MSC Seaside accidents and incidents

MSC Seaside cruise ship


Length (LOA)
323 m / 1060 ft

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CruiseMapper's MSC Seaside cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 5336-passenger vessel owned by MSC Cruises. Our MSC Seaside 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • deaths - overboard (2018, crew)
  • injuries/crimes - drug bust (2018), theft (2018-email)
  • other - 2019 (FCCA PAMAC Cruise Summit)
  07 June 2021Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

On June 7, 2021, Malta prohibited the ship from entering Port Valletta after two passengers tested positive for Coronavirus/COVID after routine tests during the voyage. The Malta call was part of a 7-day Central Mediterranean itinerary (June 1-8) roundtrip from Siracusa (Sicily Italy) with call ports Taranto, Civitavecchia-Rome, Genoa-Milan, and Valletta Malta.

In line with MSC's enhanced onboard health and safety protocols, all cruise tourists had to be fully vaccinated or undergo COVID testing prior to the voyage. After skipping Malta, MSC Seaside arrived in Siracusa at ~3 am on June 8 (4 hours earlier than scheduled).

On June 8, MSC announced that both passengers and their families had already left Siracusa (via MSC-organized protected transfers) "in accordance with the local health authorities". The next itinerary (June 8-15) was not affected.

  19 January 2019Other Incidents

On January 19, 2019, the ship left PortMiami with additional 250+ VIP passengers participating in the onboard "FCCA PAMAC Cruise Summit 2019" (annually held industry event). Among the VIPs were Platinum Members (MSC Voyagers Club/loyalty program's highest tier) and regional stakeholders (traveling with their families and business partners), plus 20+ high-level FCCA executives. FCCA stands for "Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association", while PAMAC stands for "Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council".

The special event was part of the 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary January 19-26) roundtrip from homeport Miami to San Juan (Puerto Rico), Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas, USVI), Philipsburg (St Maarten) and Nassau (Bahamas).

The pre-planned onboard events included a series of meetings to discuss cruise industry-related topics, like regional affairs, trends, membership specifics, promotions, networking opportunities, partnerships, developments, and operations, also one-on-one meetings between executives, Platinum Members-only dinners. To all attendees were also offered complimentary shore excursions - flyboarding and food tours (St Thomas snorkeling (St Maarten) and Blue Lagoon Island (day-tour in Nassau).

  17 November 2018Drug Smuggling

On November 17, 2018, seven crew were arrested in PortMiami and charged with cocaine smuggling. US Customs and Border Protection officers with K9 dogs boarded the docked cruise liner and found 17 pounds / 7,7 kg of cocaine (US street value around 1,2 million) plus over USD 100,000 in cash. The money and drugs were in their cabins and also strapped on their bodies.

Of the arrested, five were Jamaican men plus four South African women - Londiwe Shange (27yo), Wandile Mhlongo (29yo), Thembeka Sokhulu (36yo) and Viwe Tshaka (23yo). Mhlongo, Sokhulu, and Shange told FBI investigators that they had been earning around USD 2,000 for each run over the past two months.

Two of the Jamaican were jailed overnight (Nov 17-18), subsequently released, taken to the airport and flown back home with canceled seaman’s visas. One of the arrested men (32-year-old Damion Hawthorne) was charged with hiring 5 of the smugglers.

MSC Cruises contracts a private security company to conduct shipboard dog-sniffing checks at PortMiami. All the seven arrested were held on USD 250,000 bond, with Miami federal court arraignments scheduled for December 3 (2018).

The incident occurred at the end of 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Nov 10-17) roundtrip from homeport Miami to San Juan (Puerto Rico), Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas Island), Philipsburg (St Maarten Island), and Nassau (Bahamas).

  18 September 2018Crew / Passenger Crimes

(CruiseMapper-emailed crew theft report from Greg Finley) I and my wife Connie were cruising on Seaside for our 29th anniversary. On September 18, 2018, between 6:15 and 6:30 am, the room steward brought us coffee and swiped my wife’s wedding ring off the desk. This person could have been caught if security would have isolated and looked at the camera outside 12265.

We are out somewhere between 15 and 20 thousand dollars. I contacted the FBI in San Juan. The ship is supposed to on thefts over 10,000 dollars. They did not. I met a cruise agent from CruisesOnly, who I booked шге cruise through. I got no apologies and no compensation.

Our cruise was ruined as my wife was bonkers for the whole trip. Now the Cocaine smuggling (CM: he refers to Nov 17's drug bust). Guess they used our ring to get started.

The incident occurred during 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Sept 15-22) roundtrip from homeport Miami to Philipsburg (St Maarten, Sept 18), San Juan (Puerto Rico, Sept 19) and Nassau (Bahamas, Sept 21).

  16 May 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On May 16, 2018, a 37-year-old male crew (Michael Majaba, Filipino) was reported fell overboard. The incident occurred around 1 am, when the ship was en route from St Maarten to Puerto Rico, navigating southeast of St Thomas (USVI).

The liner started a search and rescue operation around 3 am. The USCG was notified around 4 am. Captain's official announcement to passengers was made around 7 am. The search operation was assisted by a USCG helicopter team, as well as by Carnival Glory and several smaller vessels in the area. In the afternoon on May 17, USCG ended the search. The man's body was not found.

The ship was on 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise" (itinerary May 12-19) roundtrip from homeport Miami to St Maarten, San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Nassau (Bahamas).

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