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MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSC Lirica

Year built2003  /  Age : 16
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassLirica
Building costUSD 270 million
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
OperatorMSC Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)275 m / 902 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage65591 gt
Passengers1976 - 2371
Crew721
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Decks13
Cabins988
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2015
Christened bySophia Loren

Current itinerary / position of MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica current cruise is 31 days, one-way from Split to Piraeus. The itinerary starts on 24 Oct, 2019 and ends on 24 Nov, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
24 Oct 19:00    Departing from Split, Croatia hotels
25 Oct 09:00 - 17:00    Venice, Italy
26 Oct 13:00 - 18:00    Bari, Italy
27 Oct 10:30 - 18:30    Zadar, Croatia
28 Oct 09:00 - 16:30    Venice, Italy
29 Oct 12:00 - 19:00    Bari, Italy
31 Oct 08:00 - 18:00    Heraklion, Crete, Greece
02 Nov 07:00 - 03 Nov 21:00    Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel
04 Nov 08:00 - 16:00    Limassol, Cyprus
05 Nov 09:00 - 18:00    Rhodes Island, Greece
06 Nov 08:00 - 18:00    Mykonos Island, Greece
08 Nov 07:00 - 14:00    Dubrovnik, Croatia
09 Nov 09:00 - 16:30    Venice, Italy
10 Nov 12:00 - 19:00    Bari, Italy
12 Nov 08:00 - 18:00    Heraklion, Crete, Greece
14 Nov 07:00 - 15 Nov 21:00    Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel
16 Nov 08:00 - 16:00    Limassol, Cyprus
17 Nov 09:00 - 18:00    Rhodes Island, Greece
18 Nov 08:00 - 18:00    Mykonos Island, Greece
20 Nov 07:00 - 14:00    Dubrovnik, Croatia
21 Nov 09:00 - 18:00    Venice, Italy
22 Nov 10:00 - 18:00    Split, Croatia
24 Nov 09:00    Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece hotels

Review of MSC Lirica

Launched in 2003, MSC Lirica is the 3rd of MSC Cruises Lirica-class ships, together with Opera, Sinfonia and Armonia.

History - construction and ownership

MSC Cruises (MSC Crociere) is a passenger shipping company headquartered in Genoa and Naples. It was established in 1960. Today, MSC Crociere is a subsidiary of MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) - world's 2nd largest containership company. MSC Crociere is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company. By annual passenger shipping volumes, MSC is ranked world's 4th largest cruise company (after Carnival Corporation, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NCL-Norwegian) with over 5% global market share.

MSC cruise ship stretching (Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia)

All 4 vessels of this class (Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia) were enlarged/elongated by 24 m (80 ft), adding around 193 new cruise staterooms (including Balcony), 59 more crew cabins, plus new public spaces, new kids facilities (with LEGO and Chicco themed activities), outdoor water park ("Spray Park" with interactive slides, jets and water toys).

MSC cruise ship stretching (Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia)

The 59,058-ton, 1,560-passenger cruise ship MSC Lirica was lengthened and refurbed as part of the company’s Renaissance Programme, which costs EUR 200 million. The ship increased her capacity to 2,600 passengers. MSC Lirica has some new features specifically created for the Chinese market, such as signage in Mandarin, upmarket shops, different colour scheme, Chinese food and entertainment. During the summer season MSC Lirica entertains mainly Europeans with multiple languages used onboard, so prepare to learn some Italian, German, French and Spanish if you want to communicate with fellow passengers.

Cruise itinerary program

MSC Lirica itinerary program was based on South American cruises leaving from Rio de Janeiro and Santos, and on 7-day Eastern Mediterranean voyages leaving from Venice to Greek Islands. Lirica also operated cheap Transatlantic repositioning crossings between South America and Europe.

