MSC Lirica

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MSC Lirica at Flåm.jpg
MSC Lirica in Flåm, Norway
Name: MSC Lirica
Owner: MSC Cruises
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry: Panama
Route: Asia
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Cost: $250 million
Launched: 2002
Maiden voyage: 2003
In service: 2003-present
Status: In service
Notes: Sister ship MSC Opera
General characteristics
Class and type: Lirica class cruise ship
Tonnage: 58,825 GT
Length: 251.25 m (824.31 ft)
Beam: 28.80 m (94.49 ft)
Draft: 6.60 m (21.65 ft)
Decks: 13 (9 for passengers)
Installed power: Four diesel generators (7,650 kW each)
Propulsion: Two azimuth thrusters (20,000 kW)
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 1,560 passengers (double occupancy)
Crew: 700
Notes: Fully stabilised

Ship Description[edit]

MSC Lirica is a Lirica Class cruise ship, owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She was the first newbuild cruise ship to enter service for MSC Cruises. She can accommodate 1,560 passengers in 780 cabins. Her crew complement is approximately 732; with half of them being Italian and the rest from developing countries in the far East.

The ship currently sails year-round longer cruises from Shanghai, China to destinations in the Far-East Pacific, including port stops at South Korea, Japan and other regional destinations.

MSC Lirica mainly caters to the Asian market with the main onboard language being Chinese. However, the ships interior and artistic styles remain from her previous service in the Mediterranean, matching the rest of the fleet.

MSC Opera is an identical twin to the MSC Lirica. Her other sisters in the class, MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia are essentially the same, but have a smaller funnel and other modifications, such as the bow windows and inside changes.

Renaissance Program[edit]

The MSC Lirica was the last ship of the Lirica class to undergo renovation under the "Renaissance Program". New features includes a spray park, refurbished shops, new child and teen areas, an enhanced buffet, a new lounge, and an extended restaurant. The work was completed in November 2015.[1][2]


The following is a list of itineraries for the MSC Lirica:

Dates Region Round-Trip Duration Ports of Call (visited)
March 2016 - present Asia Shanghai, China,[3] Tianjin, China, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Busan, Jeju

In January 2018, MSC Cruises announced that the ship would spend her 2018-2019 winter season operating cruises in the United Arab Emirates.[4]


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