Costa Luminosa accidents and incidents

Costa Luminosa cruise ship


Length (LOA)
294 m / 965 ft

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CruiseMapper's Costa Luminosa cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2712-passenger vessel owned by Costa Cruises. Our Costa Luminosa accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • fire - 2014
  • pollution - 2013 (Baltic Sea)
  • injuries/crimes - 2015 (drugs)
  • deaths - 2020 (3 Coronavirus)
  • Coronavirus - 2020 (48 crew + 46 passengers, including 3 deaths)
  • boat rescue - 2018 (Turkish cargo ship in Aegean Sea)
  • 2009 - dual christening in Genoa Italy (together with Costa Pacifica)
  • medevacs - 2019
  March 2020Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(Coronavirus) During the 17-day Caribbean and Transatlantic cruise (itinerary March 5-22) from Fort Lauderdale (Florida USA) to Naples (Italy), in Puerto Rico (March 8) the ship disembarked 3 passengers (in critical conditions), who on March 13th tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). One passenger (68-year-old Italian man) died on March 12th in George Town (Grand Cayman). One passenger (68-year-old Italian woman) died on March 21st in San Juan (Puerto Rico).

On March 16th, following the Transatlantic crossing, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) were disembarked and ambulanced 3 passengers - one with fever and two suffering breathing issues. Luminosa stopped in the Canaries only for provisions (passenger disembarkation was denied).

On March 20, the ship docked in Marseille-Fos Port and was boarded by French health authorities for health checks on all the crew and passengers. Costa Cruises announced that Luminosa has 5 passengers and 2 crew with "flu-like symptoms". Two of the passengers later tested Coronavirus-positive.

The affected voyage had planned visits (call ports) to Puerto Rico (San Juan, Mar 8), Antigua (St Johns, Mar 9), Canary Islands (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Mar 16), Spain (Malaga, Mar 18 / cancelled), France (Marseille, Mar 20) and Italy - Savona (Mar 21) and Naples (Mar 22). Debarkation in the Italian ports was uncertain as Italy enforced a complete lockdown on March 9.

The ship was carrying a total of 1780 people (1370 passengers plus 410 staff-crew).

On March 20, Luminosa disembarked (in Marseille) 721 passengers (including nationals from Canada and USA). The same day, the 359 Northamerican cruisers were flown to Atlanta Airport where were screened for COVID-19. Of these "flight passengers", 3 tested Coronavirus-positive (but without experiencing the symptoms) and 13 were sick (but not tested?).

On March 21, Luminosa disembarked (in Savona) 198 passengers (113 Italian + 85 Swiss) out of total 716. The ship with the remaining 518 passengers remained berthed in Savona.

On March 23, French health authorities announced that 36 former Costa Luminosa cruisers tested Coronavirus-positive.

Since March 20, a total of 8 crew were disembarked from the moored cruise ship and hospitalized in Savona's Ospedale San Paolo (St Paul's hospital). All of them suffered Coronavirus symptoms (fever and breathing problems) and were offloaded after their conditions worsened. Luminosa ship's total Coronavirus death toll was 3 (2 passengers + 1 crew).

On March 24, a total of 118 crew (India citizens) were disembarked and bused to Pisa City's B&B Hotel Pisa, with scheduled charter flight repatriation. On April 9, all were tested for COVID-19 and 38 of the results returned positive. The infected were bused to Pisa's Hotel Casa Betania and quarantined for 2 weeks.

  19 April 2019Coast Guard Medevacs

On April 19, 2019, an 85-year-old female passenger (suffering a broken leg) was medevaced from the liner navigating in Red Sea en-route from Muscat to Aqaba. The elderly woman (French) broke her leg while the ship was near Saudi Arabia's southwestern coast. The Captain contacted Jeddah's Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (via King Abdulaziz Airport’s Search & Rescue Center). The medical emergency operation was conducted by Saudi Arabia Border Guards' ship Al-Lith dispatched to meet the cruise vessel near Al-Qahmah (southwestern Asir). The woman was offloaded and transferred to Port Jazan, from where was ambulanced to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital.

The incident occurred at the end of the 112-day "Costa World Cruise 2019" roundtrip from Venice Italy (32-day itinerary segment Singapore-Venice) with call ports in Malaysia (Klang, Penang Island), Thailand (Phuket), Sri Lanka (Colombo), India (Cochin, Mormugao, Mumbai), UAE (Dubai), Oman (Muscat), Jordan (Aqaba) and Greece (Piraeus-Athens, Katakolon).

  21 November 2018Boat Rescue

On November 21, 2018, at around midnight the cruise liner responded to a distress signal and helped the Hellenic Coast Guard in the rescue of crew from a live fish carrier. The cargo ship (Kilic 1, built 1986, Turkey-flagged) suffered an engine room fire accident in the evening of November 20, while en-route from Tunisia to Turkey, approx 15 km (9 ml) southeast of Cape Matapan (mainland Greece's southernmost point). The vessel was on fire and adrift.

Vessel's crew (11, all Turkish) failed to extinguish the fire and abandoned the ship. All the 11 men boarded the cruise liner in good health. The Hellenic Coast Guard dispatched 6 vessels to the scene, plus 1 navy helicopter and several fire-fighting tugs. Costa Luminosa diverted its course and upon arriving at the scene lowered a tender boat, retrieved all the crew of the burning ship and then transferred them to a merchant ship involved in the rescue operation.

The incident occurred during 7-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary Nov 17-24) roundtrip from homeport Venice to Bari, Piraeus-Athens, Katakolon, Kotor (Montenegro) and Split (Croatia).

On October 31, 2019, the cruise ship's Captain (Master) Pietro Sinisi was awarded by AFRAS (Association for Rescue at Sea) for saving the cargo ship's crew. The award ceremony was held at RHOB (Rayburn House Office Building) in Washington DC (Capitol Hill neighborhood).

  11 December 2014Fire Accident

On December 11, 2014, the vessel experienced an engine room fire, when one of its diesel engines (#4) caught on fire. The accident occurred at ~5 am, during 18-day Transatlantic repositioning cruise (itinerary December 2 to 20) from Europe to the Caribbean (Savona to Miami Florida). No injuries were reported.

  10 December 2013Other Incidents

On December 10, 2013, in call port Grand Turk (Eastern Caribbean), a 70-year-old male passenger from the Holland America Line’s (HAL) ship MS Nieuw Amsterdam fell into the water between the pier and the docked there Luminosa. The elderly man remained afloat for ~10 min until a HAL crew jumped and helped him to safety.

  2013Sea Pollution

In 2013, the cruise vessel was criticized by a Swedish news media for continually dumping raw sewage (toilet wastewater) into Baltic Sea. By the international maritime law, all marine vessels (including cruise ships) should use the ports’ harbor facilities, which wastewater discharging services are often free of charge.

The Swedish media stated that on a single 7-day Baltic Sea cruise itinerary, the quantity of dumped waste could reach over 5 million liters (1,32 million US gallons).

  05 June 2009Other Incidents

On June 5, 2009, the naming ceremony took place in Genoa Italy. The event was also special because it was a dual christening, including (for the first time ever) two Costa cruise ships – Luminosa and Costa Pacifica. Both 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 launched simultaneously (on June 5, 2008) at their respective shipbuilding yards in Marghera (Luminosa) and in Sestri Ponente (Pacifica).

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