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Registered Owner: Newco Opera SA - Switzerland - Beneficial owner: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. - Operator MSC Cruises - Italy 

May-13-2011  MSC Opera with 2000 people on board is being towed to Visby without power, after there was an explosion in an engine. The vessel is in very poor hygiene and the bathrooms are inoperable. The master tried to continue the voyage with one remaining main engine, but this failed. Tugs were called to pull the vessel to Nynäshamn where the battered vessel is due to arrive on may 16. Meanwhile a team of MSC Cruises are sent to Sweden to assist the passengers.

June 2-2019 MSC Opera lost control when docking at Venice Passenger Terminal Sunday morning, striking the pier and ramming Uniworld Boutique River Cruises' River Countess. Five people injured on River Countess were taken to hospital where one was immediately released and the others were kept for monitoring. River Countess reported a small leak at the waterline while MSC Opera's hull was scratched, however the safety of neither vessel was compromised.

June 7 - 2019 MSC Opera's next cruise, with embarkations scheduled from Bari on June 8 and Venice on June 9, has been canceled as the ship remains in Venice pending the completion of an investigation. Authorities are still looking into what caused the ship to lose control Sunday morning as it approached the San Basilio Cruise Terminal, striking the pier and ramming Uniworld's River Countess.Welding repairs to MSC Opera were finished on Monday but MSC Cruises said the ship awaits the completion of the investigation.

         MSC OPERA  Second newbuilding for MSC Cruises.

Dec. 2013 MSC to enlarge and upgrade its four Lirica-class ships over the next two years in a €200 milj. program at Fincantieri - Palermo yard. The upgrades of MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera will also yield new entertainment options including water parks, and advanced technology and expanded retail options. The Lirica-class ships were built between 2003 and 2005 at STX France in Saint-Nazaire. Each is currently 251 meters long, 60,000 gross tons and carries 2,069 passengers. After the renovations, the ships will stretch 275 meters, tonnage will grow to approx.65,000 and capacity to 2,680. The projects will add 193 cabins for passengers and 59 cabins for crew, per ship.

MSC Opera is scheduled to undergo the work in 2015, from May 2 to July 4.

Entered service: 2004 - 2015 stretching - Gross Tonnage : 65.591 -  Pass. cap. lower beds: 2150 - All berths: 2680 -  Passenger decks: 10 - Length: 274,95 m.- Beam: 28,80 m.- Draft: 6,81 m.- Drive: diesel/electric: 4 diesel engines make Wartsila - type: 12V/38A - total output 30.600 kW. - Propulsion: 2 Alstom pods output each 10.000 170 rpm. - Max. speed: 21,5 knots - Service speed: 20 knots - Built: (Chantiers de l'Atlantique) STX France - Yard no: L32 - Classification: BV - Flag: Panama-(all data after stretching)

     Passenger space ratio all berths  24.47

Sistership: MSC Lirica

Key new features after stretching:  

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All interior images courtesy MSC

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