MSC Bellissima accidents and incidents

MSC Bellissima cruise ship


Length (LOA)
316 m / 1037 ft

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  • Coronavirus - 2020 (3 passengers, 2 crew)

30 October 2022Other Incidents

(overboard) On October 30, 2022, was initiated a search and rescue operation for a missing male passenger who went overboard from the liner docked in Port Barcelona. MSC Bellissima alerted Guardia Civil (Spain's Civil Guard) about the overboard man at ~6:40 am (~5:40 UTC).

For the operation, the port contacted SASEMAR/Salvamento Marítimo (Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima) and the agency dispatched one helicopter and several rescue boats to the entrance to Bocana Sud (El Prat de Llobregat).

The S&R operation also joined teams from Bombers de Barcelona (Fire Department) and Cruz Roja Espanola (Red Cross). They found a lifejacket with a light signal (launched by a crew member) but not a body. The search was suspended on the same day due to the lack of evidence that there was really any person missing. The ship's CCTV cameras and overboard sensors didn't detect anyone falling and on the voyage, there were no passengers/crew missing.

The operation was coordinated by SASEMAR from Madrid. The participating marine vessels were 6x (1x Fire Department boat, 1x Civil Guard patrol boat, and 4x boats from Port Barcelona).

The accident occurred during a 7-day Mediterranean voyage roundtrip from Genoa (itinerary Oct 25 - Nov 5) with call ports Livorno, Naples, Valencia, Barcelona (port stay 8 am - 7 pm), and Marseille.

March 2020Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(Coronavirus) Before MSC Cruises suspended passenger shipping operations globally and fleetwide (on March 14), the MSC liner Bellissima finished a 7-day Persian Gulf cruise (itinerary March 7-14) roundtrip from homeport Dubai (Port Rashid, UAE) visiting the UAE (Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island) and Oman (Muscat and Khasab).

Following the passenger debarkation in Dubai (March 14) were reported a total of 5 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases, including 3 passengers and 2 crew.

On March 21, India's state Telangana reported a 33-year-old male crew (who was repatriated from Bellissima) tested Coronavirus-positive. On March 24, Portugal's Azores Islands (autonomous region) reported 3x former Bellissima cruisers (Azoreans) tested Coronavirus-positive. On April 2, a 22-year-old male crew - repatriated from Bellissima and self-quarantined in Trappeto (Sicily Island, Italy) - tested Coronavirus-positive.

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