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Qatar signs up floating hotels for World Cup

20 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Football fans prone to seasickness may need to consider alternatives, but supporters with sealegs will be able to stay on one of two giant cruiseliners during the 2022 Qatar World Cup, reports AFP.

Organisers said Monday they had agreed with Swiss-based MSC Cruises for two of its 16 ships with a combined total of 4,000 cabins to be berthed in Doha Port during the tournament.

The vessels “will give fans a spectacular view of (Doha’s) West Bay skyline”, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery said in a statement.

“Chartering cruise liners for fans has long been part of Qatar’s accommodation strategy, with the country keen to offer sustainable solutions for the month-long tournament, which will kick-off on November 21, 2022.”

British tabloids have speculated that alcohol could be permitted onboard despite Qatar’s strict Islamic rules governing alcohol consumption, leading to headlines encouraging “booze cruise for fans”.

Under the agreement, the value of which was not given, the MSC Europa and MSC Poesia will be used to accommodate fans.

The MSC Europa will be delivered in 2022 and is due to be powered by liquefied natural gas, the statement said. The MSC Poesia features three swimming pools, 14 bars and a waterfall,

according to the ship map.


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