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MSC Lirica Review

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2016 Best for Cabins
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MSC Lirica
3.0 / 5.0
263 reviews

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About

Passengers
1,976

Crew
671

Passenger to Crew
2.94:1

Launched
2003

Shore Excursions
241
Sails To
Eastern Mediterranean, Mediterranean
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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.


Top MSC Lirica Itineraries

MSC Lirica
7 night mediterranean - eastern cruise

Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Kotor, Split, Trieste, Venice

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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.


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MSC Lirica Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.04
Dining3.03.1
Entertainment4.03.4
Public Rooms4.04
Fitness Recreation3.03.3
Family3.02.4
Enrichment3.02.9
Service4.03.5
Value For Money4.03.4

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MSC Lirica won 14 awards over the years, including Best for Cabins in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
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MSC Lirica Member Reviews

Margaret T.
Sail Date: Nov 2019
After an awesome 6 days Rome/Venice stay, downer came with the horrible MSC Lirica experience.... Read More
allison1952
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Our embarkation on to the Lirica was smooth and easy and our rooms were ready when we arrived with our cards ready for our use.... Read More
snowcat
Sail Date: Nov 2019
My husband and I cruised on MSC on a 12 day itinerary RT Venice and the Mediterranean.... Read More
Cattlaya
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Thank you for a wonderful week MSC Lirica.... Read More

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MSC Lirica
3.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

263 reviews

MSC Lirica is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships dating from 2003. In 2014, an 80-foot-long section was sandwiched into the middle of the ship.

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