MSC Opera

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MSC Opera
MSC Opera in the port of Kiel
MSC Opera in the port of Kiel
Ship data
flag PanamaPanama Panama
Ship type Cruise ship
class Lirica class
Callsign H3FV
home port Panama City
Owner NEWCO Opera SA
Shipping company MSC Cruises
Shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique , Saint-Nazaire
Build number L32
baptism June 26, 2004
takeover May 23, 2004
Commissioning May 2004
From 2015
274.9 m ( Lüa )
245.9 m ( Lpp )
width 28.8 m
Draft Max. 6.81 m
measurement 65,591 GT , 41,711 NRZ
crew approx. 728
Machine system
machine diesel-electric
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
20,000 kW (27,192 hp)
21.5 kn (40 km / h)
4 × diesel engines ( Wärtsilä 12V38), each 8,700 kW
powerTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
34,800 kW (47,315 hp)
propeller 2 × Rolls-Royce / Alstom - propeller pod
From 2015
Load capacity 6,260 dw
Pax cabins 1,075
Berths for passengers 2,679
Classifications Bureau Veritas
IMO 9250464

The MSC Opera is a cruise ship that was built in 2004 for the shipping company MSC Cruises as a sister ship to the MSC Lirica . She was run as the flagship of the shipping company until the MSC Musica was commissioned .


Construction and commissioning

The ship was built with the hull number L32 at the ALSTOM Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire . The christening of the ship by Sophia Loren took place on June 26, 2004.


After commissioning, the MSC Opera was used for cruises in European waters ( Mediterranean , Baltic Sea ). It is also used in the Caribbean during the winter . In 2014 she made trips to Western Europe from IJmuiden in the summer season, and made short trips to South Africa in the 2014/2015 winter season .

From May 2 to July 4, 2015, the MSC Opera was extended to 275 meters by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri , equipped with more modern technology and new options for entertaining guests. As part of the shipping company's so-called “renaissance program”, the maximum number of passengers allowed on both her and all other Lirica-class ships was increased to 2,680 with around 200 additional cabins.


  • During a Baltic cruise on the morning of May 14, 2011, there was a technical defect in the ship's electrical system. The ship operation could initially be maintained with the emergency power supply. After another technical problem that occurred on the morning of May 15, 2011, the power supply failed completely and the ship was unable to maneuver off the Swedish island of Gotland . A tug brought MSC Opera to the port of Nynäshamn for repair work . The cruise was canceled.
  • On June 2, 2019, the MSC Opera ran uncontrollably against a pier in the Giudecca Canal , Venice and rammed the docked river cruise ship River Countess . Five people were injured and several people went overboard of the river cruise ship.

Machine system and drive

The diesel-electric machine system of MSC Opera consists of four generator sets , each of which has a 12-cylinder series 38 diesel engine from the Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä coupled with a generator. These machine sets supply the entire ship with electrical energy. The waste heat from the engines is used to treat drinking water , among other things .

The actual driving of the vessel via two spaced rear azimuth thruster type Rolls-Royce (dt. "Mermaid") "Mermaid", which can be rotated for controlling by 360 degrees. The electric motors built into the gondolas drive fixed propellers (towing propellers) arranged ahead in the direction of travel at speeds of up to 170 rpm. This technology enables a high degree of maneuverability and generates only low vibrations and noises.

See also

Web links

Commons : MSC Opera  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  1. MSC Cruises is converting Lirica class. (No longer available online.) In: Press release. MSC Cruises December 20, 2013, archived from the original on October 16, 2014 ; accessed on December 30, 2013 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. MSC Cruises: MSC Opera: Technical defect in the electrical system. Retrieved May 16, 2011 .
  3. ^ Tom Kington, Rome | The Times: Cruise ship MSC Opera collides with Venice quayside . In: The Sunday Times . June 2, 2019, ISSN  0956-1382 ( [accessed June 2, 2019]).
  4. Ships and Cruises: MSC Opera rams River Countess and Pier in Venice. Retrieved June 2, 2019 .