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MSC Euribia to homeport in Dubai for 2024/25 Middle East cruise season

MSC Cruises will be sending its new Meraviglia-Plus class ship MSC Euribia to the Arabian Gulf for the 2024/25 Middle East cruise season, sailing 7-night roundtrip cruises out of Dubai.

MSC Euribia will homeport in Dubai between November, 2024 and March, 2025, offering weeklong cruises visiting Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, and Manama in Bahrain.

This will be MSC Euribia’s first time sailing in the Middle East and will mark the third time MSC Cruises has deployed a brand-new cruise ship to the region after MSC Virtuosa for the 2021/22 season, and MSC World Europa for 2022/23.

MSC Euribia

MSC Euribia will offer both Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE as a homeport during the season, along with Doha in Qatar. The practise, known as inter-porting, allows passengers to use any of the ports as the embarkation and disembarkation port.

When sailing from Dubai, MSC Euribia will sail overnight to Doha in Qatar, then to Bahrain the following day, before spending a day at sea and calling in Abu Dhabi the next day. From Abu Dhabi the ship then sails overnight to Sir Bani Yas, before ending the cruise in Dubai the day after.

In Dubai the ship will spend a night in port, giving passengers two days in port to explore and experience various shore excursions.

Coral Reef Aquapark

At 183,500 gross tons and carrying more than 6,000 passengers, MSC Euribia is one of the largest cruise ships ever to homeport in Dubai, although she is slightly smaller than MSC World Europa which homeported in the Arabian Gulf for the 2022/23 cruise season.

The ship features 10 restaurants and 21 bars and cafes, along with 5 unique pools and one of the largest waterparks at sea. Her combined pool areas can accommodate around 1,000 passengers at any given time, making sun lounging and swimming a less torturous affair than on some large cruise ships.

Like other Meraviglia-Plus class cruise ships in the MSC fleet, MSC Euribia also features a huge indoor shopping, dining and entertainment promenade called Euribia Galleria, with an LED domed ceiling that is one of the longest at sea.

For younger passengers, MSC Euribia has seven separate entertainment spaces for babies, toddlers, kids, tweens, early teens, and late teens. There are more than 100 hours of entertainment programming per cruise for kids and teenagers organized in MSC Cruises’ clubs.

The ship is also home to the MSC Aurea Spa with a Thermal Area with sauna, steam bath and whirlpool, a professional Hair and Nail Salon and a Barber Shop. There’s also a Balinese Spa offering authentic massages and beauty treatments.

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