Fodor’s Expert Review
One of the largest cruise ships at sea, the 6,762-passenger MSC World Europa signaled a brand new class of ships for the line (the World Ships class) when it debuted in 2022, making its first order of business to host 6,700 World Cup fans in Doha as a floating hotel during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Read More
Built in Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, the 22-deck behemoth has the perhaps surprising distinction of being MSC Cruises’ first vessel powered by liquified natural gas, hugely reducing emissions and making it the most environmentally advanced ship in MSC’s fleet.
As a passenger onboard MSC World Europa, it’s easy to forget you’re even on a ship (or at sea) at all. It truly feels like a city unto itself, with various “districts” to explore and too much by way of entertainment, eating and drinking to cover over the course of a standard week (especially if you plan to spend any time in port at all).
The 13 onboard dining venues and 20 bars and lounges include an onboard microbrewery, a specialty concept restaurant with its own garden, dedicated gin and Champagne bars, a teahouse, taco and margarita joint, American-style steakhouse and so much more.
For entertainment, the longest dry slide at sea, which spirals down 11 decks, is the aerial jewel of an incredible 350-foot-long promenade that feels like a waterfront urban park, lined by restaurants with covered outdoor seating. Add that six swimming pools and hot tubs spread across several decks and you’ve still only scratched the surface of what you can get up to on board.
MSC World Europa sails the same itinerary all year round in the Mediterranean Sea, with 7-night cruises visiting such lively coastal cities as Marseille, Barcelona, Valletta in Malta and Sicily’s Messina (with only one at-sea day all week). Particularly novel for cruisers who love flexibility–you can embark and disembark for your sailing aboard this ship in any of its six ports, as well as sail for as few or many days as you like.