MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra
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MSC Orchestra cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9320099, owned by the MSC Crociere line company (subsidiary of the MSC shipping company). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires (explosion), illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion aaa, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MSC Orchestra position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 92,400-ton 3200-passenger MSC cruise ship Orchestra was built in 2007 by the STX Europe shipbuilding company in France.

MSC Orchestra accidents & incidents

MSC Orchestra accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MSC Orchestra CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of MSC Cruises Orchestra 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 Orchestra 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

You can add more details or submit your own MSC Orchestra ship incidents (negative cruise experience reports) via the Cruise Minus “contact us” form.

This is link to the ship’s official site MSCcruises.com.

Fire accident

  • December 30, 2013, during maintenance work in port, a gas escaped and caused an explosion in one of the ship’s fuel tanks. In the accident, 3 male crew were seriously injured. One sustained a head injury and was hospitalized ashore. The other 2 remained in the onboard infirmary. The investigation showed the men were cleaning the tank without using proper equipment, and that safety equipment was not provided by the MSC cruise company.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • December 22, 2010, a 19-year-old male passenger fell overboard while the ship was docked in call port Ilhabela Brazil. The accident occurred at ~4 am, when the man fell from the Chitarra Deck 14 into the sea. According to witnesses, the man (of Brazilian origin) was with friends and talking near the ship’s R32 disco nightclub, when after seating on the rail he fell backwards. His friends threw liferings, but he didn’t respond. He was rescued from the water unconscious and transported to a hospital ashore, where was pronounced dead.
  • October 16, 2012, a 32-year-old male crew died from meningitis. The man (of Indonesian origin) worked on the ship as a mechanic in the engine room, and was among the 4 infected crew. He was in septic shock and died after being in intensive care for 9 days (hospitalized in Livorno Italy on Oct 7).
  • January 28, 2016, the ship was docked in call port Roseau (Dominica). On a independently booked Trafalgar Falls excursion ashore, at ~ 11 am the tour bus carrying MSC cruise ship passengers crashed. The traffic accident resulted in the dead of a 16-month-old baby boy and 7 injured passengers (2 Brazilian, 5 Italian). The injured were immediately transported to Queen Margaret Hospital (Trafalgar).

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • May 13, 2010, the ship docked in homeport Dover England, where UKBA agents (UK Border Agency) boarded the vessel and seized 27,2 kilos of cocaine (street value between GBP 4,1 and 5,1 million). They arrested and charged with drug smuggling 7 passengers (5 men and 2 women, of Bulgarian and Lithuanian origin). The drugs were found after searching their 4 connecting cabins, concealed in specially made body suits. The ship just ended a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from South America to UK (Santos Brazil to Dover). The itinerary included call ports in Brazil, Canary Islands, Madeira, Portugal and Spain. On January 7, 2011 (law news) the defendants were sentenced from 12 to 20 years in jail, the highest one being for the group’s leader (a Bulgarian). The drug bust was a result of an international operation between the Bulgarian police and the UK’s SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency).
  • February 14, 2016, a 12-year-old female passenger was allegedly sexually assaulted and physically battered by a male crew. The man (Rudy Samuel Santos Hernandez, working on the ship as cabin attendant) found the girl alone in her cabin and took advantage of the situation. She later shared the incident with her legal guardian (grandfather), with whom she was traveling on a 7-day Caribbean cruise from Miami. On September 22, 2016 (law news) a lawsuit was filed against the MSC cruise company (MSC Crociere SA).

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • January 9, 2009, a flu virus outbreak on the ship affected hundreds of passengers during the “Jam Cruise” (music-themed voyage) to Bahamas. They all suffered from influenza, experiencing the flu symptoms of high fever, headache, runny nose, coughing, feeling tired. Even though CDC investigated this major illness outbreak, they didn’t issue an official report because it was not a Norovirus (gastrointestinal) disease.
  • October 7, 2012, a meningitis illness outbreak affected 4 crew. They were disembarked and hospitalized in Livorno Italy. One of them was in intensive care and died on Oct 16 (see in “Death accidents” above). On the next scheduled cruise, all passengers were given prophylactic antibiotics as a precaution. During the illness outbreak, the ship operated on a Mediterranean itinerary with call ports in France (Villefranche), Spain (Valencia, Ibiza), Tunisia (La Goulette) and Italy (Catania, Naples).

MSC Orchestra current position


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