MSC Musica accidents and incidents

MSC Musica cruise ship


Length (LOA)
294 m / 965 ft

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  • fire – 2010 (Rio de Janeiro Brazil)
  • deaths – 2010 (murdered crew), 2017 (crew overboard)
  November 2018Other Incidents

On November 9, 2018, due to rough seas with strong waves, the scheduled for visit Portuguese Island (tender port in Mozambique) was cancelled.On the following cruise, tender port Pomene (Mozambique, Nov 14) was cancelled and the liner returned back to homeport Durban (South Africa).

The first itinerary (Nov 8-12) was 4-day Durban roundtrip to Portuguese Island and Pomene. The second itinerary (November 12-16) was 4-day Durban roundtrip to Pomene.

  18 June 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard / murder) On June 18, 2017, a 36-year-old female crew was reported missing and presumably overboard. The woman (Simone Souza Scheuer, of Brazilian origin) worked on the ship as housekeeper and was reported missing after failing to appear for work at ~3 am (on June 19).

The ship was en-route from Venice to Brindisi, in the Mediterranean Sea, on 7-night cruise from Venice Italy (roundtrip itinerary June 18-25) to Brindisi, Katakolon, Santorini, Piraeus-Athens, Corfu, and Kotor.

(law news) June 27, 2017, the Italian authorities in Brindisi opened a murder investigation into the disappearance of the crew. The criminal prosecutor acquired CCTV videos from the ship and interviewed several crew (friends and co-workers of the missing woman). According to crew statements, she had a 2-year relationship with a co-worker and before the disappearance had a disagreement with her supervisor.

  17 September 2012Other Incidents

On September 17, 2012, the vessel’s scheduled departure from homeport Venice Italy was delayed by ~8 hours by protests. Other affected cruise ships in Venice (with delayed departures) were the fleetmate MSC Opera and Costa Favolosa.

All the Venice’s waterfront areas were blocked by numerous small boats with hundreds of local protesters. They argued that the growth of big cruise ships stopping in Venice had a negative impact on the city as a travel destination. Large cruise vessels visiting Venice pass too close to the Piazza San Marco, and are potential risk for environmental damages or accidents that would hugely impact the city’s historical importance. The issue grew louder since the Costa Concordia sinking (January 2012).

  19 December 2010Fire Accident

On December 19, 2010, while operating in South America, the vessel experienced an engine room fire accident. It occurred while the ship was still docked and just about to leave homeport Rio de Janeiro Brazil on 8-day roundtrip itinerary visiting the Brazilian ports Recife, Maceio and Salvador Bahia.

Because the incident seriously affected the ship’s air-conditioning and water supply systems, MSC Cruises canceled the current voyage and rescheduled it for December 26. The itinerary was also changed – with new call ports Salvador Bahia, Buzios, Copacabana, Ilha Grande.

As compensation, all passengers received full refund, plus 50% future MSC cruise booking discount. The company allowed an overnight complimentary stay on the ship, with food and water being provided. It also arranged an alternative option with a complimentary 1-night Rio de Janeiro hotel stay for all passengers who need it.

Nevertheless, since this was a "Christmas Cruise", many passengers felt offended.

  10 January 2010Crew / Passenger Deaths

(murder) On January 10, 2010, a 28-year-old female crew was found dead in her cabin. The accident occurred while the ship was docked in homeport Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil) following Tranastlantic repositioning cruise from Europe to South America.

The woman (Camila Peixoto Bandeira, of Brazilian origin) worked on the ship as bartender. She was found dead and reported to the ship’s Reception Desk at ~9:40 am by her boyfriend. The man (Bruno Souza Bicalho, working on the ship as waiter) claimed that she allegedly committed suicide by hanging, using a sheet.

However, one of the ship’s doctors suggested a case of murder (by strangulation). The body was found in an almost seated position, with no sheets present in the room.

The Brazilian Federal Police started a homicide investigation, after the suspect (questioned 3 times) fell into contradiction when asked about the discovery of the body. He also admitted tampering with the crime scene. His passport was blocked to prevent him from leaving Brazil.

The couple (with a history of quarrels and assaults) allegedly have broken up several times, before resuming the relationship in Oct 2009.

(law news) On October 23, 2013, the man was arrested and charged with committing aggravated murder. The court concluded the woman was strangled at ~9 am in the cabin they both shared. No further details on the case are available.

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