MSC Euribia

Former name: MSC Vista

Specifications of MSC Euribia

Year built2023 new ship
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMSC MERAVIGLIA Plus
Building costEUR 770 million (USD 850 million)
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
OperatorMSC Cruises
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)331 m / 1086 ft
Beam (width)43 m / 141 ft
Gross Tonnage181541 gt
Passengers4828 - 6334
Crew1704
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks18
Cabins2421
Decks with cabins11
Sister-shipsMSC Grandiosa, MSC Virtuosa
Former namesMSC Vista
Christened bytba
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The 2023-built MSC Euribia cruise ship is MSC's thrird/last Meraviglia Plus-class boat - with sisterships MSC Grandiosa (2019) and MSC Virtuosa (2021). The MSC's 22nd ship Euribia is currently under construction in France and scheduled for delivery in May and inauguration in June 2023. Meraviglia-Plus vessels are an upgraded (enlarged design) version of the previous Meraviglia-Class boats MSC Meraviglia (2017) and MSC Bellissima (2019).

The vessel (IMO number 9860312 or 9901544) will be Malta-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Valletta.

History - construction and ownership

MSC Cruises (MSC Crociere) is a passenger shipping company headquartered in Genoa and Naples. It was established in 1960. Today, MSC Crociere is a subsidiary of MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) - the world's 2nd largest containership company. MSC Crociere is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company. By annual passenger shipping volumes, MSC is ranked the world's 4th largest cruise company (after Carnival Corporation, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NCL-Norwegian) with over 5% global market share.

MSC Euribia cruise ship

Decks and Cabins

MSC Euribia staterooms (2405 total, in 17 categories) provide max passenger capacity 6334 (4810 lower berths) and ~75% of all cabins are with private step-out balconies. The largest are the MSC Yacht Club Royal Suites (700 ft2 / 65 m2 plus 430 ft2 / 40 m2 terrace with Jacuzzi).

The boat has 18 decks (3 crew-only, 15 passenger-accessible, 11 with cabins) and also features "cluster cabins" (up to 3 connecting staterooms for families) allowing up to three cabins to be interlinked for max capacity 10 guests. There are also 95x Yacht Club Suites (with 24-hour butler service and exclusive facilities), 15x Interior Studios (dedicated for solo travelers single cabins without single supplement), 60x ADA-compliant (wheelchair-accessible cabins for passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility).

The MSC ship Euribia has total service area 460,000 m2 (4,951398 million ft2) and public areas 35,000 m2 (376,736 ft2), public area ratio 7,7 m2 (83 ft2) per passenger, 4 swimming pools (including 1x sliding roof-covered and 1x MSC Yacht Club), 9 Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpool hot tubs), 32 elevators (19 passenger lifts, including 1x MSC Yacht Club and 2x panoramic / glass-walled lifts in the Atrium).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The ship offers 12 dining options, including the Mediterranean Village (speciality restaurant) and the exclusive Yacht Club Restaurant. The buffet is open 20 hours per day for international cuisine, Mediterranean specialities, itinerary-based themed food (with locally sourced produce), healthy and dietary dishes. Fine dining options include Kaito Sushi Bar, Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant and an American-style steakhouse featuring speciality meats from all around the world.

Follows the complete list of MSC Euribia restaurants and food bars.

  • 5x Main Restaurants (MDRs / dining rooms offer different Italian traditional meals and wines; open for Breakfast 7-9:30 am, Lunch 12-2 pm, and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7 pm and 9:30 pm, with a 7-course dinner menu; also features vegan and vegetarian meals)
  • Eataly Restaurant (Eataly Food Chain designed food store and speciality restaurant)
  • La Piazzetta Restaurant (self-service buffet and pizzeria; offers Afternoon tea and occasional midnight buffet; includes Onboard Pizzeria and steaks seafood speciality restaurant)
  • Butcher's Cut (American steakhouse with an open kitchen)
  • Jean-Philippe Maury chocolaterie (chocolate atelier) and creperie by renowned pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury, offers gourmet ice creams.
  • Marketplace Buffet is a 20-hours-a-day open Lido Restaurant with capacity 1336 seats.
  • Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Champagne Bar (premium brand sparkling wines served with caviar, oysters and crabs)
  • Edge Cocktail Bar
  • (NEW) HOLA! Tacos & Cantina (Latin American and Mexican restaurant)
  • (NEW) Indochine Restaurant (Asian-Vietnamese)
 

