MSC Opera

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Name: MSC Opera
Owner: MSC Cruises
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry: Panama City,  Panama
Route: Cuba & Caribbean
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Christened: June 26, 2004 by Sophia Loren in Genoa[1]
Maiden voyage: June 27, 2004[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Lirica class cruise ship
  • 59,058 GT
  • 65,591 GT (after renovation)
  • 251.25 m (824.3 ft)
  • 274.9 m (902 ft) (after renovation)
  • 28.8 m (94 ft)
  • 32 m (105 ft) (after renovation)
Height: 54 m (177 ft)
Draught: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Depth: 6.6 m (22 ft)
  • 9 (passengers accessible)
  • 13 (total)
Speed: 21.1 knots (39.1 km/h; 24.3 mph)
  • 2,150 (double occupancy)
  • 2,679 passengers (maximum after renovation)
Crew: 728

MS MSC Opera is a cruise ship built in 2004 and currently operated by MSC Cruises. She served as the flagship of the company until MSC Musica entered service in 2006. She can accommodate 2,679 passengers in 1,071 cabins, and host a crew complement of approximately 728.

Renaissance Program[edit]

The MSC Opera was the third ship of the Lirica class to undergo renovation under the "Renaissance Program". New features included a spray park, refurbished shops, new child and teen areas, an enhanced buffet, a new lounge and an extended restaurant. The work was completed on July 4th 2015.[2]


In May 2010, one week after a similar incident on board the MSC Orchestra, UK Border Agency officers at Dover found a large quantity of cocaine concealed in four passenger cabins. Four Latvians and three Lithuanians were later convicted at Canterbury Crown Court and sentenced to a total of 84 years imprisonment.[3]

On 14 May 2011, MSC Opera suffered engine failure in the Baltic Sea. She was towed to the port of Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm, where passengers were transferred to small boats.[4] Around 1,700 passengers were flown home from Stockholm during the day. The ship was without power after the engine failure and internet reports stated that bathrooms were inoperable, causing some sanitation issues. Passengers were given a voucher to cover the cost of the cruise. On 17 May 2011, MSC Opera departed Nynäshamn en route to Gdynia in Poland for repairs.


  1. ^ a b "Sophia Loren to be Godmother of New MSC Opera". PRNewswire. 15 Jun 2004.
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  4. ^ "Cruise ship loses power at sea". MSNBC. 16 May 2011.

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