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MSC Europa

Floating Hotel Day Visit

Timing: 12:00 - 02:00 Duration: up to 16 hours Price: QAR 182 (USD 50)

Guests need to present a valid Hayya Card to be able to access Doha Port and also to access the ships.

MSC  Day Pass

Embark on the MSC World Europa or the MSC Poesia with exclusive day pass access. The day pass will allow you to board the ship for the day and enjoy all the facilities and attractions offered onboard. 

Important note:  There is no parking at the terminal. Visitors need to use public transportation, either taxis, Uber or the shuttle service linking Al Ghanim Transport Hub and the Cruise Ship Hotels. Private vehicles will not be allowed access to the terminal.  

MSC World Europa

From her sleek interior design and 13 dining venues to her thrilling entertainment offerings, the onboard experience on the MSC World Europa is like no other cruise ship. Relax in the scenic Panorama Lounge, experience the excitement of the futuristic Luna Park Arena, or lose yourself in the iconic Kinetic Dome.

Experience a world of cuisines with brand new concepts including Chef’s Garden Kitchen, the first hydroponic garden at sea; La Pescaderia, a Mediterranean fish restaurant; a new on-board microbrewery; and a Gin bar where you can learn mixology.

The ship also features some of our signature favorites, like our American-style steakhouse, Latin American street food inspired Hola! Tacos & Cantina, Kaito Teppanyaki & Sushi bar, and our renowned buffets.

There’s something for everyone on board, from a large waterpark, to bumper cars and street performances. And with 7 swimming pools spread across the ship, including one with a sliding roof, there’s always space to relax by the water and pool deck.

For families with children, the award-winning MSC Kids Club features state-of-the-art facilities inside a dedicated area of the ship, with a range of kids’ clubs and tailor-made programs for every age group.  

Is an innovative cruise ship with elegant style that brings. traditional craftsmanship to creative designs.

Step aboard and you’ll enter a refined world of comfort, from the spectacular foyer waterfall to the Zen Garden, authentic Japanese Sushi bar and opulent MSC Aurea Spa wellness centre with steam room, sauna and divine massages to pamper body and mind, it’s the perfect place to unwind.

The ship offers all the resort amenities you could wish for, including 3 swimming pools, 4 whirlpools and a giant poolside cinema screen. Kids and teens are equally well served, with their own clubs and parties, a dedicated Stone Age and Dinosaur Play Area, stunning video games and even a DJ disco!

The gourmet cuisine on board brings you specialties from around the world, but retains its Mediterranean heart, rooted in the values of the Italian slow food movement. With MSC, every succulent dish is freshly prepared with care by our skilled chef’s from prime quality ingredients.

The varied lounge bars offer similarly refreshing originality and authenticity, from the Grappolo d’Oro wine-tasting bar to the Mojito cocktail bar and sumptuous design of the cigar room.

What to Expect

  • Day access to MSC World Europa or MSC Poesia
  • Access to all public facilities and attractions onboard 
  • A variety of dining options
  • There is no parking at the terminal. Visitors need to use public transportation, either taxis, uber or the shuttle service linking Al Ghanim Transport Hub and the Cruise Ship Hotels. Private vehicles will not be allowed access to the terminal.
  • Day access pass
  • Hayya card to be applied for independently
  • Food and drinks payable onboard
  • Anything else that is not expressly mentioned above in Inclusions

Access: Please note that you will need to present a valid Hayya Card to be able to access Doha Port and also to access the ships.

You will also need to present your booking confirmation to access the ships.

Location:  Doha Port Grand Cruise Terminal - Terminal 1 for MSC World Europa (currently sold out); Terminal 2 for MSC Poesia.

The nearest Metro Station is:  Souq Waqif ( Gold Line )

Important note:  There is no parking at the terminal. Visitors need to use public transportation, either taxis, uber or the shuttle service linking Al Ghanim Transport Hub and the Cruise Ship Hotels. Private vehicles will not be allowed access to the terminal.

*Rates mentioned are per person and subject to change.

  • What areas can you access with the day pass? All the public areas accessible to all passengers. This means that visitors CANNOT visit technical spaces and areas that are restricted to the high paying passengers, such as the Yacht Club.
  • What restaurants are available? All restaurants are available at a cost to the visitors, except Yacht Club and dependent availability; no pre-arrival reservations
  • How does the access card work? Access card to be received at the daily visitor counter in the grand terminal. The card has to be scanned at the gangway, where the Security staff will verify the picture. It has to be scanned in and out.
  • How can you pay for services on board? Visitors will need to register a credit / debit card during the check-in to activate this function of the access card. At most of the outlets this is the only accepted form of payment.
  • Can you access the waterslides and pools? Yes 
  • Can people get on and off throughout the day? No – once day guests disembarked they are checked out and cannot re-enter the vessel
  • Child (above 3 years old to 17 years old)
  • Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable
  • Please note that by booking, you acknowledge and accept the boarding conditions

MSC Boarding Conditions:

These Boarding Conditions govern the relationship, responsibilities and liabilities as between, on the one side, the Client and/or each Visitor (as appropriate) named on the Booking Confirmation and, on the other side, the Carrier and are BINDING ON THESE PARTIES .

Each Visitor, or the Client on behalf of the Visitors has entered into a contract with the Discover Qatar or DQ for the purpose of the Visitors boarding one of the Vessels. All Visitors agree to all the terms and conditions of the Booking along with these Boarding Conditions. These Boarding Conditions are to be deemed as incorporated into the Booking and will apply whether or not there is any actual carriage during the period any of the Visitors are on board.

The Visitor must carefully read these Boarding Conditions (and the Client shall also be obliged to do so, and to ensure that all Visitors (or its parent/guardian in the case of a Minor) read and accept these Boarding Conditions before the Visitor or Client makes the Booking. These Boarding Conditions set out its rights, responsibilities and limitations towards the Carrier, its servants and/or agents. The Carrier’s liability is limited as set out in Clause ‎18.

1. CONSTRUCTION AND DEFINITIONS

BOOKING means a final and binding reservation, regulated by the terms and conditions entered into at the time of booking and these Boarding Conditions that a Visitor (or the Client on behalf of the Visitors) has entered into with DQ, for the purpose of booking day access as visitors to the Vessel.

BOOKING CONFIRMATION means the document issued as confirmation of the Booking, and issued by DQ in order for the Visitors to access the Vessel. 

