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Hapless Cruise Ship Back in Palma

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The hapless cruise ship MSC Fantasia is back in Palma after a two week voyage to the Western Mediterranean.

The Italian owned MSC Cruises launched the 133,500-ton cruise liner Fantasia in December 2008. With capacity for 3,300 passengers the boat is one of the largest cruise ships around, I believe. Sadly, when the vessel docked in Palma two weeks ago there was an unfortunate incident with the cruise ship snapping away from the port wall in Palma’s harbour in windy gusts of up to 110 km per hour. The mishap caused an accident resulting in serious injuries to an 80 year old cruise passenger who had to be treated in the Intensive Care Unit of a Palma hospital.

Here’s a video of the event, courtesy of YouTube:

The 333 metre-long vessel is mighty big with its 12 storeys. Apart from its passenger capacity, there are 1,325 crew members on board as well.

Special deals are now on offer in the UK for Inside Cabins at £ 699 and for Balcony Cabins at £ 799 per person, including flights from the UK to Genoa (Italy). A cruise at that price is for 7 nights in April, calling at Naples, Palermo, La Goulette (for Tunis), Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Marseille. Whether or not one could join the cruise here in Palma, I do not know.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: March 19th, 2009. The time was 14:47:03.

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