In comparison, driving from the UK to Qatar would take 70 hours straight, crossing through three different continents during the long drive, according to Google Maps.
The MSC World Europe is currently on its maiden voyage with WAGs enjoying the many luxuries on board and costs £2,434.80 for nine nights. But before you start seething about how the other half lives, there is one condition for those on the cruise ship – none of their husbands or boyfriends will be allowed on board.
That means no one on the national soccer team will get to enjoy the beauty salons, shops, six pools, 14 jacuzzis with ocean views and the longest dry slide at sea that this cruise ship has to offer. Nor will the men’s team enjoy the 13 restaurants and bars, microbrewery or mixology classes in its Elixir gin bar which the boat also provides. Given that the vessel is considered “off-shore,” that means Qatar’s ban on alcohol can be bypassed for the passengers.
The mammoth sailing vessel has a tonnage of 215,863 GT and a length of 333.3 m (1,094 ft). Its width is 47m (154 ft), height is 68m (223 ft) and speed, 22.7 knots, with a capacity of 6,762 passengers. With 21 decks, a crew of 2,138, two five-bladed propellers and seven propellers that are four fore and two aft, there’s still plenty of room for an indoor bumper rink and a movie theater to boot (no pun intended).
While the better halves lap the life of luxury on the way to Qatarthe men’s team faces a different set of travel plans ahead of their first World Cup group game against Iran on November 21. Desperate to avoid potential coronavirus outbreaks, England’s manager has ordered a strict bubble in Doha for the team to adhere to.