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The luxury £1billion cruise liner that will host reportedly host the England WAGs during the World Cup in Qatar has set sail for Doha, it’s been reported. 

But while the wives and girlfriends of the football stars will lap up the luxury of the swanky ship, it’s said that players won’t be allowed on board as they are set to form their own strict Covid bubble elsewhere.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December.

Off she goes: The luxury £1billion cruise liner that will host reportedly host the England WAGs during the World Cup in Qatar has set sail for Doha, it's been reported

Off she goes: The luxury £1billion cruise liner that will host reportedly host the England WAGs during the World Cup in Qatar has set sail for Doha, it’s been reported 

According to The Sun, MSC World Europa’s maiden voyage was spotted making its way through the Suez Canal on Wednesday.

With their families on board the ship, the players will be in a strict Covid bubble while staying at the Souq Al Wakra hotel in Doha.

It’s said that manager Gareth Southgate is desperate to ensure that coronavirus won’t dash his squad’s hopes of lifting the world cup. 

Banned: But while the wives and girlfriends of the football stars will lap up the luxury of the swanky ship, it's said that players won't be allowed on board as they are set to form their own strict Covid bubble elsewhere (Harry Maguire and Fern Hawkins pictured)

Banned: But while the wives and girlfriends of the football stars will lap up the luxury of the swanky ship, it’s said that players won’t be allowed on board as they are set to form their own strict Covid bubble elsewhere (Harry Maguire and Fern Hawkins pictured)

The publication states that sources from the Football Association have confirmed that restrictions will be in place for the first three opening games of the competition, and will likely continue for the duration of England’s participation in the games. 

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MailOnline have contacted representatives of MSC World Europa for comment. 

The England’s 26-man squad’s partners and families will reportedly base themselves on the MSC World Europa, dubbed a ‘floating palace’, which will be situated in Doha Port. 

The £1billion cruise liner boasts beauty salons, boutiques, dodgems, six swimming pools, 14 ocean-view jacuzzis and the longest dry-slide at sea titled The Venom Drop to keep them entertained between matches. 

Journey: According to The Sun , MSC World Europa’s maiden voyage was spotted making its way through the Suez Canal on Wednesday

Journey: According to The Sun , MSC World Europa’s maiden voyage was spotted making its way through the Suez Canal on Wednesday

Luxe life: The England's 26-man squad's partners and families will reportedly base themselves on the MSC World Europa, dubbed a 'floating palace', which will be situated in Doha Port

Luxe life: The England’s 26-man squad’s partners and families will reportedly base themselves on the MSC World Europa, dubbed a ‘floating palace’, which will be situated in Doha Port

A Sportplex zone offers basketball, bumper cars and even a roller disco rink, meaning plenty of opportunities for fun. 

In addition to 13 restaurants and bars, the cruise liner features a micro-brewery and mixology classes in its Elixir gin bar.

In Qatar there are strict alcohol rules, but because the MSC World Europa is ‘off-shore’, those on board can sip on champagne without fear of legal repercussions.

Packages begin at £6,000 for the footballers’ families to stay on the luxury liner, with model Anna Modler, 24, who is dating defender Eric Dier, 28, rumoured to be among them.

Living it up: Model Anna Modler, 24, who is dating defender Eric Dier, 28, is rumoured to be among those planning to stay on the luxury cruise liner

Living it up: Model Anna Modler, 24, who is dating defender Eric Dier, 28, is rumoured to be among those planning to stay on the luxury cruise liner

According to The Sun, other WAGs set to live aboard the MSC World Europa for a month include air hostess Georgina Irwin, 26, who is engaged to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 24.  

Phil Foden’s girlfriend Rebecca Cooke, 22, is said to be among those to have expressed an interest in staying on it along with the Manchester City ace’s family.

Fern Maguire, 27 – the wife of Harry Maguire, 29 – is also expected to relocate to the Middle East to support her man during the tournament, which starts in November.

Fun: Another WAGs set to live aboard the MSC World Europa for a month include air hostess Georgina Irwin, 26, who is engaged to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 24

Fun: Another WAGs set to live aboard the MSC World Europa for a month include air hostess Georgina Irwin, 26, who is engaged to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 24

Epic! A Sportplex zone offers bumper cars and even a roller disco rink, meaning plenty of opportunities for fun

Epic! A Sportplex zone offers bumper cars and even a roller disco rink, meaning plenty of opportunities for fun

Wife life: Fern Maguire, 27 – the wife of Harry Maguire, 29 – is also expected to relocate to the Middle East to support her man during the tournament, which starts in November

An insider told the publication: ‘The boat is an amazing place to stay. It is like a floating palace, which is why many of the players’ wives and families quickly snapped up packages that the Football Association arranged.

‘Due to the fact the boat is off shore, guests can have a drink and enjoy themselves without having to worry about falling foul of Qatar’s strict rules.

‘And many hotels aren’t even allowed sunbathing areas. But by staying on the boat guests just relax and have a great time. If England do go all the way it’s likely to become like a carnival on board.’

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Gareth Southgate will announce his squad for Qatar on Wednesday October 19, 33 days before England’s first group match against Iran.

Fabulous: The liner has a basketball court, should the WAGs want to work up a sweat

Fabulous: The liner has a basketball court, should the WAGs want to work up a sweat

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