MSC Opera

MSC Opera current position

MSC Opera current location is at East Mediterranean (coordinates 37.64566 N / 21.31988 E) cruising en route to GRKAK>GRCFU. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of MSC Opera

MSC Opera current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean. Prices start from USD 1089 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 Jul, 2024 and ends on 20 Jul, 2024.

Date / TimePort
13 Jul 19:00    Departing from Bari, Italy hotels
15 Jul 08:00 - 18:00    Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
16 Jul 06:00 - 17:00    Piraeus-Athens, Greece
17 Jul 09:00 - 18:00    Katakolon, Olympia, Greece
18 Jul 09:00 - 18:00    Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece
19 Jul 08:00 - 16:00    Kefalonia Island, Argostoli-Fiskardo, Greece
20 Jul 07:00    Arriving in Bari, Italy hotels

Specifications of MSC Opera

Year of build2004  /  Age: 20
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMSC LIRICA
Building costUSD 270 million
Engines (power)Wartsila (31.7 MW / 42510 hp)
Speed22 kn / 41 km/h / 25 mph
Length (LOA)275 m / 902 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage65591 gt
Passengers2142 - 2570
Crew728
Passengers-to-space ratio26
Decks13
Cabins1071
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2022
Sister-shipsMSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia
Christened bySophia Loren
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC Group)
OperatorMSC Cruises

MSC Opera Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $939
2024 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $959
2024 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1009
2024 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1039
2024 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1039
2024 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1089
2024 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1039
2024 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1039
2024 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1039
2024 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1139
2024 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1039
2024 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1209
2024 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1039
2024 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1079
2024 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1079
2024 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1199
2024 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1039
2024 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1159
2024 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1009
2024 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $989
2024 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1069
2024 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $899
2024 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus-Athens $1279
2024 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $929
2024 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1149
2024 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1179
2024 Nov 03 3 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife $179
2024 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $1639
2024 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $469
2024 Nov 06 9 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $579
2024 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $469
2024 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $479
2024 Nov 15 6 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $389
2024 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $469
2024 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $469
2024 Nov 21 8 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $509
2024 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $479
2024 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $469
2024 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $469
2024 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $469
2024 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $469
2024 Dec 06 6 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $349
2024 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $419
2024 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $419
2024 Dec 12 8 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $459
2024 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $419
2024 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $429
2024 Dec 20 6 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $749
2024 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $839
2024 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $839
2024 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $939
2024 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $939
2024 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $939
2025 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $429
2025 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $419
2025 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $419
2025 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $419
2025 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $419
2025 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $419
2025 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $419
2025 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $419
2025 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $429
2025 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $419
2025 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $419
2025 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $499
2025 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $539
2025 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $539
2025 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $539
2025 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $539
2025 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $539
2025 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $539
2025 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $539
2025 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $539
2025 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $539
2025 Feb 20 8 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $589
2025 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $539
2025 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $539
2025 Feb 28 6 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $899
2025 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $539
2025 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $539
2025 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $709
2025 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $569
2025 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $569
2025 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Funchal $569
2025 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Madeira Santa Cruz de Tenerife $569
2025 Mar 17 6 days, one-way from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $469
2025 Mar 17 10 days, one-way from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Valencia Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $919
2025 Mar 17 17 days, one-way from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Venice Las Palmas de Gran Canaria $1569
2025 Mar 20 7 days, one-way from Funchal to Valencia Funchal $689
2025 Mar 20 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Venice Funchal $1299
2025 Mar 23 9 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Bari Santa Cruz de Tenerife $829
2025 Mar 23 11 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Venice Santa Cruz de Tenerife $729
2025 Mar 27 7 days, one-way from Valencia to Venice Valencia $669
2025 Apr 01 5 days, one-way from Bari to Venice Bari $439
2025 Apr 03 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $229
2025 Apr 06 5 days, one-way from Venice to Bari Venice $359
2025 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $729
2025 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $739
2025 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $739
2025 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $889
2025 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $889
2025 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $769
2025 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $769
2025 May 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $749
2025 May 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2025 May 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $749
2025 May 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2025 May 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $749
2025 May 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2025 May 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $749
2025 May 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $749
2025 May 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $769
2025 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $769
2025 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $789
2025 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $789
2025 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $819
2025 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $819
2025 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $839
2025 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $839
2025 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $869
2025 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $869
2025 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $899
2025 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $899
2025 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $919
2025 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $919
2025 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $919
2025 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $919
2025 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $969
2025 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $969
2025 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1129
2025 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $1129
2025 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1129
2025 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $1129
2025 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1129
2025 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $1129
2025 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $1059
2025 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $1059
2025 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $999
2025 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $999
2025 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $889
2025 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $889
2025 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $789
2025 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $789
2025 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $719
2025 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $719
2025 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $719
2025 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $719
2025 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $659
2025 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $659
2025 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $659
2025 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $659
2025 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $659
2025 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $659

