September 07, 2022 | MSC Cruises' most environmentally friendly ship heralds the future of MSC Cruises with her christening on November 13, 2022.
The cruise division of the MSC Group, together with Qatar Airways, announced today that the christening of the new flagship of MSC Cruises, which MSC World Europe will take place on November 13th in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The city's new Grand Cruise Terminal will also be inaugurated as part of the naming ceremony. This announcement is part of MSC's overall commitment to Qatar and underscores the continued importance of the region where MSC is the leading cruise brand. The cruise line also supports Qatar's Vision 2030 to triple the number of international tourists visiting the country by 2030.
MSC World Europe- Photo MSC
The event will take place at Doha's brand new Grand Cruise Terminal, a state-of-the-art 24.000 square meter facility capable of handling up to 28.000 passengers per day and accommodating two cruise ships per day. Among other things, cruise passengers can look forward to an impressive aquarium and a gallery that focuses on Islamic art in the terminal.
MSC World Europe will embark on her maiden voyage on December 20th, offering 7-night cruises to Doha, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island (United Arab Emirates) and Dammam (Saudi Arabia). MSC Opera will also be offering 7-night Gulf cruises to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island, as well as Muscat and Khasab in Oman next winter.
MSC World Europe will then move to the Mediterranean from March 2023, where it will offer 7-night itineraries to Italian ports Genoa, Naples and Messina and to Valletta Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille will be traveling in France.
About MSC World Europe
- With 22 decks, 215.863 GT, 333 meters long, 47 meters wide, 40.000 m² of public areas and 2.626 cabins, MSC World Europa is the highly anticipated new flagship of MSC Cruises' fleet.
- The ultra-modern, urban metropolis at sea has been designed to offer holidaymakers a wide range of different experiences.
- MSC World Europa will be the first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ship in the MSC Cruises fleet and the most environmentally friendly yet.
- LNG fuel is one of the world's cleanest marine fuels available on a large scale. LNG will play a key role in decarbonizing international shipping. With LNG, local air pollutant emissions such as sulfur oxides are practically eliminated and nitrogen oxides reduced by up to 85 percent.
- LNG also plays a key role in mitigating climate change, reducing CO2 emissions by 25 percent and paving the way for the adoption of sustainable non-fossil fuels, including green hydrogen. The prototype fuel cell on board will test the efficiency of this technology, which can generate heat and electricity about 30 percent more efficiently.
- MSC World Europa also features selective catalytic reduction systems, shore power connections to reduce emissions in port, advanced wastewater treatment systems developed in accordance with the International Maritime Organization of the United Nations, advanced food and waste recycling, an underwater noise abatement system to protect marine life as well as a variety of energy-efficient measures to optimize engine operation and further reduce emissions.
The Swiss-based shipping company has set itself the long-term goal of producing zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This will be achieved through investment and support for the development and implementation of innovative cutting-edge technologies to be deployed across the company's fleet of vessels.