MSC World Europa

Former name: MSC Europa

Specifications of MSC World Europa

Year built2022 new ship
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMSC World
Building costEUR 1,125 billion (USD 1,255 billion)
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
OperatorMSC Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)333 m / 1093 ft
Beam (width)47 m / 154 ft
Gross Tonnage205700 gt
Passengers5264 - 6774
Crew2126
Decks20
Cabins2634
Decks with cabins12
Sister-shipsMSC World 2024, MSC World 2025, MSC World 2027
Former namesMSC Europa
Christened bytba
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MSC World Europa Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Dec 20 9 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $789
2022 Dec 21 3 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $199
2022 Dec 22 3 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $269
2022 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $609
2022 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $609
2022 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $959
2022 Dec 31 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $959
2023 Jan 01 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $959
2023 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $659
2023 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $659
2023 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $659
2023 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $559
2023 Jan 14 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $559
2023 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $559
2023 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $559
2023 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $559
2023 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $559
2023 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $559
2023 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $559
2023 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $559
2023 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $659
2023 Feb 04 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $659
2023 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $659
2023 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $659
2023 Feb 11 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $659
2023 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $659
2023 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $659
2023 Feb 18 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $659
2023 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $659
2023 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $659
2023 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $659
2023 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $659
2023 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $659
2023 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $659
2023 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $659
2023 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $659
2023 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $659
2023 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $659
2023 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Doha $659
2023 Mar 18 25 days, one-way from Dubai to Genoa Dubai $2289
2023 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $659
2023 Mar 22 21 days, one-way from Doha to Genoa Doha $1559
2023 Mar 23 23 days, one-way from Doha to Marseille Doha $1719
2023 Mar 23 22 days, one-way from Doha to Barcelona Doha $1639
2023 Mar 23 20 days, one-way from Doha to Genoa Doha $1479
2023 Mar 23 19 days, one-way from Doha to Civitavecchia Doha $1399
2023 Mar 25 21 days, one-way from Dubai to Marseille Dubai $1559
2023 Mar 25 20 days, one-way from Dubai to Barcelona Dubai $1479
2023 Mar 25 18 days, one-way from Dubai to Genoa Dubai $1309
2023 Mar 25 17 days, one-way from Dubai to Civitavecchia Dubai $1229
2023 Mar 25 16 days, one-way from Dubai to Naples Dubai $1149
2023 Mar 27 18 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona Abu Dhabi $1309
2023 Mar 27 16 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Genoa Abu Dhabi $1149
2023 Mar 27 15 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Civitavecchia Abu Dhabi $1069
2023 Apr 12 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $399
2023 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $649
2023 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $649
2023 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $649
2023 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $649
2023 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $649
2023 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $649
2023 Apr 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $649
2023 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $649
2023 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $649
2023 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $649
2023 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $599
2023 Apr 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $599
2023 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2023 May 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $599
2023 May 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $599
2023 May 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $599
2023 May 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $599
2023 May 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2023 May 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $599
2023 May 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $599
2023 May 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $599
2023 May 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $599
2023 May 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2023 May 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $599
2023 May 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $599
2023 May 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $599
2023 May 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $599
2023 May 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2023 May 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $599
2023 May 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $599
2023 May 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $669
2023 May 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $669
2023 May 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $669
2023 May 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $669
2023 May 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $669
2023 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $789
2023 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $789
2023 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $789
2023 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $789
2023 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $789
2023 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $789
2023 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $789
2023 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $789
2023 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $789
2023 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $789
2023 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $789
2023 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $789
2023 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $789
2023 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $789
2023 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $789
2023 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $849
2023 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $849
2023 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $849
2023 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $849
2023 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $849
2023 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $849
2023 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $849
2023 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $849
2023 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $849
2023 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $849
2023 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $949
2023 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $949
2023 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $949
2023 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $949
2023 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $949
2023 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $949
2023 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $949
2023 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $949
2023 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $949
2023 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $949
2023 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $949
2023 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $949
2023 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $949
2023 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $949
2023 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $949
2023 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $1049
2023 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $1049
2023 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $1049
2023 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $1049
2023 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $1049
2023 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $1049
2023 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $1049
2023 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $1049
2023 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $1049
2023 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $1049
2023 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $1049
2023 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $1049
2023 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $1049
2023 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $1049
2023 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $1049
2023 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $949
2023 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $949
2023 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $949
2023 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $949
2023 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $949
2023 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $849
2023 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $849
2023 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $849
2023 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $849
2023 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $849
2023 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $789
2023 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $789
2023 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $789
2023 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $789
2023 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $789
2023 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $719
2023 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $719
2023 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $719
2023 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $719
2023 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $719
2023 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $719
2023 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $719
2023 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $719
2023 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $719
2023 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $719
2023 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $619
2023 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $619
2023 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $619
2023 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $619
2023 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $619
2023 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $619
2023 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $619
2023 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $619
2023 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $619
2023 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $619
2023 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $549
2023 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $549
2023 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $549
2023 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $549
2023 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $549
2023 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $459
2023 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $459
2023 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $459
2023 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Naples $459
2023 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Messina $459
2023 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $459
2023 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $459
2023 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $459

