Geneva, Switzerland – 19 May 2022. In just six months MSC Cruises will launch its most innovative, most environmentally advanced and most exciting ship to-date: MSC World Europa. This eagerly anticipated new flagship is the first from the trail-blazing World Class prototype, spanning 22 decks, 47 metres wide, with 2,626 cabins and boasting more than 40,000m2 of public space. This ultramodern urban metropolis at sea is the future of cruising and will offer a veritable world of different experiences pushing the boundaries of what is possible at sea - setting a new standard for the cruise industry.
With so many brand-new features and whole world of experiences to discover, here are 9 reasons why MSC World Europa will be the ultimate ship to launch in 2022.
1.) The Promenade – the beating heart of the ship
The 104-metre long, 7 deck-high outdoor World Promenade is one of the most impressive spaces in this incredible ship. Opening out onto the aft of the ship with breath-taking sea views, this is the place to be day or night with entertainment and al-fresco dining space. The crowning glory of the promenade is a striking architectural masterpiece: The Venom Drop @ The Spiral spanning 11 decks. Not only beautiful with its sleek stainless-steel curves, but those feeling brave can take it on as they jump on the longest dry slide at sea, and traverse down 74 metres, the most fun (and quickest) way to get from the top of the ship to the promenade.
Connected to this is the indoor promenade is the World Galleria spanning 303m2 and topped with an awe-inspiring LED and kinetic dome ceiling - his is the perfect place to browse and enjoy the various lined bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques.
2.) Savour the World with outstanding restaurants, bars and lounges
MSC World Europa will transport guests on a gastronomic journey around the world with an incredible choice of 33 restaurants, bars and lounges each with its own distinct style and ambiance. Globally inspired menus and best-in-class culinary artistry combined with an abundant variety of quality ingredients, prepared with passion and authenticity will all result in exceptional eating and drinking experiences.
The ship will offer a spectacular range of 13 restaurants, including 6 specialty restaurants with two brand new concepts for MSC Cruises:
- Chef’s Garden Kitchen the first hydroponic garden at sea where the ingredients literally take centre stage with micro herbs, salads and garnishes grown and harvested on board;
- La Pescaderia, this signature Mediterranean fish restaurant will serve the freshest fish. Sophistication meets casual and family dining, a must for all guests!
Guests will also find MSC Cruises signature favourites including the Butcher’s Cut, an American-style steakhouse, Latin American street food inspired Hola! Tacos & Cantina, Kaito Teppanyaki and Sushi bar.
Among the 20 bars and lounges onboard are 7 brand new bar and café concepts including the line’s first onboard microbrewery, a new gin bar, a new cool and edgy cocktail bar honoring the art of mixology and much more!
3.) Awe-inspiring entertainment for all ages
Experience a whole new level of entertainment with a host of different venues that include grand-scale theatre productions, immersive performances in the aft lounge, interactive family entertainment in the Luna Park Arena, authentic Bohemian street theatre around the ship. On top of that let your hair down at the roller-disco or let your inner child free with the bumper cars.
- Panorama Lounge at the aft of the ship will offer immersive and flamboyant entertainment
- The stylish 1,153 seat World Theatre will host original productions each night of the cruise
- The versatile Luna Park Arena is a new multifunctional entertainment venue that will host movies, game shows, kids’ activities and different themed parties.
4.) MSC Cruises’ largest and most technologically advanced family offering
MSC World Europa's children's area will be the largest in the fleet, with over 766m2of interior space, 7 rooms dedicated to different age groups from 0 to 17 years old developed in collaboration with LEGO® and Chicco®.
Entertainment for children and teenagers will be even more varied with original game and talent show formats that will be created for The Studio, Luna Park Arena and the World Theatre.
Finally, thanks to the extended opening hours of the Kids Club and Teens Club, accompanied by youth staff, youngsters will also be able to enjoy other attractions of MSC World Europa, including bumper cars, the dry slide and the virtual room.