CARRIER for the purpose of any obligation or responsibility attaching to the carrier under these Boarding Conditions, the Carrier means MSC Cruises SA, with registered Offices in Avenue Eugène Pittard 40, 1206 Geneva (Switzerland). However, the protections and defences which are provided for in these Boarding Conditions in favour of the Carrier, shall also apply to the owner and/or charterer whether bare boat/demise charter, the actual carrier, the time charterer, sub-charterer, manager or operator of the Vessel including SC. The term “Carrier” includes the Carriers, the carrying vessel, (“Cruise Ship”), its owner, charterer, manager, operator, any tenders or other means of transport provided by the Carrier to the Visitors.

CLIENT means (if applicable) any person or entity who has entered into a contract with DQ for the purpose of any Visitor boarding the Vessel. The Client confirms that it has full authority to enter into on behalf of and bind all Visitors named on the Booking Confirmation. All Visitors visiting the Vessel together will be deemed to have understood and agree with these Boarding Conditions and the conditions of the Booking.

DISABLED PERSON means any person whose mobility is reduced as a result of any physical disability (sensory or locomotor, permanent or temporary) intellectual or psychosocial disability or impairment, or any other cause of disability, as a result of age, and whose situation needs appropriate attention and adaption to that persons particular needs for the service made available to all Visitors.

DISCOVER QATAR or DQ means the agency managing the Bookings of day passes for Visitors.

LUGGAGE means any hand luggage or other personal items belonging to or carried by any Visitor, including articles worn by or carried on the persons of the Visitor.

MASTER means the Captain or person in charge of the carrying Vessel at any given point and commanding of the vessel.

MINOR means any Visitor under the age of 18 or under the legal age limit which is in force pursuant to the applicable law. For the specific purpose of serving or consuming alcohols in Qatar “MINOR” means a Visitor under the age of 21.

RECOGNISED ASSISTANCE DOG means any dog that has been trained to assist a Disabled Person by an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs International and/or the International Guide Dog Federation.

SC means the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

TOURNAMENT means the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 TM

VESSEL means the vessel named in the relevant Booking or the substituted vessel owned, chartered, operated and/or controlled by the Carrier.

VISITOR(S) means any person that boards a Vessel for a limited period of time and is not accommodated overnight. All references to the "VISITOR" (singular) shall include the plural and vice versa. All Visitors visiting the Vessel together, including adults responsible for Minors, will be deemed to have understood and agree with these Boarding Conditions. For the purpose of this definition, Visitor include any Senior Officials (such as Government Personnel, FIFA representatives and relevant sponsors) boarding the vessel.

VOYAGE shall, for the purpose of these Boarding Conditions, mean any period during which the Visitors are on board the Vessel. 

2. VALIDITY, NON-TRANSFERABILITY AND AMENDMENT The Carrier agrees to transport and/or have on board the Visitors on the Voyage, stay on board or event to be held on named or substitute Vessels. Before boarding, the Visitors agrees to be bound by all its terms, conditions and limitations. All prior oral and/or written agreement is superseded by these conditions. These Boarding Conditions cannot be amended without written and signed consent from the Carrier or its authorised representative. The Booking Confirmation issued by DQ is valid only for the Visitors for whom it is issued, for the date and Vessel indicated or any substitute Vessel and is not transferable.  

3. DISEMBARKING A Visitor will not be entitled to stay on-board the Vessel overnight and will be required to disembark without delay in accordance with the date and duration as indicated on the Booking Confirmation.  

4. EXTRA CHARGES

4.1. Each Visitor shall pay in full all charges for goods and services incurred by the Carrier on his/her behalf, before the end of the Voyage in any currency in general use on-board at the time of payment.

4.2. Alcoholic beverages, cocktails, soft drinks, mineral water and any medical expenses, any independent contractor services or products, charges or taxes imposed by any government agency shall be extra charges, unless otherwise stated as included at the time of booking.  

5. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

5.1. All Visitors must present for inspection upon request the Booking Confirmation, a valid passport as well as any visa, entry or exit permit, any Qatari ID, Resident Permit or Fan ID. 5.2. Each Visitor (or, if a Minor, his/her parents or guardian) shall be liable to the Carrier, SC and/or DQ for any fines or penalties imposed on the Vessel or Carrier, SC and/or DQ by any authorities for that Visitor’s failure to observe or comply with local governmental laws or regulations, including requirements relating to immigration, customs or excise. 5.3. The Carrier, SC and/or DQ makes no representation and gives no warranties as to the correctness of any documentation that is checked.

6. SECURITY 6.1. Each Visitor shall present him/herself for boarding, according to the instructions provided by DQ and shall be available for any security inspections. 6.2. For security reasons and any requirements by law, each Visitor acknowledges and agrees that agents of the Carrier may search the Visitor, his/her Luggage. 6.3. The Carrier shall have the right to confiscate any articles carried or contained in any Luggage which the Carrier, in its sole discretion, considers dangerous or poses risk or inconvenience to the security of the Vessel or persons on board. 6.4. Each Visitor is prohibited from bringing on board any articles that can be used as a weapon, explosives, illegal or dangerous goods. 6.5. The Carrier reserves the right to search any cabin, berth or other part of the Vessel for security reasons at any time

7. FITNESS TO STAY ONBOARD

7.1. In order to ensure that the Carrier is able to host the Visitors safely and in accordance with applicable safety requirements established by international, EU or national law or in order to meet safety requirements established by competent authorities, including the vessel’s flag state, each Visitor warrants that his/her conduct or condition will not impair the safety of the Vessel or inconvenience other persons on-board.

7.2. If it appears to the Carrier, the Master or the Vessel's doctor that a Visitor is for any reason unfit to stay on board and/or likely to endanger safety, then the Carrier or the Master shall have the right to take any of the following courses: (i) to refuse to embark the Visitor; (ii) to disembark the Visitor; (iii) if the Vessel’s doctor considers it advisable, to administer first aid and administer any drug, medicine or other substance or to admit and/or confine the Visitor to a hospital or other similar institution ashore at the Visitor’s expense, provided that the ship’s doctor and/or Master considers that any such steps are necessary.

