Sailing in style

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Cruises just got smoother thanks to Hapag-Lloyd. A very old name in passenger shipping — or rather, two very old names: The line as we know it today was actually created in 1970 as a merger between the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (Hamburg-American Line, or Hapag) and Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd), which had been around since 1847 and 1857, respectively. Now owned by the large travel company TUI AG, Hapag-Lloyd (much less of a mouthful to pronounce) operates four small and midsize ships that are targeted to four distinct cruise styles: the 408-passenger Europa serving the ultra-luxury market, the 420-passenger Columbus operating premium mainstream cruises, and the 184-passenger Hanseatic and 164-passenger Bremen offering expedition-style cruises.

Hapag-Lloyd has announced that it will be acquiring two new ships in 2012 and 2013. One, named Europa 2 and designed to “complement” the luxurious Europa, is being purpose-built at the STX France shipyard under the ownership of a third party, which will charter it to Hapag-Lloyd for 12 years. The vessel will enter service in 2013.

Same time next year, Hapag’s premium-cruise fleet will expand to two ships via a two-year charter of Oceania Cruises’ 684-passenger Insignia, which will be temporarily renamed Columbus 2.

Nadal denim serve

World number one tennis player Rafael Nadal joins sultry siren Megan Fox as the new face of Emporio Armani underwear and jeans. Guess the Spanish Superstar won’t have to buy underwear for a long time now. Just wish we had his genes (pun intended).

Photo Credit : Armani Jeans’ SS11 campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot

Campbell sell

Supermodel Naomi Campbell seems to have spent her time in Mockba wisely. Besides cozying up to Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladamir Doronin, she also starred in a sexy TV commercial to promote the city’s tony apartment complex Legend of Tsvetnoy, owned by him. The 60-second advert shows a half-naked Campbell cooing: “I listen to your heart, Moscow. Now you know where I stay.” Steamy neighbour?