MSC Opera Review

Review of MSC Opera

The 2004-built//2015-stretched MSC Opera cruise ship is the 4th/last of MSC's Lirica-class liner, with sisterships ArmoniaSinfonia, Lirica.

The vessel (IMO number 9250464) is currently Panama-flagged (MMSI 357627000) 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) - the 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 the world's 3rd largest cruise shipowner - following only Carnival Corporation and RCG-Royal Caribbean Group.

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 2200-passenger ship MSC Opera delivers her guests a real Italian style cruise vacation. Fantastic establishments and pleasant staff in addition to thorough itineraries help make MSC Opera the perfect ship.

Decks and Cabins

MSC Opera staterooms (1071 total, in 8 grades) include 28 Suites, 204 Balcony, 401 Oceanview and 438 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 Opera decks are named after famous Italian operas.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are no dining surcharges onboard the MSC Opera because there are no speciality restaurants on this ship. Opera offers an abundance of Italian food, but the quality can vary. The La Caravella 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.

MSC Opera cruise ship

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

  • La Caravella Restaurant (aft Dining Room, capacity 981 seats, open for complimentary Breakfast 7-10 am, Lunch 12-2 pm/3-course menu, and Dinner (with 2 fixed seatings- at 6 and 9 pm/7-course menu, size 1615 m2)
  • L’Approdo Restaurant (aft Dining Room, capacity 422 seats, dinner only/ with 2 fixed seatings at 6 or 9 pm, size 583 m2)
  • Il Patio Restaurant (forward location, capacity 402 seats, complimentary, with 2 stations- Italian Pizzeria and an Outdoor Grill/burger bar; open 12-7 pm, size 968 m2)
  • Le Vele Restaurant (380 seats self-service cafeteria-buffet restaurant; open 6 am - 2 am, complimentary, size 710 m2).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

There are lots of thrilling things to do on the MSC Opera. Energetic guests onboard can enjoy the mini-golf, jogging track, or two pools with two jacuzzis, plus sauna and beauty salon, along with a well-equipped gymnasium. After benefiting these establishments, passengers may relax with a hot stone massage and feel brand new and rejuvenated. Additional amenities include complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Children Program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

