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MSC Opera - Introduction

The MSC Opera was one of the first two ships to be built specifically for MSC Cruises. It was launched in 2004 and, along with its sister ship the Lirica and two vessels acquired from Festival Cruises, the liner helped to set the company on its way to becoming one of the largest cruise operators in the world.

Designed to be a very spacious and comfortable cruise ship, the Opera is a gorgeously designed vessel with plenty of open deck space and amenities to keep passengers entertained throughout their voyage.

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It's obvious for anyone who steps on the liner that significant time and energy have been put into designing a luxurious and attractive ship. All the interiors feature richly coloured fabrics and elegant furnishings, with fine brass and marble embellishments throughout.

If you're considering a cruise on the Opera, you'll have a variety of destinations to choose from. The ship offers a series of European, Baltic and Norwegian fjord cruises, which depart from Southampton throughout the summer. During the European winter, the vessel can be found in South America, cruising mainly along the coast of Brazil.

Like the other ships in the MSC fleet, the Opera has been designed for a predominantly European market, but depending on the port of departure, the passenger population may also have a large proportion of North Americans. Guests are typically young couples and families, while the dress code is usually fairly casual - although formal nights are held on each voyage.

Ship stats and features

Passenger capacity: 2,200
Year entered service: 2004
Beam (ship width): 94.4 feet
Draught (ship depth): 22.4 feet
Length: 830.7 feet
Tonnage: 58,058
Crew: 701
Maximum speed: 21.7 knots
Number of passenger decks: 10
Number of lifts: 9
Number of swimming pools: 2
Number of cabins: 878

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