7.3. Unless provided under any applicable law, where a Visitor is refused embarkation as a result of safety and/or fitness to stay on board, the Carrier, SC or DQ   shall not be liable for any loss or expense occasioned to the Visitor thereby, nor shall the Visitor be entitled to any compensation from the Carrier, SC or DQ

7.4. Not all areas or equipment on the Vessel are suitable for access to Disabled Persons.

7.5. The Carrier reserves the right to refuse passage to anyone who has failed to notify it of their specific needs with regard to seating or services required from the Carrier or terminal operator, or their need to bring medical equipment, or to bring a Recognised Assistance Dog on board the Vessel, or of any other known disabilities, or who in the Carrier’s and/or Master’s opinion is unfit or unable to stay on board, or anyone whose condition may constitute a danger to themselves or others on-board on the grounds of safety.

7.6. Visitors who need assistance and/or have special requests or need special facilities or equipment with regard to seating or services required or their need to bring medical and mobility equipment, must notify DQ at the time of booking. This should include detailed information required to assist DQ in making available accessible transport to Disabled Persons. Wheelchair users must specify whether they operate a manual or powered wheelchair and inform DQ whether they require portside services at the time of booking. This is to ensure that the Visitors can safely embark, disembark and remain on board in accordance with all applicable safety requirements. The Carrier is not obliged to provide any assistance or meet special requests unless the Carrier has agreed to do so in writing. If the any Visitor cannot be carried safely and in accordance with applicable safety requirements then the Carrier can refuse to accept a Visitor or embarkation of a Disabled Person on the grounds of safety.

7.7. Wheelchair users must furnish their own standard size wheelchairs. The Vessel’s wheelchairs are available for emergency use only. Where the Carrier considers it strictly necessary for the safety of the Visitor it may require a Disabled Person to be accompanied by another person or a Recognised Assistance Dog who is capable of providing the assistance required by the Disabled Person. This requirement will be based entirely on the Carrier assessing the need of the Visitor on grounds of safety and may vary from Vessel to Vessel.

7.8. Where any mobility or other equipment is lost or damaged by the fault or neglect of the Carrier then it is the Carrier’s decision as to whether to repair or replace such equipment taking into account the reasonable requirements of the Visitor. All equipment must be capable of being carried safety and must be declared at the time Booking. The Carrier may decline to carry such equipment where it is not safe to do so or where it has not been notified in time to enable a risk assessment to be carried out.

7.9. Any Visitor who embarks, or allows any other Visitor for whom he or she is responsible to embark, when he/she or such other Visitor is suffering from any sickness, disease, injury or infirmity bodily or mental or to his/her or her knowledge has been exposed to any infection or contagious disease, or for any other reason is likely to impair the safety or reasonable comfort of other persons on-board, shall be responsible for any loss or expense incurred by the Carrier or the Master directly or indirectly in consequence of such sickness, disease, injury, infirmity, exposure or refusal of permission to land unless in the case of sickness, disease, injury, infirmity or exposure the same has been declared in writing to the Carrier or the Master before embarkation and the consent in writing of the Carrier or the Master to such embarkation has been obtained.

7.10. Although the Vessel is planned to be berthed at all times at the Cruise Terminal in Doha, conditions may arise when it will be necessary to anchor offshore rather than alongside. When this is the case, the Carrier will use a tender to take Visitors ashore. A tender is a small vessel and may not be suitable for persons with Disabilities or Reduced Mobility or balance problems. When using tenders, safety is the utmost priority and it is important that the Visitors are able to use the tender safely. Visitors may be required to descend to a platform or pontoon and into the tender. There may be steps both up and down and Visitors may need to navigate a gap between the platform and the tender (which can be approximately 1.5 ft).  Depending on weather, tide and sea conditions, there may be some movement, which could change throughout the course of the day. Visitors must be fit and mobile enough to access and disembark the tender. If Visitors have impaired mobility, or use a mobility aid such as a stick, then they must carefully consider their ability to embark the tender safely before making their way down to the platform. Visitors must take into consideration the use of steps, the possibility of a gap and height difference between the platform and the tender, and the potential sudden movement of the tender when making a decision. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters will not be carried by the crew to the tender. All Visitors must be independently mobile enough to use the tenders. Ultimately, carriage by tender may be refused by the Master or any of his officers if there is any doubt as to the safety of any Visitors.

7.11. All Visitors must take extra care when stepping on and off the tender. There will be crewmembers there to guide and steady Visitors as they embark and disembark but they cannot support, lift or carry Visitors. The same precautions apply when Visitors disembark the tender in the port.  

8. SMOKING POLICY

Smoking is not permitted in any food service areas (buffets and restaurants), the medical centres, child-care areas, corridors or elevator foyers, areas where Visitors are assembled in groups for safety exercises, disembarkation or tour departures, public toilets, or in bars close to areas where food is served.

8.1. Smoking in the cabins and on the cabin’s balconies is strictly prohibited. 8.2. The Carrier reserves the right to levy a fee should passengers be found smoking in non-designated area of the Vessel.  Repeatedly smoking in non- smoking areas can ultimately lead to early disembarkation and prosecution by the authorities. 8.3. Visitors shall be liable for any damage caused by smoking. 8.4. Smoking is only permitted in a dedicated outside area of each Vessel, indicated by signage, where ashtrays are provided. 8.5. Disposing of cigarette butts over the side of the Vessel is strictly prohibited.

9. CONDUCT OF VISITORS

9.1. The safety of the Vessel and all those on-board is of paramount important. Visitors must pay attention to and comply with all regulations and notices relating to the safety of the Vessel, her crew and Visitors, the terminal facilities and immigration requirements. 9.2. Visitors must at all times conduct themselves in a manner that respects the safety and privacy of other persons on-board. 9.3. Visitors must comply with any reasonable request made by any member of staff, the Master or his/her officers. 9.4. All Visitors must take care for their safety whilst walking on outside decks. Visitors and children must not run around the decks or other parts of the Vessel. 9.5. Visitors’ Luggage must not be left unaccompanied at any time, unless different and reasonable instructions are given by the staff. Unaccompanied Luggage may be removed and/or destroyed. 9.6. Visitors shall not bring on-board the Vessel any goods or articles of an inflammable or dangerous nature, nor any controlled or prohibited substance. Breach of these conditions and regulations shall render the Visitor strictly liable to the Carrier for any injury, loss, damage or expense and/or to indemnify the Carrier against any claim, final penalty arising from such breach. The Visitor may also be liable for statutory fines and/or penalties. 9.7. In order to ensure safety and security standards, it is strictly forbidden to bring food and beverage on-board the Vessels. In compliance with this requirement, during embarkation, checks may be carried out on Visitors’ Luggage. The items that are allowed are: personal hygiene products, cleansing products, lotions, fluid medications for therapeutic use, baby gear and baby food items, dietary items prescribed by a physician. 9.8. The Visitor will in any event be liable for any injury, loss or damage occasioned by their breach of any of the prohibitions in these Boarding Conditions and must indemnify the Carrier, SC and DQ against any claim in respect thereof.

