Costa Magica accidents and incidents

Costa Magica cruise ship
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Cabins
1354

Length (LOA)
272 m / 892 ft

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CruiseMapper's Costa Magica cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3250-passenger vessel owned by Costa Cruises. Our Costa Magica 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 - 2017
  • collision/allision - 2018 (La Spezia, Italy)
  • deaths - overboard (2006, 2012-crew), 2017 (crew suicide)
  • injuries/crimes - 2014 (4 pax with firearms)
  • Coronavirus - 2020 (3 passengers, 7 crew)
DateAccident
  March 2020Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

(Coronavirus) On March 19, 2020, the liner remained anchored near homeport Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe). Costa Magica was denied docking and passenger disembarkation in several Caribbean island ports after 2 people (1 crew and 1 passenger) with flu-like symptoms tested Coronavirus-positive. In Pointe-a-Pitre all passengers (2309) were disembarked but the ship and all its staff-crew (960) remained under quarantine. Later, 2 of the ex-passengers tested positive for COVID-19.

The ship's entire staff-crew (excepting only engine and deck crew) remained isolated in individual passenger cabins for several days. On March 19, via helicopter from the ship was medevaced a seriously ill crew.

The 7-day "Caribbean From Guadeloupe Cruise" (itinerary March 13-20) was planned as roundtrip from Pointe-a-Pitre but all call ports were cancelled - including Road Town (Tortola BVI, Mar 15), Philipsburg (St Maarten, Mar 16), St Johns (Antigua, Mar 17), Kingstown (St Vincent Grenadines, Mar 18) and Fort-de-France (Martinique, Mar 19). The vessel was allowed only to visit St Maarten for refuelling and loading provisions.

On March 26, Costa Magica and Costa Favolosa were allowed to anchor near PortMiami (3 mi / 5 km offshore). The ships reported a total of 30 people (crew) with flu-like symptoms. The vessels were allowed anchorage only to medevac (via lifeboats) seriously ill crew - 6 from Magica and 7 from Favolosa. The sick crew were hospitalized for testing and observation. Both vessels were subsequently allowed to make a technical stop (docking for provisions and bunkering) at Freeport Bahamas.

After Magica was denied docking in Martinique and Guadeloupe, it navigated in circles off Cuba's coast (near Antilla) hoping to dock and disembark its crew and repatriate them from Havana Airport. All cruisers (from both ships) were finally disembarked in Martinique and Guadeloupe and repatriated via chartered flights. Following the debarkation, Magica had 4 confirmed cases (3 passengers, 1 crew), while Favolosa had 6 (3 passengers, 3 crew).

  28 October 2018Ship Collision / Allision

On October 28, 2018, due to harsh weather in Western-Central Mediterranean (heavy rain storm with strong winds), in call port La Spezia (Italy) Celebrity Constellation broke moorings, departed from the pier, became adrift and contacted (with its stern) the berthed Costa Magica.

Three tugboats were dispatched to assist the drifting Celebrity ship but failed to prevent the collision. Both cruise liners sustained only minor hull damages - central-aft (Constellation) and bow-starboard (Magica). Soon, the tugs managed to take under control and re-dock Celebrity Constellation.

The incident occurred during 7-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary Oct 27 - Nov 3) roundtrip from homeport Savona to La Spezia, Civitavecchia-Rome, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, and Marseille.

  24 February 2017Fire Accident

On February 24, 2017, at ~1:30 am, the ship suffered an engine room fire accident, while en-route from Martinique to Guadeloupe. The accident occurred at the end of 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Feb 17-24) roundtrip from homeport Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe) to the Antilles, Trinidad, and Tobago. The list of call ports included Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, Catalina Island), St Maarten Island (Philipsburg), Antigua (St Johns) and Martinique (Fort-de-France).

There were all 3 confusing announcements made via the ship’s PA (public address) system. The first was about an emergency on crew deck A. The second was about an emergency on service deck 0 (in the luggage area). The last was about an emergency in the ship’s engine room.

There were no official statements made by the shipowner Carnival Corporation or the ship operator Costa Crociere.

According to unofficial sources, the fire lasted for ~1,5 hours. No smoke was visible and the corridors’ fire doors were not closed, neither the ship’s ventilation/air-conditioning was affected. Passengers reported a decrease in the vessel’s cruising speed during the incident.

While no injuries were reported, soon after the fire was extinguished, a medical team was requested at one of the onboard muster stations (E).

After the vessel safely berthed at Pointe-a-Pitre, it was inspected and no deficiencies were found. The next scheduled cruise was not affected.

  16 February 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

On February 16, 2017, a 27-year-old male crew was found dead in his cabin (possible suicide) when the ship berthed at Heritage Quay in ports of call St Johns (Antigua, Caribbean). The man (Conciecao Silva, from India) worked on the ship as a dishwasher.

The hanging (fully dressed) body was found by the roommate, who allegedly took it down and attempted to revive him. The ship doctor pronounced the man dead on the scene.

  02 October 2014Crew / Passenger Crimes

On October 2, 2014, when the ship docked in call port Piraeus-Athens (Greece), the police boarded and arrested 4 passengers (1 woman, 3 men) for possession of firearms. The ship was on 7-day Mediterranean cruise itinerary to Greece and Turkey, roundtrip from homeport Venice Italy.

The Piraeus departure was delayed. The incident was not announced via the PA system, so all the passengers were unaware of it. The arrest for possession of firearms was reported only by a Croatian news media, using unofficial information provided by an anonymous crew.

According to the crew, when the ship docked in Piraeus, the 4 passengers were unsuccessfully invited several times to report to the Reception Desk. After that, the ship’s security and Greek police officers entered their cabins and conducted a search, during which 4 pistols were found. The passengers were quickly located, arrested and disembarked.

Neither Greek or Italian news media reported the incident. According to Costa Crociere’s official statement (Oct 14), 5 passengers were arrested – for boarding in Venice with false documents.

  02 June 2012Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On June 2, 2012, a 21-year-old female crew jumped overboard. The woman (Lais Santiago, of Brazilian origin) worked on the ship as an assistant waiter. She was last seen at 6 pm (June 1) and reported missing at 3 pm (June 2).

The incident occurred on a Mediterranean itinerary, while the ship was en-route from Valletta Malta to Catania Sicily (approx 20 ml / 30 km off Sicily’s coast). The Italian authorities (police and coast guard) were notified. CCTV camera footages showed her climbing over the railing, hesitating for a while, then jumping overboard at 2 am on June 2.

  04 January 2006Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On January 4, 2006, a 15-year-old female passenger fell overboard. The incident occurred at ~2 am, while the ship was en-route to call port Cozumel Mexico. The cruise ship, assisted by two Mexican Coast Guard vessels, conducted search operation, but the body was never found.

This accident received huge international media coverage because the young girl (Lynsey O’ Brien, of Irish origin) was extremely drunk after being served multiple alcoholic drinks at one of the ship’s bars. The teen was traveling with her whole family – including her two sisters and the brother.

She accidentally fell from their cabin’s balcony after bending over the railing and trying to vomit. The investigation showed that she was served 2 vodkas with mixers and 8 various alcoholic cocktails (a total of 10 alcoholic beverages) in a 45 min period – before the bartender cut her off.

The accident was witnessed by one of the sisters and immediately reported to the ship’s security. The mother later stated that on the way down, the girl probably hit her head on one of the lifeboats below and fell unconscious into the sea.

On July 8, 2013, the teen’s father (Paul O’Brien) committed suicide at age 49.

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