MSC Armonia

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MSC Armonia
MSC Armonia en-route to Bremerhaven in May 2008
Name: 2001—2004: European Vision
2004 onwards: MSC Armonia
Owner: 2001—2004: Festival Cruises
2004 onwards: MSC Cruises[1]
Operator: 2001—2004: Festival Cruises
2004 onwards: MSC Cruises[1]
Port of registry: 2001—2004: Naples, 22x20px Italy[1]
2004 onwards: Panama City, 22x20px Panama[2]
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Yard number: V31[1]
Launched: 1 December 2000[1]
Christened: 22 June 2001[1]
Acquired: 22 June 2001[1]
In service: 1 July 2001[1]
Identification: IMO 9210141[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics (as European Vision)[1]
Class and type: Mistral class cruise ship
Tonnage: 58,174 GRT
Displacement: 6,980 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 251.25 m (824 ft 4 in)
Beam: 28.80 m (94 ft 6 in)
Draught: 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V38 diesels
31680 kW
Speed: 20.8-knot (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 2163 passengers
General characteristics (as MSC Armonia)[2]
Tonnage: 58,625 GT (gross tonnage)
Decks: 9 (passenger accessible)
Speed: 21-knot (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 1554 passengers (lower berths)
2087 passengers (all berths)
Crew: 700
Notes: Otherwise the same as European Vision

MS MSC Armonia is a cruise ship that was built in 2001 for the now defunct Festival Cruises as MS European Vision. She is currently operated by MSC Cruises. She can accommodate 2,065 passengers in 783 cabins. Her crew complement is approximately 760. MSC Armonia's itineraries cover Mediterranean ports including Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Greece; Naples, Italy; and Genoa, Italy.


As the European Vision, she was chartered for the 27th G8 summit in Genoa, Italy as a secure location to house world leaders. Terrorism fears were high in advance of the September 11, 2001 attacks and Al Qaeda was believed to be considering Genoa as a target.[3] Although the ship was protected by a phalanx of anti-terrorism units including helicopters and missile launchers, U.S. President George W. Bush stayed instead at a dockside hotel.[4]


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