10. ANIMALS/PETS 10.1. Animals and/or pets other than Recognised Assistance Dogs are not allowed on-board the Vessel under any circumstances without the Carrier’s permission in writing. Any such animals or pets brought on-board by a Visitor without permission will be taken into custody and arrangements will be made for the animal to be landed at the Visitor’s sole expense. 10.2. Whilst the Carrier and/or its servants and/or agents will take such care as is reasonable in all the circumstances in relation to the pet or animal, neither the Master nor Carrier nor any member of the Crew shall be liable to the Visitor in respect of any loss or injury or death to the pet or animal whilst in the Carrier’s possession/custody. 10.3. Recognised Assistance Dogs are subject to and must comply with national and EU Regulations and/or equivalent applicable legislations regarding health, inoculations, training and travel. It is the Visitor’s responsibility to have all necessary papers, to be made available for inspection on request, and check the position prior to the boarding.

​11. ALCOHOL 11.1. Alcoholic drinks, including wines, spirits, beer or other liqueurs are available for purchase on-board the Vessel at fixed prices. Visitors are not permitted to bring on-board any such drinks, whether for consumption in a cabin or otherwise. Alcoholic drinks in any form will not be sold to Minors. It is the responsibility of the individual Visitors and any accompanying adults to ensure such legal age limits are complied with. 11.2. The Carrier and/or its servants and/or agents may confiscate alcohol brought on-board by Visitors. 11.3. The Carrier and/or its servants and/or agents may refuse to serve a Visitor alcohol or further alcohol where in their reasonable opinion the Visitor is likely to be a danger and/or nuisance to himself/herself, other Visitors and/or the Vessel.

12.1. All the provisions of clause ‎7and the requirement of fitness to embark are applicable to all Visitors including Minors. 12.2. The Carrier does not accept unaccompanied Minors. Minors will not be allowed to embark unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian or other authorised person ( Adult Visitor ) who shall be identified on the Booking Confirmation. Adult Visitors embarking with a Minor shall be fully responsible for that Minor’s conduct and behaviour. Minors may not order or consume alcoholic beverages. 12.3. Minors on-board must be supervised by an Adult Visitor at all times and are welcome at the activities on-board provided that an Adult Visitor is present. Children cannot remain on-board if their Adult Visitor goes ashore. 12.4. The Adult Visitor shall be liable to the Carrier and shall reimburse it for loss, damage or delay sustained by the Carrier because of any act or omission of the Minor in their care. 12.5. Minors are subject to all the terms contained in the Boarding Conditions.

13. MEDICAL SERVICES/TREATMENT 13.1.Visitors are encouraged, where possible, to seek medical assistance from providers on shore. The Vessel’s doctor and medical personnel are not under the Master's or Carrier’s control for treating Visitors. 13.2. Medical facilities on-board may be limited. The Carrier, Master or doctor shall not be liable in any way for referring Visitors ashore for medical services or for the actual medical services rendered ashore. In the event that medical attendance of any kind or ambulance assistance, whether on shore, at sea or by air is required and is provided or ordered by the Carrier or the Master or the doctor, the concerned Visitor shall be liable for the full charge or cost thereof and shall indemnify the Carrier upon first demand of any costs incurred by the Carrier, its servants or agents. 13.3. The Vessel’s doctor is not a specialist and the Vessel’s hospital is not required to be, and is not equipped to the same standards as, a land-based hospital. The Vessel carries medical supplies and equipment as required by its flag state. Neither the Carrier nor the doctor shall be liable to any Visitor as a result of any inability to treat any medical condition as a result. 13.4. In the event of illness or accident, Visitors may have to be landed ashore by the Carrier and/or Master for medical treatment. The Carrier makes no representations regarding the quality of any medical treatment ashore to which any Visitor is referred. 13.5. In relation to medical equipment, which any Visitor intends to bring on board, it is the responsibility of the concerned Visitor to arrange delivery to the docks prior to check-in of all medical equipment. 13.6. The requirement for Visitors to notify to DQ at the time of booking if they need to bring their own medical equipment on-board is to ensure that the medical equipment can be carried and/or carried safely. 13.7. It is the concerned Visitor’s responsibility to ensure that all personal medical equipment is in good working order and for arranging enough equipment and supplies. The Vessel does not carry any replacement. 13.8. The concerned Visitor must be able to operate all own equipment. If there are any particular conditions requiring a personal care or supervision then such personal care or supervision must be arranged by that Visitor at his/her expense. The Vessel is unable to provide or arrange respite services, one to one personal care or supervision or any other form of carer for physical or psychiatric or other conditions.

14. OTHER INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS The Vessel carries on board service providers who operate as independent contractors. Their services and products are charged as extras. The Carrier is not responsible for their performance or products. These contractors may include: hairdresser, manicurist, masseuse, photographer, entertainer, fitness instructors, shopkeepers and others providing services. The limitations of liability referred to into these Boarding Conditions shall apply to all independent contractors. The Carrier shall not be responsible in any way for the conduct, products or services provided by such independent contract

15. VISITORS LUGGAGE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY

15.1. Visitors can embark with one piece of hand Luggage per person. 15.2. Prams and wheelchairs are allowed but must be kept with Visitors at all time and must not block any exits when in use around the Vessel. 15.3. Visitors Luggage and property shall include only personal belongings, and any commercial property shall be subject to an additional charge. Visitor bookings of a commercial nature, such as FIFA sponsors, shall, at the discretion of the SC and subject to Carrier’s agreement, not be subject to additional charges for the storage of commercial property. 15.4. The Carrier shall not be responsible for any fragile or perishable property carried by a Visitor. 15.5. No animals are permitted on board, except for Recognised Assistance Dogs licensed to a Visitor. The concerned Visitor shall have full responsibility for any Recognised Assistance Dogs. 15.6. If medical mobility or other equipment is required, this must be notified to DQ at the time of booking to enable the Carrier to assess whether such equipment can be carried safely. It is the concerned Visitor’s responsibility to ensure that such equipment is in good working order and that the Visitor can operate such equipment. 15.7. The Carrier shall have a lien upon and the right to sell by auction or otherwise, without notice to any Visitor, any Luggage in satisfaction of unpaid monies or of any other monies that may in any way have become due by any Visitor to the Carrier or to its servants, agents or representatives.

