MSC Armonia
Photo By: MSC Cruises

The first of four ships has completed its huge upgrade and has now been delivered back to MSC Cruises. The ship has been out of action since 31st August 2014.

The ship spent 10 weeks at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy  which is part of a 200 Million Euro investment from the cruise line. MSC Armonia is the first of four Lirica class ships to receive what is known as the  “Renaissance Programme” upgrade.

The shipyard has completed the insertion of an entire prebuilt midship section, launched at the end of July, providing an addition of approximately 200 cabins, as well as new entertainment spaces and new technological enhancements. The impressive onboard boutiques has been enhanced with new interiors, more space and an all-new perfumery with display corners dedicated to leading brands.

The ship has left the shipyard to sail to Genoa, where she will be relaunched amid much fanfare tomorrow for a 10-day inaugural cruise to the Canary Islands.

In case you were wondering, below are the scheduled dates for all the Lirica class Renaissance Programme upgrades:

MSC Armonia (2004): 31 August to 17 November 2014
MSC Sinfonia (2005): 12 January to 16 March 2015
MSC Opera (2004): 2 May to 4 July 2015
MSC Lirica (2003): 31 August to 9 November 2015

The four Lirica Class ships were built between 2003 and 2005 at the STX yards in Saint-Nazaire, France. They are currently 251 metres long, weigh 60,000 tons and carry 2,069 travellers. After the “Renaissance Programme”, the ships will be 275 meters long, weigh 65,000 tons and carry 2,680 travellers, boasting 193 additional cabins (plus 59 new cabins for crew members).