Costa Pacifica accidents and incidents



Length (LOA)
289 m / 948 ft

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CruiseMapper's Costa Pacifica cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3617-passenger vessel owned by Costa Cruises. Our Costa Pacifica 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

  • 2009 – dual christening in Genoa Italy (together with Costa Luminosa)
  • pier collision/allision – 2012 (Marseille France)
  • cancelled port calls in Turkey – 2015
  • illness outbreaks – 2014 (measles, 59 crew)
Date Accident
  18 August 2015 Other Incidents

On August 18, 2015, Costa Cruises officially canceled its ship visits to the Turkish ports Istanbul and Izmir for the remainder of 2015. These 2 call ports in Turkey were replaced by alternative ports in Greece and Italy, and on some itineraries – with Valletta Malta. These itinerary changes affected 3 Costa Crociere ships – Pacifica (September, October and November), Costa Deliziosa (October and November) and Costa neoClassica (August through December). The decision came in response to the terrorist attack on the US consulate (Istanbul, Aug 10).

  18 March 2015 Drug Smuggling

On March 18, 2015, Spanish security forces in call port Malaga intercepted a high quality cocaine transported on the cruise ship. The drugs’ market value was estimated  at around EUR 1 million.

The drug bust occurred by chance, as National Police agents conducted a routine check of Costa Pacifica passengers and crew disembarking from a Transatlantic cruise from South America.

When the ship arrived at ~1 pm, the patrolling police observed a vehicle leaving the cruise dock. The driver was nervous, which brought their attention and they decided to check his documentation. The man was of Colombian origin. Inside his car the police found a double bottom with 8 packages of cocaine. Its quantity was 4,3 kg, with market value around EUR 250,000.

One man (not revealed passenger or crew) was arrested and charged with drug smuggling. He was caught with cocaine packaged around his body and legs. Meanwhile, Civil Guard and police agents carried out screening for all disembarking passengers and arrested 2 other men with a total of 12 kg of cocaine.

  February 2014 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On February 27, 2014, an Italian news media reported an measles illness outbreak affected a total of 59 crew. No sick passengers were reported. The infected were disembarked in port Civitavecchia-Rome for medical treatment ashore.

The disease affects the respiratory system. The symptoms are coughing, fever, red eyes, runny nose, rash. The virus spreads via close or direct contact, but mostly by coughing. The highly contagious measles virus is particularly dangerous to women in their childbearing age. All US-based cruise ship companies vaccinate their staff and crew for measles.

  11 December 2012 Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On December 11, 2012, at ~8:15 am, while maneuvering for docking in call port Marseille France, the vessel struck a pier. The results were porside hull damage (~26 ft / 8 m long gush above waterline), affected propulsion unit (bow thruster) and interior damages (on crew deck 0). No injuries were reported.

The Marseille departure was delayed by ~16,5 hours, as the ship left port on Dec 12 (at 10:30 am) instead of the scheduled Dec 11 (at 6 pm). The current itinerary was not affected, since Dec 13 was seaday.

As compensation, all passengers received EUR 150 per cabin in onboard credit plus free port transfers in call ports Marseille, Barcelona and Palermo (Sicily). Due to the delay, passengers flying back home from Barcelona were complimentary transported via buses from Marseille (on Dec 12).

Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel.

  05 June 2009 Other Incidents

On June 5, 2009, the ship’s naming in Genoa Italy was a dual christening ceremony. It included (for the first time in the world ever) two Costa ships – Pacifica and Costa Luminosa. Both cruise vessels were christened simultaneously, setting a Guinness World record for “Most ships inaugurated in one day by one company”.

Fun fact is that both vessels were also simultaneously launched (on June 5, 2008) at their respective shipbuilding yards  – in Sestri Ponente (Pacifica) and in Marghera (Luminosa).

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