MSC Divina cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9585285, owned by the MSC Crociere line company (subsidiary of the MSC shipping company). Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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MSC Divina accidents & incidents
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- June 2012, during the vessel’s 6-nights Inaugural cruise in the Mediterranean (May 27 to June 2, leaving from Marseille France to Venice Italy), it was met by protesting citizens in homeport Venice. With its godmother Mrs Sophia Loren on board, the ship entered the last port along the maiden voyage’s itinerary (call ports Rome, Messina Sicily, Valletta Malta and Dubrovnik Croatia). Upon entering, it was met by many Venetian protesting that it created a significant air pollution, and that the engine vibrations and generated wake from the bow are a potential threat for some of the city’s buildings of historical value. The “big cruise ships in Venice” environmental issue became increasingly politicized after the Costa Concordia accident (January 2012).
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- June 18, 2014, a 20-year-old male passenger jumped overboard while the ship was en-rote from Fortaleza to Recife. The accident occurred at ~5 pm, while the ship was operating on a themed South American cruise itinerary (Natal, Fortaleza, Recife). The MSC cruise vessel was fully chartered for the 2014 FIFA World Cup events (soccer championship in Brazil) by a Mexican travel agency. The man (Jorge Alberto Lopez Amores, of Mexican origin) was heavily intoxicated when he jumped from the Mercurio Deck 15 directly into the sea. The investigation showed he was drinking a lot throughout the whole cruise. The incident’s timing was after Mexico played Brazil to a 0-0 draw, and the next game was in Recife – between Mexico and Croatia. According to witnesses, the man bragged to other football fans that he was going to jump, then suddenly put his arms over his chest and plunged into the sea. It took ~15 min for the ship to stop and turn around. The conducted search operation in the area lasted ~1 1/2 hours, but failed to find the body.
- January 2, 2017, a 74-year-old male passenger was reported fell overboard. The man (of French origin) went missing at ~3 am, while the ship was cruising north of Puerto Rico. He was last seen by his wife, going out to their cabin’s balcony “to take some fresh air”. AIS tracking data didn’t show the Divina cruise ship changing course or participating in the USCG’s search and rescue operation. After more than 35 hours, the USCG suspended the search in the evening of January 4th.
- March 22, 2017, the 67-year-old Sib Hashian (drummer for the “Boston” rock band) died during a live performance on the ship. The accident occurred on a 7-day “rock and roll” themed Caribbean cruise (itinerary March 18-25) roundtrip Miami to St Maarten, Puerto Rico and Nassau Bahamas. Hashian was among the performers, together with Barry Goudreau and John Elefante.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- February 8, 2014, the 71-year-old baseball celebrity Jim Fregosi was medevaced after suffering a stroke on the ship. The incident occurred during a baseball-themed Caribbean cruise from homeport Miami Florida. Mr Fregosi was transported to a local hospital in George Town, Grand Cayman, then airlifted to Miami for advanced medical treatment. The itinerary for this MLB alumni cruise included stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Bahamas. The scheduled call ports were Falmouth, George Town, Cozumel and the Bahamian private island Great Stirrup Cay. In January 2013, another baseball celebrity Earl Sidney Weaver died on the Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship after suffering a heart attack.
- November 26, 2015, three MSC cruise passengers sustained minor injuries in a freak wave accident. A rogue wave struck the portside of Divina ship at 11:40 pm, while she was en-rote from San Juan Puerto Rico to Nassau Bahamas. The incident resulted in a cabin porthole damage, 2 passengers (of Mexican origin) in that cabin suffered minor abrasions, while a third passenger (of Argentinean origin) in another stateroom injured a finger when closing the veranda door of his cabin. Passengers from the affected cabin were relocated, as well as those occupying both adjacent rooms. The ship was operating on a roundtrip 7-days Caribbean itinerary from homeport Miami FL (Nov 21-28), that also included as call port St Thomas USVI.
- December 10, 2015, a passenger medical emergency forced the ship to return back to call port San Juan Puerto Rico, causing an itinerary change – Great Stirrup Cay (private island, 7-hour stop) was replaced with Nassau (4-hour stop). The incident occurred on the 7-days Miami roundtrip itinerary (Dec 5-12) with call ports Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas, USVI), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas).
- February 11, 2016, a male passenger became aggressive during the Divina’s “Holy Ship” cruise charter (itinerary Feb 10-13) roundtrip from Miami to Nassau Bahamas. According to passenger testimonials, the man was on drugs. He started to shout and throw lounge chairs from his cabin balcony on deck 8. Crew members were forced to strap him in a wheelchair. He was offloaded in Nassau.
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