5.) Relax and unwind with the ultimate leisure and wellness escape
With 7 swimming pools and 13 whirlpools located in distinct parts of the ship, there is one to suit every holidaymaker, whether the aim is to relax and unwind or enjoy thrills and adventure.
- Brand-new tranquil Zen Pool area at the aft of the ship – this ultra-chic area is dedicated to adults only featuring two pools, solarium and shady lounge area – all from deck 18 for spectacular sea views
- The MSC Yacht Club with its extensive double-deck sundeck, private pool and whirlpool
- The Aquapark on deck 20, the largest in MSC Cruises fleet, features a kids’ pool and slides for all the family
- La Plage – the main pool is the place to be for those looking for fun and entertainment with an incredible 3,474m2 pool deck area complete with different levels for sunbathing
- The Botanic Garden Pool with retractable roof, tropical bar and area for lounging
6.) A next-level MSC Yacht Club for premium cruising
MSC World Europa will feature an enlarged and the most luxurious MSC Yacht Club yet offering unparalleled levels of comfort. More public space, expanded outdoor areas, new stylish suites all wrapped up in the futuristic design of the ship.
The enhanced public spaces include a totally reimagined sundeck, set over two decks for the first time, while two brand-new ultra-spacious Owner-Suites join the exclusive ‘ship within a ship’ concept with key-card access exclusively.
7.) Innovative new accommodation design
MSC World Europa is as different on the inside as she is on the outside, with all-new cabin designs and the most balcony cabins on any ship in the fleet. From luxurious suites with private facilities in the MSC Yacht Club, to traditional cabins and brand-new cabins overlooking the outdoor promenade, there’s high-quality, comfortable accommodation to satisfy every taste.
The ship will offer 7 new and innovative cabin types not seen on any other MSC Cruises’ ship, and more suites than ever have private whirlpool baths.
Another highlight is the new Infinite Ocean view cabins with a panoramic sliding window that turns into a glass balustrade when open.
8.) The ultimate itineraries
MSC World Europa will spend her inaugural season in the Gulf giving guests the ultimate winter cruise experience. Her season will commence on 20 December with a special 4-night sailing from Doha in Qatar to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
MSC World Europa will then offer 7-night cruises from Dubai to the nearby modern metropolis of Abu Dhabi, on to Sir Bani Yas Island, where guests will have a chance to discover an exotic array of wildlife or bask in the warm sun on the immaculate beaches, all exclusive to MSC Cruises on the days which the ships call. Her programme in the Gulf has been enriched with calls in the port of Dammam, Saudi Arabia, visiting Al Ahsa oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ship also calls Doha, the futuristic capital of Qatar, before returning to Dubai with an overnight in the city to discover all the marvels it has to offer.
Departing Dubai on 25 March 2023, MSC World Europa will head to the Mediterranean Sea. In summer 2023, she will offer 7-night cruises calling the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France.
9.) MSC World Europa to become one of the most environmentally advanced ships at sea
MSC World Europa will be the first LNG-powered vessel in MSC Cruises’ fleet and the most environmentally advanced to date. The fuel she runs on, liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), is one of the world’s cleanest marine fuels available at scale and is set to play a key role in the decarbonisation of (or transition to zero emissions of) international shipping. It virtually eliminates local air pollutant emissions like sulphur oxides and reduces nitrogen oxides by up to 85%. LNG also plays a key role in climate change mitigation as it reduces CO2 emissions by 25% and is paving the way for the uptake of sustainable non-fossil fuels including green hydrogen. A demonstration fuel cell onboard will test the efficiency of this technology as a means to produce heat and electricity about 30% more efficiently than the LNG engines.
In addition, MSC World Europa will feature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, shore-to-ship power connectivity, advanced wastewater treatment systems to comply with the so-called Baltic standard, the strictest global standard for wastewater disposal to sea, an underwater radiated noise management system to reduce potential noise and vibration impact on marine mammals, as well as a wide range of energy efficient equipment and systems to optimise engine use.
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