MSC World Europa Review

Review of MSC World Europa

MSC World Europa cruise ship (initially announced as "MSC Europa") is the first in a 4-unit "MSC World Class" series of passenger liners designed and built for MSC Cruises. The first vessel (Europa) is scheduled for launch and inauguration in 2022, to be followed by a sistership (still unnamed) launched in 2024. The two optional vessels (if ordered by 2022) will be launched in the years 2025 and 2027.

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.

As of 2021, MSC is ranked Europe's largest passenger shipping company. By the year 2026, MSC could become the world's 3rd largest cruise company (eventually surpassing NCLH by combined berth capacity) with a 29-vessel fleet that includes 15 newbuilds (2017-2027) and the unprecedented USD 13 billion budget for new shipbuilding projects.

MSC Cruises World-Class liners

On April 6, 2017, during MSC Meraviglia's delivery ceremony at STX France Shipyard (Saint-Nazaire), MSC signed a new shipbuilding MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with STX France for a new series of 2 vessels (World Class) at a total cost ~EUR 4,5 billion (~USD 4,8B). The ceremony was attended by Emmanuel Macron (France's President), Bruno Le Maire (France's Minister of Economy), Pierfrancesco Vago (MSC's Chairman) and Laurent Castaing (STX France's CEO). The first World-Class ship order was officially signed on May 31, 2017.

MSC World Europa cruise ship (MSC World Class liner)

The order for the two optional ships was announced in January 2020, making MSC the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard's largest customer - with a total of 21 units constructed there.

World Class MSC ships are with max passenger capacity 6774 (5264 lower berths). Building cost per ship is EUR 1,125 billion (USD 1,255B). The shipbuilder is Chantiers de l'Atlantique (fka STX France). The shipbuilding order includes 2 initial units, plus 2 optional. Each vessel has Gross Tonnage 205,700 (GT tons), LOA length 333 m (1094 ft), beam/width 47 m (154 ft), height 68 m (223 ft), draft 9 m (30 ft).

When was first announced by MSC (in April 2016), this ship design was planned with GT 200,000 tons, 2760 passenger staterooms, and max passenger capacity 6850 (world's biggest by capacity). By GT tonnage/volume, MSC's World Class vessels are currently the world's second-largest passenger ships. They are surpassed only by the Royal Caribbean's Oasis-Class which has GT 228,000 tons and max passengers 6370 (plus 2400 crew/staff).

MSC World Europa cruise ship (MSC World Class liner)

Reviewing the boat's currently available design concepts (renderings and videos) could be suggested a similar to the Oasis-Class interior structure with a Promenade (ship-long wraparound complex) with numerous dining and drink venues (on the ground floor - Aurea Restaurant, Tea Room, Gin Bar, Juice Bar, Elixir Mixology Bar, Champagne Bar, Smoker's Bar, Ice Cream Bar), Promenade Cabins (interior-facing balcony rooms) and aft-located swimming pool (family pool deck).

