MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSC Lirica

Year built2003  /  Age : 15
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassLirica
Building costUSD 270 million
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
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 of MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica current cruise is 17 days, one-way from Venice to Dubai. The itinerary starts on 02 Nov, 2018 and ends on 19 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
02 Nov 18:30      Departing from Venice, Italy   
04 Nov 08:00 - 15:00     Katakolon, Olympia, Greece   
05 Nov 07:30 - 16:30     Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
06 Nov 08:00 - 16:00     Heraklion, Crete, Greece   
07 Nov 18:00 - 08 Nov     Suez Canal   
09 Nov 10:00 - 18:00     Aqaba, Jordan   
14 Nov 09:00 - 18:00     Salalah, Oman   
16 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Muscat, Oman   
17 Nov 09:00 - 18:00     Khasab, Musandam, Oman   
19 Nov      Arriving in Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE   

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 balconied), 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 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 color 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 fleetmate MSC Splendida wasa 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 are the Balcony Suites (250 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are no dining surcharges onboard the MSC Lirica because there are no specialty 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 9:30p.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 colors. 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 center, 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.

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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 jewelry); 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 specialty 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 salt water 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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  • During the 2015 refurbishment (major refit) MSC Cruises stretched the Lirica ship. To MSC Lirica's body was added a whole 82 ft /(25 m) long mid-section with new cabins and facilities.
  • MSC Lirica cruise ship is the line's 3rd Lirica-class vessel. Her sisters in the fleet are the MSC ships ArmoniaOperaSinfonia. One of the MSC's smallest ships of the Lirica-class, this is the first ever MSC newbuild passenger vessel.
  • Don't forget that on MSC Lirica cruises kids sail for free!
  • In 2015, MSC Lirica cruise ship was stretched (elongated by 25 m / 82 ft) in) during a drydock refit done at Fincantieri shipyard Palermo Sicily (between August 31 and November 9). During the dry-dock, the ship was cut in two and a pre-built section was inserted midship.  The ship's reconstruction project was part of MSC Cruises' USD 273 million "Renaissance Program", by which besides Lirica were also enlarged MSC Armonia, MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia. Among the newly added amenities and improvements were also nearly 200  new staterooms added 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.

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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
2018 Nov 02 17 days, one-way from Venice to Dubai Venice
2018 Nov 16 3 days, one-way from Muscat to Dubai Muscat
2018 Nov 18 1 day, round-trip Msc Grand Voyages Cruise Dubai
2018 Nov 19 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2018 Nov 30 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2018 Dec 11 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2018 Dec 22 14 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2018 Dec 23 2 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Muscat Abu Dhabi
2018 Dec 30 6 days, one-way from Mumbai to Dubai Mumbai
2019 Jan 05 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Jan 16 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Jan 27 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Feb 07 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Feb 18 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Mar 01 14 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Mar 15 20 days, one-way from Dubai to Venice Dubai
2019 Apr 04 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Apr 08 5 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Venice
2019 Apr 13 1 day, one-way from Venice to Bari Venice
2019 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 May 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 May 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 May 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 May 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 May 18 6 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 May 19 6 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 May 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 May 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 May 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Jun 21 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jun 22 6 days, one-way from Bari to Naples Bari
2019 Jun 24 4 days, one-way from Venice to Naples Venice
2019 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Bari
2019 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Oct 25 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Oct 26 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Oct 28 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Oct 29 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Nov 09 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Nov 10 11 days, one-way from Bari to Venice Bari
2019 Nov 21 20 days, one-way from Venice to Dubai Venice
2019 Dec 11 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Jan 05 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Jan 16 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Jan 27 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2020 Feb 07 11 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
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