Inside a £1billion luxury cruise liner England’s WAGs will live on for the World Cup, which includes a five-a-side pitch
THREE Lions’ Wags will enjoy a life of luxury aboard a billion-pound cruise liner during the World Cup in Qatar.
Several of the Three Lions stars’ partners and families are expected to be based at MSC World Europa, described as a ‘floating palace’.
It features six swimming pools, 14 ocean-view hot tubs, bumper cars, lounges, shops, restaurants, bars, and the longest dry slide at sea.
In Qatar, there is normally an alcohol ban which can land blurrers in jail, although some “selected areas” serve it at the World Cup.
Because MSC World Europa is “off-shore”, guests can stress-free drink champagne and sunbathe, unlike some hotels there.
They could include model Anna Modler, 24, who is dating defender Eric Dier, and flight attendant Georgina Irwin, 26, who is engaged to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
The packages will cost the players’ families £6,000 each – a piece for England’s mega-rich footballers.
Phil Foden’s girlfriend Rebecca Cooke, 22, is among those who have expressed an interest in staying with the Manchester City ace’s family.
Fern Maguire, 27, is also expected in the Middle East to support her husband Harry during the tournament, which begins in November.
While some partners will likely stay in Dubai and fly for matches, The Sun on Sunday can reveal that several have chosen to make MSC World Europa their base.
In an added boost, the FA is raising the security bill, with thousands of fans also expected on board.
Our source said: ‘The boat is an amazing place to stay. It’s like a floating palace, which is why many wives and families of players quickly bought packages organized by the Football Association.
Those who stay on the boat can be accompanied by at least five people and also pay additional guests.
This means that nannies and other family members will likely travel to Qatar as well.
“Because the boat is offshore, customers can have a drink and enjoy themselves without having to worry about breaking Qatar’s strict rules.
“In many bars and clubs in Qatar you can’t even clap, let alone order a beer.
“And they certainly don’t like football songs.
“And many hotels don’t even allow sunbathing. But by staying on the boat, customers relax and have a good time.
“If England go all the way it will probably become like a carnival on board.”
The ship has room for 6,762 guests – and many fans are said to still be trying to book rooms.
Prices start at around £300 for a double/twin bed but go up to £690 a night.
Those who stay on the 205,700 ton ship are promised “globally inspired urban design” and a “world of immersive experiences”.
One of the highlights, especially for kids, is an incredible 11-story waterslide called “The Venom Drop.”
Water slides are also available. A Sportplex area will offer basketball, bumper cars and even a disco roller rink.
The pools, including one indoors with a sliding roof, have themes such as “botanical garden”, “zen” or “beach atmosphere”.
Gareth Southgate will name 26 players for Qatar.
Their first match will be against Iran on November 21 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, the day after the tournament begins.
The FA declined to comment.