MSC Opera

MSC Opera current position

MSC Opera current location is at East Mediterranean (coordinates 37.18650 N / 15.21753 E) cruising en route to AUGUSTA. The AIS position was reported 14 minutes ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Specifications of MSC Opera

Year built2004  /  Age: 17
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
Passengers2142 - 2570
Crew728
Passengers-to-space ratio26
Decks13
Cabins1071
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2015
Sister-shipsMSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia
Christened bySophia Loren
MSC Cruises Coronavirus update

MSC Opera Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Oct 25 20 days, one-way from Venice to Dubai Venice $1149
2021 Oct 25 18 days, one-way from Venice to Abu Dhabi Venice $1009
2021 Nov 12 4 days, round-trip MSC Grand Voyages Abu Dhabi $199
2021 Nov 14 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $368
2021 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $478
2021 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $368
2021 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $518
2021 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $368
2021 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $518
2021 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $368
2021 Dec 07 8 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $478
2021 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $368
2021 Dec 15 6 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $319
2021 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $558
2021 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $558
2021 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $858
2021 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $858
2022 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $468
2022 Jan 04 8 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $489
2022 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $418
2022 Jan 12 6 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $359
2022 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $418
2022 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $518
2022 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $418
2022 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $518
2022 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $518
2022 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $608
2022 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $518
2022 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $608
2022 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $518
2022 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $608
2022 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $518
2022 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $608
2022 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $568
2022 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $608
2022 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $568
2022 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $608
2022 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $568
2022 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $608
2022 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $568
2022 Mar 22 6 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $319
2022 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Dubai $568
2022 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Dubai Abu Dhabi Qatar Abu Dhabi $568
2022 Apr 03 20 days, one-way from Dubai to Trieste Dubai $859
2022 Apr 04 19 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Trieste Abu Dhabi $809
2022 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $489
2022 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $489
2022 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $489
2022 May 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $489
2022 May 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $489
2022 May 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $489
2022 May 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $539
2022 May 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $539
2022 May 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $539
2022 May 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $539
2022 May 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $669
2022 May 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $669
2022 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $709
2022 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $709
2022 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $709
2022 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $709
2022 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $709
2022 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $709
2022 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $759
2022 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $759
2022 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $759
2022 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $759
2022 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $839
2022 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $839
2022 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $839
2022 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $839
2022 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $839
2022 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $839
2022 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $869
2022 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $869
2022 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $919
2022 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $919
2022 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $839
2022 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $839
2022 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $759
2022 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $759
2022 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $709
2022 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $709
2022 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $669
2022 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $669
2022 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $669
2022 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $669
2022 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $669
2022 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $669
2022 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $589
2022 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $589
2022 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $489
2022 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $489
2022 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $489
2022 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $489
2022 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $489
2022 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari $489
2022 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Trieste $489

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 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) - 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.

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 (681-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’Approdo Restaurant (422-seat aft Dining Room, dinner only, with 2 fixed seatings)
  • Il Patio Restaurant (402-seats alfresco eatery with two sections - Pizzeria and Outdoor Grill)
  • Le Vele Restaurant (380-seat complimentary self-service buffet restaurant; also serving Afternoon Tea).

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 (713-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.)
  • Sotto Vento Pub (172-seats English pub bar)
  • Opera Atrium (2-deck high midship open area)
  • Internet computers room and Cyber Cafe
  • Gallery (shop selling brand watches and jewellery); Gioielleria (Jewelry Shop); Lei and Lui Boutique; Duty-Free Shop (alcohol, tobaccos)
  • Via Condotti (shopping alley with duty-free shops); Beauty and Cosmetics; Accessories Shop
  • Photo Gallery and Shop
  • Cotton Club Lounge and Bar (155-seat cocktail bar; hosts bingo games, art auctions)
  • Piazza di Spagna (259-seat piano bar); La Cabala (102-seat piano bar)
  • Montecarlo Casino (119-seat, smoking allowed area, own full bar)
  • Card Room and Library (33-seat double function room)
  • Aroma Bar (91-seat speciality coffee bar, with complimentary cookies and pastries)
  • Caruso Lounge and Bar (334-seat show lounge for live music performances; hosts dance classes and night cabaret shows)
  • MSC Opera Aurea Spa and Fitness Complex (with Treatment Rooms, Thalassotherapy Room, Saunas, Steam Room, Relaxation Room, Beauty Salon, Gym with aerobics studio for classes)
  • Buffalo Bill Playroom (kids play area)
  • Le Piscine Pool Area (with two twin saltwater pools and two Whirlpools)
  • Opera Water Park with slide (2015 refurbishment)
  • Lo Spinnaker Bar (with 3 sections - Main, La Gelateria Bar and Vitamin Bar)
  • Teen Club (teenagers lounge for night disco, dance classes, sports-video games contests)
  • Virtual Reality Games (tennis and foosball tables)
  • Discoteca Byblos (322-seat, with own full bar)
  • Sundeck with Solarium (adult-only relaxation area), Golf Simulator, 8-hole Mini Golf Course
  • Sports Center (combined sports court - Shuffleboard, volleyball, basketball, tennis, mini football)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track.

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 Cruises announced that due to rising demand the company will homeport in Havana Cuba the Opera ship for the Winter 2016-2017 season. From November 2016, a second ship (MSC Armonia) joined Opera for the entire season.

During summer, the ship cruises in Europe (Mediterranean and Baltic).

MSC Opera - user reviews and comments

Photos of MSC Opera

Add Photo

MSC Opera ship related cruise news

MSC Opera Wiki

Opera is MSC's 4th and last Lirica-class liner, with sisterships ArmoniaLiricaSinfonia. 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 dry-dock (between May 2 and July 4), the vessel was cut in two and a pre-built section was inserted midship.  Ship's reconstruction project was part of MSC's USD 273 million "Renaissance Program", by which besides Opera were also enlarged the sisterships Armonia, Lirica, and Sinfonia.

MSC Opera refurbishment 2015 review

The ship 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).

MSC Opera User Reviews

There are no user reviews for this ship. Be first, share your experience!

Write a Review

This website uses cookies and local storage. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies and local storage.