Two cruise ships in Souda port on Thursday morning. MSC Cruises for first time in Chania

MSC “Lirica” docked in Chania, coming from Rhodes. It is the first time for a ship of MSC Cruises to arrive in Souda.

“Lirica” carries almost 1.500 passengers and 700 crew members and it is leased by a tour operator from Luxembourg.

MSC Lirica is a Lirica Class cruise ship, owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She was the first newbuild cruise ship to enter service for MSC Cruises.

She can accommodate 1,560 passengers in 780 cabins. Her crew complement is approximately 732.

“Golden Iris” also in Chania

Except “Lirica”, another cruise ship arrived in the port of Souda on Thursday morning.

MS “Golden Iris” is owned and operated by the Israel-based Mano Maritime. She was built 1975 by the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark for Cunard Line as MS Cunard Conquest, but her interior fittings were subsequently installed at the Navali Mechaniche Affini in La Spezia, Italy.

Following re-delivery from Navali Mechaniche Affini in 1977 the ship was renamed MS Cunard Princess.

In 1995 the ship entered service with StarLauro Cruises (later rebranded MSC Cruises), briefly retaining her previous name before being renamed MS Rhapsody.

Later during her career with MSC Cruises the ship came to be marketed as MS MSC Rhapsody, but her official registered name remained Rhapsody throughout her MSC career.

In 2009 the ship was sold to her current owners.

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