Cruise lines continue their search for bigger and better ships, and MSC Cruises is no exception. They have embarked on an ambitious shipbuilding plan to support their leadership position and growth goals in markets around the world.
Later this year, MSC will launch the first ship in its World Class series, with MSC World Europa, its largest ship to date, and its first powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The ship will begin with crossings in the Gulf region, followed by Mediterranean cruises in 2023.
Here’s what’s exciting and new with MSC’s latest addition to the fleet.
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Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in France, MSC World Europa is the first of 4 world-class ships, with plans to build three more from 2024 to 2027.
MSC World Europa will overtake MSC Grandiosa as the largest ship in the fleet. The latest addition to the Meraviglia class of ships, MSC Grandiosa and her sister ships, cemented MSC’s entry into the competitive mega-ship market.
In addition to MSC World Europa, the cruise line will launch MSC Seascape later in 2022 and build another Meraviglia-class ship, MSC Euribia, which is set to debut in 2023.
What’s the size?
How big is MSC World Europa? It is 13% larger in terms of gross tonnage compared to MSC Grandiosa. It has 22 decks, is 10 feet wider, although 2 feet shorter than its predecessor.
The new MSC ship will accommodate a maximum of 6,744 passengers as well as 2,138 crew members.
MSC World Europa will be the 6th largest ship in the world, behind Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class ships. The largest is Wonder of the Seas, which is scheduled to sail the first week of March 2022. Wonder of the Seas is 15% larger than MSC’s new ship, with a maximum capacity of 6,988 passengers.
What’s new on MSC World Europa?
MSC World Europa is a significant departure from the look and feel of other MSC cruise ships. Its revolutionary structure is Y-shaped and has an arc like an arrow.
Considered an ultra-modern design inside and out, the ship uses the latest technologies and upgraded amenities to deliver a contemporary cruising experience for MSC passengers. The ship has separate adult, entertainment and family quarters, spaces to appeal to all types of cruisers.
One of her most unique design elements is her sophisticated 295-foot long promenade with ocean views and LED screens. Centered at the rear, the silver “spiral” structure accommodates the Venom Drop, the longest dry slide at sea covering 11 decks.
MSC World Europa Highlights
- A 10,000 square foot Balinese-style MSC Aurea Spa, it includes a gym, beauty salon, hair salon and a range of wellness and beauty treatments
- Spacious MSC Yacht Club space with premium suites including butler, restaurant, lounge and pool areas, plus new suite options
- Fun for the whole family with the largest water park on MSC cruises, with VR technology and solarium
- Promenade with entertainment, shops, bars and restaurants
- Luna Park Studio multi-event room that can transform for different theater productions and shows
- Adults-only Zen neighborhood with pool and bar
- 6 swimming pools and 14 hot tubs
- MSC Sports Plex with bumper cars and roller track
- MSC for Me technology that connects guests and crew to the onboard messaging service
- Bridges named after famous European cities such as Rome, Madrid, Vienna and London.
Food and drink
- 13 dining venues, including three buffets showcasing artisanal and artisan products
- 6 specialty restaurants – a steakhouse, sushi/teppanyaki and Latin American street food
- Healthy options like Chef’s Garden Kitchen and Seafood Pescaderia
- Numerous lounges and bars, including the Champagne Bar, Zen Pool Bar, and Chocolate Factory for coffee and sweets
- Masters of the Sea Pub, a 2-story bar with craft beer made on board
- Elixir Mixology Bar with signature MSC cocktails
- A tea room and coffee emporium
- The Gin Project inspired by an authentic distillery
- Juice bar and gelateria
- 7 new room types, 65% of all rooms having a balcony
- Redesigned statements with a view of the promenade
- Spacious two-story MSC Yacht Club suites with large balcony, private hot tub and living/dining area
- Aurea Suites with balcony and private hot tub
- Endless ocean view staterooms with a panoramic sliding window
Better for the environment
In line with MSC’s strategy to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impacts, MSC World Europa is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and has a new generation of wastewater treatment systems.
MSC Cruises’ ultimate goal is to have zero-emission operations through the use of green technologies.
There’s an MSC Foundation Center onboard, an eco-friendly zone for kids that features interactive games as the room transforms into a 3D aquarium.
Where does MSC World Europa sail?
It is only fitting that MSC World Europa starts its career by participating in one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. With the country expecting over a million visitors, MSC World Europa is one of two MSC cruise ships chartered to host some of the event’s guests.
The ships will remain in the region, spending the winter in the Gulf sailing to ports such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
MSC World Europa will also participate in a number of Grand Voyages with multi-week voyages venturing between the Middle East and Europe, passing through the famous Suez Canal.
Spring and summer offer Mediterranean cruises ranging from 2 to 7 nights, departing from Genoa, Barcelona, Marseille and Naples.