MSC Lirica Ship with Photos


We took a trip on a 10 day sailing around the Mediterranean to France, Italy, Spain and Morocco on the MSC Lirica. We explored her from top to toe. In this post we will look at everything you can expect from the MSC Lirica including photos of the ship.

A Ship Tour of MSC Lirica With Photos

MSC Lirica ship in Cueta Spain
MSC Lirica ship in Cueta Spain, Photo Credit: Darren Vallance

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We hopped onboard the Lirica for a 10 day cruise in January. Even though the weather is not the best in the Mediterranean at this time the Lirica ship offered lots to do onboard. The Lirica is an older and smaller cruise ship owned by MSC. She was the first new build cruise ship to enter service for MSC Cruises. Even though she is one of MSC’s older ships she is still a beautiful to sail on. This is A Ship Tour of MSC Lirica With Photos.

MSC Lirica dress code

White night on MSC Lirica
White night on Lirica. Photo Credit: Cruising for all

On a 10-night cruise on Lirica, there are three formal nights called gala nights there may also be other themed dress nights. These may vary such as white night, tropical night, a few casual nights, smart casual and gala. As you can see above I did not have a white outfit. If you do not have the right outfit do not worry you will still fit in.

MSC Lirica facts

MSC Lirica front of ship
MSCLirica: Photo Credit Donna Vallance

MSC Lirica is a cruise ship that is part of the fleet of MSC Cruises, an Italian-based cruise line. She was built in 2003 and was renovated in 2015. She is currently sailing the Mediterranean with some fascinating itineraries. On 12 March 2021, the ship caught on fire amidships during lay-up at the port of Corfu, Greece, with only crew on board. According to MSC Cruises, the fire started in an empty fiberglass lifeboat and caused damage to the side of the ship, but not its interior, and there were no injuries.

Here are some facts about the MSC Lirica ship:

  • MSC Lirica was built in 2003 by the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • The ship has a length of 274 meters, a width of 28 meters (92 feet), and a maximum capacity of 2,548 passengers and 752 crew members.
  • The ship features several restaurants, including two main dining rooms, a buffet restaurant, and specialty dining sushi bar.
  • MSC Lirica has 13 passenger decks, 992 cabins, and 10 elevators.
  • Other onboard amenities include a theater, casino, spa, fitness center, sports court, swimming pool, and children’s play areas.
  • MSC Lirica sails to destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and Asia.
  • The ship underwent a major refurbishment in 2015, which included the addition of new cabins, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
  • MSC Lirica is known for its elegant decor and Italian-inspired design, which includes marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and vibrant artwork.
  • MSC Opera is an identical sister ship to the MSC Lirica. Her other sisters in the class, MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia are essentially the same, but have a smaller funnel and other modifications, such as the bow windows and changes to the interior

MSC Lirica Pool Area

MSC Lirica Pool Deck
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

There are two pools on the Lirica. The Pool area Le Piscine invites you to immerse yourself in the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Whether you’re docked at a port or sailing the open sea, this pool area offers a great escape and an extra space to grab a cocktail. Take a leisurely swim or hop in to one of the many jacuzzis with a cool drink in hand. There is also a cool splash park for kids called the Doremi where kids can dodge the water sprays. Although MSC usually heat pools, the pools were too cold to go in to and the pool temperature was just 18 degrees.

My Top MSC Lirica Tips

MSC Lirica suite room
MSC Lirica Balcony Cabin, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Having been onboard the Lirica bear in mind these tips to help you navigate and enjoy your next cruise on the MSC Lirica;

  • Pop in to the meeting point room on a sea day lots of board games on offer to help you while away the day.
  • If you don’t want to get up early for breakfast get fresh pastries every morning in the coffee shop or Beverley hills bar
  • The outdoor buffet on deck 11 serves breakfast which is later than the dining room.
  • If you want breakfast in your room put your menu out before 2am. There is no charge for Aurea guests
  • If you are not an Aurea guest you can book the sun deck whilst onboard for the day
  • There are two daily shows one for first seating guests one for second seating guests. Look out for guest appearances and a show during the day on a sea day

