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MSC Lirica Review

MSC Lirica
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MSC Lirica
3.0 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Passengers 1,976
Crew 671
Passenger to Crew 2.94:1
Launched 2003
Shore Excursions 308

MSC Lirica Overview

The 1,976-passenger MSC Lirica is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships, dating from 2003.

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MSC spent more than $200 million on Lirica 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.

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, the ship is based out of Rio, offering four-night sailings to Uruguay. 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.

MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai from May 1, 2016, initially for two years.

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.

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Verdi Deck
Puccini Deck
Scarlatti Deck
Paganini Deck
Albinoni Deck
Bellini Deck
Vivaldi Deck
Rossini Deck
Sun Deck

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MSC Lirica Member Reviews

MSC Lirica
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Thank you for a wonderful week MSC Lirica....Read More
MSC Lirica
Clorty Midden
Sail Date: Jun 2019
We sailed with MSC Lirica last month on a short 4 night itinerary We have never sailed with MSC before, so decided on a short trip to try it out We boarded at Venice, and it was a relatively smooth...Read More
MSC Lirica
Sail Date: Mar 2019
I think MSC Lirica is fine as long as you know it was affordable, don't expect too much, but for us it was enough, and we saw a good chunk of the world. The shows were great, we went most nights....Read More
MSC Lirica
Sail Date: Oct 2018
I felt I had to write a review following some of the awful ones others have written, We spent a week on MSC Lirica & had an amazing time. The ship was beautiful with excellent staff....Read More

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