The German cruise ship EUROPA visited Ayr today, anchoring about a mile off the harbour entrance and using her own tenders to ferry passengers ashore. The Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships has awarded this ship, owned by the German company Hapag Lloyd, their highest rating for eight consecutive years. She was built in 1999 by Kvaerner Masa Yards at Helsinki. She is 198.52 metres in length, has a gross tonnage of 28,890 tons, and can carry up to 408 passengers in the utmost luxury. She is currently on a cruise round the British Isles, entitled 'English Style and Celtic Mysticism'. Her ports so far have included Greenwich, Torquay, Tresco (Scilly Isles), Bantry, and Galway. She sailed this afternoon for Portree, Invergordon and Leith. The cruise started from, and will end at, Hamburg.