The cruise ship MSC World Europa (floating hotel) docked yesterday at Doha Port to offer a unique hospitality experience to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fans.
The 22-deck ship can accommodate 6,700 World Cup fans. It is designed with the highest standards of security and safety. With 2, 626 cabins and 40,000m2 of public space, the ship keeps pace with the latest modern standards in terms of technology and environment-friendly practices, and is expected to reshape the future of cruise ships with its versatile recreational options. It also features a 104m long promenade.
The ship will take its guests on a tour in which they will discover different foods and drinks from around the world through 33 restaurants and lounges, each with its own character.  To Page 3
It will also provide entertainment activities for all ages, including 3 new concerts, 5 new theater performances, 4 unique experiences in the “Panorama Lounge”, and live performances traveling in various areas on board the ship. To Page 3
The floating hotel includes the largest children’s area compared to all the ships of the MSC fleet, with an internal area of more than 766 square meters, and 7 rooms, each suitable for different age groups, from birth to 17 years old. Children and adolescents will enjoy various entertainment programmes including new and old games as well as talents programmes, delivered in facilities equipped with the latest technology.
The ship offers 7 swimming pools, 13 whirlpools, and the most luxurious yacht club, which includes public spaces, outdoor areas and new suites. It will spend its first year in the waters of the Arabian Gulf, and in the summer of 2023, it will leave the region, heading towards the Mediterranean.
MSC World Europa is the first ship in the MSC fleet powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), one of the cleanest fuels in the world, which is expected to play an important role in reducing carbon emissions from international shipping operations or bringing them to zero, and already contribute to the removal of emissions of local air pollutants such as sulfur oxides and reduce Nitrogen oxides by up to 85%.
LNG also plays a prominent role in reducing climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 25% and paving the way for the development of sustainable non-fossil fuels such as green hydrogen. The ship will include a fuel cell display that will test the technology’s efficiency in generating heat and electricity with more than 30% efficiency than liquefied natural gas engines.
The ship is also equipped with selective catalytic reduction, port-supplied power supply, and advanced wastewater treatment systems that meet the highest regulatory requirements in the world, including the so-called Baltic Standard, the strictest standard for the disposal of wastewater at sea.
It also includes a system to reduce the impact of underwater sound to a minimum, and reduce the potential impact on marine mammals in the surrounding waters, in addition to providing the ship with devices and systems to rationalise and optimise energy. - (QNA)
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