MSC Cruises announced that MSC Opera, the 3rd of 4 MSC ships renovated under line's Renaissance Programme, had re-joined the high seas on July 4 (Saturday) and will homeport in Venice for 2015 entire summer season.

The new positioning strengthens MSC Cruises offering in the eastern Mediterranean. To meet the demand from passengers and would-be cruisers, the line tailored ship’s itineraries to feature the most beautiful places in the region.

MSC Opera will feature departures out of Venice for two weeks with port calls in southern Italy and Puglia region, mainland Greece and its islands, the Black Sea coast of Romania, Turkey and its former capital city, the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, Sochi and Russian Riviera, before heading back to Italy.

The ship will present new amenities. For example, MSC Opera now has more balconied cabins, spacious common areas and flexible new dining options. The MSC ship was fitted with a new Spray Park - a fun-filled outdoor wet zone with slides, ingenious water features and interactive jets, for the biggest pleasure of kids and parents alike.

The Opera will be the 3rd ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet to offer tailor-made areas for kids, officially designed and equipped by LEGO® and Chicco®.

MSC Opera now offers 197 new cabins, 30 of which with private balconies, totalling 204 balconied cabins aboard. All restaurants and bars have been redesigned. The buffet is open 20 hours a day. Some 20-hour spectacular entertainments are available each day. The ship also features separate Baby, Mini, Juniors, Young and Teens clubs, another trademark of MSC distinctive cruise experience.

MSC Cruises' €200 million Renaissance Programme is the additional part of €5.1 billion investment plan that was launched in 2014, including four brand new vessels to be delivered by Fincantieri Italy and STX France, between 2017 and 2019, with an option for three more ships by 2022.