Costa Deliziosa accidents and incidents

Costa Deliziosa cruise ship


Length (LOA)
294 m / 965 ft

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  • pier collision/allision - 2011 (Bergen Norway)
  • power/propulsion loss - 2014 (Valencia Spain)
  • crew/passenger deaths - overboard (2017)
  • boat rescue - 2014 (8 seamen in mid-Atlantic Ocean)

November 2020Other Incidents

In the period October 3 through November 7, the Costa liner Deliziosa was deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean for 7-day roundtrips from homeport Venice to Greece and Adriatic seaports. However, due to Greece's imposed travel restrictions (country lockdown effective since Nov 7), this program (from November 7 through December 26) was suspended. A total of 7 departures were canceled - November 7-14-21-28 and December 5-12-19.

Next table shows the 7-day itinerary (one of the last canceled voyages).

Date / TimePort
12 Dec 17:30Departing from Venice, Italy
13 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Split, Croatia
14 Dec 08:00 - 14:00Kotor, Montenegro
15 Dec 12:30 - 18:00Katakolon-Olympia, Greece
16 Dec 09:00 - 18:00Piraeus-Athens, Greece
18 Dec 07:00 - 14:00Bari, Italy
19 Dec 09:00Arriving in Venice, Italy

Prices started from ~USD 520 per person (with double occupancy).

April 2020Other Incidents

(Coronavirus issues) On March 9, 2020, due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, Costa Cruises suspended operations fleetwide and Deliziosa's "Costa World Cruise 2020" was altered (as itinerary) and rescheduled to end early. The vessel was among the very last cruise liners still navigating the oceans and carrying passengers. On April 15, the ship was in the Mediterranean, navigating near Malta Island. The other two "world cruise ships" still carrying all their passengers were MSC Magnifica and Pacific Princess.

On April 16, a male crew was disembarked in Marsala (Sicily Island, Italy) due to health problems not related to COVID-19. On April 17, the ship was denied entry to Marseille Fos Port (France) where was planned a debarkation of ~1400 passengers who wanted to get off the liner before the scheduled final debarkation in Venice Italy. On April 22, in Barcelona were disembarked 199 passengers (including 168 Spanish citizens). On the same day, the ship departed for Genoa, carrying a total of 1631 passengers plus 900 crew.

Unlike many other passenger ships, Costa Deliziosa (carrying a total of 2729 people / 1830 passengers plus 899 crew) had no COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases. For the World Voyage's originally planned ports of call and port times, you can see at Deliziosa's review page (wiki section).

29 March 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On March 29, 2017, at ~ 10 am, a male crew was reported missing and overboard during 22-day Transatlantic repositioning cruise (itinerary March 18 – April 9) from Fort Lauderdale Florida to Venice Italy. The accident occurred while the ship was crossing the Atlantic Ocean en-route from the Caribbean to Canary Islands (St Johns Antigua to Santa Cruz de Tenerife).

AIS tracking data showed the vessel doing repeatedly “man overboard rescue turn” maneuvers in search of the missing man. The nearest Portuguese “Maritime Rescue Recovery Center” dispatched a search plane to the area. Later, the cruise ship was released from the search operation and continued on to Tenerife. The man’s body was never found.

18 August 2015Other 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 – Deliziosa (October and November), Costa neoClassica (August through December) and Costa Pacifica (September, October, and November). The decision came in response to the terrorist attack on the US consulate (Istanbul, Aug 10).

18 May 2014Propulsion / Power Loss

On May 18, 2014, while docked in call port Valencia Spain, the vessel experienced a total power loss incident. The blackout lasted for ~4 hours until some power was restored and electricity was provided for the ship’s essential passenger services.

On May 20, the voyage was officially canceled. As compensation, all passengers were offered free shore excursions and tours in Valencia, plus 50% refund and EUR 100 PP in onboard credit.

On May 20, Costa Crociere arranged charter flights and flew to Genoa and Rome all Deliziosa passengers with scheduled disembarkation in these Italian ports (part of the canceled itinerary). The next scheduled cruises (starting May 20 from Civitavecchia-Rome and May 21 from Savona) were also canceled.

The ship entered service on May 23, continuing its Mediterranean itinerary program with the re-scheduled 11-day (instead of 13-day) Black Sea cruise departing from Savona on May 23 (instead of May 21). All booked passengers received 25% refund plus EUR 100 PP in onboard credit. To all booked passengers that were already in Savona, the cruise company offered 2-night hotel stay (4-star hotel accommodation) until the May 23 boarding.

15 January 2014Boat Rescue

On January 15, 2014, while operating on World Cruise itinerary roundtrip from Savona Italy, the ship rescued 8 seamen from a sinking motor yacht in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The ship received a distress call from the Portuguese Coast Guard in Delgada asking the Captain to assist a vessel. Deliziosa was on her Transatlantic crossing route from Europe to Caribbean (next port of call St Johns, Antigua) and had to alter significantly its course. The cruise ship made a huge detour since the distressed boat was approx 270 km / 170 mi southeast of its current position then. When the ship arrived at the location, the 8 yachtsmen waited in liferafts.

29 January 2012Other Incidents

On January 29, 2012, while on World Cruise itinerary, the ship was docked in call port San Francisco CA when some 40 of the crew (employed as waiters) walked off their jobs and went on a strike. The wait staff complained about the shipowner Carnival Corporation paying them in USD instead of EUR (as promised by contract). Other issues raised by the striking employees were the onboard working conditions and quality of food.

21 May 2011Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On May 21, 2011, while berthed in call port Bergen Norway, even though still moored, the vessel moved away, thus breaking and pulling a 50 ft / 15 m long section of the pier (breakwater) into the sea.

The incident occurred at ~4.30 pm. No injuries were reported. The damage for Port Bergen was significant since most big-capacity passenger ships stopping there use that quay for docking.

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

February 2010Other Incidents

On February 23, 2010, the Inaugural cruise itinerary featured Suez Canal transit starting from Savona Italy (Feb 5) to Dubai UAE. Deliziosa was the first passenger cruise ship christened in an Arabian country. The christening ceremony in Dubai was unique with the usage of special juice bottle instead of than the traditional bottle of wine (smashed in the vessel’s hull). The ceremony was specifically scheduled to coincide with the grand opening of the new Dubai cruise terminal at Port Rashid.

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