MSC celebrates double LNG ship milestones
MSC Group marked two key milestones for MSC Cruises’ first two liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships.
MSC World Europa, the first LNG vessel to join the cruise line’s fleet completed the first set of sea trials in the Atlantic.
Meanwhile, MSC Euribia was floated out and has now been moved to a wet dock for work to continue on the ship
World Europa joins MSC Cruises’ fleet in June 2023.
MSC invested €3 billion in three LNG-powered cruise ships with the construction of the third ship ‘World Class II’ due to start early next year.
“We made an important pledge last year to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,. MSC World Europa and MSC Euribia will play a fundamental role in this journey,” Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, Cruise Division of MSC Group, said.
MSC World Europa is the first in the MSC World Class, a brand new class of ships that will accommodate up to 6,762 passengers.
MSC World Europa will debut in the Arabian Sea in winter 2022/23 with MSC Cruises set to deploy its largest ever capacity in the Middle East for the season.
The ship will offer seven-night voyages between December 2022 and March 2023 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.
From June 2023 MSC Euribia will spend her inaugural season in Northern Europe from the German port of Kiel with seven-night itineraries to the Norwegian fjords with calls including Copenhagen, Hellesylt, Norway as well as Alesund and Flam.