16. VISITORS LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE Visitors shall be liable for and shall reimburse the Carrier for any damage to the Vessel and/or its furnishings or equipment or any other property of the Carrier caused by any wilful or negligent act or omission by the Visitors or any person for whom the Visitors are responsible including, but not limited to, Minors accompanying the Visitors.  

17. FORCE MAJEURE & EVENTS BEYOND THE CARRIER'S CONTROL Except as provided by law, the Carrier shall not be liable for any loss, injury, damage, or inability to perform the Voyage arising from any Force Majeure circumstances such as, but not limited to: war, terrorism - actual or threatened - fire, natural disasters, acts of God, labour strikes, bankruptcy, failure of subcontractors to perform, or any other events beyond the Carrier's control and/or any events which are unusual and/or unforeseeable.

18. LIABILITY OF THE CARRIER

18.1. The liability (if any) of the Carrier for damages suffered as a result of death or personal injury to a Visitor, or loss or damage to Luggage shall be determined in accordance with the following Conventions whose limits apply including in any claims for loss of or damage to Luggage and or death and or personal injury and are hereby expressly incorporated into these Boarding Conditions: a. The International Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea 1974 (The Athens Convention 1974) or where applicable The Athens Convention 2002, or EU Regulation 392/2009 Concerning the Rights of Passengers when travelling by sea in the event of Accidents (EU Regulation 392/2009). b. The Athens Convention 2002 where ratified and applicable to the boarding contract shall apply where EU 392/2009 does not apply. c. For bookings where the Athens Convention 2002 does not apply and which are not made in the EU or the Vessel does not have an EU flag or and where the place of embarkation or disembarkation is not in the EU then the provisions of the Athens Convention 1974 and the limits therein shall apply and are hereby expressly incorporated into these Boarding Conditions. d. Copies of the Athens Convention 1974, 2002 and EU Regulation 392/2009 are available on request and can be downloaded from the Internet at www.imo.org and https://www.imo.org/en/About/Conventions/Pages/Athens-Convention-relating-to-the-Carriage-of-Passengers-and-their-Luggage-by-Sea-(PAL).aspx. e. A summary of EU Regulation 392/2009 can be found at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=URISERV:tr0018&from=EN    f. It is agreed that the Carrier shall at all times be deemed a ship owner for the purposes of the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976, whether as amended by the Protocol of 1996 or otherwise and as in force in any relevant jurisdiction from time to time, and so entitled to limit liability thereunder. g. If any provision of these Boarding Conditions is rendered null and void by the Athens Convention 1974, Athens Convention 2002, or EU Regulation 392/2009 or otherwise then any such invalidity shall be limited to the particular clause and not to the Boarding Conditions

18.2. The level of damages a Carrier may be liable to pay in relation to death and/or personal injury and or loss of or damage to Luggage is limited and shall in no circumstances whatsoever exceed the limits of liability set out under the Athens Convention 1974 or, where applicable, The Athens Convention 2002 or EU Regulation 392/2009. 18.2. The liability of the Carrier for death, personal injury or illness to a Visitor shall not exceed 46.666 Special Drawing Rights ("SDR") as provided and defined in the Athens Convention 1974 or, where applicable, the maximum sum of 400,000 SDR pursuant to EU Regulation 392/2009 or The Athens Convention 2002 and, where there is liability for war and terrorism under EU Regulation 392/2009 or The Athens Convention 2002, the maximum sum of 250,000 SDR. 18.3. Liability of the Carrier for loss of or damage to a Visitor’s Luggage shall not exceed 833 SDR per Visitor under the Athens Convention 1974 or 2,250 SDR where EU Regulation 392/2009 or Athens Convention 2002 applies. 18.4. It is agreed that such liability of the Carrier shall be subject to the applicable deductibles per passenger, such sum to be deducted from the loss or damage to Luggage. 18.5. The Visitors understand that the conversion rate of SDR's fluctuates daily and may be obtained from a bank or Internet. The value of an SDR can be calculated by visiting http://www.imf.org/external/np/fin/data/rms_five.aspx . 18.6. The Carrier shall not be liable for loss or damage to any valuables such as monies, negotiable securities, precious metal items, jewellery, art, cameras, computers, electronic equipment, or any other valuables unless they are deposited with the Carrier for safe-keeping, and a higher limit is agreed expressly and in writing at the time of deposit, and an extra charge is paid by the Visitors for declared value protection. Use of the Vessel’s safe is not a deposit with the Vessel. Where there is liability for loss of or damage to valuables deposited with the Vessel then such liability is limited to 1,200 SDR under the Athens Convention 1974 or 3,375 SDR where EU Regulation 392/2009 or Athens Convention 2002 applies. The Carrier and the Visitors agree not to demand any security from the other in connection with a claim of any kind. The Visitors waive the right to arrest the Vessel or to attach any other asset owned, chartered or operated by the Carrier. If the Vessel is arrested or attached, then the ship and the Carrier shall have the right to any limitation and all defences available herein. 18.7. In addition to the restrictions and exemptions from the liability provided in the Boarding Conditions, the Carrier shall have full benefit of any applicable laws providing for limitation and/or exoneration of liability (including without limitation, law and/or the laws of the Vessel’s flag in respect of/or the global limitation on damages recoverable from the Carrier). Nothing in these Boarding Conditions is intended to operate to limit or deprive the Carrier of any such statutory or otherwise limitation or exoneration or liability. The servant and/or agents of the Carrier shall have the full benefit of all such provisions relating to the limitation of liability.  18.8. If any action is brought against any company pertaining and/or connected to the Carrier, the owners or the disponent owners, the Master or crew or any servant, agent or independent contractor of MSC,  or against any person or entity having an interest in the relevant Vessel including but not limited to the operator of the Vessel, any of these persons or entities shall be entitled to avail themselves of all defences, limits of liability and indemnities that the Carrier is entitled to invoke under the Booking and under the provisions of law applicable including, but not limited to, the benefit of any defence to or limitation of liability.  Save as provided in this clause, no third party shall have the right to enforce or apply any term hereof and the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 is expressly excluded. The parties may vary the provisions of the Booking, or terminate it, without the consent of any third party who derives any right pursuant to its terms even if such variation or termination varies or terminates the rights of such third party. 18.9. Without prejudice to the provisions above, if any claim is brought against the Carrier in any jurisdiction where the applicable exemptions and limitations incorporated in these Boarding Conditions are held to be legally unenforceable then the Carrier shall not be liable for death, injury, illness, damage, delay or other loss or detriment to any person or property arising out of any cause of whatsoever nature which has not been shown to have been caused by the Carrier’s own negligence or fault. ​19. ANGUISH/DISTRESS No compensation is payable by the Carrier to any Visitor for any emotional stress, mental anguish and/or psychological injury of any kind save where legally recoverable against the Carrier as a result of any injury caused by an accident due to the fault or neglect of the Carrier.

