Complete Guide to MSC Lirica Cruise Ship with prices, cabin and more
One of the MSC ships refurbished in the 2015 Renaissance Programme, the MSC Lirica offers traditional cruise ship comfort, with wood, marble and brass finishes throughout the vessel.
Built-in March 2003 by Les Chantiers de L'Atlantique (France) and refurbished in 2015, she carries 1,984 Passengers (in double occupancy), 721 crew and is 65,875 tons.
Her space ratio is 33.3 and passenger/crew ratio is 2.7, which are considered as good for a mid-size ship.
She is owned by MSC Cruises and is sister to MSC Opera, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Armonia.
There is plenty of space to spread out and find a spot in the sun to enjoy a cocktail or a quiet coffee. Cool down in the pool or Doremi Spray Park before heading to the Broadway Theatre to enjoy a show.
Our family had a wonderful time on this cruise and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing, fun getaway. The ship was beautiful and had everything we needed. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious. We can't wait to go on another cruise with MSC Lirica!
Cabins on MSC Lirica
MSC Lirica features 132 suites with a private balcony and a couch; 94 balcony cabins; 2 family cabins; 401 ocean view cabins; 350 inside cabins and 4 wheelchair-accessible cabins.
All cabins come with a queen-size bed that can be converted to two single beds on request, bedside tables, a flat-screen TV, a safe, hairdryer, a private bathroom with shower & toilet, and a spaciously sized closet.
Inside Cabin (no window)
350 Interior Cabins (≈13 m2)
- A double bed can convert into two singles
- Available in Bella and Fantastica Experiences
Cabins are available on Deck 7 (Scarlatti), Deck 8 (Paganini), Deck 9 (Albinoni) and Deck 10 (Bellini).
Outside Cabin (window)
401 Ocean View Cabins (from ≈13 m2 to ≈16 m2)
- Double bed can convert into two singles
- Available on Bella and Fantastica Experiences
Available on Deck 7 (Scarlatti), deck 8 (Paganini), deck 9 (Albinoni) and deck 10 (Bellini).
Note: 65 cabins are obstructed ocean view cabins
94 Balcony Cabins (from ≈17 m2)
- Double bed can convert into two singles
- Available in Bella, Fantastica and Aurea Experiences
Furnished with two chairs. We have sometimes had two deck chairs instead of the standard upright chairs. The balcony is accessible through a floor-to-ceiling- glass door.
The Balcony Cabins are available on Midship on Deck 9 (Albinoni) and Deck 10 (Bellini)
130 Suites (from ≈27 m2 to from ≈31 m2)
- Double bed can convert into two singles
- Available in Aurea Experience
The sofa can be transformed into a bed to accommodate 1 extra guest or two kids under 12.
Available on Decks 10 (Bellini) and Deck 12 (Rossini)
What is included in all MSC Lirica Cabins
Private Air Conditioning
Bathroom with Showers or Bathtub
Wi-Fi Connection (€)
The mini-bar is stocked with non-alcoholic drinks, alcoholic drinks and snacks, which are at an extra charge. The air-conditioning is individually thermostat-controlled and the air is 100% new.
All the power outlets (220v/110v) and USB ports are located on top of the desk - make sure you take a multi-plug if you have a lot of items to charge. The mattress is very firm, so if you like a softer mattress, you may find it too firm for you. Some cabins come with bunk beds or sofa beds for a 3rd/4th person.
The bathroom is functional but fairly small in all non-suite cabins. All showers and basins have shampoo/conditioner and body wash mounted to the wall, as well as a wire rack to hold toiletries.
The cabin size ranges from 13m2 to 24m2. Considering that the itineraries are designed around ports, you spend little time in your cabins, so this should be enough space.
For groups or families, the ship has 18 inter-leading suites, 10 inter-leading balcony cabins and 2 designated family cabins that offer a separate sitting area with a pull-down bunk bed.
The 4 accessible cabins (21m2) are conveniently located next to the elevator (except for 9149 which is mid-ship).
Restaurants onboard MSC Lirica
La Bussola is the main dining room. Deck 5 | Seats 950 | Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
L'Ippocampo is the second main dining room. Deck 6 | Seats 406 | only Dinner
Le Bistrot Buffet
Le Bistrot Buffet is the Self-Service Buffet on Deck 11 | Seats 324| 20 Hours a day
Kaito Sushi Bar
Kaito Sushi Bar is a Japanese & Asia Speciality Restaurant on Deck 12 | Seats 40 | only Dinner ($)
La Pergola is the Outdoor Pizzeria & Grill on Deck 11 | Seats 262| 20 Hours a day
From pizza to breakfast in bed, the room service is a great alternative to the restaurants | 24/7 ($)
Public Areas on MSC Musica
Whilst not having all of the newest gadgets and gizmos like MSC's newer ships, the Lirica still offers more than enough. There are options for playing minigolf or shuffleboard; there is a swim-up bar with plenty space to lounge about in their jacuzzi spa pool (not including outdoor hot tubs) ; plus kids can enjoy both indoor play areas AND an external kid’s entertainment area on Deck 11!
