Hapag was founded in 1847, Lloyd in 1857. Competitors for 113 years, the 2 companies merged in 1970 to found Hapag-Lloyd AG. Originally a shipping company, they acquired their first ship, Europa, in 1973.Currently operating a fleet of 6 ships: MS Europa, MS Europa 2, Hanseatic Nature, Hanseatic Inspiration, Hanseatic Spirit and MS Bremen, the company offers a variety of cruises and expeditions. Travelling to hundreds of destinations, the fleet lets you discover new cultures and sceneries while forgetting about daily life. From gourmet cruises to nature expeditions, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises & Expeditions caters for the adventurous couple and families to the knowledge seekers.