20. APPLICABLE LAW These Boarding Conditions and any claims against of whatever nature (including claims for death and or personal injury) brought by or on behalf of or by heirs and or dependants of any Visitors shall be subject to English law.

21. JURISDICTION

21.1. Except as provided by law all claims of any nature related to these Boarding Conditions shall be brought in and be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the High Court of London. 21.2. Without prejudice to the sub clause above, the Carrier shall be entitled to commence proceedings against any Visitor in the place where that Visitor normally resides.  

22. NOTICES OF CLAIMS A. The Carrier shall be under no liability whatsoever in respect of any claim arising from an accident which was not reported by a Visitor to the Master or safety officer whilst on-board the Vessel. B. Notices of Claim for loss or damage to Luggage shall be given to the Carrier in writing before or at the time of disembarkation, or if not apparent, within fifteen (15) days from the date of disembarkation. Notices should be sent to MSC Cruises SA, c/o MSC Crociere S.p.A., Via A. Depretis, 31, 80133 Naples, Italy. C. Complaints under EU Regulation. 1177/2010 concerning accessibility, cancellation or delays must be made to the Carrier within two (2) months from the date the service was performed. The Carrier shall respond within 1 month to advise whether the complaint is substantiated, has been rejected or is still being considered. A final reply shall be provided within two (2) months. The Visitor shall provide such further information as may be required by the Carrier to deal with the Complaint. If the Visitor is not satisfied with the response then it may complain to the relevant enforcement body in the country of embarkation.

23. TIME LIMITS FOR FILING SUIT All claims against the Carrier or the Vessel for illness, emotional stress or personal injury to a Visitor or for loss or damage to Luggage shall be time barred after two (2) years from the date of final disembarkation or in the case of death, the date on which final disembarkation would have taken place as provided by Article 16 of the Athens Convention 1974 and or where applicable The Athens Convention 2002 or EU Regulation 392/2009. These time limits are applicable to Minors and persons under a disability.  

24. DATA PROTECTION Personal data relating to individual Visitors shall be collected, processed, stored and used securely and in accordance with relevant data protection laws. The Visitors consent to the collection, processing, storing and use of their personal data to enable the Carrier to perform its services to DQ during the Voyage and DQ to provide access to the Visitors. This may include providing the Visitors details to Governments, immigration, port state control, police, flag state and other competent authorities and or as may be required by law. In the case of emergencies, the Visitors consent to the Carrier providing personal data to shore side doctors, next of kin, the Carrier’s insurers and advisors and the Visitors medical insurers. Personal data shall only be kept for as long as is necessary or required by law.

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The traditional Souq Waqif is a mesmerizing place to explore. There's been a market here for centuries, though the original one was destroyed in a fire in 2003. Today, the area has been redeveloped to resemble a 19th-century market, with mud-rendered shops and beautifully restored Qatari buildings.

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DOHA, Qatar -- The glass door to the La Plage pool deck slides open, I walk through, and it's as if I've been transported into another world -- one that is thousands of miles away from Qatar.

It's a little after noon, and alcohol is flowing in all manner of ways. People are sprawled out on lounge chairs, sleeping off hangovers or perhaps just the game from the previous evening. And there's more exposed skin sizzling in the sun than you'd otherwise see in months here in Doha -- enough to keep a dermatologist employed for the rest of their life.

Yes, this is in Qatar -- the small, conservative Muslim country hosting the World Cup -- but this is not in one of its hotels or public spaces. Rather, it's the cruise ship MSC World Europa, which is docked at Doha's newly revamped cruise ship terminal. You don't have to book a room to enjoy the ship's amenities, either. For a cool $50, you can get a day pass, but for those staying overnight, it's one of those places where the party never stops.

"This place is like Vegas on water, man. It's been incredible," said Marc Laszcz, 28, a real estate agent from San Diego. "We've been here about a week now and just living it up. It's like you're walking onto the Strip, you walk into one of the Bellagios. This place never sleeps. It goes 24 hours.

"The Welsh and the British people there are up at the bar, just keeping it going. And then they fall asleep, they wake up, they keep going, fall asleep around 4 or 5 in the morning. We're up by 7 because the sun's up and it's just nonstop. It's a great time. And we're here to cheer on the boys in the red, white and blue."

How a cruise ship becomes a World Cup hotel stand-in

When the Qatar Supreme Committee began wondering how it would accommodate upward of 1 million visitors for the 2022 World Cup, hotel space was a big concern in Qatar, a country that could only accommodate a small fraction of that . So, organizers hit upon a novel way to alleviate some of the strain on the city's hotel industry: turning cruise ships into floating hotels.

The MSC World Europa -- one of three MSC ocean liners brought in -- fits the bill as a hotel and then some. The ship is gargantuan at over 1,000 feet long and 223 feet high with 22 decks. It accommodates 6,700 passengers, though according to one customer service rep on board, the ship is only about half-full at present. The ship is fully staffed, however, and they're practically falling all over each other to help -- one staff member even insisted on carrying my drink for me as I moved from one table to another. And most pleasing to the Supreme Committee, the ship is fueled by liquid natural gas (LNG), Qatar's cash crop.

So how is life on the cruise ship?

"It's been awesome," says Kody, 44, who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, and is taking in the World Cup with her husband, Dean, and their two sons. "It's Groundhog Day to some extent, buffet-wise, but in terms of the spirit, nothing compares. It's awesome to have everybody from a whole bunch of different countries gathered together."

