This German operator’s vessels are consistently rated among the most luxurious ships at sea. Europa 2 certainly impresses with the quality of workmanship that has gone into its design and construction, the attention to detail, the standard of cuisine in its many restaurants, and the sheer amount of space per passenger. But it struggles to appeal to an English-speaking market and the entertainment fails to live up to the billing. The older Europa offers similar quality amid darker décor, but has even less international appeal. The line’s other two vessels operate comfortable expedition voyages, particularly to the Polar regions. Gratuities not included.