MSC Grandiosa accidents and incidents

MSC Grandiosa cruise ship


Length (LOA)
331 m / 1086 ft

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CruiseMapper's MSC Grandiosa cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 6334-passenger vessel owned by MSC Cruises. Our MSC Grandiosa accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • pier collision/allision - 2019 (in Palermo Sicily)
  • medevacs - 2021
  25 June 2021Coast Guard Medevacs

On June 25, 2021, a female passenger (suffering from severe abdominal pain and internal bleeding) was medevaced from the ship navigating approx 30 km (18 mi) south of Port Marsala (western Sicily Island, Italy).

The incident occurred after Grandiosa left Malta (Valletta, on June 24) en route to Spain (Barcelona, June 26). At 1:30 AM, the ship's Captain contacted Trapani Port Authority to request the emergency medical evacuation.

The medevac was conducted by Guardia Costiera (Italy's Coast Guard) via a patrol boat dispatched from Marsala to intersect the cruise liner. The Italian woman was offloaded to the boat, transported to Marsala and ambulanced to Paolo Borsellino hospital.

  May 2020Other Incidents

About 200 crew from India (mostly from the states Maharashtra and Goa) remained quarantined for 70 days on the cruise liner berthed at Port Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy).

The vessel started a 7-day Western Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona Spain (March 12) and visited Marseille (France) and Palermo (Sicily) before cancelling the voyage and docking in Civitavecchia on March 15, when Italy was lockdown due to highly increasing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related deaths.

Since March 15, the shipowner MSC Cruises made 4 attempts to repatriate the crew (via charter flights) back to India, but all failed, the latest being on May 23.

Onboard safety measures included the isolation of all the crew in separate passenger staterooms. Complimentary access to TV and Wi-Fi Internet was provided, but the crew was not allowed to leave the cabins and contact with each other. The ship's remaining (essential) personnel included the Captain (Marco Massa) and management staff (all Italians) plus security guards (from Israel).

  30 December 2019Ship Collision / Allision

On December 30, 2019, at ~9:30 am, while manoeuvering for berthing in Port Palermo (Sicily Island, Italy), due to high winds the ship collided with the pier. The crash resulted in minor stern hull damage (aft, above waterline) and also part of the dock (a small section) was destroyed.

The collision occurred at the end of 7-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary Dec 23-30) roundtrip from homeport Palermo (Italy) visiting ports in Malta (Valletta), Spain (Barcelona), France (Marseille) and Italy (Genoa, Civitavecchia-Rome).

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

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