MSC Opera cruise ship

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

  • Teatro dell’ Opera Theatre (capacity 713 seats, for grand-style live music and show productions, concerts, acrobatics, with 2 shows a night- at 7:30 and 9:30 pm, level 1 of 2)
  • Sotto Vento Pub (138 seats English pub bar/smoking allowed, with live music and multiple TVs, size 350 m2)
  • The Card Room, Internet Point & The Library (20 seats double function room, size 57 m2)
  • Voyagers Club Info Point
  • Opera Atrium (2-decks high midship open area)
  • Reception Desk (160-seat guest services, reservations, bookings, sports equipment, size 1117 m2)
  • Shore Excursions Desk (booking, planning, information; art exhibitions nearby, size 40 m2)
  • Via Condotti (shopping alley with outlets and stalls, size 100 m2)
  • Beauty & Cosmetics (brand perfumes and luxury cosmetics shop)
  • Gallery (brand jewelry, sunglasses, watches shop, size 60 m2)
  • Charms & Bijoux (luxury jewelry and accessories shop, size 20 m2)
  • Lei & Lui Boutique (design clothing shop, size 40 m2)
  • Duty-Free Shop (snacks, alcohol, tobaccos, size 60 m2)
  • Accessories Shop (leather goods shop, size 26 m2)
  • MSC Logo Shop (MSC logo items and toys, size 50 m2)
  • Piazza di Spagna (206 seats piano bar with live music; also hosts bingo games, size 902 m2)
  • Aroma Bar (87 seats specialty coffee bar/a la carte charge, complimentary cookies and pastries, coffee packages, size 245 m2)
  • Cotton Club Lounge & Bar (155 seats lounge with live music, dance floor, also hosts art auctions, size 345 m2)
  • Med Pearl Casino (143 seats, smoking allowed area, with slots and gambling tables, own full bar, size 460 m2)
  • Shopping Area / Duty Free (Tobaccos, liquors & snack, size 60 m2), Perfumes & cosmetics (size 70 m2)
  • La Cabala (91 seats piano bar with live music, size 300 m2)
  • Video Games Arcade (size 45 m2)
  • Mini Lab
  • Photo Gallery & Shop (photo services, cameras, binoculars, accessories, size 45 m2 - gallery/45 m2 - shop)
  • Medical Center (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 Opera Aurea Spa & Fitness Complex (consists of 2 Saunas, 2 Steam Rooms, Thalassotherapy Room, Relaxation Area, Treatment Rooms, Beauty Salon and Gym/Gymnasium, with an aerobics studio for classes, size 831 m2)
  • Baby Club (size 52 m2) & Mini Club (size 42 m2) - Buffalo Bill Playroom (Wild West-themed kids play area with TVs, Playstations, movies, games, arts-crafts)
  • Le Piscine Pool Area (2 twin outdoor saltwater pools with 2 Whirlpools)
  • Lo Spinnaker Bar (poolside bar; open 11 am - 7 pm, size 2364 m2), with 3 sections- Main/full bar, Ice Cream Bar Gelateria Italiana and Vitamin Bar (fresh fruit-vegetable juices)
  • Doremi Spray Park
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track (7 laps = 1 mi, size 1200 m2)
  • Shuffleboard (size 20 m2)
  • Young Club (size 54 m2) & Juniors Club (size 100 m2) teenagers lounge area for dance classes, disco, sports and video games contests, trivia games
  • Teens Club (size 95 m2)
  • Virtual Reality Games (video games arcades, Tennis Tables)
  • Discoteca Byblos (322 seats disco & nightclub with full bar; opens 12 am/midnight; during the day is a retreat area for panoramic views, size 739 m2)
  • Sundeck / Top 13 Solarium (adults-only relaxation area with loungers), Golf Simulator (at surcharge).
  • Sports Center (combined sports court)
  • 8-hole Mini-Golf Course (complimentary equipment from Deck 5’s reception).

Itineraries

MSC Opera itinerary program is based on cruises to Cuba. The ship offers 7-days Caribbean itineraries roundtrip from Havana (two nights), with feature port destinations Montego Bay Jamaica, George Town (Grand Cayman Island) and Cozumel Mexico. In July 2015, MSC announced that due to rising demand the company will homeport the ship in Havana for 2016-2017 winter season. From November 2016, a second liner (MSC Armonia) joined Opera for the entire season.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the MSC ship Opera was paused for 2+ years (between March 2020 and April 2022), restarting operations on April 24 (Mediterranean from Genoa). Opera's Arabian/Red Sea 2021-2022 program (from Dubai) was canceled as well as the winter 2024-2025 program, the latter being replaced with a Canary Islands deployment.

