MSC Cruises' managing director Antonio Paradiso, Captain Christopher Pugh, and Port of Southampton harbour master Steve Masters. Credit: MSC Cruises

MSC Euribia makes maiden call in Southampton

Author: Kaye Holland

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The port of Southampton welcomed MSC Euribia on Friday ahead of the ship’s winter sailings around Northern Europe

The arrival was celebrated by a traditional exchange of crests between the ship’s master captain Christopher Pugh and local authorities.

MSC Cruises’ newest flagship is its second ship to homeport in Southampton.

Guests can explore Northern Europe, including Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels, Paris, and Hamburg on a range of seven-night itineraries.

Euribia, features five swimming pools, the MSC Aurea Spa and thermal area, 10 dining venues, and one of the biggest waterparks at sea.

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 at the 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.”

MSC Euribia is the second ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). 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.

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Kaye is a London-based wordsmith who has written for a range of publications including The Times, The Independent, The I, Culture Trip, The Sun, and ABTA among others. In June 2022, Kaye joined the Real Response Media where she looks – together with Lucy Abbott – after the World of Cruising website. Want to get in touch? Kaye can be reached at: [email protected]