MSC World Class ship Sun Deck (waterslides)

The Lido Deck is dome-covered (by a retractable glass roof with solar panels) and with a large resort-style swimming pool, 6x Jacuzzis (4 cantilevered whirlpool hot tubs / porside and starboard), kids' Aquapark with 1x swimming pool and 3x waterslides (aft-located outdoor playground adjacent to the funnels/smokestacks) and aft-located adults-only Sundeck (with 2x swimming pools). Forward is the MSC Yacht Club (exclusive Sundeck with its own swimming pool, Spa pool, bar lounge).

 

The large ship has 39000 m2 (420,000 ft2) of public spaces, 15000 m2 (161,000 ft2) outdoor deck space, 6x swimming pools, 14x Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpool hot tubs), multiple bars, lounges, retail shops, 13 dining venues, "Zen district" (adults-only complex), "Family district" (with 10 kids facilities/pools, clubs, playgrounds), family sundeck (kids-friendly sunbathing area), Aquapark (playgrounds, splash pools, water cannons, waterslides with virtual reality experiences). A teens-exclusive Sundeck has its own swimming pool and Jacuzzi. There are also several family-themed "villages" (open-air districts arranged similarly to RCI's neighborhoods) with their own venues and specific amenities.

The list of restaurants features 3x buffet-style and 6x specialty, including Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Asian), HOLA! Tacos & Cantina (Latin American and Mexican food), Marketplace Buffet (20-hours-a-day-open Lido Restaurant), Eataly Restaurant (Eataly Food Chain designed food store), La Piazzetta (self-service buffet and pizzeria/Afternoon tea service, midnight buffet, seafood), Butcher's Cut (American steakhouse with an open kitchen), Jean-Philippe Maury Chocolaterie (patisserie and creperie by pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury, also offers homemade gelato/gourmet ice creams).

New (fleet-first) venues include "Chef's Garden Kitchen" (food bar selling specialties based on microgreens/young vegetable greens with aromatic flavors and concentrated nutrient content), "La Pescaderia" (seafood grill with alfresco seating), "Masters of the Sea Pub" (brewery and craft beer bar spanning 2 decks).

MSC World Europa features a futuristic design with an arrow-shaped (90-degree/vertically positioned) G-bow and a Y-shaped stern that opens onto the Europa Promenade. Europa Promenade has length 104 m (341 ft) and is partially covered by a LED screen on which are projected HD images and videos throughout the day and night.

On the Promenade ends "The Spiral" - a stainless-steel "dry slide". Spanning 11 decks, the slide is the quickest (and most fun) way to get from Deck 22 down to Promenade Deck (deck 8).

 

Decks and cabins

MSC World Europa staterooms (2634 total, in 19 categories) include 159x Suites and ~65% of all cabins are with step-out balconies.

Of all the 19 cabin grades, 7 are new for MSC types of cabins and include:

  • Staterooms with balconies that overlook the Lower Promenade deck.
  • MSC Yacht Club Duplex Suites (2-deck accommodations) with large terraces with Jacuzzi and alfresco dining area.
  • AUREA Suites with balcony jacuzzis.
  • Infinite Oceanview cabins with French Balcony (down-sliding window opening to a false balcony/glass balustrade).

The boat has 20 decks, of which 16 are passenger-accessible and 12 with cabins.

Itineraries

In March 2019, Gianni Onorato (MSC's CEO) announced that the first WORLD-Class MSC ship (Europa) will be USA-homeported (in Miami Florida) at least for the inaugural cruise season (Caribbean 2022-2023 winter).

In November 2019, MSC and Qatar signed an agreement for chartering two liners (Europa and Poesia) to serve as hotel ships during FIFA World Cup 2022 (football championship's 22nd edition). During FIFA 2022 tournament (November 21 through December 18), both MSC cruise ships will be permanently moored at Port Doha to accommodate soccer fans.

