MSC Cruises launches its new flagship, MSC World Europa, in six months time. The 6,762-guest vessel is the first of the line’s World Class ships, boasting a host of new features across its 22 decks and 2,626 cabins.
MSC World Europa commences its inaugural season in the Gulf on December 20, before relocating to the Mediterranean in March 2023 for a series of seven-night sailings.
Here are eight exciting features to look out for on board MSC World Europa:
1) The World Promenade
The 104-metre long, seven deck-high, outdoor World Promenade is home to The Venom Drop @ The Spiral, which will hold the title for the longest dry slide at sea. It spans 11 decks and plummets 74m, making it the fastest way to get from the top of the ship to the promenade.
The World Promenade is connected to the World Galleria, which will be familiar to repeat MSC guests. The 303m2 space is topped with the line’s popular LED and kinetic dome ceiling, and offers bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques.
2) New dining concepts
MSC World Europa offers 13 restaurants including six specialty options, two of which are new concepts for the line. The Chef’s Garden Kitchen is described as ‘the first hydroponic garden at sea’, which involves growing plants without soil. Ingredients are grown and harvested on board, including micro herbs, salads and garnishes. La Pescaderia is a signature Mediterranean fish restaurant, offering casual family dining.
Existing MSC restaurants also appear, including the Butcher’s Cut, an American-style steakhouse. Hola! Tacos & Cantina is inspired by Latin American street food and guests can also enjoy the Kaito Teppanyaki and Sushi bar.
Among the 20 bars and lounges are seven new bar and café concepts, including the line’s first onboard microbrewery, a new gin bar and a cocktail bar.
3) Varied entertainment spaces
The ship’s entertainment offering includes theatre productions in the 1,153 seat World Theatre, immersive performances in the Panorama Lounge at the aft of the ship, and street theatre in public spaces.
Tempt families with the roller disco and bumper cars and highlight the Luna Park Arena. It’s a new multifunctional entertainment venue that hosts movies, game shows, kids’ activities and themed parties.
4) MSC Cruises’ largest kids’ club
Youngsters will also be kept busy with MSC World Europa‘s children’s area, which is the largest in the fleet. It houses more than 766m2 of interior space, with seven rooms dedicated to different age groups from 0 to 17 years old. The areas have been developed in collaboration with toy giants LEGO and Chicco.
Original game and talent show formats have also been designed to appeal to children.
5) A range of pools and sundecks
The ship is home to seven swimming pools and 13 whirlpools. The new tranquil adults-only Zen Pool area is at the aft of the ship on deck 18, featuring two pools, a solarium and a shady lounge area. The MSC Yacht Club offers a double-deck sundeck, private pool and whirlpool.
Highlight the The Aquapark on deck 20 to families. It’s the largest in MSC Cruises fleet, featuring a kids’ pool and slides. La Plage is the main pool, while The Botanic Garden Pool has a retractable roof, tropical bar and lounge area.
6) An expanded MSC Yacht Club
Suite guests can enjoy the MSC Yacht Club, which includes more public space than other ships. The sundeck has been reimagined, and is set over two decks for the first time. Two new Owner Suites have also been introduced.
7) Additional cabins
The ship offers seven new cabin types, and more balcony cabins than any other ship in the fleet. The new Infinite Ocean view cabins have a panoramic sliding window that turns into a glass balustrade when open.
8) New environmental technology
MSC World Europa will be the first LNG-powered vessel in MSC Cruises’ fleet and is the line’s most environmentally advanced ship. It features selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, shore-to-ship power connectivity and advanced wastewater treatment systems.
It also has an underwater radiated noise management system, designed to reduce potential noise and vibration impact on marine mammals, as well as a range of energy efficient equipment and systems to optimise engine use.
More MSC Cruises news: Earlier this month MSC Cruises overhauled its loyalty programme to offer customers a range of new benefits.