MSC Opera rejoined her sisters on the high seas on July 4 after a significant renovation under MSC Cruises’ Renaissance Program – the third of four ships to have done so.

As part of the $273 million renovation came an enhancement of Opera‘s 197 staterooms, redesigned restaurants and bars as well as a buffet that is now open 20 hours a day, and larger common areas. There’s also the new outdoor Spray Park, a wet zone with interactive jets and slides – set to be a favourite with children.

Homeporting in Venice for the European summer, she will offer “the best and most beautiful places” of the eastern Mediterranean, including the Greek Islands, southern Italy, the Russian Riviera, Croatia and Venice.

The 2120-passenger ship will then move to Cuba, making MSC the first major cruise line to homeport in Cuba. She will call at Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Mexico.

MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately owned cruise line.