Cruise Ship

MSC Armonia

Incident Type

Other Incidents (Visa Irregularities)

Date of Accident

April 2, 2024

Location of Accident

Port Barcelona, Spain

Encountered issues on this cruise or another? Carter Capner Law is expert in compensation and insurance claims arising on cruise ships and cruise ship excursions. We act for passengers, crew and their families, worldwide. Call today on 1300 529 529 or click here to reach Carter Capner Law. Click on Client Showcase to view our history of cruise ship accident compensation claims.


On April 2, 2024, MSC Armonia was detained at Port Barcelona after suspicions arose regarding the visa validity of 69 Bolivian passengers, leading to an investigation into potential documentation irregularities and the subsequent cancellation of a scheduled port call.

Details of the Incident

After the ship, with approximately 1500 tourists onboard, docked in Barcelona, it was held due to issues with the Schengen area entry visas of some passengers. Spanish National Police were called in to determine if there was any foreknowledge of these irregularities by the cruise operators. The situation led to a prolonged stay in Barcelona, affecting the itinerary and causing distress among the passengers and their families.

Operational Context

The detention and investigation not only affected the ship’s current voyage but also highlighted the importance of stringent checks on travel documentation by cruise lines. MSC Armonia’s prolonged docking resulted in the cancellation of the next port visit to Ajaccio, Corsica, disrupting the travel plans of hundreds of passengers and emphasizing the need for adherence to international travel regulations.

Get in touch with us today

Had a similar accident or injury? No commitments required. No Win No Fee.

Online Now

Welcome to Carter Capner Law! I'm here to assist with enquiries and gather details. How can I help today?