MSC Cruises has been slowly refitting some of its cruise ships, with the latest being the Sinfonia. She has recently left her dry dock after being stretched and then having its interior refurbished. However, more is to come, as MSC Opera and Lirica will be the next ships to undergo the refit process.
Refit schedules for the MSC Opera and Lirica – Opera is due to enter drydock this month and will not be completed until June, where she will then continue her 2015 itineraries. Lirica will follow shortly after, as she will then be cut in half and then undergo her refit in August, and will then enter service again at the end of October.
The stretching of these ships is all part of the €200m ‘Renaissance Program’, which sees these older ships have 193 new passenger cabins added, along with a further 59 cabins for crewmembers. Not only that, but new public areas and facilities for kids is to also be added.
Some of those new children’s features are ‘Spray Park’, which is a new outdoor waterpark, as well as new play areas that have been designed by Chicco and LEGO.
MSC has several more plans to improve its fleet, such as the ordering of new ships, all of which will come in at around €5 billion, which is no doubt due to increased pressure from the likes of Carnival and Royal Caribbean.