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Why choose MSC Lirica?

MSC Lirica, christened at its spring 2003 launch in Naples by Sophia Loren, is the first of two new medium-sized cruise vessels for the privately owned MSC Cruises and offers a genuine Italian-style cruise experience, popular with Europeans looking for a traditionally styled ship with dashes of modern Italian flair.

Destinations and Itineraries

From July through September, Lirica sets sail from its native Italy en route to a number of breathtaking Mediterranean destinations, with cruises lasting between seven and eleven nights. During the ship’s series of Mediterranean cruises, Lirica visits a number of the ancient biblical ports of Europe, visiting the stunning island of Sicily and going on to tour the Greek Islands, Turkey and Israel.

A twelve-day cruises in July sees the Lirica set sail from Genoa, one of its two Italian home ports. The first stop is the port of Civitavecchia in Rome, ‘The Eternal City’ and one of the oldest in Europe. The tour then sees the Lirica visit Sicily, before calling at the Greek Island of Rhodes, Cyprus, Israel and finally, the Greek Island of Zakinthos. The ship also offers a series of cruises that not only tour the Greek Islands and Israel but also call at Turkey and Egypt.

Come the end of November, Lirica leaves winter in Europe behind and sets sail for the warm climes of the Middle East, with Dubai becoming her home port for the next four months. During this middle-eastern series of 8 day cruises, passengers can expect to be dazzled by the cultural delights of the United Arab Emirates - from the palaces and camel markets of Abu Dhabi to the Sultan’s Palace in Oman.

The MSC Lirica offers a genuine Italian-style cruise experience and is the perfect choice for holidaymakers seeking a refined, modern cruise line with a friendly, casual atmosphere. Whether heading on one of her more local Mediterranean tours or venturing further afield to experience the magic of the Middle East, European travellers will feel immediately at home on this stylish ship.

On Board

For those committed to their exercise routines there are two large swimming pools, a fitness centre and for the sporty types, a jogging track, aerobics, golf simulator, mini golf, basketball, volleyball and table tennis. Passengers simply wanting to relax and take it easy, the fitness centre has a beautiful sauna, treatment rooms and a beauty salon. This is pampering at its finest as the fitness centre is located on deck 11 with truly magnificent views to three sides of the ship. Pampering facials and massages are just a few of the treatments offered. When the sun goes down, the Lirica’s fantastic selection of public rooms come to life. There are eight elegant bars and lounges for night owls to explore, helping passengers to discover new entertainment every night. From a Broadway theatre with two seatings per evening, to the chic L’Atmosphere bar and Le Cabaret Lounge, guests can enjoy live music from around the globe.

Staterooms

At the end of busy day passengers can retire to traditional and comfortable rooms that boast modern amenities such as a safe, a television and a fridge. There are a total of 795 cabins on board the MSC Lirica, 64-percent of which offer ocean views, with 132 possessing balconies. With double occupancy the ship has capacity for 2065 passengers and a 760 strong crew, which results in a crew ratio of 1 to 2.7 passengers. Guests aboard the Lirica will most certainly be well looked after.

Dining

What better way to bond with friends and family than sharing amazing meals and enjoying the onboard entertainment? The ship operates a huge variety of mouth-watering Italian dishes, including risotto, fresh fish, veal stew, and penne al 'arrabiatta. There are four different dining areas to explore, from the elegant La Bustle Restaurant and L'Ippocampo, to the more informal Le Bistro Cafeteria. Passengers looking for a spot of al fresco dining can head to the La Pergola Restaurant is the perfect choice serving pizza, pasta and burgers.

Inside

Single beds that can be converted into a double bed on request. Note: this is not always possible when cabins are occupied by disabled passengers.

FEATURES
✔ Spacious wardrobe
✔ Bathroom with shower
✔ Hair dryer
✔ Towels
✔ Shampoo and Shower gel
✔ Interactive TV
✔ English TV Channel
✔ Telephone
✔ Mini bar and safe
✔ Air conditioning
✔ Size: approx 13 square metres.


Ocean View

Single beds that can be converted into a double bed on request.

FEATURES
✔ Spacious wardrobe
✔ Bathroom with shower
✔ Hair dryer
✔ Towels
✔ Shampoo and Shower gel
✔ TV. English TV Channel
✔ Telephone
✔ Mini bar and safe
✔ Air conditioning
✔ Size: approx 13 square metres.


Balcony Suites

FEATURES
✔ Double bed
✔ Spacious wardrobe
✔ Bathroom with bath
✔ Hair dryer
✔ Towels
✔ Shampoo and Shower gel
✔ TV. English TV Channel
✔ Telephone
✔ Internet connection via your own laptop or tablet (subject to usage fee)
✔ Mini bar and safe
✔ Air conditioning
✔ Size: approx 27 square metres. 


Inside for guests with disabilities or reduced mobility

Single beds that can be converted into double bed where possible - on request.

FEATURES
✔ Spacious wardrobe
✔ Bathroom with shower
✔ Hair dryer
✔ Towels
✔ Shampoo and Shower gel
✔ Interactive TV
✔ English TV Channel
✔ Telephone
✔ Mini bar and safe
✔ Air conditioning
✔ Size: approx 21 square metres.

SHIP FACTS

Built2003
Gross tonnage59.058 tons
Number of passengers1.560 (on double basis)
Crew membersAbout 732
Number of cabins795
Length/Beam/Height251,25 m/ 28,80 m / 54 m
Decks13, incl. 9 for guests
Maximum speed21,70 knots
Average speed18 knots

 


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