For Cayhan Movaghari and Alex De Thier, both 25 and from the Washington, D.C., area, that opportunity to mingle with a veritable United Nations of fans at close quarters has been the best part of being on the boat. "We've gotten to have breakfast with folks from Australia," Movaghari says. "We've had drinks with folks from Mexico, from Portugal. There's some amazing Iranian people on the boat, which has been wonderful. So it's just been, overall, fantastic."

You never know who you might run into, either.

Nawaz Hussain is attending the World Cup with his brother Mohammed Ali -- pronounced "like the boxer," Ali says with a smile -- and his nephew Rian Hossein. He proudly displays a picture he took on the boat with Jorge Burruchaga, scorer of the winning goal for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup final against Germany . All three hail from Chennai, India, and are here to soak up every minute of this World Cup.

Ali, 58, marvels at the play of the Arab countries so far in the tournament, while Hussain, 30, praised Canada , despite the Reds' defeat to Croatia earlier in the evening. "They played well above expectations," he said. The idea of using a cruise ship as a hotel left an impression on him as well. "Generally they build infrastructure and then it goes to waste after the tournament," Ali says. "So the whole idea of bringing cruise ships, accommodating thousands of people, and then sending them back when it's not needed, I think that is brilliant."

One place where the party isn't going on at all is the ship's casino, which is lit up but completely empty as I walk through, save for two lonely bartenders with no one to serve. It seems straight out of "The Shining," and I half expect one to ask me, "How are things going, Mr. Torrance?" Instead, one explains that since the ship isn't in international waters, the casino is shut down. The shakedown of that part of the ship will have to wait until the first official trip to sea, which is set for later in December.

As odd as the idea of staying on a cruise ship for the World Cup sounds, it has its merits beyond just a bed to sleep in. To many visitors, Qatar was a huge unknown, including just how strictly the rules on public consumption of alcohol would be enforced. When the Supreme Committee decided only two days before the tournament that there would be no alcohol sold at stadiums , that clinched it for some. Yet the ship has just about everything one could need.

Both Brian Trott and Mike Andrews had been on the boat for only a few hours, having previously stayed at one of Doha's hotels. But already they were feeling at home. "We were happy with our choice once they banned alcohol around the stadiums," Andrews said.

The MSC World Europa even boasts its own brewery on board that will "serve a range of 'Oceanic' beers made with desalinated sea water," according to marketing materials, for those itching to get the full "at sea" experience.

There's also a security aspect that attracted some tourists to stay aboard this floating hotel, though it appears Doha has lived up to its reputation for being an incredibly safe city.

"When we booked this a couple of years ago, we thought it would be worthwhile, especially with [Qatar's] approach to drinking. It's a safer option," said Mark, a 38-year-old designer of security systems from outside London. "If we do a cruise ship, they can have loads of bars, they'll have loads of restaurants. If everything goes horrendously wrong outside of [this ship], we'll have that safe space to go back to.

"You don't have to spend too much time in the sun if you don't want to. But it's still weird to have it be so warm in November, especially when you're talking to friends back home and they're telling you how bad the weather is."

The idea of having so many fans in close quarters might create some tension, especially with the "liquid courage" so readily available. But the experience of guests who spoke to ESPN for this story indicate this has been kept to a minimum.

Victor Suarez, 32, who owns an escape room company in Mexico City, is enjoying lunch at the ship's sushi restaurant, Kaito, with his companion, 32-year-old Mabel Guerra, a fashion designer. "This is breakfast," she said. He remarks how much of the banter has been in good fun, especially at the bar, Master of the Seas, earlier in the trip. "Everybody was wearing their jerseys from their country, and they started singing their chants," he said. "The Brazilians started fighting the Argentinians. Not in a bad way, just with their singing. It was pretty fun."

The price of staying on a cruise ship at a World Cup

The ship works even for people who aren't into the nightlife -- after all, this boat is serving as a hotel first.

Later in the evening, I run into Joao Silva and Roberta Carmo, who hail from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. ("The city of the 7-1," Silva said, in reference to Brazil's defeat to Germany by that score in the 2014 World Cup semifinal.) They call the experience of staying on a cruise ship a "nice surprise" given its close proximity to the city and attractions, though there is one problem.

"There's no vegan restaurant," he says. "We are eating in the city."

Kids are welcome on the boat too. Steven van Hoof, a 36-year-old native of Antwerp, Belgium, who now lives in Cape Town, South Africa, is staying on the boat with his 12-year-old son.

"My wife doesn't like soccer, and my son's turning 12. I promised him we're going to do one of these boys trips," he said. "It ended up from three days to three weeks now. So we're staying for the whole lot, watching 23 games, which is the only benefit now having the World Cup in Qatar. It's like all the stadiums, you can run from one to another."

The cost of the trip varies widely, but it is still on the pricier side. For the final week of the World Cup, rooms are ranging from $347 a night to more than $2,500. The interior rooms leave barely enough space for luggage.

"It is a box," Mark from London said about his room.

Then there's the cost of food and beverage. Some deep, intense research conducted by this reporter can confirm that a draft beer does indeed run about $15.

"It's expensive," said Garrett Jones, a 28-year-old accountant from Boise, Idaho. "The accommodations itself actually weren't bad, but the food has been way more expensive on the boat compared to if you go to Souq Waqif. The food's a lot cheaper there." (Souq Waqif is Doha's oldest souq street market and a popular attraction in the city.)

Van Hoof added: "The boat hurts, but so would any other holiday. I'm thinking the World Cup is only once every four years and my son only turns 12 once, so there you go. Just took it on the chin."

Mark Ogden shares his experience of watching the opening game of the World Cup from a bar in Doha.

On this night at the Master of the Seas, the Croatia fans are enjoying the cool of the evening that comes with a 4-1 in over Canada, though a German couple are anxiously watching the final moments of Germany's match against Spain . As I sidle up to the bar, I strike up a conversation with a man in a Luka Modric jersey, though it turns out he's not from Zagreb or Split, but Boise, Idaho.

He introduces me to Kyle DePinna, a 34-year-old artist from Portland, Oregon. DePinna has been getting some gentle grief all day -- he had tickets to the Germany-Spain game, but after six consecutive days of going to games, he hit something of a wall and gave up his tickets. A jet skiing excursion removed any sense of him missing out.

"It was the best time of my life," he said. "We thought we were going to be late, and ended up getting there right at sunset. So we rode like 30 minutes as the sun was setting. I got, like, amazing pictures and videos."

