Costa neoClassica cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8716502, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the Costa Crociere line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Costa neoClassica accidents & incidents
At the Costa neoClassica CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of Costa Cruises neoClassica ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents, including the period 1991-2014 (when operating as “Costa Classica”). Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.
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- August 24, 2005, while sailing in the Aegean Sea, the vessel experienced a fire accident off the Poros Island (35 ml / 60 km south of Piraeus-Athens, Greece). The incident occurred at ~9:30 am. The fire affected the aft starboard side and was extinguished after ~30 min. No injuries were reported, but the ship suffered major interior damages (in the galley/kitchen area) and Costa Crociere had to cancel the voyage. As compensation, all passengers received a 100% refund, plus a 25% future Costa cruise booking discount. The ship entered service again on Aug 21, leaving from Venice Italy.
- December 23, 2014, on a 25-days Asia and Africa cruise itinerary from Europe (Savona to Mauritius) the ship experienced a fire incident (no data on its location). The fire broke out at ~9:30 pm, when the vessel was en-route to Aqaba Jordan (Red Sea) after the Suez Canal transit.
Ship collision accidents
- June 6, 2008, two different lines cruise vessels – the Classica ship and MSC Poesia – collided in the harbor of call port Dubrovnik Croatia (Dalmatian coast, Adriatic Sea). The accident occurred after the Poesia’s anchor line loosened and the ship drifted towards Classica. No injuries were reported. Both ships continued their scheduled itineraries without any delays.
- October 18, 2010, at ~4:45 am, upon returning to homeport Shanghai China, the ship experienced a power failure, which led to collision with a cargo vessel (named “Lowlands Longevity”) near the Yangtze River channel. Of all passengers, 12 were reported suffering minor injuries, 3 of them were sent for further medical treatment ashore. In the collision incident, the Costa cruise ship sustained a starboard hull damage (~60 ft / 18 m long gash above waterline) affecting the Pisa Deck 5 (cabin deck) midships. At ~10 am, the ship was docked to offload all passengers (current sailing was cancelled), then continued to the Changxing port for dry-dock repairs. Repair works took ~4 days, and the ship resumed service on Oct 22, with a revised itinerary (including only call port Hong Kong, while the Manila was dropped).
- Note: the cruise vessel was renamed from “Costa Classica” to neoClassica in 2014 December, following an extensive dry-dock refurbishment (between Nov 8 and Dec 18). The refurbishment works were done in Genoa, and cost the line US$28 million.
- January 24, 2012, well over 300 passengers were not allowed to disembark the ship in call port Sanya China. All the banned passengers had their passports checked by the ship’s staff, but all of them had no visas for China. The incident caused numerous conflicts when all passengers lined up for disembarkation, causing a serious delay. Most passengers had to shorten or even cancel their Sanya tours.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- December 23, 2005, the ship was docked in call port Funchal (Madeira Portugal), when on a sponsored by Costa Cruises shore excursion 5 passengers (all of Italian nationality) died in a bus crash incident. The tour bus overturned on the road leading to Sao Vicente. Another 43 passengers were injured, among those a 9-month-old baby boy. The investigation indicated that the bus was speeding and the driver was tested positive for alcohol.
- July 7, 2009, a female passenger and her son (both of Hong Kong origin) were reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The incident occurred on a roundtrip cruise from homeport Tianjin-Beijing China to Japan, when the ship was en-route to Fukuoka from Hong Kong. The investigation suggested a suicide attempt, after they found in the victims’ cabin 3 letters outlining the distribution of the family’s assets in the event of their deaths.
- March 7, 2014, a 70-year-old male passenger (of German origin) fell overboard soon after the ship left call port Casablanca Morocco en-route to call port Funchal Madeira (Portugal). The ship turned around and conducted a search operation for ~2 hours, but the body was not found.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- August 24, 2009, 4 passengers (of Chinese origin) suffered cash thefts from their cabins. The money was stolen either from the cabin’s safe or from left behind wallets. The affected passengers suspected the cabin steward (of Filipino origin) who was responsible for cleaning the 4 staterooms. The search of his cabin didn’t find the missing money.
- October 18, 2010, as result of the cargo ship collision accident (see in “ship collisions” above), 12 passengers sustained injuries, and 3 of those were hospitalized ashore.
- February 19, 2012, a 32-year-old female crew (of Filipino origin, working on the ship as security guard) was sexually abused by 2 male crew (both of Indian origin) who were employed as security officers on the ship. The woman was on duty and patrolling the crew area, when at ~11 pm she was told to report to the security office. There she found the 2 suspects drinking. One of them started to make indecent advances, but she managed to escape the room. Around midnight, she was summoned again, just to find both men still drinking. As soon as one of them left the room, the other one raped her. She reported the incident to the Captain, and also filed a complaint to the Philippine consulate in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the culprits managed to disembark the ship in Hong Kong and escaped before the local police started an investigation.
- August 18, 2015, the Costa cruise line officially canceled its ships visits to the Turkish ports Istanbul and Izmir for the remainder of 2015. These 2 ports of call in Turkey were replaced by alternative cruise ports in Greece and Italy, and on some itineraries – with Valletta Malta. The itinerary changes affected 3 Costa ships – neoClassica (August through December), Costa Deliziosa (October and November) and Costa Pacifica (September, October and November). The decision was made in response to the terrorist attack on the US consulate (Istanbul, Aug 10).
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