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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hapag-Lloyd to Debut Columbus 2 Next Year

Oceania Cruises Insignia will become Hapag-Lloyd's
COLUMBUS 2 in May, 2012.
Photo courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced Monday that its COLUMBUS would depart the fleet a year earlier than scheduled, in May 2012.  She will be replaced by Oceania Cruises Insignia, which will join the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet next May, rechristened as COLUMBUS 2.

Larger and with a capacity of 698 guests, COLUMBUS 2 will allow Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to add more diversity to its itinerary offerings while at the same time enhancing the onboard experience for its guests.  COLUMBUS 2 is also larger, at 593 feet in length.

COLUMBUS will carry out her published 2011-2012 World Tour schedule as planned, departing the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet on May 7, 2012 in the port of Nice, France.  Only two previously announced cruises departing after this date will be scrapped, and passengers booked on the affected voyages will be given the option to switch to a new itinerary.

The Officers and crew of COLUMBUS will be transferred over to COLUMBUS 2.

For more information on COLUMBUS, including her now-farewell 2011 Great Lakes voyages, and for information regarding the new COLUMBUS 2, be sure to pay a visit to the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises website.


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