Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA (MSC) is the largest privately-owned cruise company across the globe. There are offices in 45 countries and more than 16,300 people worldwide are employed by Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA. The global cruise line is Swiss-registered and headquartered in Geneva, but company ships travel everywhere, including South America, the Caribbean and throughout the Mediterranean.
MSC was originally founded in Naples, Italy and it began its operations with two ships in the 1960s. In 1979, one of those two ships was burned in the Port of St. Thomas. The other was hijacked in 1985 by the Palestinian Liberation Front. The company purchased another ship in 1989, which it renamed StarLauro Cruises, but it caught fire and sank in 1994. After this string of bad luck, the company, which had been founded initially as Lauro Lines, changed its name to MSC Cruises.
MSC continued to expand and today, it is the fourth largest cruise company worldwide. MSC Cruises are very different from the other big three and are the closest thing to a European type Cruise one can get when sailing from a U.S. Port and despite “ultramodern ships” that “offer unique voyages of exploration, continuing a 300-year family seafaring tradition,” there have been problems for passengers and crew aboard its luxury liners. If a problem arises, a maritime lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can provide help to those harmed while aboard a MSC ship.
MSC claims its ships offer a “superior cruising experience” because they are all “designed and decorated by master architects.” There are three different classes of ships in the MSC fleet, including the Lirica Class, the Musica class, and the Fantasia class. The company’s fleet includes:
- MSC Armonia
- MSC Sinfonia
- MSC Lirica
- MSC Opera
- MSC Musica
- MSC Orchestra
- MSC Poesia
- MSC Magnifica
- MSC Fantasia
- MSC Splendida
- MSC Divinia
- MSC Preziosa
While décor is important, safety needs to be the first priority. Unfortunately, both passengers and crew can be put in harm’s way when Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA is negligent and fails to provide a reasonably safe and secure experience aboard any of its 12 ships.
Cases Against Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA
MSC has had problems with both its cruise vessels, as well as its cargo ships. Examples of past issues include:
- A fire aboard the MSC Flaminia
- Medical negligence aboard the MSC Sinfonia after an on-board heart attack
- A 3,000-gallon oil spill in the Bahamas
When issues arise aboard an ocean vessel, obtaining evidence about the cause of the harm and the cruise line’s negligence can be complicated since often the incident happens out on open waterways. Cruise passengers who may witness the troubling incidents also come from across the globe. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has the knowledge and experience to provide assistance in obtaining evidence and successfully pursuing a claim for compensation.
Contact LMAW If You’re Hurt Aboard a Cruise Ship
When you need a lawyer who will take legal action against cruise lines and shipping companies worldwide, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is here for you. Call us at 877-233-1238 or contact us online to find out more about the ways in which we can help you if you were injured aboard a Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA ship or any other cruise line.