The MSC Lirica is the first of two new medium-sized cruise vessels for the privately owned MSC Cruises. A seasoned European cruise traveler might recognize the 58,600-ton and 1,560-passenger MSC Lirica. She is actually a sister ship to three ships already operated by First European Cruises (Festival Cruises in Europe).
The sleek and traditional looking MSC Lirica is tastefully designed and decorated with Italian flair. Forget about Costa-style neon, however; the ship's famed Italian architect Giuseppe de Jorio is known for creating more traditional, as opposed to flashy decor, relying on marble and brass. Most of the public rooms are small and intimate.
During the summer season MSC Lirica entertains mainly Europeans with multiple languages used onboard, so prepare to learn some Italian, German, French and Spanish if you want to communicate with your fellow passengers.
In winter, when the ship sails 10-night cruises from Ft Lauderdale, the company expects to carry Americans and Europeans on a fifty-fifty ratio. MSC Cruises says that around half of its crew is Italian, while the rest of the hotel crew comes from Eastern European countries and a few from the Far East.
Ultimately, Lirica, which was christened at its spring 2003 launch in Naples by Sophia Loren, offers a genuine Italian-style cruise experience (particularly in the Mediterranean). Lirica's Caribbean season begins with a variety of sailings (more unusual itineraries than the typical American-influenced cruise line).
MSC Lirica Fellow Passengers
During the summer time most of the passengers are Europeans, mainly from Italian-, French-, Spanish-, and German-speaking countries, but the cruise line carries guests also from English-speaking nations, such as the U.K., USA, and Australia. Europeans tend to smoke more, even in the no-smoking areas. Dining rooms are off limits to smoking.
MSC Lirica Dress Code
On a seven-night cruise, there are two formal nights (though many ignored the dress suggestion and some people even wore jeans to the dining room). Otherwise, dress is casual.
MSC Lirica Gratuity
Plan to tip about what you'd tip on an American-based ship -- $10 per person per day. Tips are paid at cruise-end.
This was our first cruise with MSC and sadly will be our last. Getting on the ship was easy, the room was good a bit small but alright for a week. The food was excellent quality but a bit samey but then they cannot just pop out to the ...continue
I had never wanted to go on a cruise but three weeks before we were departing for 5 weeks to Europe (from Australia), I saw a great deal advertised on MSC Lirica and upgraded to the top deck, balcony suite which was amazing.
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This was a fantastic cruise which I thoroughly enjoyed. Our cabin (balcony suite) was really good. Food was excellent. My biggest disappointment was with the staff. Except for Rafael at reception, all the other receptionists were poorly trained ...continue