Cruise ship 'MSC World Europa', which served as a floating hotel during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last year, returned for its fourth visit to the country during the 2022/23 cruise season.
In a post on its social media pages, Mwani Qatar noted that the mega cruise ship – which had its naming ceremony in Doha last year – was carrying 5,310 tourists and 2,070 crew members.
Managed by the Swiss-based MSC Cruises, 'MSC World Europa' sails under the flag of Malta and is the most innovative and environmentally sustainable vessel in the company’s fleet, featuring the latest technologies that reduce emissions and rationalise energy use.
Built in Saint-Nazaire, France, the 22-deck ship has a length of 333m, width of 47m, public space of more than 40,000sqm, as well as 2,633 staterooms, accommodating 6,700 passengers, in addition to 13 restaurants and six swimming pools. The 'MSC World Europa' is an ultramodern urban metropolis at sea offering a veritable world of different experiences, while setting a new standard for the cruise industry.
MSC Cruises’ newest flagship and the most innovative vessel is dubbed as the world’s largest environmentally focused cruise passenger ship. Along with 'MSC Poesia' and 'MSC Opera', 'MSC World Europa' provided football fans with a unique hospitality experience during the prestigious tournament in Qatar.
The three vessels have a total passenger capacity of more than 12,000 combined, according to MSC Cruises.
On top of groundbreaking advances in terms of reduction of emissions and energy efficiency, the LNG-powered ship paves the way towards the uptake of carbon-neutral synthetic and other alternative fuels as soon as they are available at scale.