MSC Cruises Celebrates World Europa sea trials and Euribia float out

Jun 21, 2022

MSC Cruises and the French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlanticue celebrated two milestones over the weekend for the first two MSC liquefied natural gas vessels. MSC World Europe has completed its first set of tests at sea, which included testing engine performance, as well as assessing maneuverability, fuel consumption, safety systems, speed and stopping distance.

World Europe is MSC Cruises' first LNG-powered vessel and should be the largest LNG cruise ship in the world. It is the first in the completely new MSC world-class and will be able to receive up to 6,762 guests.

The design of the vessel has an I-shaped stern leading to Europe's 341-foot-long outdoor promenade along with ocean views and inward-facing balcony cabins. The central part of the space will be a dry slide with 11 floors.

MSC World Europe is due to join the fleet this November. She will spend her inaugural season in the Arabian Sea, offering seven-night trips from December to March back from Dubai.

In March, the ship will move to the Mediterranean and offer seven-night cruises to Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille.

The second ship MSC Cruises also reached an important milestone in construction, as MSC Euribia sailed into the shipyard and transferred to the wet while working on.

Euribia will become one of the most environmentally friendly ships in the MSC fleet, and will also be a mobile LNG. It was named after the ancient goddess Euribia, who used winds, time and constellations to rule the seas.

The ship will have a strikingly different look from the rest of the MSC fleet, thanks to colorful artwork sprayed across the hull.

Starting in June 2023, Euribia will spend its inaugural season in northern Europe, sailing from Kiel in Germany. She will perform seven-night cruises to most ports in Norway.

Construction of MSC’s third LNG ship will begin at the same shipyard early next year.