MSC Lirica To Shanghai In 2016

MSC Cruises has unveiled plans for the line’s first sailing to China, with the revitalized MSC Lirica calling in Shanghai on 1 May 2016 following a transcontinental repositioning sailing.


The ship, which will be fully renovated and stretched in November 2015 prior to deployment, will depart Rio de Janeiro on 3 March 2016 on a 60-day, eastbound round-the-world Grand Voyage. Guests may choose to sail the full voyage from Brazil to China, or shorter durations embarking in Genoa (41 nights) or Dubai (26 nights).


Rio de Janeiro – Genoa

During the first leg of MSC Lirica’s repositioning journey, she will depart Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay to sail north along the Brazilian coast, with calls in Buzios, Salvador, Maceio and Fortaleza enroute. The ship next charts course for a transatlantic crossing towards the Canary Islands, with a stop in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife prior to reaching mainland Europe and visiting Cadiz. From there, MSC Lirica will call at the 3 largest ports in the Mediterranean – Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa.


Genoa – Dubai

Leaving Genoa, the ship will call at Naples and Heraklion on the island of Crete before heading south to the Middle East through the Suez Canal. She will call at Aqaba (where guests may explore the fascinating ancient ruins at Petra) in Jordan, Muscat and Khorfakkan before arriving in Dubai for an overnight stay in the glittering desert oasis.


Dubai – Shanghai

The last leg of MSC Lirica’s journey east has the ship set sail for the Indian cities of Goa and Cochin, then calling in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Crossing the Bay of Bengal, she heads to Phuket and Penang before entering the busy Straits of Malacca to Singapore, stopping in Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) enroute. Overnighting in the Southeast Asian city-state, the ship continues north through the South China Sea to Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City) and Hong Kong, before calling at Shanghai for another overnight stay. A short hop to Fukuoka and back concludes the Grand Voyage on 1 May 2016.


Built in 2003 at St. Nazaire, France, the MSC Lirica will be fully refurbished and stretched as part of MSC Cruises’ EUR 200 million Renaissance Program. Like her sisters MSC Armonia, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera, she will gain an additional 194 cabins, a completely new spray park with an exhilarating pathway of water features and water cannons, as well as new interiors at the onboard boutiques, including an all-new perfumery with display corners dedicated to leading fragrance brands.


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