MSC Cruises to lengthen Lirica-class ships

By Jerry Limone
MSC Cruises will spend $273 million to lengthen and upgrade its Lirica-class ships: Armonia, Lirica, Sinfonia and Opera.

The ships are currently 823 feet long and 60,000 gross tons, and carry 2,069 passengers. After the renovations, the ships will be 902 feet long and 65,000 gross tons, and carry 2,680 passengers. Each ship will get 193 additional cabins.

Also, each ship will have a splash park with water cannons. Onboard boutiques will be roomier with new interiors, MSC said, and a new perfumery will display brands such as Dior, Lancome and Dolce & Gabbana.

The work will be done by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri over the next two years.

The Armonia will be renovated from Aug. 31 to Nov. 17, 2014; the Sinfonia from Jan. 12 to March 16, 2015; the Opera from May 2 to July 4, 2015; and the Lirica from Aug. 21 to Nov. 9, 2015.

The four Lirica-class ships were built between 2003 and 2005 at the STX yards in Saint-Nazaire, France.
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