April 22, 2024 12:20 am
Passengers with Visa Issues Removed as Cruise Ship Stuck in Spain Resumes Sailing

A visa dispute involving 69 Bolivian passengers on the MSC Armonia cruise ship has caused the ship to be stuck in port in Barcelona. The Spanish authorities suspected that the visas of these passengers were fake and are currently holding them on another boat while an investigation is ongoing.

The MSC Armonia had set off from Brazil and was scheduled to continue through the Mediterranean before some passengers were meant to switch over in Barcelona. However, the delay caused by the visa issues has resulted in planned stops in France, Greece, and Croatia being canceled, leading some passengers to leave early.

The final destination for the Bolivian passengers was supposed to be Barcelona, but the ship had to stay in port until the situation was resolved. MSC Cruises confirmed that the cruise would resume sailing on Thursday after working with Spanish authorities to disembark the Bolivian guests who would follow the immigration process as required by law.

During this investigation, it was found that some of the Bolivian passengers’ visas were not valid for entry into Spain. Solange Duarte, a Bolivian diplomat in Barcelona, reported that some of these passengers may have been tricked into obtaining fake visas.

MSC Cruises is known for offering luxury cruises lasting for months at a time. The company’s new four-month-long world cruise set for 2026 is expected to cost between $15,800 and $38,210 per person depending on cabin choice.

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