MSC Armonia

MSC Armonia
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MSC Armonia cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9210141, owned by the MSC Crociere line company (subsidiary of the MSC shipping company). Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MSC Armonia position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 58,600-ton 2680-passenger MSC cruise ship Armonia (2004) was built as “MS European Vision” in 2001 by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipbuilding company in France.

MSC Armonia accidents & incidents

MSC Armonia accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MSC Armonia CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of MSC Cruises Armonia ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.

Here we also post updates on MSC Armonia cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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This is link to the ship’s official site

Technical incidents

  • Note: Between 2001 and 2004, this cruise vessel served in the Festival Cruises line’s fleet under the name “MS European Vision”. In the MSC cruise fleet, it was introduced in 2004 and in the same year was joined by the MSC Sinfonia ship (former MS European Stars).
  • July 21–22, 2001, the cruise vessel (under the name European Vision) was fully chartered to service as floating hotel for the G8 leaders during their 27th summit in Genoa Italy. Although docked in port and heavily secured by anti-terrorist units and navy vessels (including military helicopters and patrol boats), the US President George Bush decided to stay instead at a hotel located near the dock.
  • January 22, 2004, following the Festival Cruises bankruptcy, the European Vision ship with over 1300 passengers on board was seized in Bridgetown Barbados. Two of the line’s other vessels were also impounded – MS European Stars (currently MSC Sinfonia) in Barcelona Spain (carrying over 750 passengers) and MS Mistral (currently Costa neoRiviera) in Marseille France (carrying over 700 passengers).
  • August-November 2014, during its Palermo Sicily dry-dock stay, the MSC Cruises Armonia ship was stretched. An ~80 ft / 25 m long prefabricated middle-section was added. The refit resulted in an increased passenger capacity (new cabins), new shops, a Water Park with slides and waterfalls. Following the overhaul, the Armonia ship re-entered service on November 17, 2014. The list of other stretched (elongated) cruise ships includes the fleetmates MSC LiricaMSC Opera, MSC Sinfonia, the Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros, the Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of The Seas and the Fred Olsen ships Black WatchBalmoral, Boudicca, Braemar.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • February 17, 2012, a 30-year-old female crew died in a hospital ashore after suffering a serious condition (severe fever and coughing). The woman (Fabiana Pasquarelli, of Brazilian origin) was diagnosed on Feb 15 with Influenza B pneumonia. She worked on the ship as dining room waitress. During hospitalization at the Ana Costa hospital in Santos, she had a respiratory failure and was on life support to assist her breathing. Later, her family filed a lawsuit against the shipowner MSC Cruises. Their lawyer stated that even sick, Fabiana was not allowed to disembark the ship in call port Rio de Janeiro on the previous voyage. Anonymous crew members confirmed that her treatment was delayed. When the accident occurred, the MSC cruise ship was operating on a South American cruise itinerary roundtrip from homeport Santos (to Sao Paulo) Brazil visiting ports in Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Uruguay (Montevideo, Puntal del Este).

Drug smuggling incident

  • April 6, 2009, after docking in homeport Venice Italy, a 28-year old male crew was arrested and charged with drug trafficking (importing ~10 kilos of cocaine). The crime incident occurred on a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from South America to Europe (Buenos Aires to Venice). The police learned about the drugs by listening phone calls. In Venice, the crew (of Bosnian origin) was directed to deliver the drugs to a local hotel. During the interrogation, the man stated he was asked to smuggle the drugs by another crew (working on the ship as a cook) who due to illness was disembarked in Buenos Aires. For his service, the crew was given Euro 10,000. Three other people (also of Bosnian origin) involved in the drug smuggling were later identified and arrested in Italy. On November 1, 2013 (law news) they were sentenced to 10 years in jail each, plus a fine of Euro 60,000 each.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • February 2012, a flu outbreak infected a total of 3 passengers and 7 crew. All sick were hospitalized after being diagnosed with Influenza B (pneumonia). One of the crew died on Feb 17 (see in “death accidents” above). They were all suffering the same acute symptoms – fever and coughing. The 6 crew and the 3 passengers (a woman, a 12-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy) remained hospitalized and under observation. Only the teenage boy experienced Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps). The illness incident occurred on a 7-days South America roundtrip from Santos Brazil to call ports in Argentina and Uruguay. After docking in Santos (Feb 18) local medical authorities met the cruise vessel for a health inspection. The passenger disembarkation process was delayed ~ 6 hours before the ship was cleared.

MSC Armonia current position

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