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MSC Lirica cruises for 2020-2021


MSC Lirica dives the year between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. Until mid-April 2020 the ship is based in Dubai, giving access to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar, the desert scenery and cultural sites. (When in Dubai, take a land tour to the mountain range that overlooks the desert for some spectacular views.) Around March and November each year MSC Lirica crosses between Venice and Dubai. The 20-night relocation offers tours to the hidden city of Petra and the Dead Sea district, along with the special experience of passing through the Suez Canal. Sunbake on the way, wave to the locals, and absorb the experience. Then from May to October cruises depart Venice for the most scenic region of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea coast. Visit Trieste in Italy; Mykonos, Heraklion and Corfu in Greece; and Dubrovnik in Croatia. Note that some shore visits are not long time-wise. However, this selection of ports is extremely popular. Board the ship in Venice or Trieste.
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MSC Lirica Cruise Calendar

Sold out Available OBC = onboard Credit
Date Route Cruise From $/Day
2020 CRUISES

4

APR

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Dubai & Abu Dhabi Cruise

Currently sailing

N/A

11

APR

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

18

APR

MSC Lirica cruises

20

NIGHTS

Grand Voyage Cruise
Departs: Dubai | Arrives: Venice
Popular Cruise!

Sold out

N/A

8

MAY

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

14

MAY

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

15

MAY

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Popular Cruise!

Sold out

N/A

21

MAY

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

22

MAY

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

28

MAY

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

29

MAY

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

4

JUN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,634

$233

5

JUN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,634

$233

11

JUN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,634

$233

12

JUN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,634

$233

19

JUN

MSC Lirica cruises

3

NIGHTS

Italy Croatia Cruise
Departs: Venice

$989

$330

22

JUN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,654

$236

27

JUN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

Popular Cruise!

$1,654

$236

29

JUN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,554

$222

4

JUL

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,654

$236

6

JUL

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,554

$222

11

JUL

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$2,004

$286

13

JUL

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,754

$251

18

JUL

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,854

$265

20

JUL

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,754

$251

25

JUL

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,854

$265

27

JUL

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,754

$251

1

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$2,104

$301

3

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,854

$265

8

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$2,104

$301

10

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,854

$265

15

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$2,004

$286

17

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,754

$251

22

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,804

$258

24

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,554

$222

29

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,654

$236

31

AUG

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,554

$222

5

SEP

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,654

$236

7

SEP

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,654

$236

14

SEP

MSC Lirica cruises

4

NIGHTS

Popular Cruise!

$989

$247

18

SEP

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,654

$236

24

SEP

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,594

$228

25

SEP

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,594

$228

2

OCT

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,594

$228

9

OCT

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,444

$206

16

OCT

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,364

$195

23

OCT

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,364

$195

30

OCT

MSC Lirica cruises

16

NIGHTS

Grand Voyage Cruise
Departs: Venice | Arrives: Dubai
Popular Cruise!

$1,499

$94

13

DEC

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$964

$138

20

DEC

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,594

$228

27

DEC

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,914

$273

2021 CRUISES

3

JAN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,074

$153

10

JAN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$964

$138

17

JAN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$964

$138

24

JAN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$964

$138

31

JAN

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,074

$153

7

FEB

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,074

$153

14

FEB

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,074

$153

21

FEB

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,074

$153

28

FEB

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,284

$183

7

MAR

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,284

$183

14

MAR

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,284

$183

21

MAR

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,284

$183

28

MAR

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,284

$183

4

APR

MSC Lirica cruises

7

NIGHTS

UAE and Oman Cruise
Departs: Dubai

$1,284

$183

This month's most popular MSC Lirica cruises


1. 16 night Grand Voyage Cruise ex Venice on 30 Oct 2020, from $1,499
2. 4 night Italy Slovenia Croatia Cruise ex Venice on 14 Sep 2020, from $989
3. 7 night Italy Croatia Greece Malta Cruise ex Siracusa on 27 Jun 2020, from $1,654
4. 7 night Italy Crotia Greece Montenegro Cruise ex Trieste on 11 Jun 2020, from $1,634
5. 7 night Italy Crotia Greece Montenegro Cruise ex Trieste on 24 Sep 2020, from $1,594

MSC Lirica — Ship Review Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.

