MSC Cruises Launches Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade of Lirica-Class Ships

MSC Cruises will launch a multi-million dollar program that will involve all four of its Lirica-class ships over the next two years.

The $273 million “renaissance” has been commissioned from FINCANTIERI in Italy, and will be completed by 2015. The upgrades of MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera will add new entertainment options, technological advancements, expanded shopping options and nearly 200 new cabins per ship.

MSC Cruises is also offering travelers’ savings when they book with the cruise line’s “Future Cruise Consultant” program, which is currently being offered onboard MSC Divina. Guests can book their next cruise with a Future Cruise consultant and receive shipboard credits of up to $200 per stateroom available to use in the Aurea Spa, a meal at one of the cruise ship’s restaurants, special cocktails and more. 

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The ships include a new splash park, with a pathway of water features and water cannons. The onboard boutiques will be enhanced with new interiors, more space and a new perfumery with display corners dedicated to brands, like Dior, Lancome and Dolce & Gabbana.

The line of credit is entirely guaranteed by SACE, Italy’s export credit agency and insurance and financial group.

The MSC Lirica class “renaissance program” will follow the dry dock schedule below:
•    MSC Armonia:  August 31 to November 17, 2014
•    MSC Sinfonia:  12 January 12 to March 16, 2015
•    MSC Opera:  May 2 to July 4 2015
•    MSC Lirica:  August 21 to November 9 2015

The four Lirica class ships were built between 2003 and 2005 at the STX yards in Saint-Nazaire, France. There are currently 251 meters long, weigh 60,000 tons and carry 2,069 travelers. After the renovations, the ships will be 275 meters long, weigh 65,000 tons and carry 2,680 travelers, including 193 additional cabins (plus 59 new cabins for crew members).

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