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Qatar Hires 3rd Cruise Ship as Floating Hotel for World Cup

While Dubai is going to welcome 166 cruise ships starting this month for winter sailings, Qatar (the host country for FIFA World Cup 2022) is set to receive 120 cruise ships for 2022-23 winter sailing season. In fact, Qatar has built a multi-million dollar cruise terminal which will be inaugurated on November 14, 2022. The opening will coincide with the naming ceremony of 6,774-passenger MSC Cruises’ newest and biggest ship World Europa. MSC Poesia joins World Europa — with MSC Opera nearby — for the World Cup (November 20-December 18) offering official accommodation that can be booked by fans through FIFA.

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MSC World Europa features six swimming pools, more than a dozen places to eat, a spa and shopping areas. The second, the MSC Poesia, is a four-star vessel with three swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, a movie screen, a spa, and various bars and restaurants. And a third, MSC Opera, was just added to the lineup. Terms and conditions warn that guests can’t bring booze (or food, for that matter) aboard, but you can purchase alcoholic drinks on the ship. The MSC World Europa’s 2,633 cabins start at 1,240 riyals a night. Cabins on the MSC Poesia start at 640 riyals a night.

All three MSC Cruise ships will accommodate over 13,000 guests, significantly increasing the much-needed beds during the event. In addition, two Ponant ships are expected to be berthed at a premium location in the heart of Doha Port, alongside the Golden Horizon which is set to host Croatian fans.

India is seventh in tickets sold for FIFA World Cup 2022 and close to 23,500 Indians are expected to attend the world cup. So if you haven’t found a hotel yet, how about booking a cruise?