When the whistle blows to end the Germany-Spain game, the deck at the La Plage pool, where people had been watching on a massive screen largely empties. A few people stick around to dance to "Oye Como Va," but the others have retreated to the ship's interior to eat or continue drinking. The party goes on.

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Qatar hires 3rd cruise ship as floating hotel for World Cup

FILE  - In this Feb. 4 2016 photo the MSC Opera cruise ship passes the Malecon sea wall as it leaves the harbor in Havana, Cuba.  A third cruise ship has been hired by Qatari World Cup organizers to operate as a fans’ hotel docked in Doha port. It will add much-needed rooms during the month-long tournament. Geneva-based MSC Cruises announced the agreement just six weeks before the World Cup starts for the 1,075-cabin MSC Opera. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 4 2016 photo the MSC Opera cruise ship passes the Malecon sea wall as it leaves the harbor in Havana, Cuba. A third cruise ship has been hired by Qatari World Cup organizers to operate as a fans’ hotel docked in Doha port. It will add much-needed rooms during the month-long tournament. Geneva-based MSC Cruises announced the agreement just six weeks before the World Cup starts for the 1,075-cabin MSC Opera. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

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GENEVA (AP) — A third cruise ship was hired by World Cup organizers in Qatar on Monday to operate as a soccer fan hotel docked in Doha Port to add much-needed rooms for the tournament.

Geneva-based MSC Cruises announced the agreement only six weeks before the World Cup is scheduled to start on Nov. 20. The 1,075-cabin MSC Opera will be available from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19.

Prices for the Opera were listed Monday on MSC’s website starting from 470 Swiss francs ($470) per person per night during the group stage, with a minimum two-night stay.

Qatar does not have the hotel capacity for all teams, workers, volunteers and fans at the World Cup and is creating camping and cabin sites, hiring cruise ships, and encouraging fans to stay in neighboring countries and fly in for games.

MSC previously signed a deal with the Qatari government in 2019 to provide two ships with about 4,000 cabins as floating hotels to help house the expected 1.2 million international visitors.

The high-end flagship MSC World Europa is starting work at the World Cup after being built in France.

Prices on the cruise ships fall during the tournament when half the teams go home. During the round of 16 and quarterfinals, the cheapest rooms on MSC Opera cost 320 Swiss francs ($320), then 220 Swiss francs ($220) during the final week.

Basic rates include breakfast on board with an option to pay a 90 euro ($87) daily supplement for all meals.

Alcohol is expected to be available on board with MSC offering wine and draft beer.

Qatar is a Muslim-majority country that typically limits the consumption of alcohol to luxury hotels but has eased its rules for FIFA’s commercial partners, including the corporate hospitality provider at stadiums and World Cup sponsor AB InBev, the brewer of Budweiser.

The MSC Opera had its maiden voyage in 2004 and had an eventful sailing season three years ago.

In March 2019, passengers suspected of smuggling 18 kilograms (40 pounds) of cocaine hidden in bowls and packets of snacks were arrested when the ship docked at the Portuguese island of Madeira after sailing from the Caribbean.

Three months later, the Opera collided with a tourist boat and its dock in Venice, Italy.

Cruise ships were discussed ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as a potential solution to a shortage of hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro. They were ultimately not hired by organizers, with only seven of the 64 games held in the city.

However, the United States basketball teams did stay on a cruise ship docked in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. A second ship was used as a hotel for Olympic stakeholders.

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Qatar hires 3rd cruise ship as floating hotel for World Cup

GENEVA (AP) — A third cruise ship was hired by World Cup organizers in Qatar on Monday to operate as a soccer fan hotel docked in Doha Port to add much-needed rooms for the tournament.

Geneva-based MSC Cruises announced the agreement only six weeks before the World Cup is scheduled to start on Nov. 20. The 1,075-cabin MSC Opera will be available from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19.

Prices for the Opera were listed Monday on MSC’s website starting from 470 Swiss francs ($470) per person per night during the group stage, with a minimum two-night stay.

Qatar does not have the hotel capacity for all teams, workers, volunteers and fans at the World Cup and is creating camping and cabin sites, hiring cruise ships, and encouraging fans to stay in neighboring countries and fly in for games.

MSC previously signed a deal with the Qatari government in 2019 to provide two ships with about 4,000 cabins as floating hotels to help house the expected 1.2 million international visitors.

The high-end flagship MSC World Europa is starting work at the World Cup after being built in France.

Prices on the cruise ships fall during the tournament when half the teams go home. During the round of 16 and quarterfinals, the cheapest rooms on MSC Opera cost 320 Swiss francs ($320), then 220 Swiss francs ($220) during the final week.

Basic rates include breakfast on board with an option to pay a 90 euro ($87) daily supplement for all meals.

Alcohol is expected to be available on board with MSC offering wine and draft beer.

Qatar is a Muslim-majority country that typically limits the consumption of alcohol to luxury hotels but has eased its rules for FIFA’s commercial partners, including the corporate hospitality provider at stadiums and World Cup sponsor AB InBev, the brewer of Budweiser.

The MSC Opera had its maiden voyage in 2004 and had an eventful sailing season three years ago.

In March 2019, passengers suspected of smuggling 18 kilograms (40 pounds) of cocaine hidden in bowls and packets of snacks were arrested when the ship docked at the Portuguese island of Madeira after sailing from the Caribbean.

Three months later, the Opera collided with a tourist boat and its dock in Venice, Italy.

Cruise ships were discussed ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as a potential solution to a shortage of hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro. They were ultimately not hired by organizers, with only seven of the 64 games held in the city.

However, the United States basketball teams did stay on a cruise ship docked in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. A second ship was used as a hotel for Olympic stakeholders.

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Third floating hotel reaches Qatar; all three cruise ships fully booked for first week

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The MSC Opera, the third cruise ship to serve as a "floating hotel" during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, has arrived at Doha Port.

MSC Opera will join MSC World Europa and MSC Poesia which arrived at Doha Port earlier, to offer a luxurious hospitality experience to fans of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

For the first week of the World Cup, reservations for the three floating hotels have reached 100%, according MSC

MSC Opera is 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 programs 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 one of several facilities provided by the State of 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.

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

According to the estimates of the MSC Cruises Group, owner of the three floating hotels that will serve the tournament, the capacity of the three cruise ships reach 10,000 beds, and reservations for the first week of the World Cup have reached 100%.

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