In the Canaries, MSC Opera had scheduled 7-night itineraries (November 3, 2024, through March 16, 2025) visiting 6 call ports. Departing roundtrip from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the ship visits Las Palmas de Gran CanariaPuerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura)Funchal (Madeira)Santa Cruz de la Palma, and Arrecife (Lanzarote) before returning back to Tenerife. MSC's new Canary Islands itinerary offers flexible homeporting options allowing boarding in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Sundays), Las Palmas (Mondays), Madeira (Thursdays or Fridays) and Arrecife (Saturdays).

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The vessel (Chantiers de l'Atlantique yard/hull number L32) has volume 65591 GT-tons, DWT-deadweight tonnage 8707 tons, max draught 7 m. The powerplant is based on Wartisla marine diesel engines (model 12V38) with combined output 31,68 MW (42480 hp). The registered shipowner is NEWCO OPERA SA, while the registered manager is MSC MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING CO.

MSC Opera was officially delivered to MSC on May 23, 2004. The christening ceremony was on June 26th, held in Genoa and led by the godmother Sophia Loren. The maiden voyage started on June 27th. In November, the ship was redeployed from Europe/Mediterranean to the Caribbean for a maiden winter 2004-2005 season based on homeporting in Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale Florida USA.

Opera is MSC's 4th and last Lirica-class liner, with sisterships Armonia, Lirica, Sinfonia. In 2015, the MSC ship Opera was stretched/elongated by 25 m (82 ft) during a drydock refit done at Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo Sicily. During the drydocking (May 2 through July 4), the vessel was cut in two and a pre-built section was inserted midship.The reconstruction project was part of MSC's USD 273 million "Renaissance Program", by which were also enlarged the sisterships Armonia, Lirica, and Sinfonia.

MSC Opera refurbishment 2015 review

The ship's last drydock was in March 2022 (at Port Valletta's Palumbo Malta Shipyard).

The vessel was majorly refitted and refurbished in 2015 (dry-dock between May 2 and July 4). There are substantial deck plan changes following the project since the cruise ship was stretched (elongated by 25 m / 82 ft). The list of deckplan changes after the refurbishment includes:

  • All cruise cabins were renovated and upgraded as amenities.
  • A total of 197 new cruise cabins and suites (of which 30 with balconies) were added (on decks 9-Norma, 10-Turandot, 12-La Boheme) plus 59 new crew cabins.
  • New stateroom categories were introduced.
  • An Aqua Park (named Spray Park, with waterfalls and interactive slides) was installed.
  • All boutique shops were upgraded (new designs).
  • 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 boat's passenger capacity was increased from 1712 (max 2000) to 2142 (max 2570).

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)

Cuba cruise itineraries 2016-2017

In July 2015, MSC announced that the Opera ship will be homeported in Havana Cuba. Starting on December 22 (2015), the ship operated during the winter season (2015-2016) a total of 16 roundtrip 7-night Caribbean cruises from Cuba.

  • Destination ports of call list include Mexico (Cozumel /2-night stay), Jamaica (Montego Bay), Grand Cayman (George Town) and Havana (2-night stay).
  • MSC also offered Caribbean fly-cruise deals from Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Germany), also from USA, Canada and South America (Brazil, Argentina).
  • MSC Opera's originally scheduled for 2015 Canary Islands cruises (also including Madeira Island and Morocco) were canceled. All booked passengers received full refunds or re-booked on alternative MSC Mediterranean itineraries with compensations onboard credit or cabin upgrades. Those who re-booked to Cuba with fly-cruise deals received a flight discount (fixed fee EUR 285 per person).
  • MSC's local partner is Cubanacan Group (hotel chain).
  • Another MSC ship with scheduled for 2016-2017 itineraries to Havana was MSC Armonia.
  • With Opera, MSC became the world's first major cruise line to homeport a big-sized ship in Cuba.
  • Opera's first cruise out of Havana left on December 22, 2015, following the Transatlantic repositioning to Cuba from Genoa Italy (December 2-21).
  • On April 12, 2016, MSC Opera left Havana for a Transatlantic cruise to Europe (ending in Warnemunde-Rostock Germany on May 7).