On May 31, 2021, were opened for booking MSC World Europa cruises, with the inaugural season in the Middle East. The ship's Arabian Gulf deployment (December 2022 through March 2023) is based on a 7-day itinerary leaving roundtrip from 3 homeports - Dubai UAE (Port Rashid), Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Doha (Qatar).

  • The itinerary's call ports include Sir Bani Yas Island (UAE), and Dammam (Saudi Arabia, port to Al-Ahsa Oasis). Prices for the 7-night roundtrips started from EUR 815 (USD 995 / GBP 700) per person with double occupancy.
  • The ship's Maiden Voyage departs on December 20, 2022. The 9-night cruise is a Doha roundtrip visiting Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas, Dammam, ending in Doha on Dec 29. Prices started from EUR 1280 (USD 1565 / GBP 1100) per person. The "Inaugural Cruise" was also offered as a 4-night Doha-Dubai voyage.

The "Arabian season" ends on March 25, 2023, with the 19-day repositioning cruise to Europe (Dubai to Genoa) with call ports Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas, 1 seaday, Muscat (Oman), 4 seadays, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Suez Canal transit (April 6-7), 2 seadays, Naples, Civitavecchia-Rome, Genoa (April 12).

The ship's Mediterranean itinerary program is based on 7-night roundtrips from homeports in Italy (Genoa, Naples, Messina Sicily), Spain (Barcelona) and France (Marseille), all visiting Valletta (Malta).

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The vessel's construction (hull/yard number X34) officially started with the steel-cutting ceremony held on October 31, 2019, at Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St Nazaire France. During the ceremony was also officially announced the newbuild's name ("MSC Europa") by Pierfrancesco Vago (MSC Cruises' Executive Chairman).

MSC World Europa cruise ship (MSC World Class liner)

The vessel's keel-laying / coin ceremony was held on June 29, 2020. During the special event, the ship was presented under the name "MSC World Europa". The ceremony was attended by two "godmothers - Zoe Africa Vago (daughter of Pierfrancesco Vago / shipowner) and Aurore Bezard (shipbuilder employee / in the shipyard's HR / human-resources department). The godmothers placed two specially minted coins under the keel (hull's first block) for good fortune - shipbuilding's historic maritime tradition. At the keel-laying ceremony were also present Pierfrancesco Vago (MSC's Executive Chairman) and Laurent Castaing (Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard's General Manager).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2022-2023

Next tables show the boat's Maiden Voyage and inaugural cruise itineraries (by theme/homeport) with prices in USD/EUR per person with double occupancy.

(Maiden Voyage/first cruise 2022) 9-day roundtrip from Qatar (USD 790 / EUR 665 pp)

Date / TimePort
20 Dec 18:00Departing from Doha, Qatar
21 Dec 09:00 - 21:00Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE
22 Dec 07:00 - 21:00Abu Dhabi, UAE
23 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE private island
24 Dec 08:00 - 23:00Dubai
25 Dec 07:00 - 21:00Abu Dhabi
26 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Sir Bani Yas Island
28 Dec 07:00 - 18:00Dammam, Saudi Arabia
29 Dec 07:00Arriving in Doha, Qatar

(Inaugural Suez Canal repositioning cruise 2023) 15-day from Abu Dhabi to Rome (US$1070 / EUR 900 pp)

Date / TimePort
27 Mar 18:00Departing from Abu Dhabi
28 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Sir Bani Yas Island
30 Mar 07:00 - 17:00Muscat, Oman
04 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Mecca-Medina
06 Apr 19:00 - 07 Apr 15:30Suez Canal, Egypt
10 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Naples, Italy
11 Apr 08:00Arriving in ;Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy

(inaugural Mediterranean cruise 2023) 4-day roundtrip from Genoa (US$400 / EUR 335 pp)

Date / TimePort
12 Apr 19:00Departing from Genoa-Milan, Italy
14 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
15 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Marseille, France
16 Apr 08:00Arriving in Genoa

(2023) 7-day Mediterranean itinerary (all are homeports/departure ports except Malta) - from USD 650 / EUR 550 pp

Date / TimePort
16 Apr 16:00Departing from Genoa, Italy
17 Apr 13:00 - 20:00Naples, Italy
18 Apr 09:00 - 19:00Messina, Sicily Italy
19 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Valletta, Malta
21 Apr 09:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
22 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Marseille, France
23 Apr 08:00Arriving in Genoa

Godspeed!

