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Why Choose MSC Opera?

  • A truly international experience
  • Poolside line dancing is a hoot
  • Dining rooms feature traditional seating

MSC Opera Overview

By Jana Jones, Cruise Critic contributor
Editor Rating
4.0

The 2,142-passenger MSC Opera is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships, dating from 2004 (the others are Armonia, Lirica and Sinfonia).

MSC Cruises spent more than $200 million on Opera and the rest of the Mistral class during a two-year refurbishment program in 2014–2015 that saw a nearly 80-foot-long section sandwiched into the middle of each ship. The "stretching" procedure added nearly 200 more cabins -- 94 of which have balconies. During the refurbishment, the line also took the chance to update the spa and childcare facilities, as well as to add an interactive water feature called the Spray Park to the top deck.

MSC Cruises will homeport MSC Opera in Havana, Cuba from the winter 2015-16 season -- the first mainstream cruise line to do so.

The line will operate 16 Caribbean cruises on the 2,120-passenger ship, including stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Mexico -- with two nights and two and a half days in the Cuban capital.

It will be joined in Cuba by a second ship in winter 2016.

MSC Opera Fellow Passengers

In the Caribbean, Opera's demographic is predominantly North American, with about 30 percent of passengers hailing from Europe. Expect the reverse in Europe. The cultural differences are fascinating and fun. You never know what response your "good morning" will get ... it might be a Texas "Howdy!" or a "Guten tag" or "Buenos Dias," "Buon Giorno" or "Bonjour." That's one of the things that make this ship special.

Ages range from families with young kids to seniors with walkers.

MSC Opera Dress Code

There are two formal nights on a seven-night cruise; otherwise, dress during the day is casual and, at night, is country club casual.

MSC Opera Gratuity

MSC Cruises' oft-confusing tipping policy stipulates that gratuities are not necessary (though passengers are encouraged to leave additional amounts for exceptional service). In general, plan on leaving the industry average $10 per person, per day.

An automatic 10 percent gratuity is added to bar bills.

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MSC Opera Member Reviews

I chose MSC because they were going to unique ports of call that many others were not in Northern Europe. The ports of call were Gdynia (Poland), Klapedia (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Tallin (Estonia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), ... Read more
04/16
This was my second cruise on Opera. I last travelled on her to the Black Sea thee years ago. On my last cruise I would have rated the ship four or five but this voyage had some major problems. Firstly the good points: The ship has medium ... Read more
My husband and I chose this cruise for its itinerary - Havana, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico. We are both in our early 30s and had never done a cruise before so we were unsure of what to expect. We read all the reviews in advance and we had ... Read more
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MSC Opera Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
3.2
Public Rooms
4.0
4.1
Cabins
3.0
3.7
Entertainment
5.0
3.6
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.3
Family & Children
4.0
2.5
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.1
Enrichment
1.0
3.1
Service
4.0
3.5
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.3

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Ship Stats
Crew:
800
Launched:
2004
Decks:
12
Tonnage:
65,875
Passengers:
2,142
Registry:
Panama
CDC Score:
99
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