Hi from the deck of the beautiful MSC Lirica.
The MSC Lirica is the first of two new medium-sized cruise vessels for the privately-owned MSC Italian Cruises.
One of the first things I noticed onboard was how clean and sparkling she was. I attribute this the the culture of the crew as it was evident that the staff was very meticulous and attentive to the care of the ship. If you are looking for flashy decor, you wont find it here.
I was on the ship in early December. The Lirica left from Fort Lauderdale. I was glad to have overnighted in Fort Lauderdale and to miss the inevitable winter delays at the airports. Embarkation was a bit of a snafus but things settled down after that.
My cabin was beautiful. I had a mini suite with a balcony. As a former chef, people are always asking me my opinion of the food. The service was European style and the food was a variation on mostly Italian cuisine – a lot of fresh fish and pastas with specialties that include a daily risotto special, There are four different dining areas on board: Both La Bussola Restaurant on deck 5 and L’Ippocampo on deck 6 serve sit-down meals, although the latter is used only for overflow. Le Bistrot Cafeteria offers informal buffet breakfasts and lunches. The fourth dining venue, La Pergola Restaurant offering outdoor dining — including casual fare, such as pizza, pasta and burgers.
The 7 Night Caribbean cruise called on Cayman, Cozumel, Key West and Montego Bay.