MSC Meraviglia accidents and incidents

MSC Meraviglia cruise ship


Length (LOA)
316 m / 1037 ft

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  • pier collision/allision - 2020 (PortMiami)
  • deaths - overboard (2019)
  • Coronavirus - 2020 (issues), 2022 (229)
  January 2022Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(Coronavirus) On January 9, 2022 (at ~7 am / ~12-noon UTC), the ship arrived back in homeport Port Canaveral (Florida USA) with a total of 229 COVID-positive cases onboard. The information was provided by an anonymous crew, who reported that the outbreak affected 60 passengers plus 169 crew.

The infections were discovered during routine testings onboard. Most of the infected were asymptomatic or with mild symptoms.

The incident occurred during a 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise (itinerary Jan 2-9, roundtrip from Port Canaveral) with call ports in the Bahamas (MSC Ocean Cay /Jan 3) and Mexico (Costa Maya /Jan 6, and Cozumel /Jan 7).

  15 March 2020Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(Coronavirus) MSC Cruises was criticized for the debarkation of thousands of MSC Meraviglia passengers in PortMiami on March 15, 2020, without undergoing virus screening. This happened just days after a former cruiser (Canadian citizen) left the ship and later tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The ex-passenger left Meraviglia in Miami on March 8, then the liner continued on the next scheduled voyage with 103 passengers (plus the staff-crew). By the time, Canada's Public Health Agency informed the shipowner (MSC Cruises SpA) that the man had tested Coronavirus-positive. Still, the liner departed again from PortMiami with the same crew and thousands of new tourists.

MSC announced that upon receiving the results, 7 crew (who had been in contact with the man) were isolated in individual cabins. The company also stated that US health officials had authorized the vessel to dock and disembark all Meraviglia passengers (3877) in PortMiami on March 15, and didn't request any emergency debarkation procedures. According to MSC, Meraviglia had no passengers or crew with flu-like symptoms on that voyage and that the liner had received clearance after US health authorities reviewed all the necessary documentation regarding the health of its passengers and crew.

The voyage in question was the 7-day Caribbean And Antilles Cruise (itinerary March 8-15) roundtrip from homeport Miami Florida with call ports Ocho Rios (Jamaica), George Town (Grand Cayman), Cozumel (Mexico) and MSC Ocean Cay (Bahamas).

  February 2020Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

Due to Coronavirus concerns, an entire voyage in late February 2020 was practically cancelled as the ship was denied entry and docking in two of the itinerary's main call ports. The 7-day "Caribbean And Antilles Cruise" (itinerary Feb 23 - March 1) was scheduled as a PortMiami roundtrip visiting Jamaica (Ocho Rios, planned port stay Feb 25 / 9 am - 5 pm), Grand Cayman Island (George Town, planned port stay Feb 26 / 8 am - 4 pm), Mexico (Cozumel, port stay Feb 27 / 10 am - 6 pm) and Bahamas (MSC Ocean Cay, island stay Feb 29 / 9 am - 12midnight).

However, due to fears of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the scheduled visits to Jamaica and Cayman Islands were cancelled after a male crew on the ship reported flu-like symptoms. After denying entry to both countries, the vessel was finally allowed to dock and disembark passengers in Cozumel on February 28. MSC commented that the crew only had influenza and had not visited any Coronavirus-impacted regions in the last 14 days. All passengers were fully refunded.

  05 January 2020Ship Collision / Allision

On January 5, 2020, at ~4:30 am, upon entering PortMiami Florida, liner's crew was alerted with code Delta Echo (meaning possible allision or collision). According to unofficial reports, the vessel hit something. This type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

The incident allegedly occurred at the end of 7-day Caribbean cruise (itinerary December 29 - Jan 5) roundtrip from homeport Miami and visiting Jamaica (Ocho Rios), Grand Cayman (George Town), Mexico (Costa Maya) and Bahamas (Ocean Cay Island).

  05 July 2019Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On July 5, 2019, a 40-year-old female passenger was reported missing/fell overboard while the cruise liner was navigating in Skagerrak Strait (between southeastern Norway and Jutland Denmark) en-route from Norway to Germany.

The Captain made the emergency call for the overboard woman at ~12:45 pm. At that time, the vessel was ~30 km (19 ml) south of Kristiansand (Norway). For the search and rescue operation, RDAF (Royal Danish Air Force) dispatched a Rescue 510 helicopter crew. The operation was assisted by the German cargo ship Perseus (container carrier), a private motorized yacht plus several fishing vessels.

The German woman was found and retrieved alive from the sea at ~2:55 pm, then flown to Aalborg Denmark. Despite the speedy rescue, helicopter crew's emergency life-support measures were unsuccessful as she was severely cold and suffered fatal injuries after the fall from the ship. She died en-route (while flown) to the hospital.

The incident occurred at the end of 7-day Northern Europe/Norwegian Fjords cruise (itinerary June 30 - July 7) roundtrip from homeport Copenhagen Denmark to Norway (Hellesylt, Molde, Flam) and Germany (Kiel).

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