MSC Cruises is continuing it;s “€200m Renaissance Programme” with the MSC Sinfonia now entering dry dock for a huge refurbishment and upgrade.
The Lirica class vessel entered the Fincantieri shipyard in Sicily, Italy where engineers and workers will work on the ship for the next ten weeks. The ship will be cut in half just like sister ship MSC Armonia was at the end of 2014.
This is a huge operation with a large prebuilt 2,200GT, 24-metre midsection containing 193 extra cabins being added to the vessel. This means the ship will be longer and look completely different from when it first went into the shipyard. the main block has been waiting for its fitting since being delivered to the shipyard on January 9th. In addition to the new black being added the inside will be totally refreshed with fittings and improvements.
Once the work is complete and sea trials completed, the larger, smarter MSC Sinfonia will weigh anchor from the shipyard on 25 March for Genoa, from where she’ll begin for her maiden cruise to Ajaccio, Barcelona and Marseille.
There will be several new spaces for guests to include once the new look MSC Sinfonia enters service. kids can take full advantage of the new CHICCO and LEGO partnership with areas to have fun. While we’re on the topic of kids a new Spay park will be added on the ships 13th open deck. The dining experience will also change by keeping the buffet open for 20 hours a day! New dining spaces will be added and upgrades in current restaurants.
The MSC Armonia has recently just completed its Renaissance Programme upgrade at the same Finacantieri shipyard in Sicily, Italy and you can take a look at how the ship now looks which will no doubt be the same as MSC Sinfonia. Still to come is the MSC Opera’s upgrade from 2 May to 4 July 2015 and MSC Lirica from 31 August to 2 November 2015.
MSC Cruises is fast becoming a leading cruise line operator with a major upgrade programme now underway and seven planned cruise ships to be delivered to the cruise line by 2022.