MSC Cruises has announced that its most environmentally advanced ship, the 6,334-passenger MSC Euribia, will be named in Denmark.
The line said Copenhagen had been chosen for the christening ceremony of the new flagship as the port has a rich maritime heritage and Denmark is a country with a deep respect for the sea and sustainability.
Following the ceremony MSC Euribia will embark on an inaugural season in Northern Europe from 10 June, with seven-night sailings from Copenhagen and Kiel in Germany to the Norwegian Fjords. In winter 2023 the ship will sail on cruises out of Southampton.
The ship, being constructed at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France, will become the line’s second vessel to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is the cleanest marine fuel. As an LNG powered ship, MSC Euribia marks another step forward for MSC Cruises in substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. MSC said LNG will cut CO2 emissions by up to 25 percent on MSC Euribia, compared to standard fuels, while also virtually eliminating other air emissions.
The vessel will also showcase further state-of-the-art environmental technologies including an advanced wastewater treatment system, energy saving measures and shore power connectivity to enable zero emissions from the ship where onshore power is available in port.
MSC Euribia will also be the first cruise ship in the MSC fleet to boast colourful artwork across its hull. MSC launched a global competition for artists to create a design inspired by the sea and the marine ecosystem and the chosen artwork was created by German graphic artist Alex Flaemig.
Interior design details include a Mediterranean-style promenade with an LED dome roof with different images projected throughout the day, ten dining venues, 21 bars and a 954-seat theatre. There are five pools and a coral themed AquaPark, one the largest and most elaborate waterparks at sea. The MSC Foundation Centre will allow children to participate in educational games to learn more about significance of the environment, as well as the option for adults to learn about the foundation’s work.
Antonio Paradiso, MSC Cruises’ Managing Director UK and Ireland, said:
“We are committed to offering the best experience for our guests from the UK and Ireland, and that is why our newest environmentally advanced flagship, MSC Euribia, will be sailing from the UK during winter 2023. Since our first full ex-UK season back in 2018, we’ve seen a huge demand for stress-free, no-fly cruises from Southampton on board our current UK-based ship, MSC Virtuosa. We will be able to build on this success by offering our UK customers the opportunity to experience one of the most impressive cruise experiences available, featuring leading sustainability technology and cutting-edge design.”
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photographs courtesy of MSC Cruises
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