MSC World Europa naming ceremony to take place in Doha, MSC Cruises

MSC World Europa naming ceremony to take place in Doha

MSC Cruises’ new flagship MSC World Europa will be officially named in Doha, Qatar.

The capital city will host the ceremony on 13 November, demonstrating MSC’s “overall commitment to Qatar and the continued importance of the Middle East”, the line said in a statement.

The event, which will take place at the new Grand Cruise Terminal, will include live entertainment and performances, as well as the traditional bottle breaking.

MSC World Europa will sail its maiden voyage on 20 December, and will then offer seven-night cruises to Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, and Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

From March 2023 the ship will move to the Mediterranean for seven-night cruises to Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Valletta, Barcelona, and Marseille.

MSC World Europa ‘the future of cruising’

The ship will be the first liquefied natural gas-powered vessel in the MSC fleet, cutting CO2 emissions by up to 25 per cent.

It will also feature a variety of other sustainability concepts, including a selective catalytic reduction system and enhanced shore-to-ship power capability.

MSC Group cruise division executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “We are incredibly proud that in November we will name our most innovative, futuristic and the world’s largest environmentally focused cruise passenger ship in Doha.

MSC World Europa represents the future of cruising, a totally new platform that will provide our guests with an unforgettable cruise not experienced anywhere before.

“Qatar will continue to play an important role in our strategy to expand our presence in the broader Gulf region.”

Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker added: “Qatar has taken important steps to position itself as a world class destination for cruise passengers and the naming ceremony of MSC World Europa in Doha is another landmark event as we grow this important tourism sector.”

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