  • The refurbished in 2015 ship was homeported in Shanghai China - starting May 1, 2016, for 2 years. In China, MSC Cruises operates a joint partnership with CAISSA Touristic (China), which runs domestic cruises for many years.
  • In April 2018, Lirica was repositioned from China back to Europe. On the Asian market, the ship was replaced by the bigger MSC Splendida 3300 passenger).
  • Lirica's new (European) cruise itinerary program is based on homeports Venice and Bari. The roundtrip Adriatic Sea cruises (Eastern Mediterranean) visit ports in Greece, Croatia (mainly Dubrovnik) and Albania (Sarande). Shorter itineraries (3-day roundtrips from Venice) visit Zadar (Croatia) and Koper (Slovenia).
  • For winter season 2018-2019, The Lirica ship will be homeported in Dubai and Abu Dhabi UAE (starting November 2018) for 11- and 14-night roundtrip itineraries. The ship offers 2 overnights in Dubai, and also cruises to India. Indian voyages are roundtrips from Dubai to call ports Abu Dhabi UAE, Muscat Oman and India (Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore). An 11-night itinerary from Dubai visits the private island Sir Bani Yas. MSC Lirica cruise deals can also be booked as fly-cruise packages.

The fleet mate MSC Splendida was homeported in Dubai during winter season 2018-2019, operating on 7-night itineraries from 2 homeports - Dubai (Saturday departures) and Abu Dhabi (Sunday departures).

Cabins

MSC Lirica has a total of 795 cabins (of which 132 Suites, no Balcony, 276 Inside rooms) in 6 grades. Most MSC Lirica staterooms are 140-sq. foot Oceanview rooms. The largest aboard MSC Lirica is the Balcony Suite (250 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are no dining surcharges onboard the MSC Lirica because there are no speciality restaurants on this ship. Lirica offers an abundance of Italian food, but the quality can vary. The La Bussola Restaurant on Deck 5 is the larger of the two main dining rooms. It features tables for two to six diners. The casual buffet is located on Deck 11 and provides an alternative to the main dining rooms.

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Follows the complete list of MSC Lirica restaurants and food bars.

  • La Bussola Restaurant (660-seat aft Dining Room, open for Breakfast 7:00-9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00-2:00 p.m., and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m., features a 3-course menu for lunch, 7-course for dinner)
  • L’Ippocampo Restaurant (400-seat aft Dining Room, dinner only, with 2 fixed seatings)
  • La Pergola Restaurant (262-seats alfresco eatery with three sections - Full Bar, Pizzeria and Outdoor Grill)
  • Le Bistrot Restaurant (281-seat complimentary self-service buffet restaurant; also serving Afternoon Tea)
  • Sushi restaurant Kaito.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MSC Lirica public rooms are spacious and uniformly elegant, with grand touches of marble, brass accents, and lots of wood. The refreshing lack of glitz is more than compensated for by the sparkle of glass and a mixture of primary and neutral colours. MSC Cruises Lirica entertainment facilities include a casino, cinema, library, and all the rest professional venues that take place onboard all MSC vessels. Don’t forget to think about health – stay slim in the modern fitness centre, try the two pools and two jacuzzis, or relax in the sauna. The “Lord Nelson” English pub is not to be missed, too. For kids, a special playroom is provided.

Additional amenities include complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Children Program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

