MSC Lirica Cruise Ship, China

MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica is one of the four Lirica-class ships renovated under the Renaissance Programme initiated by MSC Cruises, the class owner and operator.

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Performed at Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo, Italy, the overhaul of MSC Lirica was completed in November 2015, marking an end to the two-year renewal programme that began in 2013.

The ship was completely customised for Chinese customers and will reach her new homeport of Shanghai in May 2016, after completing a 60-day grand voyage from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil via Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa and Dubai.

MSC Lirica now features renewed amenities, variety of dining options and 24x7 entertainment, and offers a wide choice of wellness and relaxation options, and personalised cruise ambassador services.

Details of the MSC Cruises Renaissance Programme

MSC Cruises announced a €200m ($273m) renaissance programme, which involved the renewal and enlargement of four ships of its 12 vessel fleet, in December 2013. The programme is part of the company's second €5bn fleet expansion plan, which also includes seven next-generation ships to be conjointly delivered by STX France and Fincantieri between 2017 and 2022.

The programme remodelled the ships with new entertainment options, technological features, extended shops and 200 new cabins a ship, increasing the capacity of each ship by 500 guests.

The other three ships renovated under the programme are MSC Armonia, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera. The four ships, including MSC Lirica, were originally built between 2003 and 2005 at STX yards in France.

MSC Armonia, which resumed services in November 2014, was the first ship to undergo restyling under the programme. For the South African market, MSC Sinfonia returned to service in March 2015, while MSC Opera, which was dry-docked between May and July 2014, will homeport in Cuba's capital Havana from December 2015.

MSC Lirica design

The renovated cruise ship has a length of 274.9m, beam of 32m and height of 54m. Its gross tonnage is 65,591t and maximum cruise speed is 21.7k, whereas the average speed is 18k.

The vessel has 992 cabins and can accommodate 1,984 passengers and 721 crew members.

Accommodation aboard MSC Lirica

Lirica is designed to feature multiple cabin types, including 130 suite cabins, 94 balcony cabins, 345 ocean-view cabins, 64 partial outside view cabins and 352 inside cabins, each offering a variety of facilities for the passengers.

Suite cabins are approximately 27m² in size and come with facilities including a private balcony, a double bed, air-conditioning, wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, TV, telephone, wireless internet access, mini-bar, and a safe deposit box.

Balcony cabins are 17m² and offer same facilities as suites. Ocean view suites are approximately between 13m² and 22m² in size and offer a double-bed, which can be converted into two single beds on request. Certain cabins are available for families with a separate bedroom area and living area with up to four berths.

"The ship was completely customised for Chinese customers and will reach her new homeport of Shanghai in May 2016."

Outside cabins are also between 13m² and 22m² in size and offer a partial ocean view. Inside cabins are roughly between 13m² and 21m² in area with all the standard facilities. Five cabins are reserved for guests with disabilities or reduced mobility.

Deck details

MSC Lirica features 13 decks including nine for guests. Deck 5, known as Verdi, features La Bussola restaurant, the Beverly Hills bar, shopping area, reception, voyagers club info point, Lord Nelson pub, card room, library, internet cafe, and the Broadway theatre.

Deck 6 or Puccini features L'lppocampo restaurant, L'atmosphere piano bar, photo shop, shopping arcade, Las Vegas casino, casino VIP lounge, coffee corner, and the Broadway theatre.

Deck 7, known as Scarlatti, houses 196 cabin suites, including inside cabins, ocean view cabins and outside view cabins, and a medical centre. Deck 8 or Paganini features 296 cabin suites, Deck 9 or Albinoni houses 307 cabins and Deck 10 or Bellini features 189 cabins.

Deck 11, named Vivaldi, features dining, beauty and wellness options, including Le Bistrot Buffet, La Peragola Hamburger paradise, pizza & pasta, cafeteria, Doremi spray park, whirlpool path, pool bar, beauty parlour, baby club, relaxation room, spa, gym and a mini club.

Deck 12 or Rossini houses entertainment facilities and 31 cabin suites. Entertainment and recreation facilities on the deck include disco club, sushi bar, Teens club, shuffleboard and power walking track. Deck 13 or Sundeck offers a mini-golf area.