A warm welcome to MSC World Europa

MSC Cruises' newest flagship has been named in an extravagant ceremony in Doha Qatar, earlier this week.

MSC WORLD Europa is the first LNG-powered vessel in MSC Cruises’ fleet and the most environmentally advanced to date. Flagged as “the future of cruising”, the ultramodern ship spans 22 decks, is 47 metres wide, and boasts more than 40,000m2 of public space, including the spectacular 104-metre-long outdoor World Promenade.

World Europa takes guests on a journey with immersive culinary experiences, next-level entertainment options, and innovative new accommodation options, offering the most balcony cabins of any ship in the MSC fleet. The trailblazing vessel also houses the largest MSC Yacht Club, an exclusive “ship-within-a-ship” for premium cruising.

MSC Cruises’ big names gather on the iconic Swarovski Staircase on board, ahead of the Naming Ceremony. Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman MSC Cruises, Leisa Chell, PR Manager, MSC Cruises AU & NZ, Lynne Clarke, Chairman, MSC Cruises AU & NZ, Gianni Oronato, CEO, MSC Cruises, Achille Staiano, VP Global Sales, MSC Cruises

The pioneering vessel was celebrated at a Naming Ceremony on Sunday night, as thousands of distinguished guests, international media, and travel advisors, including a large Australian and New Zealand contingent, gathered in Doha, Qatar to attend the event.

Captain Marco Massa and guests, including partners from Qatar Airways, were also in attendance at the ceremony which took place at the new Grand Cruise Terminal in Doha.

MSC Cruises’ AU & NZ team ahead of the Ceremony. Michelle Warren, Lynne Clarke, Lisa Teiotu, Leisa Chell

Guests were treated to a cutting edge video-mapping projection onto the ship’s hull, a huge drone show and a grand finale performance by international singer-songwriter Matteo Bocelli, son of famous Italian tenor Andrea.

The evening culminated in a spectacular fireworks display that lit up the Doha skyline as guests looked on.

Throughout the week, the Australian contingent have stayed on board the flagship, enjoying all the incredible amenities she has to offer and exploring Doha.

House of Travel’s Pauline McLennan with MSC’s Lisa Teiotu, out and about in Doha.

MEANWHILE, the cruise line has reported a record-breaking month of bookings in October, as nearly 400,000 passenger bookings were taken for Northern Hemisphere winter 2022/23 & Summer 2023 itineraries across its global fleet.

Speaking of the milestone month, Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said, “this reflects the continued strong investments made in our fleet, which is one of the most modern in the industry with five new state-of-the-art vessels delivered only in the last three years alone and more than any other brand since 2017.”

“Our guests and travel partners also appreciate the continuously improving experience we provide on our elegant and sophisticated vessels, the truly global array of itinerary options available as well as our commitment to environmental sustainability.”

The cruise line’s achievements will continue next week as the new MSC Seascape is celebrated at a Naming Ceremony in New York City, USA.

FEATURED IMAGE: MSC World Europa and the drone show to celebrate her. Credit: Ivan Sarfatti

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