Costa Fascinosa accidents and incidents



Length (LOA)
289 m / 948 ft

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CruiseMapper's Costa Fascinosa cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3617-passenger vessel owned by Costa Cruises. Our Costa Fascinosa accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

Here are also reported latest updates on cruise law news related to ashore and shipboard crimes still investigated by the police. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

  • propulsion/power loss – 2014 (tornado)
  • deaths – overboard (2014), 2015 (5 killed in Tunis /terrorist attack)
  • injuries/crimes – 2013 (sexual), 2015 (8 injured in Tunis)
Date Accident
  18 March 2015 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On March 18, 2015, two cruise vessels – Fascinosa and MSC Splendida – were docked in call port La Goulette Tunisia, when terrorists opened fire on tourists visiting Bardo National Museum in Tunis. The attackers shot at the tour bus with Fascinosa cruise passengers, of which 5 were killed (4 Italians, 1 Russian) and 8 were injured and hospitalized (7 Italians, 1 Russian).

The terrorists were dressed in police uniforms. They targeted both (MSC and Costa) cruise line buses after they arrived and started offloading passengers at the parking in front the museum. The terrorist group was affiliated with the ISIS organization. During the terrorist act were killed all 22 people, among those tourists, Tunisian police officers and civilians. Around 50 were injured. Of the terrorists, 2 were killed by the police during the attack, and 9 others were killed on Mar 28 during a police raid.

Following the accident, all shore excursions in Tunis were cancelled, their passengers returned on board, medical teams (15 members) and 2 Costa Crociere’s executives (including the line’s Senior VP Maltese) were deployed on the site to assist and establish close contacts with the Tunisian authorities.

The ship left Tunis on Mar 19 at 1:55 am, with a total of 3148 passengers on board (registered  3161). All passengers were given the option to disembark in the next call port Palma de Mallorca (on Mar 20) with Costa Crociere covering all their travel expenses to return back home.

The cruise company announced that all future Costa ship calls in Tunis are officially suspended. The following itinerary changes were implemented, substituting Tunisia with Barcelona (on Costa Fortuna), Tarragona and Barcelona (on Costa Favolosa), and with Trapani and Valletta Malta (on Costa neoRiviera).

  22 September 2014 Propulsion / Power Loss

On September 22, 2014, after leaving homeport Venice Italy (Sept 21) on 7-day Eastern Mediterranean (Greek Isles) cruise, the vessel encountered rough weather in the Mediterranean Sea (with tornado-force winds exceeding 100 mph / 165 kph). The storm affected its navigational system and also one of the main engines. After the engine failed, the cruise ship started to rotate on itself. The Captain commanded all passengers to put their life jackets on, after announcing that he “lost control” of the vessel.

The stormy weather lasted for ~2 hours. Most damages were reported in the kitchen area (lots of broken glassware and dishes), in the onboard lounge bars and also in many cruise cabins (broken furniture and TVs).

  11 March 2014 Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On March 11, 2014, a male passenger fell overboard. The man (Odair Marcos Faria, of Brazilian origin) was traveling together with his wife Maria Cristina on cruise booked as a present from their children.

The man’s body (only in bathing suit) was found on March 13, near the Rio de la Plata’s shores (border area between Uruguay and Argentina).

  19 October 2013 Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual / law news) On July 7, 2016, a 34-year-old male crew charged with sexual assault and rape attempt of a minor was sentenced to 10 months in jail.

The man (Floriano Fernandes, of Italian origin, working on the ship as waiter) sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female passenger in one of the ship’s bathrooms. Fortunately, she managed to resist the attempted rape.

The incident occurred on October 19, 2013, during a Mediterranean cruise from Istanbul to Venice. On October 20, when the ship stopped in Venice, the Captain (Ignatius Giardina) didn’t report the incident.

  09 June 2013 Other Incidents

On June 9, 2013, the vessel’s scheduled departure from homeport Venice Italy was delayed by several hours due to civil unrest. The departures of the ships Fascinosa, Azura and MSC Fantasia were impeded, as the port’s waterfront area was blocked by local protesters in numerous small boats. They argued that the growth of big cruise ships stopping in Venice had a negative impact on the city as a travel destination.

Environmental issues were also raised by the No Grandi Navi group (translated “No Big Ships”), claiming that large-size cruise ships stopping in Venice impose potential risk (damages or accidents) for the city’s fragile foundation and historical monuments. The issue grew louder since the Costa Concordia accident (January 2012).

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