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Introduction and History

Built at France's Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in 2004, the midsize MSC Opera is a throwback to the days before gimmicky megaships. This Italian-owned ship emphasizes sociable lounges and a distinct cultural identity.

The 65,591-gross-ton MSC Opera is a sister ship to MSC Lirica, MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia. It has a cruising speed of 22 knots and is registered in Panama. Its officers are Italian, and its 728-membe...

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OCG Class
MSC Opera
Year Built2004
Year Last Refurbished2015
Capacity2,150 passengers

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