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Monday, August 10, 2009

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Competes For the Title of Europe’s Leading Cruise Line

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is thrilled to announce their nomination for a 2009 World Travel Award (WTA), in the "Europe's Leading Cruise Line” category. The World Travel Awards, a travel industry awards program, has been dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as the ”Oscars of the Travel Industry.” Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet of four, offers ships with their own unique character, hundreds of destinations, on-board and on-land programs, attractive travel combinations, short trips to get a feel for what’s offered and long passages for travel enthusiasts.

MS EUROPA, the fleet’s flagship, sets international standards: it is the only cruise liner to have been awarded the coveted 5-star plus distinction by the Berlitz Cruise Guide from 2001 to 2009 and the only cruise ship worldwide to be honored with a "Six Star Diamond Award" by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN, their exploration ships are both designed for travel in polar-regions and for destinations “off the beaten track.” The MS HANSEATIC is the only 5-star exploration ship in the world, the MS BREMEN offers 4-star comfort, and the MS COLUMBUS is a 3-star-plus ship.

All four ships offer selected bilingual cruises (German/English) ensuring English-speaking passengers feel comfortable from the moment they step onboard. For more information on the fleets 09’-10’ bilingual itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com.

The WTA were launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, the awards are regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product could ever hope to receive. 
Thousands of votes are cast by travel professionals from 167,000 travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organizations in over 160 countries across the globe.
 Votes are cast globally by fellow industry professionals in 919 different categories. 
The World Travel Awards Europe Gala ceremony will take place in Obidos, Portugal on October 17, 2009, during which the winners of the European categories will be announced. For a complete list of nominees visit www.worldtravelawards.com

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