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MSC World Europa Commences First Summer Season In The Med

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MSC Cruises’ newest ship, MSC World Europa, has arrived in Europe to commence her first summer season in the Mediterranean. Guests on board will be able to experience “the trailblazing ship’s extraordinary features and impressive spaces.”

This includes the spectacular 104-metre-long outdoor World Promenade and immersive culinary experiences with a choice of 20 bars and lounges and 13 dining venues.

Nnext-level entertainment options include three new concert-style shows in the multipurpose Luna Park Arena, five new full-scale theatre productions in the World Theatre, four themed experiences in the Panorama Lounge, and pop-up live shows throughout the ship.

Families can look forward to the largest, most action-packed kids’ area in the fleet, with over 766m2 of interior space and seven rooms dedicated to various age groups from 0 to 17 years old, developed in collaboration with LEGO® and Chicco®.

There are also wellness and leisure facilities including seven swimming pools and 13 whirlpools located in distinct parts of the ship.

On her 7-night itinerary, MSC World Europa will call at the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France.

Delivered in October 2022 by French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique, the ship is MSC Cruises’ largest and the first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The cruise line said that the new ship is the best performing large cruise ship operating in the world in terms of CO2eq emissions per passenger.

Antonio Paradiso, UK & Ireland MD, MSC Cruises commented: “It is with great pride that we welcome MSC World Europa in Europe as she starts her first summer season in the Mediterranean.

“This groundbreaking vessel is a testimony of our unwavering commitment to sustainable cruising, with a range of unprecedented innovations in terms of environmental and marine technologies.

“MSC World Europa represents a major step forward on our journey towards meeting our target of net-zero emissions by 2050.”

The ship will be powered by LNG throughout the summer season, with her first bunkering in Marseille scheduled on 15 April 2023.

The cruise line said in a statement that LNG is the cleanest marine fuel currently available at scale.

Compared to standard marine fuels, LNG virtually eliminates local air pollutant emissions – including sulphur oxides and fine particles – and reduces nitrogen oxides by up to 85 per cent.

LNG also plays a key role in climate change mitigation as it offers up to a 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

MSC World Europa is the world’s first contemporary cruise ship to feature brand-new solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology powered by LNG.

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