On Virtuosa and Euribia, MSC introduced two new specialty dining concepts with the fleet's first restaurants "HOLA! Tacos & Cantina" and "Ristorante Indochine".

  • HOLA is a fast-food/street food bar (with Latin American and Mexican dishes and beverages) open for lunch and dinner. Menu's signature dishes include blue corn tacos 9also vegetarian), nachos, beef empanadas, tamales, tortilla soup. Beverages include the top 10 brands tequila and mezcal. HOLA's salsa bar offers 6 homemade salsas, several spicy sauces, fresh-made guacamole. HOLA also has the fleet's new Mexican Ice Cream Taco bar.
  • Indochine Restaurant offers Vietnamese traditional cuisine specialties "with a French twist". The menu includes various vegetarian and vegan items and larger (family-style) dishes for sharing. Signature dishes are Green Papaya Salads, Beef Bo Buns, French Roasted Snails, Veggie Crepes, healthy food, an ample wine list, tropical cocktails menu.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Meraviglia Plus class ships feature new original shows. A total of eight shows are available on MSC Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus ships. Each of the 4 ships sails with 2 new contrasting shows, with the first 2 debuted on MSC Meraviglia in June 2017.

 

MSC Euribia has a large water park (Savannah Aquapark) connected to an indoor amusement park on two levels and to 2-deck entertainment space (interior promenade) housing specialty restaurants, bars, duty-free shops. The Promenade is covered by a LED dome ceiling (called "digital sky") displaying visual shows.

Traditionally for all large newbuilds, Euribia boasts the wristband technology that allows passengers to make onboard payments, book specialty restaurants and spa treatments, also allows parents to geo-locate their kids.

Follows the complete list of MSC Euribia lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Euribia Atrium (multi-deck high central ship area with live entertainment)
  • Cyber Library (Internet computers room and library)
  • Cybercafe (Internet computers room)
  • 945-seat/1000-m2 Le Grand Theatre (features grand-style show productions and classical concerts, with 3 shows per night)
  • (NEW) L'Atelier Bistrot (L' Atelier Bar & Art lounge) features a stage for live performances (including jazz), a large dancefloor, a pop-up art gallery.
  • 12 weekly Cirque du Soleil shows in Carousel Lounge, accommodating 120 passengers for dinner, plus additional 290 seated guests for drinks. The acrobatic show productions (VIAGGIO, SONOR, COSMOS, EXENTRICKS) each span 40 minutes. Carousel Lounge is fitted with 80x kinetic LED lights providing video and sound effects at specific moments during the show.
  • Pre-Dinner Cocktail Bar; Cocktail Bar; Italian Coffee Bar
  • Chocolata; Ice-Creams
  • Boutique and Accessories Shop; Jewelry Shop; Duty-Free Shop; Perfumery; Temporary Shop; Fashion Shop; Logo Shop; Fashion and Jewelry Shop; Photo Gallery Shop
  • Red Gem Casino (gaming bar lounge with slot machines and tables for Blackjack, Roulette, Poker)
  • Aft Bar Lounge
  • Attic Club (nightclub)
  • MSC Foundation is the ship's educational interactive game center for children. The room transforms into a 3D Aquarium providing interactive teaching for kids and adults (providing info on MSC's lifesaving programs and partners). Passengers can support the MSC Foundation with direct donations or by purchasing MSC Foundation-logoed merchandise.
  • The ceiling covering the indoor promenade area is a 480 m2 LED screen - a digital sky transmitting live views (sunsets, sunrises, starry sky), also special events and shows.
  • Solarium (adults-only relaxation area with Solarium Pool and Bar)
  • Main Pool area (swimming pools, whirlpools, loungers) - 4 swimming pools (including a 25-metre Atmosphere pool - by night illuminated with special lighting, 10-m long indoor Bamboo pool, Horizon pool at the back of the ship - transformed into a dance space at night)
  • sports and kids facilities, MSC Yacht Club Suites
  • Yacht Club Bar Lounge
  • 1100-ft2 Balinese spa; Solarium (adults-only relaxation area upper level)
  • Gymnasium; Arcade Games; TV Games; Bowling
  • 4D Cinema; Flight Simulator
  • Sportplex is the ship's combined entertainment-sports complex with Team Sport Arena (for playing basketball, football, volleyball), a separate Tennis Court and Sports Bar. In the evenings, Sportplex transforms into a party/disco club.
  • Yacht Club exclusive Restaurant
  • Sliding Roof (over the Solarium pool area)
  • Piano Bar Lounge
  • Doremi Lab; Team Sport Area
  • Baby's Club and Kids Club - LEGO and Chicco facilities; Junior Club; Young Club; Teen's Area
  • Cinema, Theatre Doremi, Night Club, Studio
  • Sun Deck (outdoor area with a pool)
  • MSC Yacht Club Open Area (fleet's largest), Pool Bar
  • 2 Whirlpools; 2 Solariums; Savannah Aquapark featuring Champagne Bowl high-speed waterslide and Himalayan Bridge, that spans the width of ship's deck
  • 2-deck Super Amusement Park
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track
  • (NEW) MSC Starship Club

