The ship has a number of bands and small ensembles to provide music for dancing and background.

To get away from the constant activity and noise, retire to Library/Card Room.

For suites, a basket of fruit is provided at embarkation, and replenished daily.

Take a 7-night cruise around a circuit that includes 5 ports in Italy, and a port each in Malta, Spain and France. In July 2015 she returned from a refit with more balcony cabins, public areas, restaurants, and kids’ areas.

The Line offers good affordable cruise vacations the Italian Way, filled with fun activities and having a wide appeal. Extended by 24 m, at 65,000 GT, with 194 cabins added, she now carries 2142 passengers.

Fitness amenities include a gym, climbing wall, jogging area, two adult pools, two whirlpools and mini golf.

Children have three play areas and their favourite, an ice-cream parlour.

(The latter is the original Treasure Island, and of Captain Hook and Peter Pan fame.) From April 2018 MSC Opera relocates to the Western Mediterranean.

Accommodation Two-thirds of the cabins have an outside view, and of these just one-quarter have a private balcony.There’s no tea or coffee for lunch and dinner in the dining rooms, only in the buffet. For coffee and pastries head for The Coffee Corner.There are eight themed bars that include La Cabala Lounge, a piano lounge, and Sotto Vento Pub.Food and Dining The principal dining room is La Caravella Restaurant, with open seating for breakfast and lunch, and two seatings for dinner.Instead of paying for cold water in dining rooms, fill your own bottle in your cabin, chill it in the mini-bar, and bring it with you at meal times.Le Vele Cafeteria is a casual, self-serve, 24-hour buffet. A number of other cafés are located around the ship.