MSC World Europa: Innovation and Sustainability

MSC World Europa, MSC Cruises‘ first world-class ship, is the most technologically advanced ship in the fleet and the largest LNG-powered cruise ship in the world.

Associating such a large, high-tech ship with sustainability may not seem easy at first glance, but in fact MSC World Europa is setting new standards in sustainability and accelerating MSC Cruises’ path to zero emissions. In fact, in addition to being powered by LNG, MSC World Europa is the first cruise ship to be equipped with fuel cell technology, which significantly reduces CO2 emissions, and is also equipped with numerous solutions to minimize its impact on the marine and atmospheric environment.

MSC Cruises‘ new 22-deck flagship offers a range of new features and different experiences, providing fun and entertainment for all ages.

The World Promenade is undoubtedly the first distinctive area that attracts cruise passengers once onboard. At 104 meters long and 7 decks high, it is one of MSC Cruises‘ most innovative environments. Located on deck 8, the World Promenade features large outdoor dining areas, bars and luxury boutiques such as the Coffee Emporium, a coffee connoisseur’s cafeteria where you can choose from the finest coffee beans in the world; the Pescadería – Fish Market, also a first, it is a Mediterranean seafood restaurant, refined but also informal, offering both indoor and outdoor spaces with a selection of seafood and fresh fish display, where guests can choose the dish to enjoy, but also a selection of takeaway options; the Malt Lounge with a wide selection of whiskeys or cognacs accompanied by fine cigars, in a semi-open space; and still we find Sweet Temptations to enjoy a good ice cream, frozen yogurt and much more. But the highlight of the World Promenade is definitely The Venom Drop @ The Spiral, a 74 meter long slide that spans 11 decks.

The World Promenade then connects to the inner promenade, the World Galleria, which extends over 303 meters on 3 decks (6, 7 and 8) with an LED ceiling and offers various bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques.

Upon entering the Galleria, deck 8 features: Fizz – Champagne Bar, an elegant area where you can enjoy excellent champagnes; Elixir – Mixology Bar with original cocktails prepared by expert mixologists, with a DJ set in the evening; Raj Polo Tea House, where you can enjoy an excellent tea in a tropical environment; The Gin Project, the perfect place for gin lovers with over 70 artisanal gins; Zest – Juice Bar with excellent smoothies prepared with fresh fruit.

For dining, deck 8 features Les Dunes Restaurant, a restaurant dedicated to Aurea Experience guests, and Chef’s Garden Kitchen, a new and exclusive restaurant featuring the first hydroponic garden at sea, where dishes are prepared with micro-herbs, garnishes and salads grown onboard.

The MSC Aurea Spa and Thermal Area is located on deck 8. It features a modern and elegant design with spacious areas for moments of deep relaxation.

Descending to deck 7 we find at the aft end the magnificent Panorama Lounge with breathtaking views of the wake, offering immersive entertainment experiences, it transforms from a stage for unique shows to a dance floor with entertainment into the night. Immediately following is the Casino and adjacent Bar, continuing to the center of the ship and then entering the Galleria, on deck 8 we find the MSC Foundation, The Hub – Photo & Digit@l, MSC Shop, Info Point, the Iris Gallery where you can have your irises photographed, The Gentlemen’s Barber, Tv Studio & Bar and the Masters of The Sea which features the first brewery onboard in partnership with Baladin. Beer is actually brewed onboard, using seawater that is first desalinated, and then treated to be completely purified, and then used to brew 3 types of beer onboard of increasing strength.

At the bow is the elegant 1153-seat World Theater, which features original shows with a sustainability theme, such as the EKO Show, where costumes and sets are made from recycled materials.

Dining options on Deck 7 include classic MSC restaurants such as Kaito Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar, Butcher’s Cut, the American-style steakhouse, and HOLA! Tacos & Cantina, inspired by Latin American street food.

Deck 6 features the main restaurants, Bubbles Restaurant and Hexagon Restaurant, where all meals are served at the table (there is a third main restaurant, La Foglia, located on deck 5); Luna Park Pizza & Burger, a complimentary snack service serving pizzas, flatbreads, burgers and more until midnight; the Dolce Vita Bar with musical entertainment; and the Jean-Philippe Onboard Bar; the Jean-Philippe Onboard Chocolate Shop, ideal for those with a sweet tooth, with a wide selection of chocolates and ice creams; the Hall of Games, which offers a variety of games and also extends to decks 19 and 21; the 5D Cinema, the Reception and the Luna Park Arena, which offer different types of entertainment, such as movies, children’s activity games, three interactive shows and an evening disco.

But the most distinctive element of this bridge is definitely the phone booth, which looks like just another piece of furniture, but actually hides a secret bar that not everyone knows about, namely the SpeakEasy Bar. By invitation only, those lucky enough to gain access are given a numerical code, entering the phone booth and dialing the number at the appointed time automatically opens a secret door which, after an internal path through the ship’s decks, leads to this small American-style bar with unique musical entertainment and attention to detail.

Moving to the upper decks of MSC World Europa, on deck 18 we find the central pool, La Plage, with ample space and an attached bar; next to it is the Botanic Garden Pool, the tropical-style indoor pool with two large Jacuzzis overlooking the sea and two classic Jacuzzis surrounded by a botanical dome; on the upper deck, connected to the pool, is the Botanic Garden Bar, with the possibility of being served directly in your own sunbed.

Aft is the Zen Pool, an adults-only area with two pools, solarium, lounge area and attached bar.

MSC World Europa also has two buffet restaurants, the Market on deck 18, which is also open for dinner and pizza service until late, and the Brasserie on deck 19, which is open for breakfast and lunch only.

Also on deck 19 is the Kids Club, the largest children’s area in the fleet, with an extensive entertainment program and 7 rooms dedicated to different age groups from 0 to 17 years.

On deck 20, in addition to the Top 20 Exclusive Solarium and Gym, you will find the Surfers Bar, a quaint bar with surfboards and small colorful deck chairs that will make you feel like you are in one of those bars on a Caribbean island; Access to the legendary Venom Drop, the Aurora Borealis Aquapark, the largest water park in the fleet with VR technology, with slides that offer unique adrenaline rushes, and finally the Sportplex, which transforms from a basketball or soccer court into an ice rink during the day and becomes the home of absolute fun with bumper cars at night.

MSC World Europa also features an expanded MSC Yacht Club with more outdoor space, more common areas and new elegant suites, making it the most luxurious ever.

Finally, in terms of accommodations, MSC World Europa offers 7 types of staterooms, redesigned with the largest number of balcony staterooms in the fleet and more suites with private Jacuzzis. Also new are the Infinite Ocean View Staterooms with sliding panoramic windows.

MSC World Europa is certainly elegance, style, entertainment, technology, with many new things to discover and experience, with efficient service, good food, many alternatives in every area, from cuisine to entertainment, to satisfy the needs of all guests, a super ship, a good giant of the seas, thanks to the sustainable technologies implemented, which are not limited to LNG, but also include the use of LED lighting throughout the ship, noise reduction to protect marine life, the use of intelligent ventilation systems, not to mention the shore-to-ship electrical connection that allows engines to be shut down in ports where electrical infrastructure is available.

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Giorgia Lombardo