Mutiny On The MSC! Cruise Ship Passengers Revolt After Three Days Stranded at Sea

Posted May 17th 2011 12:15 PM


Cruise Ship Passengers Mutiny After Three Days Stranded at Sea

Associated Press

Passengers aboard the MSC Opera staged a mutiny after being stranded nearly three days in the Baltic Sea with little food, no power and no running water.

The ship, with 1,700 people on board, set sail from Southampton, England on Saturday, May 7 for a 10-day cruise. The following Saturday, off the coast of Sweden, its electricity failed.

'We stopped in the middle of the Baltic, nobody knew why, for about three hours. Then it came across the tannoy that the boat was experiencing some difficulties and then it stopped again for 12 hours, and then finally they got some tugs out to pull us in," passenger Mary Birch told The Daily Mail.

During the ordeal the ship's toilets stopped working. Passengers lacked water and were only given rolls to eat.

Birch adds that the restless passengers had a "bit of a mutiny" demanding for the captain – who had not been seen – to come down.

He did not, but ship staff gave passengers free alcoholic drinks to calm them down.

Tugboats were sent for the ship Sunday; the boat reached land on Monday. Passengers were shuttled to Stockholm and flown to Bournemouth, England.

According to an MSC Cruises spokesperson, all passengers will receive a voucher for another 10-day cruise. Meanwhile, the Opera's next cruise, scheduled to leave on Tuesday, has been canceled.

Last fall, the Carnival Splendor experienced a fire that knocked out the ship's engines. Beleaguered passengers were reportedly forced to eat SPAM provided by the U.S. Navy, though Carnival denies serving the canned ham.

Filed Under: News, Cruise

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:

of course IT IS A SHIP not a boat....wis hreporters would know proper language....
anyhow at least MSC got some TUGS out there.....never understood the food thing...there ARE GAS GRILLS on most ships for burgers and other foods and plenty of food on board it is insane to think al lthe y got t o eat were rolls..wha tabout the cold cuts? salads etc? weird for sure

May 19 2011 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't Miss


Take in the sights of autumn across the country.

Hit The Road

Tales of learning to expect the unexpected.

Change Your View
Getty Images

Unexpected encounters and wildlife tours.

Cows, Sharks, Monkeys & More

Travel Careers

amtrak train conductor

See the world and interact with people from different cultures.

flight attendant plane interior

It's as crazy as you think.