MSC Cruises’ upcoming new Meraviglia-plus class cruise ship MSC Euribia has completed her sea trials in the Atlantic ahead of her maiden cruise season in Northern Europe.
The four-day sea trials saw every aspect of the ship’s technical machinery and equipment tested to its limit to ensure that the vessel is ready for passenger operations later in the year.
During sea trials, ships are typically run up to their maximum speed and then thrown into a number of high-speed turns and maneuvers, including emergency stop procedures, whereby the vessel’s engines are put to full astern to test stopping distance.
MSC Euribia is the cruise line’s second vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (after MSC World Europa, its largest ship, which recently completed a maiden season in the Middle East out Dubai).
Following the completion of sea trials, MSC Euribia returned to Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France for final finishing touches ahead of her delivery to MSC Cruises in May.
MSC Euribia’s official christening ceremony is scheduled for June 8th and will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark before her inaugural season in Northern Europe sailing from her homeport in Kiel, Germany.
Shortly after the christening, starting from June 10th, MSC Euribia will offer 7-night sailings from Kiel to Copenhagen and to the Norwegian fjords with calls in Geiranger, Ålesund, and Flam.
MSC Euribia will sail Northern Europe for the winter 2023/24 season offering 7-night sailings from Hamburg to Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium; Le Havre, France and Southampton in the UK.
The 6,334-passenger vessel is MSC Cruises’ third Meraviglia-Plus class ship and a sister ship to MSC Grandiosa, and MSC Virtuosa. Like her two sisterships, MSC Euribia will feature a 305-feet LED screen running along the ceiling of the central indoor promenade, the social hub of the ship containing restaurants, bars and shops.
MSC Euribia will have an Aurea Spa, Broadway-style theater and the MSC’s exclusive ship-within-a-ship Yacht Club with its own staterooms, pool deck and dining room.
Unlike other ships in the MSC fleet, this new ship will be the first in the line to feature colourful artwork across its hull, channeling Norwegian Cruise Line, which has long-decorated the bows of its vessels in this way.