MSC Euribia sea trials delayed due to strikes in France

Mar 22, 2023

The first sea trials for MSC Cruises' latest cruise ship, MSC Euribia, which is currently being constructed in Saint-Nazaire, have been delayed due to union strikes against pension reform in French ports. Originally scheduled for Thursday, March 23, the shipyard has not yet announced a new date for the sea trials, and the timing will depend on the length of the social movement. Despite this setback, MSC Euribia remains on track for delivery in late May, with its construction progressing in Dock C of the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard.

Following its completion, the ship will be christened in Copenhagen on June 8th, becoming MSC Cruises' second vessel to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), after MSC World Europa. MSC Euribia is intended to serve as a symbol of the company's commitment to protecting the seas. Copenhagen was selected as the location for its official naming ceremony due to the city's rich maritime history and Denmark's reputation as a pioneer in sustainability.

The ship meets the "Baltic Standard" for wastewater treatment. It features advanced waste management systems, improved energy efficiency, and a shore power connection that enables it to operate emission-free while in port. During its inaugural season, MSC Euribia will offer seven-night cruises departing from and returning to Kiel, with stops in Copenhagen, Hellesylt, Ålesund, and Flåm starting from June 10th.