Crippled MSC Opera limps back to Southampton!

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#1
North West UK
573 Posts
Joined Oct 2009
My friends are on this ship at the moment. Half the ship has no power, the loos are out of order and there is no hot food!
They're doing just 8.5 knots and were supposed to be docking in Copenhagen but the Captain is heading straight back to the UK.
Not good.
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#2
3,985 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
According to AIS she is currently just under 9 miles off Visby...

MSC OPERA

Flag: Panama
Ship Type: Passenger
Status: Underway
Speed/Course: 0.6 kn / 105˚
Length x Breadth: 253 m X 32 m
Draught: 6.8 m
Destination: VISBY
ETA: 2011-05-15 06:30 (UTC)
Received (737): 0h 2min 41s ago
(AIS Source: Oskarshamns Sjofartsforening)

Visby webcams here...the ferry is the Gotland in the capture....the cams update every few minutes.

http://www.webbkameror.se/webbkamero...yhamn2_640.php

If you keep an eye on the camera, you may well see Opera at some point in the next few hours.
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#3
Norway
928 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
According to Swedish media the cruise is cancelled and MSC Opera will be towed to the Swedish city Nynäshamn. The UK passengers will be flown home by a charterflight leaving tomorrow.
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MSC: MSC Divina, Yacht Club, Canary Islands 2013
MSC: MSC Poesia, Baltic Sea 2013
MSC: MSC Preziosa, Yacht Club, Western Med 2013
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RCI: Jewel Of The Seas, Eastern Med 2016
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#4
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
What a way for a cruise to end...the passengers must be gutted and it can't be much fun being onboard with things not working.

Wonder what went wrong?
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#5
26 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Yes, swedish media claim that the towing boat arrived 1 hour ago, the distance Visby-Nynäshamn takes around 3 hours with a speedferry
averaging 35 knots. I dont know how fast a towing will take, being without water, hot food and electricity since yesterday. I wouldnt been to keen to continue my journey with a flight tomorrow evening.
#7
So. Cal
318 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
We are contemplating a cruise on the Opera in July.. I realize that by then the ship's current problems will have been taken care of... although I am concerned about the condition of the ship since it is a older ship and whether this has happened before?? Thanks
#8
3,985 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
Originally posted by 4nlalaland
We are contemplating a cruise on the Opera in July.. I realize that by then the ship's current problems will have been taken care of... although I am concerned about the condition of the ship since it is a older ship and whether this has happened before?? Thanks
I wouldn't be too concerned. I was aboard Costa Victoria a few weeks ago and she had a blip off the Brazilian coast which was quickly dealt with and we were underway again in 20 minutes.

These breakdowns are quite common and only rarely hit the headlines....and the age of ship makes no difference either...Carnival Splendor had her breakdown caused by a fire last year and she is barely 3 years old, QM2 has had breakdowns...most ships get them every so often, nowt to be worried about

Cruise Industry News have the Opera incident listed...

http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cr...under-tow.html

Looking at it, they seem to have everything in hand and have made arrangements for the passengers pretty quickly.
#9
893 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Originally posted by 4nlalaland
We are contemplating a cruise on the Opera in July.. I realize that by then the ship's current problems will have been taken care of... although I am concerned about the condition of the ship since it is a older ship and whether this has happened before?? Thanks
I think the most important thing is not the actual problem, which, lets face it can occur, but how MSC deal with the passengers both in terms of repatrication and also compensation.

Personally, knowing MSC as I do, I have my doubts. Future cruise credit doesn't cut it.
#12
Isle of Man
75 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
This was supposed to be a "no fly" cruise.

How are they dealing with those passengers who are unable (for whatever reason) to fly?

