Europa (V)
The 37,012grt Europa (V) of the Hapag-Lloyd Line made her debut in 1981.  She was replaced by the slightly smaller Europa (VI) in 1999 so sold to Star Cruises in Asia and renamed SuperStar Europe.  She didn't have the name long before she was renamed yet again SuperStar Aries in 2000.  She was subsequently sold in 2004 to Pullmantur in Spain where she sailed under the name Holiday Dream.  In 2007 Royal Caribbean created CDF Croisieres de France and from May 2008 she began to sail the Med and winter in the Caribbean as Bleu de France for French cruisers.  In 2010 she returned to Pullmantur then towards the end of the year was sold to Saga Cruises, joining their fleet in early 2012 after her final Bleu de France cruise at the end of October 2011.  The following photos were taken during a visit from her to Southampton on the 25th September 1987.
To see photos of her as Saga Sapphire, click here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 25th September 1987 & 30th March 2006
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23rd March 2012