MSC Armonia

MSC Armonia is a cruise ship that was built in 2001 for the now defunct Festival Cruises as MS European Vision. Since 2004 the ship has been owned and operated by MSC Cruises. At 58,600 gross register tons, she can accommodate 2,065 passengers in 783 cabins and 760 crew members.[3]

MSC Armonia in Split, Croatia
History
Name:
  • 2001–2004: European Vision
  • 2004 onwards: MSC Armonia
Owner:
Operator:
  • 2001–2004: Festival Cruises
  • 2004 onwards: MSC Cruises[1]
Port of registry:
Route: Caribbean
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Yard number: V31[1]
Launched: 1 December 2000[1]
Christened: 22 June 2001[1]
Acquired: 22 June 2001[1]
In service: 1 July 2001[1]
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics (as European Vision)[1]
Class and type: Lirica class cruise ship
Tonnage:
Length: 251.25 m (824 ft 4 in)
Beam: 28.8 m (94 ft 6 in)
Height: 54 m (177 ft 2 in)
Draught: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Installed power:
Speed: 20.8 knots (38.5 km/h; 23.9 mph)
Capacity: 2,679 passengers
General characteristics (as MSC Armonia)[2]
Class and type: Lirica class cruise ship
Tonnage:
  • 58,625 GT
  • 65,542 GT (after renovation)
Length:
  • 251.25 m (824.3 ft)
  • 274.9 m (902 ft) (after renovation)
Beam:
  • 28.8 m (94 ft)
  • 32 m (105 ft) (after renovation)
Height: 54 m (177 ft)
Draught: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Depth: 6.6 m (22 ft)
Decks:
  • 9 (passenger accessible)
  • 13 (total)
Speed: 21.1 knots (39.1 km/h; 24.3 mph)
Capacity:
  • 1,554 passengers (lower berths)
  • 2,087 passengers (all berths)
  • 2,679 passengers (after renovation)
Crew: 721
Notes: Otherwise the same as European Vision

History

As the European Vision, she was chartered for the 27th G8 summit in Genoa, Italy as a secure location to house world leaders. Terrorism fears were high in advance of the September 11, 2001 attacks and Al Qaeda was believed to be considering Genoa as a target.[4] Although the ship was protected by a phalanx of anti-terrorism units including helicopters and missile launchers, U.S. President George W. Bush stayed instead at a dockside hotel.[5]

Deployments

MSC Armonia has cruised around the Mediterranean Sea and ports within the Eastern Atlantic. Most recently, she was homeported in Havana until December 2018 when she repositioned to Miami to offer cruises between the United States and Cuba, and later, the Caribbean.[6] In November 2020, she will homeport in Tampa, Florida for the first time, sailing to the Caribbean.[7]

Accidents

MSC Armonia was involved in a docking accident in Roatan Honduras on April 10, 2018, when it made contact with the port with 2,679 guests on board.[8] Damage to the ship was minor, the company says. After repairs, Honduran Port State Control authorities cleared the ship to continue its journey. At about 5:30 a.m. this Wednesday morning, the ship left for Belize and is scheduled for a 1 p.m. arrival.

The company says that all passengers and about 721 crew members were not injured.

Video of the incident can be view at https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2018/04/11/watch-msc-armonia-cruise-ship-crashes-into-dock-roatan/506382002/

References

  1. Asklander, Micke. "M/S European Vision (2001)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  2. "MSC Armonia: Ship Facts". MSC Cruises. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  3. "MSC Armonia Ship Stats & Information- MSC Cruises MSC Armonia Cruises: Travel Weekly". www.travelweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  4. Rory Carroll (July 15, 2001). "Genoa defends forbidden city from global protest". The Observer. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  5. "Mayhem, fatality surround G-8 summit". St. Petersburg Times. July 21, 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  6. Stieghorst, Tim (2019-07-09). "Despite loss of Cuba calls, MSC Armonia remaining in Miami: Travel Weekly". www.travelweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  7. Staff, C. I. N. (2019-09-12). "MSC Armonia to Homeport in Tampa". www.cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  8. Nancy Trejos (April 11, 2018). "WATCH: MSC Armonia cruise ship crashes into a dock in Roatan".
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