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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Stay on a cruise liner for the World Cup

Football fans attending the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar will be given the chance to stay on board luxury cruise liners during the tournament.

Given a shortage of hotel accommodation, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (what an impressive name) has signed an agreement with MSC Cruises to charter two cruise liners to accommodate spectators.

MSC Poesia
The cruise liners, which feature a combined capacity of 4,000 cabins, will act as floating hotels during the tournament. They will be berthed at Doha Port, giving fans a spectacular view of the West Bay skyline.

His Excellency Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, congratulated the SC for its collaboration with MSC and said significant progress had been made in accomplishing the country’s ambitious plans in the field of transport and communications.
Al Sulaiti said: “The Ministry of Transport and Communications has completed the development of Doha Port to accommodate multiple large passenger ships and enable the port’s capacity to receive the largest cruise ships in the world, serving fans and visitors who come to Qatar during the 2022 World Cup.”

He also noted that the Ministry has completed the development of standards to facilitate access to Qatar’s transportation system. We shall see.

Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, said: “We are delighted that Qatar has selected our ships to ensure that tourists who visit the country during the upcoming FIFA World Cup have high-end accommodation and services available."

Under the terms of the agreement, Qatar will charter MSC Cruises’ MSC Europa and MSC Poesia.

Scheduled for delivery in 2022, MSC Europa is currently under construction in Saint-Nazaire, France.

In addition to floating hotels, Qatar’s other accommodation options will include hotels, apartments and fan villages.

MSC Cruises is the fastest-growing cruise line in the world with a fleet 17 ships that will expand to 27 over the next decade.

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