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 and 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)|
65,542 GT (after renovation)
274.9 m (after renovation)
|Decks:||9 (passenger accessible)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Capacity:||1,554 passengers (lower berths)
2,087 passengers (all berths)
2,679 passengers (after renovation)
721 (after renovation)
|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.
The following is a list of itineraries for the MSC Armonia:
|Dates||Region||Round-Trip Duration||Ports of Call (visited)|
|April 2013-October 2013||Eastern Mediterranean||7 nights||Venice, Ancona, Dubrovnik, Corfu,
Argostoli & Kotor
|November 2013-April 2014||Canary Islands||14 nights||Las Palmas, Funchal, Santa Cruz de La Palma,
San Sebastián, Santa Cruz de Tenerife &
Casablanca, Agadir, Arrecife, Puerto del Rosario
|April 2014-June 2014||Eastern Mediterranean||7 nights||Ancona, Santorini, Ismir, Argostoli, Split & Venice|
|June 2014-September 2014||Eastern Mediterranean||7 nights||Venice, Ancona, Santorini, Mykonos,
Kotor & Split
|November 2014-April 2015||Canary Islands||7 nights||Las Palmas, Casablanca, Agadir,
Arrecife & Santa Cruz de Tenerife
|April 2015-October 2015||West Mediterranean||7 nights||Palma De Mallorca, Ibiza/Valleta,
Olbia/Messina, Salerno, La Spezia & Marseille
|April 2016-October 2016||West Mediterranean||7 nights||Genova, Marseille, Palma De Mallorca,
Ibiza/Valleta, Olbia/Messina & Livorno
- 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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