MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica current position

MSC Lirica current location is at Aegean Sea (coordinates 37.86336 N / 27.25509 E) cruising en route to Haifa. The AIS position was reported 24 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean. The itinerary starts on 20 Sep, 2022 and ends on 27 Sep, 2022.

Date / TimePort
20 Sep 18:00    Departing from Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey hotels
22 Sep 06:00 - 19:00    Haifa, Tel Aviv-Nazareth, Israel
23 Sep 07:00 - 16:00    Limassol, Cyprus Greece
24 Sep 09:00 - 18:00    Rhodes Island, Greece
25 Sep 08:00 - 18:00    Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
26 Sep 08:00 - 18:00    Piraeus-Athens, Greece
27 Sep 09:00    Arriving in Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey hotels

Specifications of MSC Lirica

Year built2003  /  Age: 19
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassLirica
Building costUSD 270 million
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)275 m / 902 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage65591 gt
Passengers1984 - 2548
Crew721
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Decks13
Cabins992
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2021
Sister-shipsMSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Sinfonia
Christened bySophia Loren
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
OperatorMSC Cruises

MSC Lirica Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $1048
2022 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $589
2022 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $549
2022 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Kusadasi $549
2022 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $758
2022 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $509
2022 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $579
2022 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Kusadasi $709
2022 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $928
2022 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $549
2022 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Kusadasi
2022 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $1148
2022 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $509
2022 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Kusadasi
2022 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa
2022 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol
2022 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $669
2022 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Kusadasi $699
2022 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa
2022 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $759
2022 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Kusadasi
2022 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol
2022 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Kusadasi
2022 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $599
2022 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Kusadasi $569
2022 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $558
2022 Oct 24 9 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $839
2022 Oct 24 10 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Genoa Piraeus-Athens $729
2022 Oct 25 8 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Civitavecchia-Rome Kusadasi $760
2022 Oct 28 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $900
2022 Nov 03 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $759
2022 Nov 04 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia-Rome $759
2022 Nov 08 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $869
2022 Nov 09 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $790
2022 Nov 14 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $759
2022 Nov 15 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia-Rome $759
2022 Nov 19 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $759
2022 Nov 20 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $790
2022 Nov 25 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $759
2022 Nov 26 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia-Rome $759
2022 Nov 30 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $759
2022 Dec 01 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $790
2022 Dec 06 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $759
2022 Dec 07 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia-Rome $1139
2022 Dec 11 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $1139
2022 Dec 12 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $1189
2022 Dec 17 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $959
2022 Dec 18 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia-Rome $1109
2022 Dec 22 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Limassol $959
2022 Dec 23 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Haifa $1389
2022 Dec 28 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $1389
2022 Dec 29 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Genoa Civitavecchia-Rome $1009
2023 Jan 08 1 day, one-way from Genoa to Marseille Genoa $79
2023 Jan 08 2 days, one-way from Genoa to Barcelona Genoa $99
2023 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $419
2023 Jan 09 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $419
2023 Jan 10 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $419
2023 Jan 15 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $499
2023 Jan 16 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $499
2023 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $419
2023 Jan 19 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $419
2023 Jan 20 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $419
2023 Jan 25 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $499
2023 Jan 26 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $499
2023 Jan 28 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $419
2023 Jan 29 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $419
2023 Jan 30 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $419
2023 Feb 04 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $489
2023 Feb 05 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $489
2023 Feb 07 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $489
2023 Feb 08 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $489
2023 Feb 09 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $489
2023 Feb 14 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $489
2023 Feb 15 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $489
2023 Feb 17 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $489
2023 Feb 18 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $489
2023 Feb 19 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $489
2023 Feb 24 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $579
2023 Feb 25 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $579
2023 Feb 27 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $489
2023 Feb 28 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $489
2023 Mar 01 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $489
2023 Mar 06 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $599
2023 Mar 07 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $599
2023 Mar 09 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2023 Mar 10 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $599
2023 Mar 11 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $599
2023 Mar 16 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $599
2023 Mar 17 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $599
2023 Mar 19 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2023 Mar 20 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $599
2023 Mar 21 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $599
2023 Mar 26 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $599
2023 Mar 27 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $599
2023 Mar 29 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2023 Mar 30 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille $599
2023 Mar 31 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona $599
2023 Apr 05 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Malaga $699
2023 Apr 06 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Alicante $699
2023 Apr 08 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa $599
2023 Apr 09 9 days, one-way from Marseille to Genoa Marseille $609
2023 Apr 10 8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Genoa Barcelona $559
2023 Apr 18 6 days, one-way from Genoa to Venice Genoa $489
2023 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2023 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $599
2023 May 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2023 May 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $599
2023 May 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2023 May 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $599
2023 May 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2023 May 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $599
2023 May 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2023 May 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $599
2023 May 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2023 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $599
2023 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2023 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $699
2023 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $649
2023 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $699
2023 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $649
2023 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $699
2023 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $649
2023 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $749
2023 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $699
2023 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $749
2023 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $699
2023 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $799
2023 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2023 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $799
2023 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2023 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $799
2023 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2023 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $799
2023 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2023 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $799
2023 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2023 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $799
2023 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2023 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $799
2023 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2023 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $799
2023 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2023 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $749
2023 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $699
2023 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $699
2023 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $649
2023 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $699
2023 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $649
2023 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $699
2023 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $649
2023 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $649
2023 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $599
2023 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $599
2023 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2023 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $549
2023 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $499
2023 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $549
2023 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $499
2023 Nov 06 5 days, one-way from Venice to Genoa Venice $359

