I will be sailing on the Lirica Feb.28, 2004. I am going on a group tour with the Moose Family Center in Ormond Beach, FL. The travel agent who booked our tour was on the inaugural cruise and said it was wonderful. The food and service were good and the ship was beautiful. When are you planning on going? If it is later than Feb., I will be happy to let you know how the trip turns out. I did some research on the Mediterranean Shipping Lines and although they are just getting into the cruise business, everything I read about them is very positive. I'm looking forward to the cruise.