Which Cruise Ship Crashed in Venice?

By Anna Duncan

On June 2, 2019, the cruise ship MSC Opera crashed while attempting to dock in Venice, Italy. The crash caused significant damage to the San Basilio dock and a nearby tourist boat. No one was killed in the incident, but four people were injured.

The MSC Opera is a Grand-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. It was built in 2004 and has a capacity of over 2,500 passengers. The ship was in Venice as part of a Mediterranean cruise.

At the time of the accident, the captain of the ship attempted to dock at San Basilio pier but lost control of the vessel due to a mechanical failure. The ship drifted and crashed into the pier, causing significant damage to both it and a nearby river boat.

The incident sparked outrage from both locals and tourists alike. Many blamed the accident on lax regulations for large ships entering Venetian waters. Others argued that such incidents are inevitable given that Venice is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe.

In response to the incident, local authorities have imposed stricter regulations on cruise ships entering Venetian waters. They have also increased security around sensitive areas such as bridges and canals.


The crash of MSC Opera in Venice is an unfortunate reminder of how fragile our environment can be when not properly regulated or protected. While no one was killed or seriously injured in this incident, it has served as an important reminder that we must do more to protect our environment from potential accidents due to irresponsible behavior or negligence.