Traditionally for MSC ships, Euribia has F1 Simulators (2x Formula 1 VR racing cars).

MSC Starship Club's Rob - the first-at-sea humanoid robot bartender

On Virtuosa and Euribia MSC introduced the "MSC Starship Club" (MSC Starliner One Bar) spaceship-themed venue served by the industry's first humanoid robot bartender - named Rob. Working on this project for 6 years (since 2015), MSC partnered with experts from companies specializing in entertainment experiences, digital solutions, robotics, automation, and interior design.

MSC Starship Club provides integrated bar-and-entertainment experiences and its interior is marked by a cold-white ceiling, a digital art wall, 3D holographic projections, a 12-seat digital (touchscreen) table for personalized interactive galactic tours.

Rob mixes and serves cocktails while entertaining the guests by moving his body, head and arms (shaking-stirring-garnishing-pouring drinks) in a natural way. The humanoid barman speaks 8 languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese) and engages with his voice and human-like (LED face) expressions/emotions.

Between making and serving beverages, Rob interacts with the passengers, changes his facial expressions, dances, tells jokes, riddles, cosmic facts and trivia. Orders are placed in vertical digital cockpits. The drinks are served in futuristic, custom-made (MSC branded) souvenir glasses. The humanoid bartender can prepare a total of 16 "cosmic cocktails" (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) plus personalized (made-to-order) drinks using 40+ ingredients.

Itineraries

MSC Euribia itinerary program (as homeports and destinations/regions) is yet to be announced. Traditionally for MSC Cruises, Euribia will have an inaugural season in Europe - most probably in the Mediterranean.

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On February 1, 2016, MSC announced a shipbuilding order for two Meraviglia Plus-class units. With the order, MSC became France's largest private foreign investor - with USD 8,6+ billion in export contracts over a 5-year period.

The newbuilds are with max passenger capacity 6300, and, in comparison to Meraviglia-Class, with  200 more staterooms and 16 m (50 ft) longer. The first two Meraviglia-Plus units were delivered in November 2019 (Grandiosa) and February 2021 (Virtuosa).