I bet they'll be pleased to get off - days without working toilets, showers, etc.. Doesn't bear thinking about.
#14
Santiago de Compostela/Spain/European Union
1,485 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
I was on the Opera and she was in an inmaculate state. I had a wonderfull holiday in the Brazilian waters.
#15
Lytham St Annes
19 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
My Father was supposed to be on the cruise tomorrow, which has obviously now been cancelled by the company ... but at present they are only offering an upgraded replacement cruise. Is he not entitled to a full refund????
Wondered what people's experiences were please?
Thanks, Lisa
#16
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by LisaTalkingTots
My Father was supposed to be on the cruise tomorrow, which has obviously now been cancelled by the company ... but at present they are only offering an upgraded replacement cruise. Is he not entitled to a full refund????
Wondered what people's experiences were please?
Thanks, Lisa
The only time I've not been able to have my cruise with MSC was last year due to the volcanic ash situation. the cruise still operated, I just could not get to it. I was offered an alternative cruise to the same value or a refund, if I could not get something else that suited. Circumstances were different to this one, so I don't know if it is comparable or not.

You'd need to see what the terms and conditions on their website say.
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MSC Orchestra - Barbados to Genoa - Apr 16
Costa Serena -Arabian Gulf - Mar 15
MSC Armonia - Las palmas to Venice - Mar 14
Costa Fortuna - Arabian Gulf - Jan 14
MSC Musica - Eastern Med & Black Sea - Oct 13
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Aug 13
MSC Sinfonia - Western Med - May 13
Costa Atlantica - Arabian Gulf - Mar 13
MSC Musica - Greek Isles - Sept 12
MSC Opera - Buenos Aires to Southampton Apr 12
Costa Favolosa - Arabian Gulf - Jan 12
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Oct 11
Costa Romantica - Indian Ocean - Jan 11
MSC Musica - Venice to Rio - Nov 10
MSC Melody - Med & Black Sea - Jul 10
MSC Sinfonia - Livorno to Durban - Oct-Nov 09
MSC Fantasia - Western Med - Apr 09
MSC Lirica - Dover to Genoa - Sept 08
MSC Lirica - Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale - Dover) - Mar-Apr 08
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Sep 07
MSC Opera - - Jul 07
MSC Opera - Eastern & Southern Caribbean - Jan 07
MSC Opera - Western Med - May 06
MSC Opera - Transatlantic (Genoa - Fort Lauderdale) Dec 05-Jan 06
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Jun 05
#17
Raleigh NC
24,460 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Yikes not good, hope everyone gets back ok.

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#19
Norway
928 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
On this link from a Swedish shipsboard you can see some photos of MSC Opera today as well as loads of buses, waiting for the passengers going to Stockholm Airport, Arlanda for their flights home to UK.

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/...?topic=20488.0
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#20
3,985 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
UPDATE MSC OPERA TECHNICAL ISSUE

Following the technical problems to an electrical panel experienced on May 14th, MSC Opera has been towed to the port of Nynäshamn (close to, Sweden) where she arrived this morning around 11 am.



Since yesterday afternoon, most of the services have been restored and this morning passengers have been offered a hot breakfast. All ship’s bars were open with a complimentary beverage service. The whole crew, together with a team of technicians from STX Yards have been working around the clock to solve the electrical problem and an additional technical team has just embarked in the port of Nynäshamn.



MSC Cruises' team ashore is working closely with the port of Nynäshamn and the port of Stockholm to welcome and repatriate all guests from Stockholm. MSC Cruises is issuing all passengers with a credit voucher for the whole amount of the 10-day cruise valid until December 2012.



As the work of the electrical team is not yet over, MSC Cruises has taken the precautionary measure of cancelling the next MSC Opera cruise which was due to sail out of Southampton tomorrow May 17th, in order to maintain its high standard of security, quality and comfort. All affected passengers will be contacted and offered compensation.



If you wish to contact MSC Cruises (UK) about this issue we have a dedicated team available on: 0800 121 8630.



Alternatively, you can email us on: emergencyuk@msccruises.co.uk
http://www.msccruises.co.uk/uk_en/MS...ra-Update.aspx