Costa neoRiviera accidents and incidents


Former names
Mistral, Grand Mistral

Length (LOA)
216 m / 709 ft

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CruiseMapper's Costa neoRiviera cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 1498-passenger vessel owned by Costa Cruises. Our Costa neoRiviera accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • (as MS Mistral) ship seizure – 2004 (in Marseille France)
  • renamed from “MS Grand Mistral” in 2013
  • propulsion/power loss – 2016 (Abu Dhabi), 2017 (Indian Ocean)

Following the transfer from Ibero Cruises, the cruise vessel was renamed from “Grand Mistral” to “Costa neoRiviera” in 2013 November. Previously, the vessel was owned by the Festival Cruises line (operational between 1994-2004), which was known on the North American marked as “First European Cruises”.

Date Accident
  26 October 2017 Crew / Passenger Crimes

On October 26, 2017, a 53-year-old male passenger was thrown off the ship for staging a "mutiny". The man (Alain Jan, of Frecnh origin) was traveling with his wife and boarded the ship in call port Saint-Denis (Reunion Island). The man started the "mutiny" after the Captain announced the cancellation of two Madagascar call ports (Nosy Be, Diego Suarez) and compensation to all passengers EUR 150 pp in onboard credit.

The ports were cancelled due to health reasons - an outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague on Madagascar Island, with over 1000 infected and over 100 dead.

The evicted from the liner man first launched a petition, organizing a protest in the Cetara (dining room restaurant). Over 60 passengers started to bang on the tables, demanding the Captain to change course. Then the man staged a second protest in the ship's theater lounge.

When the liner docked in call port Victoria (Mahe Island, Seychelles), the Captain called the local police. The mutineer and his wife were escorted off the ship. They were accommodated for 2 nights in a hotel, then flown back to Reunion with hotel and airfares paid by Costa Cruises.

  25 October 2017 Propulsion / Power Loss

(CruieMapper email report) On October 25, 2017, while at sea and en-route from Seychelles to Reunion, the vessel suffered a complete propulsion breakdown (came to a full stop) for several hours. The crew managed to fix the problem. No information was given to passengers about the incident.

The ship arrived in the next scheduled call port Saint-Denis (Reunion Island) about 5 hours late (at 1 pm instead of 8 am). Port departure was re-sceduled for 6 pm. The bus shuttle transfer of passengers to St Denis and St Paul was chaotically organized, with little opportunity to visit the lsland.

As compensation, all passengers received EUR 50 pp. However, the ship's Tour Operator refused paying back the transfer tickets (EUR 16 pp), denying its poor organization of the city-transfers.

  21 December 2016 Propulsion / Power Loss

On December 21, 2016, in the afternoon, the ship suffered power loss during its stay in call port Abu Dhabi UAE. For several hours, the vessel was on emergency power. The incident was caused by a fault with one of the diesel electric generators. During that time, all essential systems on the ship remained functional. Among the affected onboard services were all bar services, spa services (incl sauna and steam room) and the air-conditioning. The ship was on 7-day roundtrip from Dubai cruise (itinerary Dec 17-22) visiting Muscat, Sir Bani Yas Island, and Abu Dhabi.

  13 March 2015 Other Incidents

On March 13, 2015, high winds disrupted the local marine traffic and caused a delayed docking and passenger disembarkation in call port Cape Town (South Africa). The ship arrived at ~9:30 am, with a scheduled berthing for 12 noon. However, due to strong winds in the harbor, docking was impossible until midnight.

On March 15 started the 27-day Atlantic repositioning cruise from South Africa to Europe (Cape Town to Savona Italy) visiting the Canary Islands and Morocco.

  22 January 2004 Other Incidents

(MS Grand Mistral / ship seizure) On January 22, 2004, following the Festival Cruises company’s bankruptcy, the cruise ship with over 700 passengers on board was seized in port Marseille France. Two of the company’s other vessels were also impounded – MS European Stars (currently MSC Sinfonia) in Barcelona Spain (carrying over 750 passengers) and MS European Vision (currently MSC Armonia) in Bridgetown Barbados (carrying over 1300 passengers).

  13 March 2002 Other Incidents

(MS Mistral) On March 13, 2002, the shipowner Festival Cruises announced that the vessel will be relocated from Cuba to Europe 1 month earlier than scheduled. The company had to cancel the 4 remaining 7-day Cuba cruises and substitute them with the inaugural voyages after the Transatlantic crossing.

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