|Port of registry:||Panama|
|Ordered:||March 1, 2006|
|Builder:||Aker Yards (St. Nazaire)|
|Laid down:||December 6, 2006|
|Launched:||August 30, 2007|
|Christened:||April 5, 2008 by Sophia Loren in Dover|
|Maiden voyage:||April 19, 2008|
|In service:||April 4, 2008|
|Class and type:||Musica-class cruise ship|
|Length:||963.9 ft (293.80 m)|
|Beam:||105.6 ft (32.19 m)|
|Draft:||26.2 ft (7.99 m)|
|Decks:||13 (passenger accessible)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
MSC Poesia is a cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She was built in 2008 by the Aker Yards shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. She is a sister ship to MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Magnifica. She is the first ship in the MSC Cruises fleet to be officially named outside Italy, at the Port of Dover, Kent on April 5, 2008 by Sophia Loren.
MSC Poesia was the flagship of the company until she was displaced by MSC Fantasia, which entered service in December 2008. In 2008 and 2009, "MSC Poesia" sailed on a series of 7-night cruises from Venice to Italy, Greece and Turkey. Since 2010 the ship sails in Northern Europe during the summer season.
Collision with Costa Classica
On June 6, 2008, MSC Poesia and Costa Classica collided in the Adriatic Sea near Dubrovnik. No one was hurt, and the damage was minimal. The cause of it was that MSC Poesia's anchor loosened and precipitated her to hit Costa Classica. Both continued their scheduled itinerary with no delays.
While heading to Port Lucaya near Freeport, Bahamas, on January 7, 2012, MSC Poesia ran aground on top of a reef. The grounding did not stop the beach-goers (maiden voyagers of the annual "Holy Ship!" music festival cruise featuring such popular dance music artists as Fatboy Slim, Dillon Francis and Diplo), as tender boats were able to ferry passengers from anchorage (or reefage) to the shores of Port Lucaya. According to Captain Archer, a local captain in the port, "they waited for a tide to get high at 1800hrs she was pulled off with 4 tugs and a fifth standing by. At 2000hrs, she was free and continued on her journey at 19.5 knots to little Salvador.
A statement from MSC Cruises was released: "In navigating the harbor off Port Lucaya in the Grand Bahamas, MSC Poesia ran aground at 6:50 a.m. Saturday morning. The ship and its guests were always completely safe and all onboard equipment and services continued to operate normally including all previously scheduled tender service and shore excursions".
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