MSC Cruises unveils details about the World Europa

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The World Promenade will be home to the Venom Drop @ The Spiral, the longest dry slide at sea, spanning 11 decks.
The World Promenade will be home to the Venom Drop @ The Spiral, the longest dry slide at sea, spanning 11 decks. Photo Credit: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises on Thursday unveiled details about its first World-class ship.

The 6,762-passenger MSC World Europa will have 22 decks and feature the longest dry slide at sea, the Venom Drop @ The Spiral. It will span 11 decks and plunge riders into a 250-foot drop.

The slide will be in the World Promenade, what MSC calls "the beating heart of the ship." Opening out to the aft with sea views, the World Promenade will offer entertainment and al fresco dining.

The Promenade continues indoors with the World Galleria, covering 3,200 square feet and topped with an LED and kinetic dome ceiling. The space will be lined with bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques.

Bumper cars and a roller disco

The World Europa will have the largest children's area in MSC fleet, with more than 8,200 square feet of interior space designed by Lego and Chicco, including seven rooms dedicated to distinct age groups. 

Entertainment venues on the World Europa will include the 1,153-seat World Theatre and its original productions, bumper cars, a roller disco and the Luna Park Arena -- a multifunctional space for movies, game shows, kids' activities and themed parties.

The MSC Yacht Club on the World Europa will have two owner's suites.
The MSC Yacht Club on the World Europa will have two owner's suites. Photo Credit: MSC Cruises

The new class' first ship also is introducing the largest-in-class Aquapark, with a kids pool and slides for adults and children. Elsewhere, the main pool includes a 37,000-square-foot pool deck area and a botanic garden pool features a retractable roof, tropical bar and lounge area.

The adults-only Zen pool area at the aft includes two pools, a solarium, a shady lounge area and sea views, said MSC. Other pool spaces include the private pool, whirlpool and sundeck in the MSC Yacht Club. 

In all, there will be seven swimming pools and 13 whirlpools on the ship.

A hydroponic garden at sea

The ship is introducing two new restaurant concepts, including the Chef's Garden Kitchen, a hydroponic garden at sea with herbs, greens and garnishes grown onboard. MSC is also introducing a signature Mediterranean fish restaurant, La Pescaderia. In total, the Europa will include 13 dining venues, including six specialty restaurants. 

The World Europa's 20 bars and lounges will include the line's first onboard microbrewery, a new gin bar and a cocktail bar honoring the art of mixology.

The Yacht Club on the Europa will have a larger outdoor area and new suite designs. 

The Europa will feature seven new cabin designs for a total of 19 cabin categories. The first World-class ship will feature balconies in 65% of cabins, more than any other vessel in the fleet, and more will have private whirlpools.   
The Infinite Ocean View cabins will have a panoramic window that slides down to form a glass balustrade when open. 

The Chef's Garden Kitchen is a new concept for MSC Cruises.
The Chef's Garden Kitchen is a new concept for MSC Cruises. Photo Credit: MSC Cruises

The World Europa will be powered by liquefied natural gas, having the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 21%, according to the line, as well as reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 85% and sulfur oxide emissions by 99% compared to standard maritime fuels. 

The Europa is scheduled to debut on Dec. 20 with a four-night sailing from Doha, Qatar, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The ship will then sail seven-night voyages from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. The ship will continue to Sir Bani Yas Island, which is exclusive to MSC Cruises on days the ships call. The ship will also call in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, as well as Doha. 

The World Europa will head to the Mediterranean on March 25 and sail seven-night cruises to Italian ports of Genoa, Naples and Messina as well as Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France. 

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