MSC Lirica Restaurants

MSC Lirica baked alaska, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance
MSC Lirica baked alaska, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

We loved the food onboard there was plenty of choice and being an Italian brand the pizza and pastas were great. There was choice of freshly baked bread and a soup every day too. Our personal preference was the main dining as the buffet could get a little hectic. There are four different dining restaurant areas onboard:

  • La Bussola Restaurant on deck 5 Main first and second sitting dining
  • L’Ippocampo on deck 6 serve sit-down meals fiesta and second sitting as well as any time dining.
  • Le Bistrot Cafeteria on deck 11
  • is the spot for informal buffet breakfasts and lunches. The fourth dining venue,
  • La Pergola Restaurant Pizza Buffet on deck 11
  • outdoor dining — including casual fare, such as pizza, pasta and burgers. Tables are tucked under a large canvas and well protected from the sun, rain and winds.
  • L’Atmosphère

For a more formal dining experience, head to La Bussola. Breakfast hours are 7 to 9:30 a.m., and lunch is served from 12:30 to 2 p.m..

Dinner has two seatings: 6:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.. Unfortunately, there is no casual alternative dining during the evenings.

The Main Atrium on MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica reception And coffee shop in the atrium
MSC Lirica reception And coffee shop in the atrium. Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

The Main Atrium on MSC Lirica is the heart of the ship. Here you will find the Guest services as well as the Coffee Corner Shop. At certain times of the day snacks such as cheese or pastries are served with your drinks.

MSC Lirica Entertainment

MSC Lirica Entertainmnet show
MSC Lirica Entertainmnet show, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

There are two show times in the evening at the Broadway Theatre. You can take in everything from lectures and movies to entertaining evening shows. We loved the entertainment team with their West-End style shows with a range of music genres. Immerse yourself in captivating performances and enjoy the magic of live entertainment which includes; magic shows, opera singing and even comedy.

MSC Lirica Room service and breakfast

MSC Lirica room breakfast
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

Room service is limited but they do serve Pizza! The menu includes only cold sandwiches, and there is in-cabin continental breakfast available. MSC no longer charges for room service on any of its ships.

MSC Lirica bars and lounges

Pub on MSC Lirica ship with Lounge area and seating
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for All.

The MSC Lirica has several bars and lounges on board that offer a variety of drinks and entertainment options. We found there was plenty of places to sit and a good range of music in each bar meaning there was something for everyone. Some of the bars on the MSC Lirica include:

  • Beverly Hills Bar: A chic and elegant bar on deck 6 that offers a wide selection of premium spirits and cocktails.
  • Lord Nelson Pub: This British-style pub is located on deck 7 and features a selection of beers, ales, and whiskies. It also offers live music and entertainment in the evenings.
  • La Canzone del Mare Bar: This outdoor bar is located on deck 11 and offers views of the sea. It serves refreshing cocktails, beers, and other drinks.
  • Blue Club Disco: This lively disco is located on deck 12 and is open late into the night. It features a dance floor, a DJ, and a bar that serves a variety of drinks.
  • The Coffee Corner for coffees, teas and hot chocolate.

These are just a few of the bars that you can find on the MSC Lirica. The ship also has other bars and lounges, such as the Crystal Lounge, the Manhattan Bar, and the Green Sax Jazz Bar.

MSC Drink packages on MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica hot chocolate with bear on top
MSC Lirica hot chocolate with bear on top, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

For a MSC drink package to be worth the money you need to work out exactly what you would drink on your vacation. For instance a coffee in the morning sodas or cocktails by the pool, a wine paired with dinner and a few beers in the evening would easily cover the daily rate and work out cheaper than purchasing drinks separately. You can log in to your cruise booking to get your cruise drink package price. Check out our guide to MSC Drinks Packages here.

MSC Cruises Ship Review, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance
MSC Cruises Ship Review, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance


  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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