MSC Cruises sends MSC LIRICA back to the Med
As from 6 April 2018, MSC LIRICA will be homeported in Venice (also boarding passengers in Bari) to serve Eastern Mediterranean routes.
MSC Cruises to Deploy Second Ship in Cuba
Speaking at a media briefing during the presentation of the newly refurbished MSC Lirica, CEO Gianni Onorato said MSC Cruises is "planning to add a second ship in Cuba from winter 2016," according to SeatradeCruise News. In July this year MSC announced it would be the first mainstream cruise line to homeport in Cuba, with MSC Opera based in Havana for winter 2015/16. The unofficial news came yesterday, when the Italian line unveiled the enhancements to MSC Lirica, the final vessel to be stretched and refitted at the Fincantieri shipyard. Onorato said it will be another vessel of the class that has undergone the €200m Renaissance Programme "as these ships fit perfectly in this area," he added. The "Renaissance Programme" has seen MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera lengthened by around 24 meters coupled with an extensive refurbishment of cabins and public areas. http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/news.cfm?ID=6646
MSC Completes Ambitious Vessel Stretch Program
MSC Cruises today completed its Renaissance Program, which delivered four stretched Lirica-class ships over the course of 15 months and 800 additional staterooms. MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer Gianni Onorato told a press conference aboard MSC Lirica – the final ship to complete the Renaissance transformation – that the project reinforced the elements that so distinguish the MSC Cruises experience. Detailing some of the onboard innovations and enhancements, Onorato said much of Renaissance was carried out with families in mind, which is why every ship now has five separate clubs for younger guests (ages 5 to 17). Dining has been made even more flexible, said MSC in a prepared statement, with an extended range of menus and restaurants, while guests can truly cruise at their own pace with buffet options available for a full 20 hours a day. Turning specifically to MSC Lirica, Onorato said the ship had been fully customized ahead of her May 2016 deployment in Shanghai, China with an array of tailor-made touches just for Chinese consumers. Onorato said: “Renaissance is the first pillar of MSC Cruises’ second growth phase, while the seven next-generation new builds we’ll launch between 2017 and 2022 are the second. Renaissance has delivered four holistically improved ships that will serve strategic segments of the global cruise market with the standard-setting experiences, amenities and service that are synonymous with MSC Cruises today.” The vessel-stretch program included the Lirica, bound for China next year; Opera, which will sail from Cuba this winter; the Armonia, based in Genoia; and the Sinfonia, which sails from Durban. The program added 800 new cabins in total. http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/13255.htmlUpload News