In a departure from the design of the bare bones, exuberantly orange easyCruiseOne, the river-going easyCruiseTwo features significant changes in overall appearance -- and, when it launches on August 11, an all new weekly itinerary with stops in Amsterdam, Brussels, Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Explanation for the changes? easyCruise has responded to a public chorus of "too much orange" by toning down its potent color scheme. Instead of the signature "easyorange," easyCruiseTwo is dressed in a more subdued graphite gray with orange trim. The line also introduced a new futuristic, boomerang-shaped company logo.
Onboard amenities are evolving, too. A further reflection of public feedback, Dutch uber-fab designer Jan Des Bouvrie created a design that would provide a more enjoyable onboard experience: The ship boasts a large canopied sun deck, two hot tubs, the 90-seat World Cafe, a sleek cocktail bar, a fully equipped gym and 52 oceanview cabins. A resident DJ for your easydancing/easyspazzing pleasure will also become a permanent fixture on easyCruiseTwo.
In order to unify the easy fleet's design, easyCruiseOne, currently sailing the French and Italian Riviera, will be treated to a complete refit when it finishes its cruise season in October.
In a statement, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of easyGroup, commented that "the new livery reflects the aspirations and sophistication of our passengers and therefore offers younger consumers a true alternative to traditional cruising, allowing them to sample the delights of Europe and beyond at a price unheard of in the cruise industry."
easyCruise departs each port in the a.m. hours, arrives at a new port by lunchtime, and allows guests to indulge in the day and nightlife in European cities until at least 2 a.m. Additionally, easyCruise offers you the freedom of getting on and off at any port, following a minimum two-night stay.
Check back this fall for our review of easyCruiseTwo.