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.


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).

MSC Lirica - Inside

MSC Lirica - Inside Layout


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

MSC Lirica - Outside

MSC Lirica - Outside Layout


Balcony Cabin

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)

MSC Lirica - Balcony

MSC Lirica - Balcony layout



130 Suites (from ≈27 m2 to from ≈31 m2)

  • Double bed can convert into two singles
  • Available in Aurea Experience
  • Bathtub

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)

MSC Lirica - Suite

MSC Lirica - Suite Layout


What is included in all MSC Lirica Cabins

  • Private Air Conditioning
  • Spacious wardrobe
  • Bathroom with Showers or Bathtub
  • Interactive TV
  • Telephone (€)
  • Mini-Bar (€)
  • Wi-Fi Connection (€)
  • Safe-deposit box

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

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!

MSC Lirica - Le Cabaret
Le Cabaret

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.

MSC Lirica - Beverly Hills Bar
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

MSC Lirica - Lord Nelson Pub
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.

MSC Lirica - Atmosphere Piano Bar
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.

MSC Lirica - Coffee Corner
Coffee Corner

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!

MSC Lirica - Canzone del Mare
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.

MSC Lirica - Broadway Theatre
Broadway Theatre

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.

MSC Lirica - Blue Club Disco
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.

MSC Lirica - Las Vegas Casino
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.

MSC Lirica - Casino VIP Lounge
Casino VIP Lounge

The VIP Casino room is for private games, such as baccarat and sic bo.

MSC Lirica - Fitness

Deck 11

MSC Lirica - SPA
Thermal SPA

Deck 11

MSC Lirica - Pool

Deck 11

MSC Lirica - Top 13
Top 13 Exclusive Solarium

Deck 13 (Sun Deck)

Medical Center
Medical Center

Deck 7 (Scarletti)

Shuffle Board

Decks 14 & 15

Mini Golf
Mini Golf

Deck 15

MSC Lirica - Shops
Shops & Photo Gallery

Deck 5 & 6

Baby Club
Baby Club Chicco

Dedicated Area for Babies by Chicco (under 3 years)

Mini Club
Space Trip Mini Club

Play Area for children from 3 to 6 years old

Junior Club
Junior Club Lego

Lego Play Area for children from 7 ot 11 years old

Teen Club
Young & Teen Club

Dedicated Area for Tweens and Teens (12-17 years)

MSC Lirica - Doremi Spray Park
Kids Area

Dedicated pool and slides for children

MSC Lirica - Games Arcades
Virtual Games Arcade

Deck 6

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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