• MSC Cruises’ latest flagship, MSC Euribia, today arrived in Southampton for the first time
• The ship today commences her winter sailings with 7-night itineraries in Northern Europe
• MSC Euribia achieved the world’s first net zero greenhouse gas voyage in June from France to Denmark

London, UK – 13 October 2023 – The port of Southampton today welcomed the first call of MSC Euribia, ready to begin her winter sailings around Northern Europe. The arrival was celebrated by a traditional exchange of crests between the ship’s master Captain Christopher Pugh, who studied at the Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton, and local authorities.

MSC Cruises' newest flagship will offer British travellers the chance to explore Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France without having to step foot in an airport. MSC Euribia is the second ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet to use Southampton as a homeport to meet the high demand for no-fly cruises from British holidaymakers following the earlier success of MSC Virtuosa.

MSC Euribia offers guests the chance to discover the wonders of Northern Europe during the winter months on a range of 7-night itineraries. Whether it’s visiting the enchanting canals of Amsterdam, exploring the medieval charm of Bruges, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Brussels, getting cosy at one of Paris’ many quaint cafes to a chance to visit Hamburg’s charming Christmas markets, MSC Euribia offers memorable experiences for every type of traveller.

While onboard, guests can enjoy a wide variety of entertainment on MSC Euribia, from theatre shows in the Carousel Lounge to the Ocean Cay Aquapark, one of the biggest waterparks at sea. MSC Euribia boasts ultimate relaxation with five swimming pools, nine hot tubs and the MSC Aurea Spa and thermal area. With 10 dining venues and 21 bars, guests will be spoilt for choice from steakhouses to sushi, cocktails to coffee, there is a restaurant or bar fit for any time of the day and every taste. For an exclusive and luxurious sanctuary on board, the MSC Yacht Club offers personalised service, premium amenities, and a private setting for discerning travellers. The immersive and digital Helios Wine Bar invites the next generation of wine lovers to discover the story behind their favourite glass of wine.

Antonio Paradiso, Managing Director, MSC Cruises UK & Ireland said, “The arrival of MSC Euribia to the UK is an exciting moment, welcoming another ship in our fleet to the port of Southampton. After seeing the success of no-fly cruises on MSC Virtuosa, our newest flagship will give British travellers another chance to explore a variety of destinations through the convenience of a cruise.

Steve Masters, Harbour Master, Port of Southampton, added, “We are very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises’ newest flagship vessel to Southampton as her home port and look forward to working with the MSC team during their winter sailings in Northern Europe. Having launched our Ready for Tomorrow Sustainability Strategy earlier this year, it is great that MSC Cruises shares our sustainability values by powering their new fleet with liquefied natural gas (LNG), reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

MSC Euribia is the second ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), adding to the line’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The ship completed the world’s first net zero GHG voyage in June this year on a four-day sailing from Saint-Nazaire, France to Copenhagen, Denmark for her Naming Ceremony. The ship's iconic design, coined ‘#SaveTheSea, will be permanently featured on the ship’s hull to symbolise MSC Cruises' commitment to the sea.