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|Port of registry:||Panama|
|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France|
|Identification:||Call sign: H3FV
IMO number: 9250464
MMSI no.: 357627000
|Class & type:||Lirica class cruise ship|
|Length:||251 m (823 ft)|
|Depth:||6.6 m (22 ft)|
|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)|
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.
Incidents and accidents
In May 2010, 1 week after a similar incident on board the MSC Orchestra, UKBA Officers at Dover found a large quantity of cocaine concealed in 4 passenger cabins. 4 Latvians and 3 Lithuanians were later convicted at Canterbury Crown Court and sentenced to a total of 84 years imprisonment.
On Saturday, 14 May 2011, MSC Opera suffered engine failure in the Baltic Sea, and was towed to the port of Nynäshamn south of Stockholm where the passengers were transferred to smaller passenger boats. Around 1700 passengers were to be flown home from Stockholm during the day. The ship was without power after the engine failure on Saturday and internet reports say bathrooms were inoperable, causing sanitation issues. Passengers were given a voucher to cover the cost of the cruise.
- "Cruise ship loses power at sea". MSNBC. 16 May 2011.
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