MSC Armonia in Split, Croatia
|Name:||2001—2004: European Vision
2004 onwards: MSC Armonia
|Owner:||2001—2004: Festival Cruises
2004 onwards: MSC Cruises
|Operator:||2001—2004: Festival Cruises
2004 onwards: MSC Cruises
|Port of registry:||2001—2004: Genoa, Italy
2004 onwards: Panama City, Panama
|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France|
|Launched:||1 December 2000|
|Christened:||22 June 2001|
|Acquired:||22 June 2001|
|In service:||1 July 2001|
|General characteristics (as European Vision)|
|Class & type:||Lirica class cruise ship|
|Length:||251.25 m (824 ft 4 in)|
|Beam:||28.80 m (94 ft 6 in)|
|Draught:||6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)|
|Installed power:||4 × Wärtsilä 12V38
31680 kW (combined)
|Speed:||20.8 knots (38.5 km/h; 23.9 mph)|
|General characteristics (as MSC Armonia)|
|Decks:||9 (passenger accessible)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Capacity:||1,554 passengers (lower berths)
2,087 passengers (all berths)
|Notes:||Otherwise the same as European Vision|
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. She can accommodate 2,065 passengers in 783 cabins. Her crew complement is approximately 760. MSC Armonia's itineraries cover Mediterranean ports including Dubrovnik; Corfu; Piraeus; Santorini; Argostoli; Ancona; Cagliari; Venice; Valletta; Kotor; Barcelona; Malaga; Palma de Mallorca and La Goulette and ports on the Atlantic Ocean including Buzios; Recife; Rio de Janeiro;Buenos Aires;Salvador; Santos; Las Palmas and Funchal.
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. 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.
The MSC Armonia is the first ship of the Lirica class. to undergo renovation under the "Renaissance Program". New features will include a spray park, refurbished shops, new child and teen areas, an enhanced buffet, a new lounge,and an extended restaurant. The work is scheduled to be completed by November 17, 2014.
- Asklander, Micke. "M/S European Vision (2001)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- "MSC Armonia: Ship Facts". MSC Cruises. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- Rory Carroll (July 15, 2001). "Genoa defends forbidden city from global protest". The Observer. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- "Mayhem, fatality surround G-8 summit". St. Petersburg Times. July 21, 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- msccruises.co.uk Armonia page
- "MSC Armonia" – review by Douglas Ward in The Daily Telegraph, London.
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