Ship technology

In conjunction with the steel-cutting of MSC Europa, the cruise company and the shipbuilder also unveiled the revolutionary R&D (research and development) project PACBOAT that focuses on integrating the new fuel cell technology (SOFC) on LNG-powered cruise ships. PACBOAT will be able to generate power (electricity) using as fuel LNG.

PACBOAT project's partners are France's CEA (Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission / government-funded research organization) and ADEME (Environment and Energy Management Agency / under the joint authority of country's Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Higher Education and Research), also ENTREPOSE Group (product design and manufacturing), BUREAU VERITAS SA (marine safety certification agency), CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE (as shipbuilder, integrator, project coordinator / subsidiary of STX Europe AS) and MSC CRUISES (as shipowner, subsidiary of MSC-Mediterranean Shipping Company SA).

SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) operates at very high temperatures (~750 Celsius / 1382 Fahrenheit). The new technology is ~60% more efficient than the Hydrogen-based PEMFC (Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell). PEMFC (aka polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells) is a low-temperature technology developed mainly for transport, stationary and portable applications. The LNG-fueled SOFC technology reduces greenhouse gas emissions by ~30% in comparison to the standard dual-fuel marine engines (LNG-diesel).

Among "MSC World Class" key features are the new generation LNG-powerplant, new wastewater treatment plants, ultra-modern marine architecture with a Y-shaped superstructure (better panoramic views, significantly increased number of balcony staterooms), G-bow hull (vertically positioned / at 90-degree angle) improving the vessel's stability and hydrodynamics / fuel efficiency).

In January 2020, the Finnish company Wartsila was contracted to supply the engines, fuel systems, and propulsion systems (thrusters, propellers) for both "MSC World" ships (2022 and 2024). Each boat has 5x Wartsila 46DF dual-fuel engines (14-cylinder, run on MDO marine diesel oil, each is fitted with NOx reduction units), 2x Wartsila LNGPac (gas supply system/fuel storage), 7x Wartsila thrusters (steerable), 2x Wartsila FPPs (fixed pitch propellers). The machinery was scheduled for delivery in mid-2020 (Europa) and mid-2022 (tbn 2024).

This class is also the industry's first to introduce LNG-powered SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) to produce all the electricity and heat needed for onboard services. The technology is expected to further reduce (by ~1/3) greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to conventional LNG-powered cruise ships.

  • SOFC is an electrochemical conversion device using solid oxide electrolyte to produce electric power directly from oxidizing a fuel (in this case LNG/liquified natural gas).
  • SOFCs are best known for having relatively fuel flexibility, low cost, low greenhouse gas emissions, high heat and power efficiency, long-term stability.
  • SOFCs operate at very high temperatures (500-1000 C) thus don't require platinum catalyst material and are not vulnerable to CO catalyst poisoning. IT-SOFCs operate at "intermediate temperatures" (600-800 C). LT-SOFCs operate at "low temperatures" (350-650 C). SOFC-GT is a system that combines a SOFC and a gas turbine.
  • SOFCs are often used in stationary generators (with max power outputs 2 MW). The higher operating temperatures allow SOFCs to be used in the marine industry (engine heat recovery systems), which further increases the ships' overall fuel efficiency.

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 (US-based company, fully-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics) which has developed digital audio solutions for major corporations like 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 connection (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 MSC Bellissima (2019), ZOE is planned for a fleetwide introduction (over the period 2019-2024) and available on all MSC newbuilds.

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