If at first glance you think that MSC Cruises’ new ship, Euribia, is part of another cruise line’s fleet, you’d be forgiven: The vibrantly painted hull — a first for MSC — seems more suited to Norwegian Cruise Lines, known for its vessels’ exterior artwork. But the 4,838-passenger Euribia, named for the ancient goddess who mastered the sea, is sending the world a message. On both Euribia’s port and starboard sides, alongside bold blue stencils of seahorses, turtles, dolphins, and coral created by German graphic artist Alex Flämig, is the hashtag #savethesea painted in huge turquoise letters. It’s a floating billboard of sorts, advertising Europe-based MSC’s commitment to eco-conscious cruising and to having a carbon-neutral fleet by 2050.
But once aboard Euribia, it’s clear that MSC’s focus remains fixed on creating a lively ambiance and affordably-priced fun for an international mix of passengers. The fifth ship in the Meraviglia Class, Euribia is big (6,327 guests at full capacity) and bold. It features five pools, 10 restaurants (five complimentary dining rooms and five specialty restaurants at an extra charge), and 21 bars and lounges — with several updated spaces and entertainment options that give it an edge over its predecessors.