MSC Opera

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MSC Opera
Name: MSC Opera
Owner: MSC Cruises
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry: Panama City,  Panama
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Identification: Call sign: H3FV
IMO number: 9250464
MMSI no.: 357627000
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Lirica class cruise ship
Tonnage: 58,058 GT
Length: 251 m (823 ft)
Depth: 6.6 m (22 ft)
Decks: 9
Propulsion: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V38A
30,600 kW (combined)
Speed: 21.7 knots (40.2 km/h; 25.0 mph)
Capacity: 1,712 passengers (double basis)
Crew: 740

MS MSC Opera is a cruise ship built in 2004 and currently operated by MSC Cruises. She served as the flagship of the company until MSC Musica entered service in 2006. She can accommodate 2,055 passengers in 856 cabins, and host a crew complement of approximately 740.


In May 2010, one week after a similar incident on board the MSC Orchestra, UKBA officers at Dover found a large quantity of cocaine concealed in four passenger cabins. Four Latvians and three Lithuanians were later convicted at Canterbury Crown Court and sentenced to a total of 84 years imprisonment.[1]

On 14 May 2011, MSC Opera suffered engine failure in the Baltic Sea. She was towed to the port of Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm, where passengers were transferred to small boats.[2] Around 1,700 passengers were flown home from Stockholm during the day. The ship was without power after the engine failure and internet reports stated that bathrooms were inoperable, causing some sanitation issues. Passengers were given a voucher to cover the cost of the cruise. On 17 May 2011, MSC Opera departed Nynäshamn en route to Gdynia in Poland for repairs.


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  2. ^ "Cruise ship loses power at sea". MSNBC. 16 May 2011. 

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