MSC Lirica sailed into the MSC Cruises' fleet in 2002. This elegant Lirica-Class ship is sister ship to MSC Opera, MSC Sinfonia, and MSC Armonia and cruises to destinations near and far with a maximum of 1560 passengers on board. Her nine passenger decks are lined with luxury cabins and suites, six restaurants and eleven bars, a casino, a serene spa, two swimming pools and two Jacuzzis, baby to teen age-specific clubs, and a myriad of daytime activities and evening entertainment. MSC Lirica drops anchor most mornings at a fascinating itinerary of ports of call where you can explore independently or join an organised excursion.
L'Ippocampo and La Bussola are the ship's two main dining rooms; both offer open seating at breakfast and lunch, an early or late sitting for dinner, and a menu of Italian and international culinary delights. Savour Italian-style pizzas from the oven and burgers, hot dogs, and kebabs straight from the grill in La Pergola. Visit the casual surrounds of Le Bistrot for serve-yourself dishes from around the world, afternoon tea, and light bites. Dine on Japanese specialities in Kaito Sushi Bar or feast on oriental fusion delights in Jia Kao.
There's a variety of places to relax with a drink on MSC Lirica. Unwind with a cup of coffee, pastry, and a good book in The Coffee Corner. Sip an ice-cold drink or treat yourself to ice cream at the poolside La Canzone del Mare. Take your seat in The Beverly Hills Bar or L'Atmosphere Piano for ambient music and cocktails. Discover video music and sports events on screen as you enjoy a glass of beer or two in the English-style Lord Nelson Pub.
During days afloat, escape to the tranquil Top 13 Exclusive Solarium or pamper your mind and body with a hot stone massage at MSC Aurea Spa. Get active with a round of golf at the mini golf course or take a few laps around the 260-metre circuit at the power walking track. Le Piscine and Doremi Spray Park are a popular choice for family-friendly water-based fun and sunbathing. Age-specific clubs and the video games arcade entertain babies to teenagers from dawn until dusk. After dinner, watch live shows and entertainment at The Broadway Theatre. Le Cabaret hosts daytime activities and also live music and dancing in the evening. The ship also features The Blue Club Disco for music and dancing until late, as well as slot machines and gaming tables at Las Vegas Casino.
Day 1-3: UK - Venice, Italy
Fly from your selected UK airport to Venice and make your way to the 3* Antony Venezia for your 3 night stay.
Day 4: Venice, Italy (Embarkation Day)
Check out the hotel and make your way to the port where you will embark on board MSC Lirica.
Day 5: Bari, Italy
The large port city of Bari is situated on the Adriatic coast in the Italian region of Puglia. Discover ancient Old Bari; this unmissable mediaeval neighbourhood is best explored on foot. Get lost in the maze of Bari Vecchia and make sure to visit the iconic Basilica of Saint Nicholas to catch a glimpse of its gold ceiling and eye-catching cathedra of Bishop Elias. Stroll along the waterfront and explore the Fortino of Saint Antony, or visit the local art gallery; this interesting building was once an old fort. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and taste traditional Italian cuisine including pasta, pizza, and a selection of meats.
Day 6: Zadar, Croatia
Today you explore Croatia's Zadar — found on the Dalmatian Coast lining the Adriatic Sea. Zadar has a beautiful old town district filled with Roman ruins and century-old churches, including the 12th-century St. Anastasia's Cathedral and the Byzantine-style Donatus Church. Visit the Museum of Ancient Glass and the Roman Forum, before enjoying a cold beer or a coffee from a cafe at the lively People's Square. This historic port also features a selection of modern landmarks including Sun Salutation — an enchanting light show that plays from sunset to sunrise — and Sea Organ, which is a system of pipes and whistles found underwater that play music as the sea pushes air through it.
Day 7: Venice, Italy
Disembark in Venice and make your way to the 4* Quality Hotel Delfino Venezia, Mestre for your overnight stay.
Day 8: Venice, Italy - UK
Check out the hotel and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.