MSC Splendida

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MSC Splendida in Lisbon, Portugal
Career
Name: MSC Splendida
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Panama[1]
Ordered: June 1, 2005[2]
Builder: STX Europe (St. Nazaire)[1][3]
Cost: $550 million[1]
Christened: July 12, 2009 by Sophia Loren in Barcelona[4]
Maiden voyage: July 4, 2009 to July 11, 2009
to the Mediterranean[5]
In service: March 2009[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9359806[6]
Call Sign 3FZI8[7]
MMSI 357698000[7]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasia-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 137,936 gross register tons (GRT)[1]
Length: 1,093.5 ft (333.30 m)[1]
Beam: 124.6 ft (37.98 m)[1]
Height: 219.2 ft (66.81 m)[8]
Draft: 27.2 ft (8.29 m)[1]
Decks: 18 total, 13 passenger decks[1][8]
Installed power: Diesel (40,000kW)[1]
Propulsion: 2 propellors[1]
Speed: 21-knot (39 km/h; 24 mph)[3]
Capacity: 3,900 passengers[1]
Crew: 1,313 crew[1]
Notes: 15 elevators,[8] post-Panamax

MSC Splendida is Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises.

History[edit]

MSC Splendida entered service in March 2009, as a sister ship to MSC Fantasia. She was to be named MSC Serenata, but the name was changed in May 2007 to MSC Splendida[9][10] "to reflect the ship's beauty and elegance".[11]

MSC Splendida‍ '​s itineraries cover Mediterranean ports including Marseille; Heraklion; Katakolon; Piraeus; Civitavecchia; Genoa; Messina; Naples; Palermo; Valletta; Barcelona; Malaga; Gibraltar; Palma De Mallorca; Valencia; La Goulette; Izmir; Marmaris; and Atlantic Ocean ports, including Casablanca, Santa Cruz De Tenerife, and Funchal.

MSC Splendida was delivered to MSC Cruises on July 4, 2009.[12] She embarked on her maiden voyage on July 4, 2009,[5] to the Mediterranean and returned July 11, to be officially named on July 12, 2009, in Barcelona by Sophia Loren.[4]

MSC Splendida appeared on Indian Tamil film Manmadan Ambu.

Bardo National Museum attack[edit]

On March 18, 2015, MSC Splendida was in port in Tunis with Costa Fascinosa when gunmen opened fire on tourists at the Bardo National Museum. Twelve passengers from the ship were killed, including one British woman.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Ward, Douglas (2009). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships (18th ed.). Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3. 
  2. ^ "Data from XVAS". Vessel Assessment System. Retrieved 2009-07-09. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "MSC Splendida". ShipParade. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b "MSC Splendida Christening to Feature Sophia Loren". TravelPulse. Performance Media Group, LLC. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-07-10. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "MSC Splendida Pre-Christening Voyage". Free Press Release. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009. 
  6. ^ "MSC Splendida (939438)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  7. ^ a b "MSC Splendida (IMO: 9359806)". vesseltracker.com. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  8. ^ a b c "Technical Sheet" (PDF). MSC Cruises. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  9. ^ "MSC Serenata is renamed MSC Splendida". MSC Cruises. 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  10. ^ "MSC Serenata is Renamed MSC Splendida". yourcruiseyourway. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  11. ^ "MSC Serenata Becomes MSC Splenida". thecruisepeople.ca. 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  12. ^ "MSC Splendida completes trials". Ship Management International. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  13. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3000614/Tourists-shot-dead-Tunisia-Bardo-Museum.html
  14. ^ http://www.msccruises.co.uk/uk_en/About-MSC-Cruises/News/MSC-Cruises-Official-Statement-Tunisia-Events.aspx

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