Le Cabaret is MSC Lirica's show lounge. It is home to all the secondary acts that are not shown in the main theatre. This is where you will find dance classes during the day, whilst in the evening, there is everything from live musicians and bands, European pop and dance music to late-night cabaret. It is found on deck 6 and seats 139 people.
Beverly Hills Bar
If the Lord Nelson pub is not your thing, then also situated on deck 5, the Beverly Hills Bar is an ideal location for pre-dinner or pre-show drinks. As one of the 2 piano bars aboard, there is live music, which later in the evening prompts guests to start dancing. The lounge often features activities such as Bingo night. The Beverly Hills Bar is used as a replacement venue for outdoor activities in the event of bad weather. Seats 239 people
Lord Nelson Pub
The Lord Nelson Pub is MSC Lirica's English-style pub. As well as having a lengthy wooden bar, there are circular tables with banquettes, so that guests can enjoy drinks with friends or family. Located on deck 5, between the Broadway Theatre and the front desk, it is one of the most heavily used bars before and after any of the theatre performances. It is also the chief smoking venue on the ship, so can have a pall of cigarette smoke in the air. Seats up to 144 people.
L'Atmosphere Piano Bar
Seating 101 guests, L'Atmosphere is MSC Lirica's traditional piano bar. A great place to chill out, try one of the many cocktails on offer. The chairs are arranged around small cocktail tables and the bar is open on each side to the corridors. You feel like you are in a lobby! Great for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap.
The Coffee Corner is situated outside the Broadway Theatre on deck 6 and provides the "true" Italian coffee experience. All drinks come with complimentary pastries or cookies. Try the cappuccino or espresso - MSC Cruises has the best coffee at sea. There are also chilled coffee drinks on offer and everybody's favourite hot chocolate!
La Canzone del Mar
The ship's pool bar is open from 08:00 to late into the night and offers a range of cocktails, beers and soft drinks. This is where most passengers spend their time during sea days. La Canzone del Mar is nestled between the Vitamine Bar on starboard and the Gelateria Italiana on port side.
Two shows are performed every night, the first one usually to cater for the second dinner seating and the second show for the first seating. Generally, the evening shows last 30 to 45 minutes. Mostly visual in the evening, the theatre also hosts a lot of day activities.
The Blue Club Disco
MSC Lirica's night club is located aft on deck 12. The Blue Club Disco starts getting busy around 23:30 and offers music and dancing late into the night. It has its own bar, so you don't need to venture out for drinks. During the day, even if the disco is "closed", it is a great place to relax and enjoy a view of the stern of the ship, through the panoramic windows.
Las Vegas Casino
The Las Vegas Casino offers poker, slot machines, roulette and blackjack. Tournaments are regularly held aboard and those playing the slot machines, you will often get surprise promotions. Situated on deck 6, it can accommodate 111 people. It is serviced by its own bar and smoking is permitted if you are gambling. It is strictly for over 18s only.
Casino VIP Lounge
The VIP Casino room is for private games, such as baccarat and sic bo.
Top 13 Exclusive Solarium
Deck 13 (Sun Deck)
Deck 7 (Scarletti)
Decks 14 & 15
Shops & Photo Gallery
Deck 5 & 6
Baby Club Chicco
Dedicated Area for Babies by Chicco (under 3 years)
Space Trip Mini Club
Play Area for children from 3 to 6 years old
Junior Club Lego
Lego Play Area for children from 7 ot 11 years old
Young & Teen Club
Dedicated Area for Tweens and Teens (12-17 years)
Dedicated pool and slides for children
Virtual Games Arcade
FAQ for MSC Lirica
The MSC Lirica offers 13 decks with 9 accessible by passengers. The ship has a maximum occupancy of 2,679 guests - 1,984 on double occupancy. She has 990 cabins with 357 inside, 409 ocean view, 94 balcony cabins and 130 suites.
The MSC Lirica cruise ship was built for a cost of $150 million by the Chantiers de L'Atlantique in France.
It has a capacity of 1,984 passengers and a crew of 721. The ship is 274.9m long. It has 13 decks, including a promenade deck with shops and restaurants and features such as a spa, fitness centre and two pools.
MSC Lirica entered in service in March 2003 and is 20 years old.
Includes and Excludes in your Cruise Fare
- All meals in the two main dining rooms, the buffet and selected other eateries.
- All shows in the theatre and other venues
- 1 Speciality Restaurant - Kaito Sushi Bar ($/€)
- Duty-Free shopping gallery ($/€)
- Library & game room
- Kids club for all ages
Daily service charges/gratuities are included
Accommodation in well-appointed cabins
Water, coffee and some juices are included in certain areas of the ship
Most on-board activities such as group games, competitions, quizzes, and crafts classes are included
No entrance fee for the disco / nightclub
All evening shows are free to enjoy
- All drinks beyond water, tea, coffee and selected juices in the buffet
- Shore Excursions
- SPA treatments & access to SPA area (Subject to experience)
- Wifi (unless specified otherwise)
- Casino, photos, shops
- Service fees (please check - it is INCLUDED in some markets)
- Aditional Kids activities
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