Geneva, Switzerland – March 31, 2022 – MSC Cruises has opened sales for MSC Euribia, the line’s most environmentally advanced ship and its second LNG-powered vessel, due to launch in early June 2023 once construction is complete at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France. The ship will spend her inaugural season sailing in Northern Europe from the German port of Kiel, offering guests a rich panoply of incredible destinations to discover.
MSC Euribia will offer incredible seven-night itineraries sailing to the Norwegian Fjords with weekly departures from Kiel, featuring calls including Copenhagen, Denmark; Hellesylt, Norway for the Geirangerfjord; Alesund and Flam, also in Norway; and others. For more information on dates and itineraries, click here.
All Voyagers Club members who book MSC Euribia will benefit from their usual 5% discount plus a further 5% booking discount and enjoy double Voyagers Club points. In addition, Silver, Gold and Diamond members also benefit from a $50 per person on onboard credit.
Hull Design Winner Revealed
MSC Euribia will strike a markedly different silhouette than her sister ships in the Meraviglia-Plus class, thanks to exclusive artwork designed to underscore MSC Cruises’ commitment to the sea. The line held an international design competition through Talent House to create a one-of-a-kind work of art for the ship’s hull inspired by the sea and its important marine ecosystem. The design will be featured permanently on the ship, highlighting the steps the Company is taking toward a greener future.
Designs from 59 countries were submitted and the winner, German artist Alex Flaemig, was revealed today. Flaemig will have the honor of his artwork gracing the ship’s exterior, shining a light on the Company’s ongoing commitment to the environment and its pledge to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050.
The five finalists from the competition will have their designs displayed on board the ship in a new gallery.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, said: “In response to the growing need to protect the ocean for future generations, we have made it our mission to equip our ships with the latest and most advanced environmental technologies and solutions, with MSC Euribia showcasing the best of them to date. The contest to design the hull for our latest LNG ship was launched to help us communicate our unwavering commitment to the environment as this ship sails the world. Mr. Flaemig’s design perfectly captured this message of passion and dedication to preserving the marine environment and its complex ecosystem and delivers a strong call to action to everyone who sees this ship to save the seas.”
The winner Alex Flaemig commented, “In order to make people even more aware of this unique underwater world with its precious life, I have graphically placed a small section of this ecosystem on the hull of the MSC Euribia. What was important to me was not only the representation of the underwater world, but also a message about how it should be preserved.”
Flaemig, a native of Dresden, Germany was inspired by the opportunity to transform the hull of MSC Euribia into a giant, floating canvas to highlight the importance of respect for the environment. His #SaveTheSea design showcases beauty of the marine ecosystem and weaves together the colors of the MSC Cruises and MSC Foundation logos, creating a gradient effect that paints sea fauna and flora across the hull.
Flaemig goes on to explain, “I also want to express that an intact sea is also the basis for a healthy ecosystem on land. I want to emphasize this with the representation of birds, insects and leaves and last but not least with the globe. It is still important to me to inspire people and encourage them to participate."
The winning artwork was selected from scores of others from around the world by a panel of international judges including sand artist Jben, known for his large-scale ephemeral sand frescoes that wash away with the tide; architect Martin Francis; and Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group.
The environmentally advanced MSC Euribia
MSC Euribia will come into service in 2023 and become the second LNG-powered ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet, marking another step forward in substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. LNG plays a key role in the journey toward climate change mitigation and will reduce CO emissions by up to 25% on MSC Euribia, compared to standard fuels, while virtually eliminating other air emissions.
As bio and synthetic fuels become available, MSC Euribia’s emissions will be further reduced. LNG is key to the development of low carbon solutions for shipping, as emerging technologies such as fuel cells can be operated with LNG until zero emissions bio-LNG or green hydrogen become available at scale. MSC Cruises is actively involved in several projects to develop and make these technologies viable in partnership with regulators, academia, shipyards and industry. This includes a project to study the use of hydrogen fuel in cruise ships in partnership with Fincantieri and SNAM, as well as a pilot project for the development of solid oxide fuel cell technology for cruise ships with Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Bloom Energy.
MSC Euribia will utilize an advanced wastewater treatment system, as well as an underwater radiated noise management system to minimize the effects of vibrations on marine life. Multiple energy efficiency features help reduce and optimize engine use.
MSC Cruises is committed to powering at least three upcoming ships with LNG, representing a total investment exceeding EUR 3 billion.
About MSC Euribia:
MSC Euribia is named after the ancient goddess Eurybia who harnessed the winds, weather and constellations to master the seas, furthering the vision of the ship to master the deployment of state-of-the-art sustainable technologies to protect and preserve the precious marine ecosystem.
As a Meraviglia-Plus ship, MSC Euribia will offer a dynamic guest experience with innovative features and facilities. Some of the highlights include:
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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 Cruises 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.
Finally, to learn more about the MSC Foundation, MSC Group’s own vehicle to lead, focus and advance its conservation, humanitarian and cultural commitments, click here.
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