MSC Opera Review

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  • 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

Not good enough pedro933
01/17
Cruise with mediocre quality, in which almost everything is focused on getting money from passengers. You have to pay for everything. Since the first night, the staff is chasing you in order to sail water packages (around 30 euros), beer ... Read more
Good and bad CanadaFamilyOttawa
12/16
We choose this cruise, to see Havana, as it was docked for two night followed by several islands. Good : We had a all inclusive, so the unlimited drinks were great. The food variety at dinner was ample. Embarkation was good. Cabins ... Read more
First Cruise maire73
12/16
Service was good but was not told that the tip of the restaurants in the hotel and paid separately. The ship had a lot of activities, games, dances, shows. Got to eat a lot and well, drinking well as the allegrissimo drinks package. The ... 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

Sailing From

Cozumel La Habana

Cruises To

Caribbean

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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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