A report by Cruise Industry News said that "three MSC Cruises ships will serve as hotel accommodations for the FIFA World Cup fans in Qatar. The MSC World Europa and MSC Preziosa will be berthed next to the new Grand Cruise Terminal, and the third cruise ship, the MSC Opera, will be on the opposite side of the port."
The official Qatar2022.qa website also lists MSC World Europa and MSC Preziosa in its accommodation options.
The report by Cruise Industry News also mentions that "at a maximum capacity, all three vessels can accommodate over 13,000 guests, significantly increasing the much-needed berths 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."
As per the report, the Grand Cruise Terminal is at its final construction stage and is part of the project set by Qatar Tourism to attract over 6 million international visitors a year by 2030. The terminal will be inaugurated at the naming ceremony of MSC Cruise’s newest ship the MSC World Europa.
"The facility will have two cruise terminals with an aquarium in the middle section and an art gallery. The terminals are designed to simultaneously handle a complete passenger turnaround for two mega-size cruise ships. With its structural and decorative functions, the building honors traditional Arab architecture and restores the historical link between Doha and the sea. The visually stunning architecture incorporates 1154 elegant arches, representing unity, purity, and glory. Constructed to expand the intended use as a cruise terminal and transform into a flexible multi-functional space for year-round public events, exhibitions and conferences, Doha’s Grand Cruise Terminal has the potential to become city’s next landmark."
Source: Qatar2022.qa, Cruise Industry News
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