MSC Orchestra accidents and incidents



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CruiseMapper's MSC Orchestra cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3060-passenger vessel owned by MSC Cruises. Our MSC Orchestra accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

Here are also reported latest updates on cruise law news related to ashore and shipboard crimes still investigated by the police. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

  • fire – 2013 (fuel tank explosion)
  • illness outbreaks – 2009 (flu, hundreds pax), 2012 (meningitis, 4 crew)
  • deaths – overboard (2010), 2012 (crew), 2016 (bus crash in Dominica)
  • injuries/crimes – drug bust (2010)
Date Accident
  14 February 2016 Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On February 14, 2016, a 12-year-old female passenger was allegedly sexually assaulted and physically battered by a male crew.

The man (Rudy Samuel Santos Hernandez, working on the ship as cabin attendant) found the girl alone in her cabin and took advantage of the situation. She later shared the incident with her legal guardian (grandfather), with whom she was traveling on a 7-day Caribbean cruise from Miami.

(law news) On September 22, 2016, a lawsuit was filed against the shipowner MSC Crociere SA.

  28 January 2016 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On January 28, 2016, the ship was docked in call port Roseau Dominica. On a independently booked Trafalgar Falls excursion ashore, at ~ 11 am, the tour bus carrying MSC cruise ship passengers crashed. The traffic accident resulted in the dead of a 16-month-old baby boy and 7 injured passengers (2 Brazilian, 5 Italian). The injured were immediately ambulanced to Queen Margaret Hospital (Trafalgar).

  30 December 2013 Fire Accident

On December 30, 2013, during maintenance works in port, gas escaped and caused an explosion in one of the ship’s fuel tanks. In the accident, 3 male crew were seriously injured. One sustained a head injury and was hospitalized ashore. The other 2 remained in the onboard infirmary.

The investigation showed the men were cleaning the tank without using proper equipment, and that safety equipment was not provided by the cruise company.

  16 October 2012 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On October 16, 2012, a 32-year-old male crew died from meningitis. The man (of Indonesian origin) worked on the ship as mechanic in the engine room, and was among the 4 infected crew. He was in septic shock and died after being in intensive care for 9 days (hospitalized in Livorno Italy on Oct 7).

The othe 3 affected crew were also disembarked and hospitalized in Livorno. On the next scheduled cruise, all passengers were given prophylactic antibiotics as a precaution. During the illness outbreak, the ship operated on a Mediterranean itinerary with call ports in France (Villefranche), Spain (Valencia, Ibiza), Tunisia (La Goulette) and Italy (Catania, Naples).

  22 December 2010 Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On December 22, 2010, a 19-year-old male passenger fell overboard while the ship was docked in call port Ilhabela Brazil. The accident occurred at ~4 am, when he fell from Chitarra Deck 14 into the sea.

According to witnesses, the man (of Brazilian origin) was with friends and talking near the ship’s R32 disco nightclub, when after seating on the railing he fell backwards. His friends threw liferings, but he didn’t respond. He was rescued from the water unconscious and ambulanced to a hospital ashore, where was pronounced dead.

  13 May 2010 Drug Smuggling

On May 13, 2010, when docked in homeport Dover England, UKBA agents (UK Border Agency) boarded the vessel and seized 27,2 kilos of cocaine (street value between GBP 4,1-5,1 million). They arrested and charged with drug smuggling 7 passengers (5 men and 2 women, of Bulgarian and Lithuanian origin).

The drugs were found after searching their 4 connecting cabins, concealed in specially made body suits. The ship just ended a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from South America to UK (Santos Brazil to Dover). The itinerary included call ports in Brazil, Canary Islands, Madeira, Portugal and Spain.

(law news) On January 7, 2011, the defendants were sentenced from 12 to 20 years in jail, the highest one being for the group’s leader (a Bulgarian). The drug bust was a result of an international operation between the Bulgarian police and the UK’s SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency).

  January 2009 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On January 9, 2009, a flu virus outbreak on the ship affected hundreds of passengers during the “Jam Cruise” (music-themed voyage) to Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale. They all suffered from influenza, experiencing the flu symptoms - high fever, headache, runny nose, coughing, feeling tired.

Even though CDC investigated this major illness outbreak, they didn’t issue an official report because it was not a Norovirus (gastrointestinal) disease.

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