MSC Splendida accidents and incidents


Former names
MSC Serenata

Length (LOA)
333 m / 1093 ft

  Current position   Ship Wiki

CruiseMapper's MSC Splendida cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3929-passenger vessel owned by MSC Cruises. Our MSC Splendida 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

  • mooring lines failure/collision – 2013 (La Goulette Tunisia)
  • deaths – overboard (2010), 2015 (12 killed in Tunis /terrorist attack)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (gangway collapsed), 2015 (13 injured in Tunis)
Date Accident
  18 March 2015 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On March 18, 2015, two cruise vessels – Splendida and Costa Fascinosa – were docked in call port La Goulette (Tunisia) when terrorists opened fire on cruise tour buses visiting Bardo Museum in Tunis. The attackers shot at the tour bus with Splendida cruise passengers, of which 12 were killed (1 British, 3 French, 2 Spanish, 1 Belgian, 3 Japanese, 2 Colombian) and 13 were injured and hospitalized (7 French, 1 Belgian, 4 Japanese, 1 South African). Two passengers of Spanish origin (a pregnant woman and her boyfriend) were initially reported missing, but were found on the next day safe and uninjured, hiding inside the museum.

The terrorists were dressed in police uniforms. They targeted both (Costa and MSC) cruise line buses after they arrived and started offloading passengers at the parking in front the museum. The terrorist group was affiliated with the ISIS organization. During the terrorist act were killed all 22 people, among those tourists, Tunisian police officers and civilians. Around 50 were injured. Of the terrorists, 2 were killed by the police during the attack, and 9 others were killed on Mar 28 during a police raid.

Following the accident, all shore excursions in Tunis were suspended, passengers returned on board and medical and crisis teams deployed on the site. The line’s Exec Chairman Vago also arrived in Tunis to assist the affected and to consult with the Tunisian authorities.

The ship left Tunis at 7 am on Mar 19, en-route to the next call port Barcelona Spain.

The cruise company announced that all future MSC ship calls in Tunis are officially cancelled. The following itinerary changes were implemented, substituting Tunisia with Valletta Malta (on Splendida and MSC Divina), Palma de Mallorca (on MSC Fantasia) and Sardinia Italy (on MSC Preziosa).

  06 March 2013 Ship Collision / Allision

On March 6, 2013, the vessel was docked in call port La Goulette (Tunis), when strong winds caused it to slip its mooring ropes and subsequently crash into the rocks in the harbor. The collision resulted in a 10 x 3 ft hole (3 x 1 m) stern-hull damage. The ship left port on the same day, and was repaired in the next call port Messina Sicily.

Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel.

  24 July 2010 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On July 24, 2010, at ~1 pm, a 62-year-old female passenger fell overboard and died in call port Genoa Italy. The woman (of Spanish origin) was traveling together with her husband and some friends.

The accident occurred during passenger disembarkation from the ship, when one of the steps of the gangway (telescopic bridge connecting the vessel with the quay) gave way. She died instantly, after her head struck the dock, then the body fell into the water. Her husband (aged 63) suffered a concussion and broken leg, and was taken to the San Martino hospital.

Another 60-year-old male passenger also fell and hit the pier, sustaining only minor injuries (bruises).

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