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MSC Opera

MSC Opera offers guests a fantastic cruise holiday. Great facilities, friendly staff and comprehensive itineraries make MSC Opera the ideal cruise host.

When creating a cruise ship, MSC Cruises like to inject their experience of navigation and life onboard into the very fibres of the vessel. This is no more demonstrated than with the MSC Opera, an elegant ship offering every conceivable comfort and a wealth of options. Entering service in 2004 and weighing 58,600 tonnes, MSC Opera draws on inspiration from the Art Deco movement with interiors decorated with geometrical shapes and delicate colour schemes. Throughout her 10 intimate decks, MSC Opera has a capacity of 1,712 passengers arranged between 856 cabins, serenely transporting them on South Africa, Mediterranean and Baltic & fjord cruises.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2004
Tonnage 58600
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 4
Number Of Decks 10
Number Of Elevators 9
Number Of Pools 2
Number Of Restaurants 3
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 1756 (2200)
Crew 700
Refurbished 01/01/2015

Ship Facilities

Dine surrounded by stunning decor, be served by the most professional of staff and experience the most delightful menus as you take your seat in one of MSC Opera's restaurants. There are many styles of cuisine available onboard MSC Opera meaning you can choose from fine dining in L’Approdo Restaurant, enjoy fabulous food in La Caravella restaurant or grab some tasty fast food at La Pergola. There are also many other eateries around the ship that are sure to satisfy those hungry taste buds:

  • La Caravella Restaurant
  • L'Approdo Restaurant, reservations required
  • Il Patio (Outdoor Restaurant)
  • Le Vele Cafeteria
  • La Pergola fast food
  • Aroma café

As day turns to night onboard MSC Opera, the dress code becomes more formal and passengers prepare themselves for the evening’s entertainment ahead of them. Spectacular performances and thrilling shows captivate audiences in the tiered Dell' Opera Theatre, while other professional and multilingual shows can also be found in the vibrant Caruso Show Lounge. Choose to dance the night away onboard MSC Opera in the buzzing nightclub Byblos Disco or engage with your fellow passengers in one of the stunning bars or lounges, the choice is yours!


  • Byblos Disco
  • Teatro dell Opera
  • Casino
  • Opera Lounge
  • Sotto Vento Pub
  • La Cabala Lounge
  • Piazza Di Spagna
  • Cyber Cafe
  • Cotton Club
  • Pool bar

With MSC Cruises children enjoy fun and exciting days with a full schedule of supervised children's activities and an entertaining recreation centre. The onboard Mini Club is a meeting place for all children to play and make new friends. From sports competitions to treasure hunts, your little ones will enjoy tons of opportunities to have fun with their new found cohorts whilst you drift away looking out onto beautiful scenery.

Spa and fitness

There are plenty of exciting things to do during the day onboard MSC Opera and guests are invited to make the most of all the facilities. For active passengers, sporting facilities include mini-golf, a jogging track, swimming pools and a well-equipped gymnasium. After taking advantage of these facilities, why not wind down with a luxurious hot stone massage or a purifying sauna experience? These health treatments will leave you feeling fresh, rejuvenated and raring to go.

  • Gym & Beauty salon
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • 2 Whirlpools
  • Mini Golf
  • Jogging area


In addition to all of this choice offered by MSC Opera, there is also a virtual reality centre, internet café, shopping gallery and library room. With a wide choice and stunning service provided by the friendly staff, MSC Opera offers her passengers a relaxing, Italian-style cruise experience.

  • Shopping Gallery
  • Children's and Teen club
  • Library/Card room
  • Internet Cafe

Customer reviews for MSC Opera

I have travelled on this ship before, however the customer service is not has good as it used to be. Also the choice of food in the restaurant is not very good and when there is a formal night, no choice at all, not good if you have allergies, or vegetarian etc. The room was clean and comfy, and the countries we visited, lovely, however I am not too sure if I will be using MSC again.

Good ship was my first cruise

Cuban cruise 15 nights. MSC Opera. Just returned from a lovely holiday, definitely the best way to see Havana and live in relative comfort. There is however a few points to observe if your planning this trip. If you fly Air Euorpa via Madrid it’s worth mentioning there is no complementary drinks London to Madrid. After a 2 hr wait you then finish the flight with them on the 10 hr trip to Havana. The seat pitch is minimum, the entertainment system was rubbish, mine didn’t work going and all I got coming back was the map with your location. I can assure you it moves very slowly. If the opportunity arises to change the airline grab it. I have since found out you can go with Air France via Paris, which may well be worth while. The gratuities on the ship are €10 per day per person, they are removable. What is not is the mandatory 15% service charge on drinks and services. Draft lager was €6.33 for 0.4L. Cheapest all day drink package on board is €29 per person per day. You do the maths. Every time you enter Cuba you need a visa provided by the ship. First one is free, if you do 14 days you’ll need another two which charges your onboard account with another €30 per person.

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