on double-occupancy.
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^ Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “Istanbul to Piraeus (Athens).” HL-Cruises.com. Web. Accessed 25 May 2015. http://www.hl-cruises.com/find-your-cruise/EUX1612
^ “Mystery Luxury Cruises by Hapag-Lloyd.” The Luxury Post, 13 May 2015. Web. 25 May 2015. http://www.theluxurypost.com/uncategorized/mystery-luxury-cruises-by-hapag-lloyd/2015/05/13/061439
^ Sloan, Gene. “Latest oddball cruise: ‘surprise sailing’ to secret ports.” USA Today, 11 May 2015. Web. 25 May 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2015/05/11/surprise-cruise-hapag-lloyd/27078597/