MSC Fantasia cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9359791, owned by the MSC Crociere line company (subsidiary of the MSC shipping company). Among the unfortunate events at sea are collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), mooring failures, machinery malfunctions.
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MSC Fantasia accidents & incidents
At the MSC Fantasia CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of MSC Cruises Fantasia 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.
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Pier collision accident
- April 5, 2012, upon entering in call port Naples Italy, the ship hit a wall. While no injuries were reported, the vessel sustained a hull damage (small dent on the stern portside).
- March 5, 2009, the vessel was docked and disembarking passengers in call port Palma de Mallorca Spain. At ~2:30 pm, strong winds caused its fore mooring ropes to snap. When the bow drifted from the quay, one of the passenger gangways (telescopic bridges) collapsed into the water. During the incident, 1 passenger fell from ~50 ft / 15 m in the cold water and 3 of the crew plunged into the sea to rescue him. The passenger sustained head injuries (hitting the ship on his way down) and was taken to a hospital ashore. The 3 crew suffered hypothermia and were treated at the ship’s infirmary.
- June 9, 2013, the vessel’s scheduled departure from port of Venice Italy was delayed by several hours due to civil unrest. The departures of the ships Fantasia, Azura and Costa Fascinosa were impeded, as the port’s waterfront area was blocked by local protesters in numerous small boats. They argued that the growth of big cruise ships stopping in Venice had a negative impact on the city as a travel destination. Environmental issues were also raised by the No Grandi Navi group (translated “No Big Ships”), claiming that large-size cruise ships stopping in Venice impose potential risk (damages or accidents) for the city’s fragile foundation and historical monuments. The issue grew louder since the Costa Concordia accident (January 2012).
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- December 6, 2012, a 52-year-old male passenger died after falling from his cabin’s balcony (on Radioso Deck 9) down on the Sublime Deck 7 (Promenade deck). The man (Teobaldo Ferreira da Cruz, of Brazilian origin) fell on his head and was found already dead. The accident occurred at ~1 am, while the ship was en-route to the Ilha Grande island. The ship anchored and was soon boarded by Angra dos Reis police. The ~1 hour investigation showed that the man (an entrepreneur, owner of one of the largest wholesale distribution companies in the state of Bahia, Brazil) probably suffered a heart attack and then fell. Witnesses stated he fell straight down, without moving his body. No signs of alcohol were found in the blood. He was traveling together with his son in law. The ship was operating on a South American (Brazil) cruise itinerary from homeport Santos (Sao Paulo), with stops in call ports Ilhabela and Ubatuba, before returning to Santos on Dec 8.
- February 9, 2013, a 30-year-old male passenger fell overboard from his cabin’s balcony (on Meraviglia Deck 11) into the sea. The man (Luciano De Lucca, of Brazilian origin) was reportedly heavily intoxicated. The accident occurred at ~7 pm, upon leaving homeport Santos. Lowering a lifeboat, the MSC cruise ship conducted a search and rescue operation, also assisted by local police boats and divers. Due to poor visibility, it lasted for ~6 hours, but the body was not found. The ship was operating on a Rio Carnival-themed cruise itinerary (South America), with scheduled call ports Buzios, Salvador (Bahia) and Ilha Grande.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- January 16, 2016, when the cruise ship docked in port Souda (Chania, Crete), it was was subjected to a police search for explosives or suspicious passengers. The original itinerary didn’t include Souda, but directly Heraklion (Greece) after Haifa (Israel). The Captain notified the Greek coast guard and port authorities about changing course due to bad weather. Another reason for the itinerary change was the death of a male passenger (of German origin). The body had to be autopsied to confirm a suspected cardiac arrest. Some Greek news media suggested a bomb threat on the ship.
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