MSC has revealed the first of their World Class fleet – the next generation of ships from the brand that will be environmentally friendly and offering new features like the longest dry slide at sea.
The MSC World Europa, set to launch in December 2022, will have distinct districts which will include an adult-only zen area, a promenade with entertainment and also a dedicated family area.
“Quite unlike anything else at sea today, MSC World Europa and the entire MSC World Class redefines the cruise experience in so many ways: from the future-proof on board technologies that this completely new platform introduces for the first time all the way to its ground-breaking marine and interior design features. Put it simply, MSC World Europa marks the beginning of a new era for cruising,” said MSC Cruises’ Executive Pierfrancesco Vago.
“We have a strong, clear vision for the future, and we combine that with our own timeless style. MSC World Europa embodies this perfectly – bringing together future-proof technologies, globally inspired urban design and our signature European flair to give our guests a next-level cruise experience.
“Just as importantly, we want to provide our guests not only with a truly unique and memorable holiday but also a sustainable one, so this is an intrinsic part of our innovation programme. This is why MSC World Europa, our first LNG ship and our most environmentally advanced yet, signifies another important step forward for us in terms of our long-term vision for zero emissions.”
The size of the 6700-passenger ship allows for completely distinct districts including a tranquil adults-only zen district, to the lively promenade with entertainment, shops and bars, to a separate family district that houses as many as ten new kids’ facilities.
There will also be a variety of six pools and 14 whirlpools, a family sundeck will offer the littlest ones a chance to enjoy a day at sea with the whole family, while the Aquapark will have integrated virtual reality technology combined with water features.
Guests can also expect the same high quality, full-scale production theatre shows that they have come to expect from MSC Cruises, as well as new and exciting, immersive performance venues.
MSC World Europa will feature 13 dining venues, including six speciality restaurants. There will be the trendy Chef’s Garden Kitchen focussing on flavourful microgreens and La Pescaderia, a traditional seafood grill with alfresco seating.
The MSC World Europa will also have the classic American-style steakhouse Butcher’s Cut and Asian-inspired Kaito Teppanyaki Grill and Sushi Bar, as well as the newly launched Latin American street food-inspired Hola! Tacos & Cantina.
For the beer lovers, the Masters of the Sea Pub will be split across two decks and will brew craft beer specially on board for the first time. Other concepts will include the Elixir – Mixology Bar with elaborate signature cocktails, a South Asian-style tea room filled with perfumes from the East, an authentic Emporium coffee bar with selections from around the world, a widely stocked Gin Project inspired by a distillery, a zesty juice bar made from fresh ingredients, a gelateria with a multitude of flavours to tempt your sweet-tooth, and many more to come.
MSC World Europa will also offer 19 different categories and 65% of cabins with balconies. The ship will see the introduction of seven new and innovative cabin types. These include:
- Balcony suites and cabins that overlook the promenade designed for guests to soak up the vibrant atmosphere below.
- Luxurious duplex MSC Yacht Club suites with large balconies and private hot tub, as well as open living/dining room area.
- Stylish Aurea Suites with spacious balcony and private hot tub.
- Infinite Ocean view cabins with a panoramic sliding window that turns into a glass balustrade when open.
MSC World Europa’s Y-shaped aft opens onto the impressive 104-metre-long Europa Promenade with breath-taking ocean views. Half open to the sky and half-covered by a LED-sky screen, the screen will feature tailor-made displays throughout the day.
One of the key features of the completely re-imagined ship promenade is The Spiral – a striking architectural centrepiece in the form of a dry slide spanning 11 decks – the longest at sea.
At 333 metres long, 22 decks high and with 40,000 m2 of public space, MSC World Europa is MSC Cruises’ longest ship in the fleet.
MSC World Europa will be the first LNG-powered vessel in MSC Cruises’ fleet and the most environmentally advanced to date. The fuel she runs on, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), is one of the world’s cleanest marine fuels available at scale and is set to play a key role in the transition to the decarbonisation of international shipping.
It strongly reduces local air pollutant emissions like sulphur oxides by up to 99% and nitrogen oxides by up to 85%. LNG also plays a key role in climate change mitigation as it offers CO2 reductions amounting to 25% and is paving the way to the uptake of sustainable non-fossil fuels hydrogen and ammonia.
In addition, MSC World Europa will feature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, shore-to-ship power connectivity, advanced wastewater treatment systems designed in line with the International Maritime Organisation’s MEPC 227(64), underwater radiated noise management system and a wide range of energy efficient equipment that help reduce and optimise engine use.