Hapag-Lloyd Cruises To Bid Farewell To The MS Columbus In May 2012
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be taking its premium
ship MS Colunbus out of the fleet one year earlier than planned, in May 2012, by mutual agreement with Conti, the Munich based group of companies and owner of the ship. All cruises offered up to May 2012 will be taking place on the
Columbus as scheduled.
The ship is to be replaced in Spring 2012 by her successor the Columbus 2, under a two-year charter with Oceania Cruises. The Columbus crew will transition over to the renamed vessel.
The successor ship, Oceania Cruisesâ€™ Insignia, 2 will be welcomed to the fleet in spring 2012 and offers a passenger capacity of 698 people. â€œThe Columbus 2 is a modern ship. She provides more diversity and comfort at a very good price/performance ratio,
represents for us an economically attractive expansion of our capacity in the
premium segment,â€œ said Sebastian Ahrens, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd
The Columbus will be offering her world tour 2011/2012 as planned. At the end of
that voyage on May 7, 2012 in Nice, France, the ship will depart the Hapag-Lloyd
Cruises fleet. Only two published cruises following the world tour will be
cancelled. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be offering special deals for re-booking
onto the Columbus 2 for any customers who have already booked these two cruises.