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MSC Lirica

The delicate MSC Lirica swiftly plots its way through Mediterranean and Baltic & Fjord cruises on a fantastic ship which provides guests with excellent services and a renowned amicable atmosphere.

The Mediterranean style cruises always offer a cruise holiday that's a little more adventurous. Onboard the wonderful MSC Lirica, you can expect the amenities to be close to that of the highest quality Italian hotels. The first thing you'll notice upon boarding the ship is the delightful décor that sweeps the ship. With its wide range of dining options and sport facilities, MSC Lirica is great for family cruises. There's always a great deal going on, so you can get ready for your entertainment options to be bursting at the seams!

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2004
Tonnage 58825
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 4
Number Of Decks 9
Number Of Elevators 9
Number Of Pools 2
Number Of Restaurants 3
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 1560 (2065)
Crew 700
Refurbished 2015

Ship Facilities

You can find a great range of restaurants and lounges throughout the Italian decks. The two main dining rooms are La Bussola and L'Ippocampo. They naturally focus on an Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and are noted for the delicious risotto that's made table-side. There are also two less formal dining areas, Le Bistro Cafeteria and La Pergola Restaurant, which are great for casual bites when you just want a quick slice of pizza before dipping in the pool.

  • La Bussola and L'Ippocampo Main Restaurants
  • La Pergola formal restaurant, reservations required
  • Le Bistro cafeteria
  • Kaito Sushi Bar
  • Jia Yao

Naturally, you can expect the bars on MSC Lirica to offer excellent tipples. The Lord Nelson Pub is the perfect spot for a quiet drink before a show or even a good meeting place to catch up with friends. If you're looking for something a bit livelier then the Beverly Hills Bar and Rodeo Drive come recommended for their live music and range of cocktails.

  • Broadway Theatre
  • The Blue Club
  • Las Vegas Casino
  • Lirica Lounge
  • Piano Bar
  • Pool Bar
  • Lord Nelson Pub
  • Beverly Hills Bar


Whether you're on Med cruises or Baltic and Fjord cruises, when you aren't ported, you can really get stuck into some of MSC Lirica's excellent facilities. The first stop should be the Broadway Theatre for a late show where the ship really comes alive with great performances and acting. In the afternoons, you can try your hand at the Italian cookery lessons on offer, or maybe email your friends a few holiday photos from the ship's Internet café. Other facilities include:

  • Shopping Gallery
  • Children's Club
  • Cyber Cafe
  • Library/Card room

Spa and fitness

While the children are enjoying themselves, why not treat yourself a bit? Head to the superb spa facilities with magnificent views across the ocean while you get pampered to high heaven or perhaps you might prefer a quick work out in the gym or a swim in one of the ship's numerous swimming pools.

  • Lirica Spa
  • Gymnasium
  • Beauty Salon
  • 2 Adult Swimming Pools
  • 2 Whirlpools
  • Jogging Area

Customer reviews for MSC Lirica

The cruise was excellent it was all the hassle before we even started. Got a phone the Tuesday before we went on the Friday to say that u had messed up our return flights so had to stay overnight in Venice. Not got a problem with that . We finally got our tickets late Wednesday afternoon. After looking threw them u had only sent me a transfer voucher to the airport not to the hotel. So once again I rangup to get this sorted. Arrived in port in Venice,at the end of the holiday only to have the taxi leave us at the port.Had to pay out 40 euros to get to our hotel as the taxi firm said they had been waiting one hour for us.

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My partner and I have just returned from a Mediterranean cruise on MSC Lirica. We found it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The ship was large enough to have all the facilities and amenities that we required. Our balcony cabin was very comfortable and kept spotlessly clean by our excellent cabin boy. Food in the dining room was very good and our personal waiter was very efficient and attentive. The entertainment programme was very enjoyable though there was perhaps too much emphasis on line dancing which is not to our liking. We enjoyed all of the shore stops though getting on and off the ship was a bit slow and tedious at times. The breakfast buffet was a bit manic at peak times and similarly with the bar service but overall we had no serious complaints. We would certainly consider cruising with MSC again.

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This was our first cruise and we were not disappointed. Over all the experience was fantastic. The food was superb, the cabin was very clean and serviced throughout the day and the staff were great. The entertainment in the theatre was very good too, getting a standing ovation on a couple of occasions. We had ample time in the ports of Bari, Santorini, Chania, Cephalonia and Split. We didn't do any excursions, preferring to use locals at the port. The only problem we had was embarkation. It went on for ever and once we were onboard, we were bombarded with people trying to sell us packages. We hadn't ordered a drinks package and began to get desperate! Just as we were about to sign on the dotted line, we found the free tea and coffee and water on deck 11. Free fruit juice in the morning too! It was a wonderful trip and Iglu cruses did an amazing job of arranging flights and hotels around the cruise to make it a holiday we will remember for a very long time

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