The design of MSC Cruises’ upcoming World-class ships, according to the company’s head of new-builds, is a “combination” of the Meraviglia-class and Seaside-class ships now in service.
In November, MSC World Europa, the first vessel in the World-class with a capacity of nearly 7,000 people, will be introduced.
During the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, it will be used right away as a “floating hotel” parked at Doha Port beside MSC Poesia.
The 22-deck ship will begin offering routes from Dubai on 20th December before repositioning to the Mediterranean on 25th March in preparation for its summer season.
According to MSC Cruises, the ship is the sixth largest in terms of tonnage throughout the whole cruise industry and the largest liquefied natural gas-powered ship.
In a speech on Tuesday, 5th July, at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France, Trevor Young, vice-president of new-builds, said: “Meraviglia-class are more indoor ships and Seaside-class were more outside with a high external promenade.
“Then we came to World Europa which is a combination of the two.”
On MSC World Europa, two stateroom types—Infinite Ocean View cabins and Promenade View cabins—will debut. 170 Infinite Ocean View cabins, according to the line.
Promenade View accommodations look onto the Y-shaped aft where there is a promenade and a slide spanning 11 decks, while Infinite Ocean View cabins have French balconies that provide passengers extra space. It will have 13 whirlpools in addition to seven swimming pools and a theatre.
Although Young stated that the ship is expected to launch on time: “As you can imagine because of the supply chain issues, we have got to get [the construction] right.
“We’ve got one chance to do it especially with all the challenges that we face in the world.”
He added: “We’re looking at things that we can put on this ship. There is so much out there. We’re so busy making World-class I and II as innovative as possible.”
Young stated that despite the second World-class ship’s delivery date of 2025, some constraints, such as supply chain concerns, have caused the ship-building crew to feel as though they are already behind schedule.
The business plans to introduce four ships over the course of the next ten months: MSC Euribia, World Europa, Seascape, and the first vessel under the luxury brand Explora Journeys.
MSC’s head of sustainability Linden Coppell urged increased cooperation between stakeholders at the facility.
She also said: “We can work with other people. We have strong relationship with a lot of oil providers for example.
“We need to make sure that when that green hydrogen and low carbon fuels become available they are available to us as a shipping industry.
“Countries and regions can’t meet their own net-zero targets unless they help each other.”
Coppell added: “No matter how hard we try to improve our energy efficiency we need new fuels and new technology to get to that net-zero target [in 2050],” she said. “We’re making fundamental improvements on World Europa.
“LNG is effectively the only fuel available today at the scale that we need that allows us to make that jump.”
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