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Three cruise ships fully booked for first week of World Cup


The three cruise ships that have arrived in Doha to serve as ‘floating hotels’ are fully booked in the first week of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, according to MSC Cruises.

‘MSC Opera’ arrived in Doha on Friday, joining ‘MSC World Europa’ and ‘MSC Poesia’ at the port to offer a luxurious hospitalit­y experience to fans of the World Cup.

‘MSC Opera’, a modern ‘floating hotel’, offers luxurious services to World Cup fans with a variety of room options ranging from traditiona­l cabins overlookin­g the sea to rooms with balconies and luxury suites, in addition to multiple dining possibilit­ies and programmes and entertainm­ent for all ages.

At 275m in length and 32m in width, the 13-deck MSC Opera can accommodat­e nearly 2,679 people with 1,075 rooms.

‘Floating hotels’ are among the several facilities provided by Qatar for fans of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, offering multiple booking and accommodat­ion options throughout the tournament, including apartments, villas, fan villages and usual hotels.

HE the Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker affirmed in statements that offering accommodat­ion and recreation­al services on board floating hotels reflects the strenuous efforts exerted to organise the best World Cup in history.

According to the estimates of MSC Cruises, owner of the three ‘floating hotels’ that will serve the tournament, the total capacity of the three cruise ships is around 10,000 beds, and reservatio­ns for the first week of the World Cup have reached 100%. The cooperatio­n between Qatar and MSC Cruises dates back to 2016, when Doha welcomed the Group’s first giant cruise ship, ‘MSC Fantasia’.

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‘MSC Opera’.

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