MSC Fantasia

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MSC Fantasia preparing to enter Civitavecchia
Name: MSC Fantasia
Owner: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Panama[1][2]
Ordered: June 1, 2005[3]
Builder: STX Europe, St. Nazaire, France[4]
Cost: $550 million[2]
Yard number: A33[3]
Launched: February 8, 2008[3]
Christened: December 18, 2008 by Sophia Loren in Naples[5][6]
Completed: December 9, 2008[7]
Acquired: December 11, 2008[1]
In service: December 18, 2008[1][2]
Identification:IMO number9359791
Call Sign: 3ETR7[7]
MMSI number: 370648000[8]
Status: In service[8]
General characteristics [7]
Class and type: Fantasia-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 137,936 GT
107,916 NT
15,000 DWT[8]
Length: 333.33 m (1,093 ft 7 in)
Beam: 37.92 m (124 ft 5 in)
Draft: 8.65 m (28 ft 5 in)
Decks: 13 passenger decks,[2] 18 total[citation needed]
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two Converteam propulsion motors (2 × 20,200 kW) Fixed pitch propellers
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (cruising)[4]
22.7 knots (42.0 km/h; 26.1 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 3,900 passengers[2]
Crew: 1,313[2]

MSC Fantasia is an Italian Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She entered service in December 2008. She was the largest ship operated by MSC Cruises, along with her sister ship MSC Splendida,[1] until the entrance to service of MSC Divina (2012) and MSC Preziosa (2013).

MSC Fantasia was delivered to MSC Cruises on 11 December 2008. She was officially named on 18 December 2008, in Naples by Sophia Loren,[5][6] and started on her maiden voyage on the same date.[1] Since her first cruise, this vessel has been the flagship of the company.[9]


On March 5, 2009, high winds snapped the forward mooring lines of MSC Fantasia while she was docked in Spain. The bow drifted away from the dock side and caused a passenger gangway to collapse into the water. One passenger and three crew members had to be rescued from the sea. One passenger was taken to hospital with head injuries, while the other three were treated for hypothermia.[10][11] When she was sailing into Naples on April 5, 2012, she hit the wall of the dock, nobody was hurt, but she had a small dent on her stern area where she hit.



  1. ^ a b c d e "MSC Cruises takes delivery of MSC Fantasia". Cruise Business Review. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-18. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ward, Douglas (2009). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships (18th ed.). Singapore: Berlitz. p. 439. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3.
  3. ^ a b c "Data from XVAS". Vessel Assessment System. Retrieved 2009-07-14.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b "MSC Fantasia". ShipParade. Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  5. ^ a b Garrison, Linda (2008-12-29). "MSC Fantasia Named in Naples". Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  6. ^ a b "MSC Cruises launches Fantasia". 2008-12-19. Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  7. ^ a b c "MSC Fantasia (08817L)". Veristar Info. Bureau Veritas. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
  8. ^ a b c "MSC Fantasia (9359791)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
  9. ^ "MSC Takes Delivery of 133,500-ton Fantasia in Naples". Cruise Reviews. 2008-12-11. Archived from the original on 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  10. ^ "Cruise ship gangway collapses in high winds". thinkSPAIN. 2009-03-05. Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  11. ^ "MSC Fantasia Passenger Dramatic Rescue". 2009-03-06. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-07-14.


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