Renovated MSC Lirica to home-port in China

MSC Lirica

MSC Cruises has announced that MSC Lirica will home-port at Shanghai, China, in May 2016 following a 60-day round-the-world Grand Voyage.

The 65,000 gross ton ship will make the company’s maiden call at China’s largest city near the end of its Grand Voyage which will depart on 3 March 2016 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Guests will be able to board the Grand Voyage at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Genoa, Italy; or Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prices for the full 60-day voyage start from £2,799 per person on the Bella experience on a cruise-only basis, based on two people sharing an inside cabin.

Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises, said: “We are delighted to once more be able to offer our guests a brand new itinerary – from Brazil to China via Europe – which offers the chance to visit some of the most appealing places on earth, certainly across a huge array of people and cultures. This new Grand Voyage offering is proof of our steadfast commitment to offer our experienced guests and holiday-makers innovative and sought-after destinations. As MSC Cruises continues to expand the destinations it calls – such as Cuba that we recently announced – we are enhancing our global offering while providing travellers best-in-class experiences and service.”

By its scheduled departure date MSC Lirica should be fully renovated and enlarged as part of the cruise line’s €200 million Renaissance Programme. This process involves slicing the ship in half and welding in a brand new piece of superstructure. The lengthened ship will offer more balcony cabins, more spacious public areas, a new water spray park, new dining options and new kids’ clubs. This work is due to be completed in November 2015. A video of the same work completed on MSC Armonia can be watched below:

CAISSA Touristic Group, China’s leading outbound tourism service provider, and MSC Cruises have entered into a strategic partnership to enable MSC Lirica to home-port in Shanghai as of May 2016 to serve the Chinese home market.

The cruise line plans to tailor MSC Lirica’s products and services to serve the needs of Chinese consumers and will announce several industry firsts at a press conference in Beijing in the coming weeks.

60-day Grand Voyage itinerary

The voyage will start in Brazil and visits Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, and Japan.

Day Date Port Arrival Departure
1 Wed 2 Mar Rio de Janeiro …. Embark
2 Thu 3 Mar Rio de Janeiro …. 19:00
3 Fri 4 Mar Buzios 08:00 17:00
4 Sat 5 Mar At Sea …. ….
5 Sun 6 Mar Salvador 09:00 17:00
6 Mon 7 Mar Maceio 12:00 18:00
7 Tue 8 Mar At Sea …. ….
8 Wed 9 Mar Fortaleza 08:00 17:00
9 Thu 10 Mar At Sea …. ….
10 Fri 11 Mar At Sea …. ….
11 Sat 12 Mar At Sea …. ….
12 Sun 13 Mar At Sea …. ….
13 Mon 14 Mar At Sea …. ….
14 Tue 15 Mar Santa Cruz de Tenerife 09:00 16:00
15 Wed 16 Mar At Sea …. ….
16 Thu 17 Mar Cadiz 09:00 18:00
17 Fri 18 Mar At Sea …. ….
18 Sat 19 Mar Barcelona 09:00 18:00
19 Sun 20 Mar Marseille 08:00 17:00
20 Mon 21 Mar Genoa 08:00 17:00
21 Tue 22 Mar Naples 13:00 19:00
22 Wed 23 Mar At Sea …. ….
23 Thu 24 Mar Heraklion 12:00 17:30
24 Fri 25 Mar Suez Canal Transit 17:00 17:00
25 Sat 26 Mar Suez Canal Transit 16:00 16:00
26 Sun 27 Mar Aqaba 08:30 18:30
27 Mon 28 Mar At Sea …. ….
28 Tue 29 Mar At Sea …. ….
29 Wed 30 Mar At Sea …. ….
30 Thu 31 Mar At Sea …. ….
31 Fri 1 Apr At Sea …. ….
32 Sat 2 Apr Muscat 10:30 18:30
33 Sun 3 Apr Khor al Fakkan 08:00 18:00
34 Mon 4 Apr Dubai 08:00 ….
35 Tue 5 Apr Dubai …. 16:00
36 Wed 6 Apr At Sea …. ….
37 Thu 7 Apr At Sea …. ….
38 Fri 8 Apr At Sea …. ….
39 Sat 9 Apr Goa 07:00 15:00
40 Sun 10 Apr Cochin 12:00 19:00
41 Mon 11 Apr At Sea …. ….
42 Tue 12 Apr Colombo 08:00 17:00
43 Wed 13 Apr At Sea …. ….
44 Thu 14 Apr At Sea …. ….
45 Fri 15 Apr Phuket 10:30 18:30
46 Sat 16 Apr Penang 09:00 18:00
47 Sun 17 Apr Port Klang 08:00 18:00
48 Mon 18 Apr Singapore 08:00 ….
49 Tue 19 Apr Singapore …. 05:00
50 Wed 20 Apr At Sea …. ….
51 Thu 21 Apr Ho Chi Minh City 07:00 19:00
52 Fri 22 Apr At Sea …. ….
53 Sat 23 Apr At Sea …. ….
54 Sun 24 Apr Hong Kong 07:00 17:00
55 Mon 25 Apr At Sea …. ….
56 Tue 26 Apr Shanghai 19:00 ….
57 Wed 27 Apr Shanghai …. 16:00
58 Thu 28 Apr At Sea …. ….
59 Fri 29 Apr Fukuoka 09:00 17:00
60 Sat 30 Apr At Sea …. ….
61 Sun 1 May Shanghai 05:00 ….

 (Photo credit to MSC Crociere)