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MSC Lirica has 8 passenger decks, all named after famous Italian composers, joined by no less than 4 stairwells which make it very easy to find your way around. The ship's interior designers, Italy's Studio di Jorio, have applied a modern, fresh "one-style-fits-all" approach to MSC Lirica's public rooms, which is rather refreshing in a time where many cruise lines seem to revert to "entertainment architecture". One good example of that approach is the robust Main Foyer, with its shiny two-deck high atrium and inviting wood-decked Coffee Corner on the upper level.  

Main Foyer with Reception Desk

Main Foyer

The two-deck high Main Foyer

Grand Staircase in the Main Foyer

Shore Excursion Office
The Coffee Corner on the upper level of the Main Foyer
 

Instead of having a few mega-sized public rooms, MSC Lirica has been designed to offer something for everyone. The most intimate room is the striking Lord Nelson Pub, tucked away below the Broadway Theatre forward on Verdi Deck. The tartan carpeting in aqua and burgundy, combined with opulent wood paneling make this a very inviting late night spot and a prime spot to watch sports games on large flat screen tv's.

One deck up, on Puccini Deck amidships, you will find the elegant Le Cabaret. Large windows provide a view of the Promenade Deck outside, while the circular granite dance floor will attract its share of dance fans. The color scheme is a little daring but works out very, very well. I really like the neutral dark blue carpeting, offset by wild "rug" inlays that go well with the orange chairs and couches and the very tasteful artwork. At night, Le Cabaret is the place to go for ... well ... cabaret! If the name of the band here (Piky Wiky!) is anything to go by, things definitely heat up at night here!

Another small room is L'Atmosphere, perched in between the Casino and the Photo Gallery on Puccini Deck. While similar in size and layout as Le Cabaret, L'Atmosphere exudes a totally different atmosphere with its green and red color scheme. The designers should really be complimented for creating such a different feel here. L'Atmosphere is used as the ship's piano bar, offering soothing sounds and mellow melodies nightly.

Back down on Verdi Deck is the very stylish Beverly Hills Bar, done in a beige and blue color scheme. In fact, the Beverly Hills Bar is an integral part of the Rodeo Drive Shopping Arcade. I like the novel approach of incorporating shops into an entertainment space and the result of this works really well. The Beverly Hills Bar seats 250 and offers nightly dancing to the sounds of "Duo Fantasy". As the room opens onto the ship's main dining room, it is also a very popular place to come down and enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

Lord Nelson Pub

Le Cabaret

Le Cabaret

L'Atmosphere
Beverly Hills Bar
Beverly Hills Bar

Lord Nelson Pub

Lord Nelson Pub

Le Cabaret

Photo Gallery
L'Atmosphere
Beverly Hills Bar

 

Photos and text: 2003-2004 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on February 28th, 2004

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