Life aboard MSC Lirica
MSC Lirica dives the year between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. Until mid-April 2020 the ship is based in Dubai, giving access to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar, the desert scenery and cultural sites. (When in Dubai, take a land tour to the mountain range that overlooks the desert for some spectacular views.) Around March and November each year MSC Lirica crosses between Venice and Dubai. The 20-night relocation offers tours to the hidden city of Petra and the Dead Sea district, along with the special experience of passing through the Suez Canal. Sunbake on the way, wave to the locals, and absorb the experience. Then from May to October cruises depart Venice for the most scenic region of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea coast. Visit Trieste in Italy; Mykonos, Heraklion and Corfu in Greece; and Dubrovnik in Croatia. Note that some shore visits are not long time-wise. However, this selection of ports is extremely popular. Board the ship in Venice or Trieste.

MSC Lirica has been in service since 2003. In November 2015 she was refitted – extended by 24 m, at 65,591 GT, with 194 cabins added – to carry 1984 passengers. Her Italian décor avoids the neon glitter of some cruise lines, and accentuates marble, wood, brass, and soft furnishings. During the northern Summer most passengers are from the Continent, but on the cruise you will also meet guests from the U.K., USA, and Australia. The ship offers good value for the cruise fares charged, and a truly Italian-style cruise experience in stylish surroundings. Europeans tend to smoke more, even in the no-smoking areas. Children have three play areas and their favourite, an ice-cream parlour. Smoking and queuing are ubiquitous. Kids under 18 cruise free on some itineraries sharing a cabin with 2 adults.

Accommodation
Two-thirds of the cabins have an outside view, and of these just one-quarter have a private balcony. Interior and Ocean View cabins are small at 12.9 sq.m. All cabins have interactive TV, AC, telephone, hairdryer, mini-bar/fridge, safe, wardrobe, bathroom with shower, and cotton towels. Two single beds can be converted to a double bed. Outside cabins have a large rectangular viewing window. The 132 suites with private balcony come with a large double bed, a sitting area with sofa, a substantial walk-in wardrobe, bathrobes, a well-stocked mini-bar, and an expanded bathroom with tub. The suites are well laid out and nicely furnished.

Many ‘Ocean View’ cabins on deck 7 have obstructed views, so be alert to this. For all cabins continental breakfast is complimentary from 7.30 to 10 am, while room service snacks can be bought at other times, but there is a per-item charge for other orders. For suites, a basket of fruit is provided at embarkation, and replenished daily. There are four cabins for the disabled, and no single cabins.

Food and Dining
The principal dining room is La Bussola Restaurant, with open seating for breakfast and lunch, and two seatings for dinner. The smaller L’Ippocampo Restaurant shares the same menu. Dining is notable for its quantity rather than its quality, though the food is a highlight for many passengers. Instead of paying for cold water in dining rooms, fill your own bottle in your cabin, chill it in the mini-bar, and bring it with you at meal times. La Pergola is more formal and stylish offering Italian cuisine. While assigned to suite passengers, other guests may make a reservation. Le Bistrot Cafeteria is a casual, self-serve, 24-hour buffet. There are also a grill and pizzeria. A number of other cafés are located around the ship. MSC Cruises provide better-quality ingredients, mostly from Europe, featuring Italian cuisine and regional wines, and daily fresh pizza dough and sauces.

There’s no tea or coffee for lunch and dinner in the dining rooms, only in the buffet. You may have to ask for milk. For coffee and pastries head for The Coffee Corner. There are eight themed bars that include the Beverly Hills Bar, Vivaldi Piano Lounge, and Lord Nelson’s Pub. Dining at breakfast and lunch in La Bussola may have you seated with others of a different language, given the continental background of the passengers.

Entertainment
The two-deck Broadway Theatre presents productions shows, cabaret, plays and other theatrical presentations. Some productions may be short, just 30 minutes. Entertainment includes the Lirica Lounge for social dancing, the Blue Club disco, an extensive Internet café; and the Las Vegas Casino. The ship has a number of bands and small ensembles to provide music for dancing and background. To get away from the constant activity and noise, retire to Library/Card Room.

The Lirica Health Centre is operated by Ocean View, and treatments include Balinese massage. Facilities include steam room, sauna and beauty parlour. Fitness amenities include a gym, climbing wall, jogging area, two adult pools, two whirlpools and mini golf. Children have three play areas and their favourite, an ice-cream parlour. Teens have their own area on the top deck. A few occasional notes: Children sail free on certain itineraries, and in July/August there may be 400 or so. Heavy smokers are everywhere, and the staff are more focused on Italian passengers. Port calls may be short time-wise.

