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Cruise Ship Stranded in Spain Sets Sail Again, Passengers without Visas Disembarked


Apr 4, 2024

The MSC Armonia, a cruise ship with 1,500 passengers on board, was stuck in port in Barcelona due to a visa dispute. Spanish authorities suspected that the visas of 69 Bolivian passengers were fake. As a result, the passengers were held on another boat while authorities conducted an investigation.

The MSC Armonia had set off from Brazil and was supposed to continue through the Mediterranean, with some passengers transferring in Barcelona. However, the delay caused planned stops in France, Greece, and Croatia to be canceled, leading to some disgruntled passengers leaving the ship early.

Barcelona was meant to be the final destination for the Bolivian passengers, but the ship had to stay in port until the visa situation was resolved. MSC Cruises confirmed that the cruise would resume sailing after the Bolivian passengers were disembarked and required to follow the immigration process.

The Bolivian passengers’ visas were found to be invalid for entry, leading Spanish authorities to investigate further. The passengers will be held on another boat while authorities decide whether they will be deported or granted asylum.

Solange Duarte, a Bolivian diplomat in Barcelona, received reports that some Bolivian passengers had been tricked into obtaining fake visas. MSC Cruises is a major cruise line known for its luxurious trips that can last for months. Their upcoming four-month world cruise is expected to cost between $15,800 and $38,210 per person, depending on the cabin chosen.

By editor

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