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Costa Favolosa accidents and incidents

Costa Favolosa cruise ship


Length (LOA)
289 m / 948 ft

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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • deaths - overboard (2012-crew)
  • injuries/crimes - 2019 (drug bust / 300 kg cocaine)
  27 March 2019Drug Smuggling

On March 27, 2019, upon boarding the liner in homeport Santos (Brazil), a total of 16 cruise passengers (8 men, 8 women) were arrested and charged with drug trafficking. The total amount of smuggled cocaine was 300 kg (USD 6 million, street value ~USD 40 million). The arrested were 10 Brazilian, 3 French and 3 Belgian, all of whom aged under 30.

The drugs were found by ship's security personnel during the electronic baggage inspection. In addition to the cocaine, each piece of baggage also contained USD 1,000 in cash. Following the arrests, the vessel was cleared to leave port and continue with the scheduled voyage.

The accident occurred at the beginning of 19-day Transatlantic repositioning cruise (itinerary March 27 - April 15) from Santos to Savona, with call ports in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, Maceio, Recife), Canary Islands (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Arrecife), Spain (Malaga, Barcelona) France (Marseille) and Italy (Savona).

  26 April 2013Other Incidents

On April 26, 2013, strong winds prevented the vessel to dock in call port Valletta Malta. It spent ~45 min anchored outside Grand Harbour. Then the Captain decided to skip the port and headed towards Catania Sicily. The itinerary change included an extra day at sea. Costa Crociere made arrangements for a charter flight to transport ~150 passengers from Sicily (Catania Airport) to their scheduled disembarkation point Malta. Another flight charter (Malta-Catania) transported all passengers with scheduled embarkation in Valletta. From Sicily (April 28), the ship continued to the next call port Naples Italy.

  17 September 2012Other Incidents

On September 17, 2012, the vessel’s scheduled departure from homeport Venice Italy was delayed ~8 hours by protests. Venice departures of the MSC Cruises ships MSC Opera and MSC Musica were also affected.

All the Venice’s waterfront areas were blocked by numerous small boats with hundreds of local protesters. They argued that the growth of big cruise ships stopping in Venice had a negative impact on the city as a travel destination. Large cruise vessels visiting Venice pass too close to Piazza San Marco, and are deemed potential risk for environmental damages or accidents that would hugely impact the city’s historical importance. The issue grew louder since the Costa Concordia sinking (January 2012).

  31 August 2012Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On August 31, 2012, a 31-year-old female crew jumped overboard (committed suicide) while the ship was in the Mediterranean (Aegean Sea) and en-route from Istanbul Turkey to Venice Italy. The woman (of South African origin) worked on the ship as a dancer. The conducted search operation continued ~6 hours but was unsuccessful in finding the body. The incident caused itinerary change – call port Dubrovnik Croatia was dropped.

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