MSC Lirica Review

Review of MSC Lirica

The 2003-built//2015-stretched MSC Lirica cruise ship is the 3rd of MSC's Lirica-class liners, with sisterships Opera, Sinfonia, Armonia.

The vessel (IMO number 9246102) is Panama-flagged (MMSI 356042000) and registered in Colon.

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 2000-passenger ship MSC Lirica was lengthened as part of MSC’s Renaissance Program (EUR 200 million). Lirica has some new features specifically created for the Chinese market, such as signage in Mandarin, upmarket shops, different color schemes, 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.

Decks and Cabins

MSC Lirica staterooms (992 total, in 9 grades) include 130 Suites, 94 Balcony, 409 Oceanview and 355 Inside cabins. Most staterooms are sized 140 ft2 / 13 m2. Most cabin balconies are sized 40 ft2 / 4 m2. The largest are the Balcony Suites (250 ft2 / 24 m2 plus 55 ft2 / 5 m2 terrace). The ship has only 5 wheelchair-accessible cabins (type Inside).

The boat has 13 decks, of which 9 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

MSC Lirica decks are named after Italian composers.

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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  • La Bussola Restaurant (aft Dining Room, capacity 950 seats, open for Breakfast 7-10 am, Lunch 12-2 pm, and Dinner (with 2 fixed seatings- at 7 and 9:15 pm, with 3-course lunch and 7-course dinner menu, size 1065 m2)
  • L’Ippocampo  Restaurant (aft Dining Room, capacity 406 seats, size 583 m2, dinner only- with 2 fixed seatings- at 7 or 9:15 pm)
  • Le Bistrot Restaurant (aft location, capacity 324 seats complimentary self-service cafeteria/buffet restaurant, open 6 am - 2 am, including for Afternoon Tea between 4-5 pm, size 710 m2)
  • La Pergola Restaurant (262 seats alfresco buffet, consisting of a full Bar, Pizzeria and an Outdoor Grill/burger bar, size 268 m2)

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 (capacity 713 seats, grand-style musical productions and shows, including concerts, acrobatics, cabaret, with 2 night shows- at 7:30 and 9:30 pm, level 1 of 2, size 1135 m2)
  • Lord Nelson Pub (144 seats English pub bar/smoking allowed area, with multiple TVs, size 300 m2)
  • Card Room, Library & Internet Cafe (18-seat, size 50 m2)
  • Voyagers Club Info Point
  • Reception Desk (33-seat guest services, reservations, bookings, size 903 m2)
  • Shore Excursions Desk (booking, planning, information, size 40 m2)
  • Rodeo Drive Shopping Arcade (shopping alley/outlets and stalls)
  • Gallery (shop for luxury jewelry, sunglasses, brand watches, size 40 m2)
  • Jewelry Shop (luxury accessories and jewelry, size 40 m2)
  • Vogue Boutique (shop for casual and fashion clothing, size 60 m2)
  • MSC Shop (brand perfumes, cosmetics, size 75 m2)
  • Duty-Free Shop (liquor, snacks, tobaccos, essentials)
  • Beverly Hills Bar (239-seat piano bar with live music, could also host bingo games and art auctions, size 902 m2)
  • The Coffee Corner (100 seats specialty coffee bar/a la carte charge, with complimentary desserts, offers coffee packages, size 245 m2)
  • Le Cabaret Lounge & Bar (139 seats dancing lounge with dance floor, own full bar, hosts trivia quizzes, Italian language lessons, size 345 m2)
  • Casino VIP Lounge (20 seats, size 50 m2)
  • Las Vegas Casino (capacity 111 seats/smoking allowed venue, slots, gambling tables, own full bar, size 460 m2)
  • Shopping Arcade
  • L’Atmosphere (101-seat piano bar, live music, size 300 m2)
  • Jia Yao
  • Video Games Arcade (size 41 m2)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop (photo-video services, cameras, accessories, size 70 m2 - Photogallery / 45 m2 - photographer)
  • Medical Center (4-seat Infirmary, size 107 m2) is the ship’s hospital operated by resident doctors/physicians and nurses on 24-hour duty. Payments are made by the boarding pass (treatments equivalent to a private doctor’s visit). General health insurance policies do not apply, so buying cruise health insurance is recommended
  • MSC Lirica Aurea Spa & Fitness Complex (with Thalassotherapy Room, Treatment Rooms, 2 Saunas, 1 Steam Room/Turkish Bath, Relaxation Room, Beauty Salon, complimentary Gym/Gymnasium, with an aerobics studio/classes; open 9 am - 9 pm, size 943 m2)
  • Baby Club & Mini Club - I Pirati Playroom (kids play club area with TVs and Playstations, games, toys, craft and arts, movies, size 54 m2)
  • Lirica’s Le Piscine Pool Area (with 2 twin saltwater pools, 2 Whirlpools, Tennis Tables, size fore 152 m2/fore, 157,5 m2/aft)
  • Doremi Spray Park (size 146 m2)
  • La Canzone del Mare (146 seats poolside bar, consisting of 3 sections- main full Bar, La Gelateria (Ice Cream Bar, open 10 am - 6 pm/surcharge, size 2364 m2) and Vitamin Bar (for fresh juices)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track (8 laps = 1 mi, size 1200 m2)
  • Shuffleboard (size 20 m2)
  • Young & Teens Club (34-seat, size 51 m2) /  Karaoke, Juniors Club (teenagers lounge area for dance classes, live music, disco, sports and video games competitions, size 107 m2)
  • Virtual Reality Video Games Arcade (also has foosball and tennis tables)
  • Kaito Sushi Bar (40 seats, size 40 m2)
  • The Blue Club Disco & Nightclub (215 seats, has a full bar; during the day is a quiet area for panoramic views and relaxation, size 739 m2)
  • Sundeck / Top 13 Solarium (adult-only relaxation area with loungers, size 742 m2), Golf Simulator (at surcharge)
  • 8-hole Mini-Golf Course (size 270 m2, complimentary equipment is provided from Deck 5’s Reception).

