Geneva, Switzerland – October 13, 2022 – MSC Cruises revealed two new partnerships today that will enrich the food and beverage offering on the line’s upcoming flagship MSC World Europa.
Michelin-starred chef, TV personality and author Niklas Ekstedt is collaborating with MSC Cruises to design the menu for specialty restaurant Chef’s Garden Kitchen, focusing on natural ingredients and a farm-to-ocean ethos. The new restaurant will feature the first hydroponic garden at sea and a uniquely immersive experience with Ekstedt’s extraordinary creations prepared in an open kitchen against a backdrop of panoramic sea views.
Award-winning brewmaster Teo Musso, who created the Baladin Farm Brewery, has worked with MSC Cruises to create a bespoke range of MSC signature craft beers that will be brewed at sea in the ship’s full-scale micro-brewery. The brewery will produce and serve a range of “Oceanic” beers made exclusively on board using desalinated sea water—offering a pilsner, a bitter and a wheat beer to be enjoyed alongside classic bar snacks.
Ekstedt and Musso are international experts in their field who were carefully selected for the values they share common with MSC Cruises. Their knowledge and passion—combined with a focus on quality and carefully chosen ingredients—will set both venues apart with a distinct and elevated experience in line with MSC World Europa’s mission to redefine the future of cruising.
Chef Ekstedt shared: “Working with MSC Cruises to develop a new dining concept on MSC World Europa has been an exciting experience and we have created something really special and unique. The menu is rooted in my core philosophy that everything needs to start with the very best natural ingredients and, as such, the dishes are simple but full of flavor and will feature the hydroponic micro-greens that are grown in on board in the restaurant to enhance the flavors, texture and colors.”
Brewmaster Musso added: “I have always loved to experiment and be creative with my beers. This partnership with MSC Cruises was a gift, a chance to create not only three new beers but to do so in the most romantic of ways: at sea. The result is three totally new ‘Oceanic’ brews—a pils, a bitter and a wheat—each with its own unique array of flavors. A chance for MSC Cruises’ guests to discover new tastes, just as they discover new destinations.”
CHEF’S GARDEN KITCHEN – A FOODIE OASIS
The Chef’s Garden Kitchen’s promises fresh and seasonal flavors, taking its cues from nature. A meal could start with scallop ceviche, along with pickled kohlrabi, spruce, lingonberries and grapefruit. It might be followed by a main course of seared Langoustine tails, carrots, finger lime and infused broth, finishing with a dessert of meringue, sea buckthorn, white chocolate and verbena.
Born in Sweden, the son of a produce seller, Ekstedt’s strong connection with nature and the Earth’s flavors came early in life. Ekstedt aims to modernize cuisine through art instead of technology, combining traditional Nordic cooking and preservation techniques with astonishingly creative assortments of fresh seasonal ingredients.
Ekstedt’s close family bond resonated with MSC Cruises, which started as—and remains—a family-owned and operated Company. Among the brand’s key pillars, each ship is designed to welcome families of all sizes and ages with experiences that cater to each of them.
MASTERS OF THE SEA – CRAFT BEERS LIKE NOWHERE AT SEA
MSC Cruises’ Masters of the Sea pub has long been a favorite spot to grab a quick bite and delight in an extensive beer list, but this will be the first time it features an onboard brewery. Brewing beer at sea required finding a partner who understands the complexities of accomplishing the entire process onboard, as well as someone who identifies with the brand’s vision and philosophy.
Birra Baladin is an Italian craft and farm brewery with its own blend of delectable flavors, creative innovations and a history steeped in tradition. Musso is the visionary powerhouse behind Birra Baladin, considered the “father” of the Italian craft beer movement with an influence on craft beer that reaches around the world. He introduced a new concept in the beer business, suggesting that restaurants use beer as a food pairing. Musso supports the Italian agricultural blockchain to certify the production of real craft beers Made in Italy. His beers have gained cult status since their inception in the 1990s and are still brewed just outside his hometown (Piozzo) in Piedmont.
Once again, Musso’s strong bond with his family struck a chord with MSC Cruises. He was raised by Italian farmers who taught him the importance of natural ingredients and he has dedicated beers to his children and their mother. Musso’s values are a natural fit for the cruise brand, and so is his shared Italian heritage.
A TEMPTING ARRAY OF RESTAURANTS, BARS AND LOUNGES
MSC World Europa rounds up her list of gastronomic venues with seven brand new bar and lounge concepts, as well as new dining locations, including:
MSC World Europa will welcome her first guests in December 2022. She will spend her inaugural season in the Arabian Gulf region, giving guests the ultimate winter sun cruise experience on 7-night itineraries from Dubai. The ship will sail to the nearby modern metropolis of Abu Dhabi, on to Sir Bani Yas Island, Dammam in Saudi Arabia and the breath-taking Al Ahsa oasis (a UNESCO World Heritage site) before heading to futuristic Doha, Qatar, and returning to Dubai with an overnight in the city to discover all the marvels it has to offer.
Departing Dubai on March 25, 2023, MSC World Europa will head to the Mediterranean Sea. During summer 2023, she will offer 7-night cruises calling at the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France.
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About MSC World Europa
MSC World Europa is the first in the trail-blazing MSC World Class—a brand new class of ships that introduces a completely new cruising platform. Boasting future-proof marine and onboard hospitality technologies, MSC World Europa will redefine the cruise experience with a variety of never-before-seen concepts and creative areas unlike anything at sea today. The ground-breaking design features a Y-shaped aft with a nearly 350-foot-long World Promenade offering breath-taking ocean views. Brand new balcony cabins overlook the spectacular promenade, which features a striking architectural centerpiece in the form of The Venom Drop @ The Spiral, an 11-deck-high slide which will be the longest at sea.
About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand as well as the leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa, with more market share in addition to deployed capacity than any other player. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is one of the two brands that sit within the Cruise Division of MSC Group, the leading privately held Swiss-based shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises – the contemporary brand - has a modern fleet of 19 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025, with options for six more vessel orders in place through 2030.
MSC Cruises offers its guests an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the Company’s European heritage, where they can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programs, and the very latest user-friendly technology on board. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ itineraries and experience on board its ships, click here.
The Company’s number one priority has always been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships serve. In August 2020, MSC Cruises implemented a new comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first major line to return to sea. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ health & safety protocol, click here.
MSC Cruises has long been committed to environmental stewardship, with a long-term goal to achieve net zero emissions for its operations by 2050. The Company is also a significant investor in next-generation environmental marine technologies, with the objective to support their accelerated development and availability industry-wide. To learn more about the Company’s environmental commitment, click here.
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