MSMSC Opera is a cruise ship built in 2004 and currently operated by MSC Cruises. She served as the flagship of the company until MSC Musica entered service in 2006. She can accommodate 2,055 passengers in 856 cabins, and host a crew complement of approximately 740.
Incidents and accidents
On Saturday, 14 May 2011, MSC Opera suffered engine failure in the Baltic Sea, and was towed to the port of Nynäshamn south of Stockholm where the passengers were transferred to smaller passenger boats. Around 1700 passengers were to be flown home from Stockholm during the day. The ship was without power after the engine failure on Saturday and internet reports say bathrooms were inoperable, causing sanitation issues. Passengers were given a voucher to cover the cost of the cruise.
On 17 May 2011, MSC Opera departed Nynäshamn en route to Gdynia, with a next day expected port call at 21:00 (UTC).