MSC Opera repairs completed, but ongoing investigation prevents new cruise

The scheduled June 8th cruise of MSC Opera (IMO 9250464) from Venice has been cancelled due to an ongoing investigation by local authorities in Venice taking longer than had first been anticipated.

MSC Opera was originally scheduled to sail a seven-day Mediterranean cruise including calls in Montenegro and Greece. The vessel was set to welcome 2,451 passengers from 53 countries. They will be compensated with a full refund of their cruise fare and incurred travel expenses, as well as any pre-booked services. MSC also offered them a 50% discount on a future 7- to 21-night cruise if taken before the end of 2020.

The repairs required have been completed and the vessel is ready for service. MSC Opera, which was arriving at Venice from Corfu on June 2nd, struck the much smaller tourist vessel River Countess and ran its starboard side along the jetty of the Venice Passenger Terminal, after the engine jammed in thrust.

2004-built, Panama-flagged, 65,591 gt MSC Opera is owned by Newco Opera SA care of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co of Geneva, Switzerland. ISM manager is MSC Cruise Management UK Ltd of Uxbridge, UK. It is entered with West Of England Club (Claims Team 2) on behalf of Newco Opera SA. It is entered for H&M with SIAT SpA on behalf of MSC Cruise SA, with Gard having a subscription position.