|MSC Opera Bridge View Credit: MSC Cruises|
MSC Opera will resume service next week, on Friday May 27th, cruising from Southampton on a beautiful 8 night Norwegian Fjords cruise.
MSC Cruises would like to once again thank the Stockholm Port Authorities for their efficient cooperation in assisting both the company and its guests and would like to apologize for any inconvenience experienced.
UPDATE: May 16th - MSC Opera's May 17th Cruise Cancelled
MSC Opera lost power Saturday following problems with one of its electrical panels. The ship was in the midst of a 10-night Baltic sailing out of Southampton, England when trouble began.
According to a statement from the line, tugboats will assist the 58,600-ton, 1,756-passenger ship, which has been diverted to the port of Nynamshamn, Sweden. The photo above, from MSC's website, shows a view from the bridge with tug boat guiding the ship.
Details are sketchy at this time, but it appears that the electrical problem has knocked out at least half of the ship's power, causing a disruption in toilet facilities and hot food service. The situation sounds very similar to the incident that left Carnival Splendor without power last fall, however in that case, there was a fire. There is no indication that a fire occurred on MSC Opera.
The statement indicated that passengers onboard the Baltic cruise would be issued a future cruise credit, in the same amount, that could be applied to another sailing through December, 2012. There is no word yet about MSC Opera's next sailing, which is scheduled to depart next Tuesday.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as new information is made available.