By invitation of MSC Cruises, CruiseToTravel visited MSC World Europe at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire. The French shipyard is currently finishing the first World Class ship.
MSC World Europa is the first LNG vessel to join MSC Cruises’ fleet and is set to become the biggest LNG-powered cruise ship in the world. Having recently completed her first set of sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean the ship is now back at the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire where construction workers are finishing the interior of the vessel.
We joined MSC Cruises for a unique visit to Chantiers de l’Atlantique and an exclusive look inside MSC World Europa, the ship that is described as the future of cruising.
MSC World Europa is 333.3 meters (1,093 ft) long and 47 meters (154 ft) wide and comes in at 205,700 GT. For comparison, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships are about 360 meters (1,181 ft) long and have a GT of approximately 226,000. The ship is 68 meters (223 ft) high and has no less than 15 passenger decks which are named after famous European cities. The ship features 2,626 cabins that can accommodate 6,762 passengers, who are pampered by 2,138 crew members. With more than 40,000 m² of public space, MSC World Europa is an ultramodern urban metropolis at sea.
One of the most incredible spaces onboard is the 104 meter long, 7 deck-high outdoor World Promenade. Opening out onto the aft of the ship, the promenade offers breathtaking sea views. Central on the promenade is The Venom Drop @ The Spiral. Spanning 11 decks it is the longest dry slide at sea and the quickest way to get from the top of the ship to the promenade.
Inside the ship the promenade becomes the World Galleria. Spanning 2,214 m² the area is the perfect place to browse and enjoy the various lined bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques. The galleria is topped with an awe-inspiring LED and kinetic dome ceiling.
With no less than 13 dining options, including four main restaurants, three buffet restaurants and no fewer than six specialty restaurants, a cruise on board MSC World Europa means your taste buds will travel the world. One of the brand new concepts is Chef’s Garden Kitchen. Here you will find the first hydroponic garden at sea. La Pescaderia is a Mediterranean seafood restaurant.
The ship also features some of MSC’s signature favorites such as Butcher’s Cut, the American style steakhouse and the Latin American street food inspired Hola! Tacos & Cantina. Also onboard is the popular Kaito Teppanyaki & Sushi bar.
MSC World Europa also has a microbrewery onboard and a Gin bar where you can learn mixology. These are just two of the 20 bars and lounges.
MSC Cruises’ new ship offers 19 different cabin categories ranging from interior rooms to luxurious grand suites. New staterooms include the scenic infinite ocean view and deluxe balcony rooms with promenade view.
Looking to travel in even more luxury? The MSC Yacht Club, the unique ‘ship within a ship’ concept, comprises 152 cabins, including 2 exclusive owner’s suites. The exclusive area features a separate restaurant and lounges, a large private swimming pool with sun terrace and hot tubs. Yacht Club guests enjoy continuous butler service and full access to the wellness area of the MSC Aurea Spa.
MSC World Europa is a fun ship offering something for everyone, from the largest water park in the fleet to bumper cars and roller-disco in the Sportplex, and superior entertainment in the futuristic Luna Park Arena, the scenic Panorama Lounge and the World Theatre.
With 13 whirlpools and 7 pools spread across the ship there’s always room to relax by the water. For families with children, the award-winning MSC Kids Club offers state-of-the-art facilities in a dedicated area of the ship, with a range of kids’ clubs and tailor-made programs to suit every age group. Find out more about the largest, most action-packed kids’ area in MSC Cruises’ fleet here.
After her delivery in October, MSC World Europa will leave for Qatar where she will serve as a floating hotel during the FIFA World Cup. Between December 2022 and March 2023 the ship will offer seven-night voyages from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates, Dammam in Saudi Arabia and Doha in Qatar before returning to Dubai. In March 2023 MSC World Europa will head to the Mediterranean Sea and sail seven-night cruises visiting the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France.
For more information on MSC World Europa and her itineraries visit MSC Cruises.