MSC Opera – MSC Cruises

In Service – 2004 to Present
MSC Opera
Type: Cruise Ship GRT: 59058 Length: 830 ft Beam: 94 ft
Speed: 22 knots
Registry: Italy Passengers: 1712 Crew: 720
Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique


MSC Opera is a modern European cruise ship of MSC’s “Lirica”-class which went into service in 2004. This ship is also suitbale for younger and active guests, as well as for families. Cruises at the standard of a good hotel in combination with a laid-back atmosphere and a good value for money: That is what you find on board the MSC vessels.

Atmosphere on Board

On board you will find everything a good hotel has to offer: Good food, a great variety of sports, comfortable cabins and all kinds of entertainment. Furthermore, MSC Opera offers everything that sea voyage stands for: Everyday a new view from the deck, many exciting destinations without having to pack your bags each day and always a gentle sea breeze.

The atmoshpere on board is very relaxed and laid-back. On two nights a week more formal clothes are recommended, though.


You can have breakfast and lunch at one of the buffets. As MSC Cruises is an Italian cruise line, the cuisine on board is inspired accordingly; they offer salad, pasta and much more typical Italian food. In the evenings there is dinner in the main restaurants (one early seating and a later one). Altogether, the cuisine is good and tasty.


All cabins are furnished very comfortably, equipped with a bathroom (shower and WC), mini bar, safe and a hair dryer and measure about 14 sqm, offering enough space for your luggage etc. The more spacious Suites with balcony measure about 23 sqm. These offer a bathroom with a bath tub, a TV and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Sports, Wellness and Entertainment

There are many ways of spending a day on board MSC Opera: There is a large gym with a sauna and a steam bath. A wide range of massages and other wellness and beauty treatments are offered in the spa. On deck there are two swimming pools and two jaccuzzis.

Also some kind of sports: Dance to live music or at the disco! Besides, there is a huge theatre where you can enjoy many different shows and also a casino and various bars.

Our Recommendation

MSC Opera is a cruise ship with a lively, European-/Italian-style atmosphere. Nevertheless there are always quiet and peaceful places to be on board. You will be comfortable on board, even if you are new to cruising. MSC offers a good value for money. Watch out for special offers (especially in off-seasons). These are a great opportunity for you to enjoy a wonderful cruise at a very reasonable price.