Itineraries

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 European 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, Lirica was homeported in Dubai and Abu Dhabi UAE (starting November 2018) for 11- and 14-night roundtrip itineraries. The ship offered 2 overnights in Dubai, and also visited Abu Dhabi UAE, Muscat Oman and ports in India (Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore). An 11-night itinerary from Dubai visited Sir Bani Yas Island. MSC Lirica Dubai cruises were also bookable as fly-cruise packages.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the MSC ship Lyrica was paused for 2+ years (between March 2020 and April 2022), restarting operations on April 11 (Mediterranean from Athens). The homeporting in Piraeus-Athens Greece offers Eastern Mediterranean roundtrips (7-night itinerary) visiting Mykonos Island, Haifa (Tel Aviv, Israel), Limassol (Cyprus), Rhodes Island, Kusadasi-Ephesus (Turkey). MSC offers fly-cruise deals to Greece (Athens Airport) with cruise fares inclusive of flights from Northern European cities.

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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.

MSC Lirica refurbishment 2015 review

Majorly refurbished in 2015 (dry-dock refit between August 31 and November 9), MSC Lirica was also stretched (elongated by 25 m / 82 ft). The list of deckplan changes after the refurbishment includes:

  • All passenger rooms were renovated and upgraded.
  • A total of 193 new cruise cabins and suites were added (on decks 9-Albinoni, 10-Bellini, 12-Rossini) plus 59 new crew cabins. The ship’s capacity was increased from 795 cabins (1560 passengers / 2070 max) to 988 cabins (1976 passengers / 2371 max).
  • New stateroom categories were introduced.
  • An Aqua Park (named Spray Park, with waterfalls and interactive slides) was installed.
  • Boutique shops were upgraded (new designs, new upmarket shopping brands). A new luxury perfumes shop was added.
  • The supervised kids' clubs and play areas were upgraded with equipment and toys by Chicco and LEGO.
  • The onboard children program now includes 5 kids clubs (age groups).
  • The pool deck has now several newly installed canopies (shaded seating areas) plus a new water park for kids.
  • The onboard boutiques sell top-luxury European brands in the likes of Gucci (handbags), Bulgari (jewelry), Longines (Swiss watches), Tag Heuer (watches).
  • Most of the ship’s personnel are now Mandarin-speaking. The appointed Cruise Ambassadors (expert guest assistants) speak both Mandarin and English.
  • The MSC China cruise bookings and program management (activities, entertainment, amenities, gaming) are by the line’s local partner CAISSA Touristic.

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

The 10-week drydock was valued at nearly EUR 50 million. 

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

As part of the new MSC Cruises China itinerary program, on Lirica were created new features targeting the Chinese market. Among those are Mandarin (signage), new color scheme, new dining options (Asian cuisine menu items) and entertainment program changes. The casino area was enlarged and new Chinese favorite and classic games were added. Also added were a private gambling room for playing baccarat (card game) and sic bo (aka tai sai / 3-dice game of chance).

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.

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