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MSC Cruises Introduces Its Newest Flagship

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MSC Cruises' newest ship will come into service on December 20, 2022 and spend her inaugural season in the Gulf giving guests the ultimate warm weather destination cruise experience. Her season will commence with a special 4-night sailing from Doha (Qatar) to her new homeport of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She will then offer a series of 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 guests. Her program in the Gulf will also be enriched with calls in the port of Dammam, Saudi Arabia, visiting Al Ahsa oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ship will then call on Doha, the futuristic capital of Qatar, before returning to Dubai with an overnight in the city allowing guests to discover all the marvels it has to offer and wrapping up an exciting week on board.

Departing Dubai on 25 March 2023, MSC World Europa will embark on a 20-night voyage from Doha to Genoa, Italy to begin her Mediterranean Season where she will be sailing 7-night cruises calling on the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France.

The first in a trailblazing new class of MSC Cruises’ ships, MSC World Europa brings a world of unique experiences on board, with a variety of never-seen-before concepts and creative areas quite unlike anything else at sea today. This next-generation ship introduces a completely new platform that boasts future-proof marine and hospitality technologies as well as ground-breaking and ultra-modern design all-around.

At 333 metres long, 22 decks high and with 40,000 m2 of public space, MSC World Europa is MSC Cruises’ longest ship in the fleet, but this extra space is not just for show. The increased size means that the ship will offer a variety of novel and engaging experiences to be enjoyed by one and all.

You will find many exciting reasons to book your next vacation aboard MSC World Europa, but here are some of the top highlights we think you will enjoy:

ENGAGING GUEST EXPERIENCES FOR ALL AGES

As a brand-new prototype, the MSC World Class ships have enabled MSC Cruises to create so much more than just new features. Guests will find a veritable world of different experiences aboard an ultramodern urban metropolis at sea. The size of this new ship allows for completely distinct districts, each with their own mood and experiences, from a tranquil adults-only zen district to the lively promenade with entertainment, shops and bars, to a separate family district that houses as many as ten new kids facilities. The result is a vibrant cosmopolitan melting pot, for a varied and exciting guest experience that is unlike any other on land and at sea.

Among the host of leisure options on board, you will be faced with choosing which of the new single-brand shops to visit first and how to divide your time between the incredible variety of six pools and 14 whirlpools. A family sundeck will offer the littlest ones a chance to enjoy a day at sea with mom and dad, while an Aquapark with integrated virtual reality technology will entertain both children and every adult’s inner child in equal measure. You can also expect the same high quality, full-scale production theatre shows that you have come to expect from MSC Cruises, as well as new and exciting, immersive performance venues.

A NEXT-LEVEL DINING EXPERIENCE

MSC World Europa also features next-level dining, based around seasonality and carefully curated immersive experiences, with a strong focus on artisanal and craft products, particularly in the variety of bars and lounges, as well as the new exceptional gourmet dining concepts. The ship will feature no less than 13 dining venues, including an incredible six specialty restaurants, based around creative expression and offering an unexpected, interactive experience with two entirely new locations: the trendy Chef’s Garden Kitchen focusing on flavourful microgreens and La Pescaderia, a traditional seafood grill with alfresco seating. Fan favourites will also return but will be taken to the next level, such as the classic American-style steakhouse Butcher’s Cut and Asian-inspired Kaito Teppanyaki Grill and Sushi Bar, as well as the newly launched Latin American street food-inspired Hola! Tacos & Cantina. Guests will also have the opportunity to discover not one but three ample restaurant-buffets on board, each offering their distinct ambiance, including a brand-new location open 24/7.

The snack and bar selection will set itself apart, with numerous soon-to-be-revealed concepts making their debut and familiar faces returning with amplified offerings, such as the Masters of the Sea Pub, which will be split across two decks and will brew craft beer on board for the first time. Other concepts will include the Elixir - Mixology Bar with elaborate signature cocktails, a South Asian-style tea room filled with perfumes from the East, an authentic Emporium coffee bar with selections from around the world, a widely stocked Gin Project inspired by a real distillery, a zesty juice bar made from fresh ingredients, a gelateria with a multitude of flavours to tempt your sweet-tooth, and many more!

NEW AND STYLISH ACCOMMODATION

MSC World Europa will offer an extensive range of accommodation options to satisfy every taste, with a staggering 19 different categories to choose from and 65% of staterooms and suites featuring private balconies. The ship will see the introduction of seven new and innovative accommodation types such as:

  • Balcony suites and staterooms that overlook the promenade designed for guests to soak up the vibrant atmosphere below.
  • Luxurious duplex MSC Yacht Club suites with large balconies and private hot tub, as well as open living/dining room area.
  • Stylish Aurea Suites with spacious balcony and private hot tub.
  • Infinite Ocean view staterooms with a panoramic sliding window that turns into a glass balustrade when open.

So whether you seek increased sea views, larger balconies, more spacious staterooms or other enhancements, MSC World Europa offers new options to likely meet each of these needs.

FUTURE-PROOF DESIGN

MSC World Europa’s ground-breaking design sets her apart from the crowd - with a striking futuristic silhouette, the ship’s signature 90-degree plumb bow shaped like an arrow will cut through the water with ease and grace. The impressive and never seen before Y-shaped aft opens onto the impressive 104-metre-long Europa Promenade with breathtaking ocean views. Half open to the sky and half-covered by an imposing LED-sky screen, it features tailor-made displays throughout the day.

One of the key features of the completely re-imagined ship promenade is The Spiral - a striking architectural centrepiece in the form of a dry slide spanning 11 decks – making it the longest at sea! The sleek curves of the impressive stainless-steel slide make it a true work of art as well as a fun way to get from the top of the ship to the promenade.

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, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), is one of the world’s cleanest marine fuels available and is set to play a key role in the transition to the decarbonisation of international shipping. It strongly reduces local air pollutant emissions like sulphur oxides by up to 99% and nitrogen oxides by up to 85%.

The launch of MSC World Europa marks the beginning of the brand’s new era of cruising while providing its guests with a truly unique and memorable vacation that is also sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Contact your Travel Professional to find your perfect destination on MSC World Europa or visit www.msccruises.ca

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