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MSC Lirica - Introduction

The MSC Lirica was the first vessel in the MSC Cruises fleet to be specifically built for the company. It was launched in 2003 and - along with its sister ship the MSC Opera - was designed to be a modern, comfortable and well-appointed vessel that could easily compete with the other cruise ships currently at sea.  And it's safe to say that the Lirica achieved its goals. Even though it's no longer a brand new liner, it still holds its own in the fiercely competitive cruise market. This is thanks to the ship's sophisticated decor (with plenty of rich wood panelling and sparkling brass) and state-of-the-art amenities, not to mention excellent cuisine and top-quality service.

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Voyages on the Lirica travel to various destinations. Mediterranean cruises are popular options and they call at ports including Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Tunis, Genoa, Rome and Marseille. Other itineraries venture further afield, travelling along the Suez Canal to locations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Al Fujayrah.

Ship stats and features

Passenger capacity: 2,065
Year entered service: 2003
Beam (ship width): 94.4 feet
Draught (ship depth): 22.4 feet
Length: 830.7 feet
Tonnage: 59,058
Crew: 701
Maximum speed: 21 knots
Number of passenger decks: 10
Number of lifts: 9
Number of swimming pools: 2
Number of cabins: 780

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