MSC Opera remains in port at Venice, Italy since crashing into the dock and a smaller river vessel on the morning of June 2.
MSC Opera Remains In Venice
The MSC cruise ship collided with the Uniworld Cruises vessel Countess which was docked at San Basilio Cruise Terminal in Venice, Italy on Sunday morning. The ship also smashed into the dock causing damage to the smaller ship and itself. You can read our original post about this right here.
At least four people were injured from the accident and many were shocked. In video footage which has gone viral many had to get out of the way of the oncoming cruise ship. Footage can be seen as it happened:
The next scheduled cruise was set to depart the port later that same day on a 7-day Mediterranean voyage. However, due to an investigation launched by the local authorities, the MSC Opera has not been allowed to depart.
Those guests who were expecting to enjoy their 7-day cruise vacation are being refunded the full cost of their ticket. Guests can also still experience the ship while it remains at the Venice port with full services and amusements available. The ship will operate fully but just not at sea.
The cruise line is offering a free shuttle boat to and from Piazza San Marco of guests want to visit the iconic square. MSC Cruises is also supporting any travel arrangements for those not wanting to continue their time aboard and head home instead.
All these details were included in a letter sent to guests who were booked on the June 2 departure from the historic city. The next cruise is scheduled to depart on June 9 and we suggest to double check with MSC Cruises regarding any departure delays.
MSC Opera is a 65,590-ton cruise ship with a guest capacity of over 2,100. We will keep Cruise Hive readers informed on any new major updates.