MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica current position

MSC Lirica current location is at Persian Gulf (coordinates 25.36833 N / 55.04333 E) cruising en route to AE DXB ANCHORAGE B. The AIS position was reported 1 hour ago.

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Specifications of MSC Lirica

Year built2003  /  Age: 17
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
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
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2015
Christened bySophia Loren
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MSC Lirica Review

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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 fleetmate 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).

In summer 2021 (May through September), MSC Lirica will be homeported in Piraeus-Athens (Greece) to operate roundtrip Eastern Mediterranean cruises. The program has planned a total of 23 departures on a 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.


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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  • 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.

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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