Explore the decks

MSC Lirica deckplans

MSC Lirica deckplan

Cabins on Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)

AA
Suite with balcony
AB
Mini-suite with balcony
BB
Outside with balcony
CC
Outside
J
Inside
  • Sofa bed
  • Two pullman beds
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Four pullman beds
  • One pullman bed
  • Connecting staterooms
  • Sofa and pullman bed

Cabins

Two-thirds of the cabins have an outside view, and of these just one-quarter have a private balcony. Interior and Ocean View cabins are small at 12.9 sq.m. All cabins have interactive TV, AC, telephone, hairdryer, mini-bar/fridge, safe, wardrobe, bathroom with shower, and cotton towels. Two single beds can be converted to a double bed. Outside cabins have a large rectangular viewing window. The 132 suites with private balcony come with a large double bed, a sitting area with sofa, a substantial walk-in wardrobe, bathrobes, a well-stocked mini-bar, and an expanded bathroom with tub. The suites are well laid out and nicely furnished.

Many ‘Ocean View’ cabins on deck 7 have obstructed views, so be alert to this. For all cabins continental breakfast is complimentary from 7.30 to 10 am, while room service snacks can be bought at other times, but there is a per-item charge for other orders. For suites, a basket of fruit is provided at embarkation, and replenished daily. There are four cabins for the disabled, and no single cabins.

Decks
MSC Lirica

MSC Cruises

Ship facts

Star rating: MSC Lirica star rating
Maiden voyage: 2003
Number of decks: 10
Tonnage: 65591
Cabins: 988
Passengers: 1976
Number of crew: 721

What's onboard? ▼

  • Shopping arcade
  • Five accommodation grades (Bella, Fantastica, Wellness, Aurea, Yacht Club)
  • COMPLIMENTARY DINING
  • Restaurants, various sitting options
  • MSC Yacht Club dining
  • Formal evenings
  • Continental breakfast in cabin (Bella class pay)
  • Children’s menu, dining times
  • Dietary requests (book ahead)
  • Additional cabin meals, pizza (pay)
  • CASUAL DINING (some charges)
  • Cafeteria buffet (all meals)
  • Grill, pizza, fast food, anytime
  • Afternoon tea
  • Coffee/chocolate café
  • Ice Cream Bar (pay)
  • Drinks packages
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show Theatre (shows, multilingual hosts)
  • Live music, dancing
  • Multiple bars
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Casino
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swimming pools (2)
  • Whirlpools (2)
  • Spa, salon, treatments
  • Solarium
  • Thermal suite
  • Indoor games, quizzes, crafts, dance lessons
  • Outdoor aerobics, exercise leaders
  • Gym, fitness centre
  • Jogging track
  • Sports court
  • Basketball
  • Mini-golf
  • Internet (pay)
  • Wi-Fi cabins & common areas (pay)
  • Library. Card room
  • Casino
  • Conference rooms
  • UNDER 18
  • Under 18s free (off-peak, pay port charges)
  • Under 12s sail free (provisos)
  • Baby Club (<3y)
  • Mini Club (3-6y)
  • Juniors Club (7-11y)
  • Young Club (12-14y)
  • Teenagers Club (15-17y)
  • Child dining arrangements
  • Spray Park water area
  • Video games
  • Child minding on ship while parents tour ashore (pay)
  • OTHER
  • Medical centre
  • Daily Program newsletter
  • Laundry service (pay)
  • Elevators (9)
  • Wheelchair access good
  • Cabin current 110/220V
  • Assistance animals (at booking)

What's included? ▼

  • Service charge: Up to €0/USD12.50/AUD18 (12 & over) daily, child over 1 pay half. Ask about pre-payment.
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Captain's welcome cocktail party and Gala Evening
  • In-cabin continental breakfast for higher classes
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Under 12s sharing cabin w/ 2 adults: ask about free travel (pay port dues)
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Butler & valet services (select cabins)
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues (unless specified)
  • Drinks, including water at restaurants
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Special dietary needs (pre-request, pay)
  • Golf simulator, 4D Cinema, F1 simulator, bowling, video games
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Laundry, ironing, dry cleaning
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • UNICEF donation to children €1 or USD1.50 pp donation, optional
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Service charge (can be pre-paid; adjust with Guest Relations Manager) Embarking Europe, Antilles, Red Sea - € 6/7 pp/night, 14-17y 50%, under 14y free. Embarking outside Europe - USD 6/9/12 pp/night, 3-17y 50%, under 3y free.
  • Service charge: food, drink, services not in fare 15%
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