MSC Armonia

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MSC Armonia (ship, 2001) IMO 9210141; in Split, 2011-10-25 (2).jpg
MSC Armonia in Split, Croatia
  • 2001—2004: European Vision
  • 2004 onwards: MSC Armonia
  • 2001—2004: Festival Cruises
  • 2004 onwards: MSC Cruises[1]
Port of registry:
Route: West Mediterranean
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Yard number: V31[1]
Launched: 1 December 2000[1]
Christened: 22 June 2001[1]
Acquired: 22 June 2001[1]
In service: 1 July 2001[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics (as European Vision)[1]
Class and type: Lirica class cruise ship
Length: 251.25 m (824 ft 4 in)
Beam: 28.8 m (94 ft 6 in)
Height: 54 m (177 ft 2 in)
Draught: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Installed power:
Speed: 20.8 knots (38.5 km/h; 23.9 mph)
Capacity: 2,163 passengers
General characteristics (as MSC Armonia)[2]
Class and type: Lirica class cruise ship
  • 58,625 GT
  • 65,542 GT (after renovation)
  • 251.25 m (824.3 ft)
  • 274.9 m (902 ft) (after renovation)
  • 28.8 m (94 ft)
  • 32 m (105 ft) (after renovation)
Height: 54 m (177 ft)
Draught: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Depth: 6.6 m (22 ft)
  • 9 (passenger accessible)
  • 13 (total)
Speed: 21.1 knots (39.1 km/h; 24.3 mph)
  • 1,554 passengers (lower berths)
  • 2,087 passengers (all berths)
  • 2,679 passengers (after renovation)
Crew: 721
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; Málaga; 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.


MSC Armonia as European Vision in Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain on December 5, 2003.

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.[3] 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.[4]

Renaissance Program[edit]

The MSC Armonia was the first ship of the Lirica class. to undergo renovation under the "Renaissance Program". New features included a spray park, refurbished shops, new child and teen areas, an enhanced buffet, a new lounge, and an extended restaurant. The work was completed in November 17, 2014.[5][6]


On April 10, 2018, at 9:00 am, the MSC Armonia crashed into a pier while attempting to dock at Roatán Island, Honduras, causing significant damage to the pier, but no significant damage to the ship, according to the Honduran Port State Control Authority. There were no injuries and the ship was allowed to leave port 17 hours later.


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/Valletta,
Olbia/Messina, Salerno, La Spezia & Marseille
November 2015-April 2016 South America 3 & 4 nights Santos, Cabo Frio,
Ilhabela, Santos
April 2016-October 2016 West Mediterranean 7 nights Genova, Marseille, Palma De Mallorca,
Ibiza/Valletta, Olbia/Messina & Livorno
November 2016-April 2017 Caribbean 7 nights Havana, Montego Bay, Cozumel,
Roatan, Belize City, Georgetown & Isla de la Juventud


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