Qatar to host thousands of fans in luxury alternative accommodation

Qatar offers cruise ship accommodation for thousands of fans who will be looking for a place to stay as the area is pretty much full. Take a look inside the five-star MSC World Europa below:

With the most controversial world Cup starting next week, the problem most traveling fans face is the lack of accommodation.

About 804,186 people received tickets in the first round of applications, which started with 17 million applications.

However, two cruise ships – the four-star MSC Poesia and the five-star MSC World Europa – are now docked in Doha’s West Bay, giving fans a luxury alternative to a regular hotel.

The five-star ship has 2,633 cabins, with most basic rooms having a bed, wardrobe, bathroom and TV. Credit: TikTok/@ilqlive

Account ILoveQatar TikTok describes MSC World Europa as “one of the modern floating hotels that will host World Cup fans”.

“The ship features an impressive global outdoor boardwalk and the largest dry slide at sea.”

On board, you have the choice between 33 restaurants and numerous bars.  Credit: TikTok/@ilqlive
On board, you have the choice between 33 restaurants and numerous bars. Credit: TikTok/@ilqlive

MSC World Europa appears to be the line’s second most popular ship among UK guests.

The 5-star vessel in Qatar will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), which “paves the way for the adoption of carbon-neutral synthetic fuels and other alternative fuels as they become widely available.”

With the most controversial World Cup kicking off next week, the problem most traveling fans face is the lack of accommodation.  Credit: MSC
With the most controversial World Cup kicking off next week, the problem most traveling fans face is the lack of accommodation. Credit: MSC

As for the five-star cruiser, the cheapest prices for a double/twin room appear to be $350 (£293.88), which includes a buffet breakfast.

The most expensive room available on the ship can sleep up to four people and will cost $795 (£667.54) per night.

Soccer fans who want to board the four-star ship can expect to pay at least $179 (£150.30) per night, including breakfast, the website says at the time of writing.

For a two-night stay, this could cost you around $358 (£300.60) per stay for a two-guest room.

MSC World Europa is the line's second most popular ship among UK guests.  Credit: MSC
MSC World Europa is the line’s second most popular ship among UK guests. Credit: MSC

The five-star ship has 2,633 cabins, with most basic rooms having a bed, wardrobe, bathroom and TV.

If you feel like spending the money, the MSC Yacht Club Owner’s Suite features a large balcony, private hot tub, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, and separate dining and living areas.

On board, you have a choice of 13 restaurants and many different bars.

There are also seven pools, including one with a sliding roof.

Well, if your team isn’t doing well, you might at least have a hot tub to lean on.

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