On June 28, 2021, officially started the vessel's construction (yard/hull number I34 or V34), with the steel-laying ceremony held at Saintt Nazaire's Chantiers de l’Atlantique Shipyard (fka STX France). The ceremony was attended by Pierfrancesco Vago (MSC's Executive Chairman) and Laurent Castaing (shipbuilder's General Manager). During the special event, Euribia was announced as the industry's "most environmentally advanced ship to date" being MSC's second newbuild designed to be LNG-powered (by liquified natural gas) - following the WORLD-Class MSC World Europa (2022). LNG is currently the maritime industry's cleanest fuel (available at scale) significantly reducing air pollution, including SOx (99%), soot particles (98%), NOx (85%).

MSC Euribia's powerplant includes 4x Wartsila dual-fuel engines (12V and 16V) that generally run on LNG and occasionally on ULSFO (ultra-low-sulfur diesel/MGO-marine diesel oil with sulfur content 0,1%). Euribia is also fitted with shoreside-power capabilities (shore-to-ship electrical power connectivity) which allows the berthed ship to shut off the main engines and receive city-grid electricity (in seaports where this technology is available). Other advanced maritime technologies implemented on this newbuild include wastewater treatment system (compliant with IMO's RESOLUTION MEPC 227/64), ballast water treatment system (preventing pollution with invasive species through water discharges, compliant with IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention), Radiated Underwater Noise Management System (Bureau Veritas-compliant URN (Underwater Radiated Noise Management System), intelligent HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning/with automated energy recovery cycles), shipwide use of LED lighting (AI-controlled), automatic DCS (Data Collection System/for remote energy monitoring and real-time data analysis). The hull and engine room are designed to minimize noise and vibrations.

Scheduled for commissioning/delivery in May 2023, the ship was named after Eurybia (translated wide-force) who was the Greek goddess of mastery of the seas. Eurybia was one of the Titans (Ancient Greece's pre-Olympian gods), daughter of Pontus and Gaea, the wife of Crius, and the mother of Astraeus, Perses and Pallas. According to the Greek mythology, the original 12 Titans were the children of Uranus (Sky) and Gaia (Earth/his mother) and included 6 Titans/males (Oceanus, Coeus, Crius, Hyperion, Iapetus, Cronus) and 6 Titanesses/females (Theia, Rhea, Themis, Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Tethys).

Meraviglia Plus-Class ship technology

New features on Meraviglia-Plus ships include the first at sea fine-art museum (with original artworks), longer (111 m / 36 ft) indoor promenade (Galleria) and larger LED screen (95x6 m / 280x20 ft) for the pool deck's outdoor theater. The extra space in the Galleria allows two additional restaurants. MSC signed an exclusive partnership with Samsung (providing the digital technology) and Cirque du Soleil (providing live shipboard programming).

Meraviglia Plus-class ships are also the fleet's most technologically advanced, implementing the latest marine engine technologies. Their machinery includes hybrid scrubbers (exhaust gas cleaning systems), SCR (selective catalytic reduction system converting NOx into diatomic nitrogen), most efficient waste plant, latest wastewater treatment system, superior recycling capabilities, emission-reducing, and fuel-efficient heat recovery system.

MSC's ZOE

On February 1, 2019, MSC officially revealed the in-cabin digital assistant ZOE. The technology ("cruise industry first") was developed by Harman International (USA-based company, a fully-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics). Harman International has developed digital audio solutions for major corporations (Including Google, Microsoft, Amazon).

ZOE is an artificial intelligence device (voice-enabled, with advanced voice recognition software) available in all passenger staterooms. ZOE speaks 7 languages, answer cruise-related questions, provides info on shipboard services-activities-facilities, makes reservations and bookings.

The digital device features far-field microphones, top-quality speaker, quad-core processor (for fast response times), direct phone connections (through Bluetooth). The system can also upgrade its own database to answer previously unanswerable questions.

Passenger data (including itinerary/tour and shipboard preferences) is stored in the Cloud Storage system and used on the next scheduled voyage.

The device (sized ~15 cm) can be activated whenever passengers choose. A waiver must be signed to agree for their personal data to be stored.

 

Starting with Bellissima (2019), ZOE is now available on all newbuild MSC liners and introduced fleetwide over 2019-2024.

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