MSC Fantasia - Crew Members to be Honored For Swift Action and Bravery  

by Pool Builders on 03-18-2009 in Articles

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (March 6, 2009) - Four courageous crew members who immediately rushed to the aid of an overboard passenger on MSC Fantasia are to be officially commended by the local port authorities and government, and the ship's owner MSC Cruises.

The incident happened on Thursday, march 5 in the port of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, due to factors beyond the control of MSC Cruises. The port authorities have confirmed their responsibility for the incident.

MSC Fantasia was moored and passengers were disembarking, when the strong winds to which the ship was exposed caused three bow mooring bitts to become detached simultaneously. As a result, the ship moved away from the dock, causing a disembarking guest to fall into the water.

Four members of the crew aboard the Fantasia immediately dived in to help the man, who was brought to shore in just a few minutes and taken to a hospital, where he is currently under observation. The passenger is of Egyptian origin with Italian nationality and is in his 80s.

The port authorities of Palma de Mallorca, the city Mayor, a delegate of the central government in Mallorca and MSC Cruises will officially recognize the immense bravery and heroism of the crew members who dived in immediately after the passenger to bring him to safety in a matter of minutes.

The four crew members are:

Salvatore Caso - Chief Crew Steward, from Italy
Mr Naim Samsudin - Able Fireman, from Indonesia
Mr Andrian O Williams - Housekeeping Cleaner, from Madagascar
Mr Faamoe Lalopua - Able Sailor, from Samoa

At the time of the incident, the ship's captain immediately took control of the ship, preventing any damage, and the ship was transferred to a different pier.

The MSC Fantasia [] crew members were also taken to a hospital for a check-up and all four have since returned to work on the ship, which continued to cruise to its next destination as usual.

About the MSC Fantasia:

MSC Fantasia took to the seas on December 18th from Naples, Italy.

The MSC Fantasia is the largest ever built by a European ship owner.

Greater in length than the height of the Eiffel Tower, MSC Fantasia offers countless vacation pleasures, such as the Aurea Spa wellbeing center with thermal cave for relaxation and rejuvenation. For the kids, our children's play area includes a swimming pool with waterslide. And our Acqua Park features 150 illuminated musical fountains. A magnificent theater seats 1,700 with unique live entertainment each night, or catch a movie at the interactive 4-D cinema. You can also test your skills at our Formula 1 simulators or surf the net in a Wi-Fi zone.

For dinner, choose from six main restaurants including El Sombrero Tex Mex with an open kitchen, a lovely French restaurant and a panoramic restaurant serving Italian regional specialties.

The MSC Fantasia is the largest cruise ship ever built for a European ship owner. She has 1,637 staterooms, 80% oceanview, many with private balconies. What's more, our state of the art cruise ship features an eco-friendly design to safeguard the environment without sacrificing the comfort of our guests.

Onboard you will discover a first in our fleet¬¬--the MSC Yacht Club--offering a privileged maritime experience with rich gleaming wood, Italian marble and illuminated Swarovski crystal stairs. Our exclusive enclave includes a library, swimming pool and private lounge where a transparent ceiling allows guests to gaze at the starlit sky. The Yacht Club's 99 spacious VIP suites offer comfortable luxury complete with butler service and concierge. Enjoy high tea served by your butler and sip a drink by the skydome pool or in the Yacht Club's exclusive Observation Lounge with "captain's views."

All staterooms are provided with an innovative digital television system that gives the guest access to several onboard services. This service is made possible using the most technologically advanced interactive system in the cruise market. Using your remote control you can follow the daily program, watch first-run movies (pay-per-view), purchase shore excursions, order room service, preview our ports of call, or buy items from the onboard shops - and finally checking your onboard account. This new service delivers not only a great freedom of choice from the comfort of your stateroom, but it also delivers extremely high video and audio quality.

Ultimately, MSC Fantasia is perfectly designed for luxury cruising to a spectacular array of destinations. Please join us for a cruise vacation you won't soon forget.

MSC Cruises currently has the most modern fleet in the world with nine ships: MSC Fantasia (the largest ship ever built for a European ship owner), MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody, cruising in the Mediterranean year round and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, North and South America, the Indian Ocean and South Africa. MSC Splendida and MSC Magnifica will be launched, respectively, in 2009 and 2010. MSC Cruises is the only company to receive the "6 Golden Pearls" award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental protection.

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