MSC Lirica cruise ship

Follows the complete list of MSC Lirica lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Broadway Theatre (557-seat, 2-level; features grand-style show productions and classical concerts, with 2 shows per night - at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.)
  • Lord Nelson Pub (174-seats English pub bar)
  • Cyber Cafe (Internet computers room)
  • Rodeo Drive Shopping Arcade; Gallery (shop selling brand watches and jewellery); Jewelry Shop; Vogue Boutique; MSC Shop; Duty-Free Shop
  • Photo Gallery and Shop
  • Beverly Hills Bar (239-seat cocktail bar; hosts bingo games, art auctions)
  • L’Atmosphere (101-seat piano bar)
  • Las Vegas Casino (111-seat, smoking allowed area, own full bar)
  • Card Room and Library (24-seat double function room)
  • Le Cabaret Lounge and Bar (139-seat dancing lounge with dance floor, hosts trivia quizzes, language lessons - Italian)
  • The Coffee Corner (100-seat speciality coffee bar, with complimentary cookies and pastries)
  • Lirica Lounge and Bar (440-seat show lounge for live music performances; hosts dance classes and night cabaret shows)
  • MSC Lirica Aurea Spa and Fitness Complex (with Treatment Rooms, Thalassotherapy Room, Saunas, Steam Room, Relaxation Room, Beauty Salon, Gym with aerobics studio for classes)
  • I Pirati Playroom (kids play area)
  • Lirica’s Le Piscine Pool Area (with two twin saltwater pools and two Whirlpools)
  • Water Park with slide (2015 refurbishment)
  • La Canzone del Mare (with 3 sections - Main, La Gelateria Bar and Vitamin Bar)
  • Chinese tea bar
  • Teen Club (teenagers lounge for night disco, dance classes, sports-video games contests)
  • Virtual Reality Video Games Arcade (tennis and foosball tables)
  • The Blue Club Disco and Nightclub (215-seat, with own full bar)
  • Sundeck with Solarium (adult-only relaxation area), Golf Simulator, 8-hole Mini Golf Course
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track.

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Lirica is MSC's 3rd Lirica-class liner, with sisterships ArmoniaOperaSinfonia. One of the MSC's smallest ships, Lirica is also the first-ever newbuild MSC passenger vessel.

In 2015, the MSC ship Lirica was stretched (elongated by 25 m / 82 ft) in) during a drydock refit done at Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo Sicily. During the dry-dock (between August 31 and November 9), the vessel was cut in two and a pre-built section was inserted midship.  Ship's reconstruction project was part of MSC Cruises' USD 273 million "Renaissance Program", by which besides Lirica were also enlarged the sisterships Armonia, Opera, and Sinfonia. Among the newly added amenities and improvements were also nearly 200 new staterooms (on each ship).

In September 2015, MSC announced the company's new partnership with one of China’s largest tourism companies - CAISSA Touristic Group. Under this partnership, in 2016 the Lirica ship was homeported in Shanghai China, starting operations in May 2016. This was MSC's first-ever year-round ship deployment on the Chinese market. In April 2018, Lirica returned back to Europe, being replaced on the Chinese market by the larger Splendida.

MSC Lirica Itineraries

The below listed MSC Lirica cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest MSC Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Oct 24 31 days, one-way from Split to Piraeus Split
2019 Oct 25 15 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Venice
2019 Oct 27 13 days, one-way from Zadar to Venice Zadar
2019 Oct 28 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Oct 29 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Nov 04 5 days, one-way from Limassol to Venice Limassol
2019 Nov 09 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Nov 10 11 days, one-way from Bari to Venice Bari
2019 Nov 15 5 days, one-way from Haifa to Dubrovnik Haifa
2019 Nov 21 20 days, one-way from Venice to Dubai Venice
2020 Feb 18 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Feb 29 14 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Apr 18 20 days, one-way from Dubai to Venice Dubai
2020 May 08 6 days, one-way from Venice to Trieste Venice
2020 May 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 May 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 May 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 May 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 May 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 May 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 May 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jun 19 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Venice
2020 Jun 22 5 days, one-way from Venice to Siracusa Venice
2020 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Valletta
2020 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Siracusa
2020 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Sep 11 3 days, one-way from Valletta to Venice Valletta
2020 Sep 14 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Sep 18 6 days, one-way from Venice to Trieste Venice
2020 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste
2020 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 29 17 days, one-way from Trieste to Dubai Trieste
2020 Oct 30 16 days, one-way from Venice to Dubai Venice
2020 Oct 30 18 days, one-way from Venice to Abu Dhabi Venice
2020 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2020 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2020 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2020 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2020 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2020 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2020 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Jan 03 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Jan 10 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Jan 17 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Jan 24 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Jan 31 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Feb 07 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2021 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2021 Apr 06 5 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi
2021 Apr 11 19 days, one-way from Dubai to Venice Dubai

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