Grand Classica accidents and incidents

Grand Classica cruise ship

Former names
Costa Classica, Costa neoClassica

Length (LOA)
220 m / 722 ft

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CruiseMapper's Grand Classica cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 1570-passenger vessel owned by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Our Grand Classica 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • fire – 2005 (Greece), 2014 (Red Sea)
  • ship collisions – 2008 (with MSC Poesia in Dubrovnik Croatia), 2010 (with cargo ship on Yangtze River in China)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010
  • cancelled port calls in Turkey – 2015
  • deaths – overboard (2009, 2014), 2005 (5 killed, 43 injured in a bus crash in Madeira Portugal), 2018
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2012), 2009 (5 thefts), 2010

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names Costa Classica (1991-2014), Costa neoClassica (2014-2018) and Grand Classica (since April 2018). Since 2018, the ship is owned and operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and homeported in Palm Beach Florida.

  19 October 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

On October 19, 2018, a male passenger died after falling down staircase. The ship contacted the USCG Station Lake Worth Inlet (Palm Beach) to report the incident soon after leaving West Palm Beach FL. The ship was approx 20 km (13 ml) east of Port Palm Beach and en-route to Grand Bahama Island. After the medevac, the ship continued towards Freeport (Bahamas).


The man was medevaced from the cruise liner and transported to West Palm Beach FL. At St Mary’s Medical Center, he was pronounced dead.

  18 August 2015Other Incidents

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

  23 December 2014Fire Accident

(Costa neoClassica) On December 23, 2014, during 25-day Asia and Africa cruise itinerary from Europe (Savona to Mauritius), the ship experienced a fire incident (no data on its location). The fire broke out at ~9:30 pm, while the vessel was en-route to Aqaba Jordan (Red Sea) after the Suez Canal transit.

  07 March 2014Crew / Passenger Deaths

(Costa Classica / overboard) On March 7, 2014, a 70-year-old male passenger (of German origin) fell overboard soon after the ship left call port Casablanca Morocco, and was en-route to call port Funchal Madeira (Portugal). The ship turned around and conducted a search operation for ~2 hours, but the body was not found.

  19 February 2012Crew / Passenger Crimes

(Costa Classica / sexual) On February 19, 2012, a 32-year-old female crew (of Filipino origin, working on the ship as security guard) was sexually abused by 2 male crew (both of Indian origin) who were employed on the ship as security officers.

The woman was on duty and patrolling the crew area, when at ~11 pm she was told to report to the security office. There she found the 2 suspects drinking. One of them started to make indecent advances, but she managed to escape the room. Around midnight, she was summoned again, just to find both men still drinking. As soon as one of them left the room, the other one raped her.

She reported the incident to the Captain, and also filed a complaint to the Philippine consulate in Hong Kong China. Unfortunately, the culprits managed to disembark the ship in Hong Kong and escaped before the local police started an investigation.

  24 January 2012Other Incidents

(Costa Classica) On January 24, 2012, over 300 passengers were not allowed to disembark the ship in call port Sanya China. All the banned passengers had their passports checked by the ship’s staff, but all of them had no visas for China. The incident caused numerous conflicts when all passengers lined up for disembarkation, causing a serious delay. Most passengers had to shorten or even cancel their Sanya tours.

  18 October 2010Ship Collision / Allision

(Costa Classica) On October 18, 2010, at ~4:45 am, upon returning to homeport Shanghai China, the ship experienced a power failure, which led to collision with a cargo vessel (named “Lowlands Longevity”) near the Yangtze River channel.

Of all passengers, 12 were reported suffering minor injuries, 3 of them were ambulanced for further medical treatment ashore. In the collision incident, the Costa ship sustained a starboard hull damage (~60 ft / 18 m long gash above waterline) affecting Pisa Deck 5 (cabin deck) midships.

At ~10 am, the ship was docked to offload all passengers (current itinerary was cancelled), then continued to Port Changxing for drydock repairs. Repair works took ~4 days, and the vessel resumed service on Oct 22, with a revised itinerary (including only call port Hong Kong, while Manila Philippines was dropped).

  24 August 2009Crew / Passenger Crimes

(Costa Classica) On August 24, 2009, four passengers (of Chinese origin) suffered cash thefts from their cabins. The money was stolen either from the cabin’s safe or from left behind wallets. The affected passengers suspected the cabin steward (of Filipino origin) who was responsible for cleaning the 4 staterooms. The search of his cabin didn’t find the missing money.

  07 July 2009Crew / Passenger Deaths

(Costa Classica / overboard) On July 7, 2009, a female passenger and her son (both of Hong Kong origin) were reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The incident occurred on a roundtrip cruise from homeport Tianjin China to Japan, while the ship was en-route to Fukuoka from Hong Kong. The investigation suggested a suicide attempt, after they found in the victims’ cabin 3 letters outlining the distribution of the family’s assets in the event of their deaths.

  06 June 2008Ship Collision / Allision

(Costa Classica) On June 6, 2008, two cruise vessels – the Classica ship and MSC Poesia – collided in the harbor of call port Dubrovnik Croatia (Dalmatian coast, Adriatic Sea / Mediterranean). The accident occurred after the MSC ship’s anchor line loosened and the ship drifted towards Classica.

No injuries were reported. Both vessels continued on their scheduled itineraries without any delays.

  23 December 2005Crew / Passenger Deaths

(Costa Classica) On December 23, 2005, the ship was docked in call port Funchal (Madeira Portugal), when on a Costa Cruises sponsored shore excursion 5 passengers (all of Italian nationality) died in a bus crash incident. The tour bus overturned on the road leading to Sao Vicente. Another 43 passengers were injured, among those a 9-month-old baby boy.

The investigation indicated that the bus was speeding and the driver was tested positive for alcohol.

  24 August 2005Fire Accident

(Costa Classica) On August 24, 2005, while navigating in Aegean Sea (Mediterranean), the vessel experienced a fire accident off the Poros Island (35 ml / 60 km south of Piraeus-Athens (mainland Greece). The incident occurred at ~9:30 am. The fire affected the aft starboard side and was extinguished after ~30 min.

No injuries were reported, but the ship suffered major interior damages (in the galley / kitchen area) and Costa Crociere had to cancel the voyage. As compensation, all passengers received full refund, plus 25% future Costa cruise booking discount. The ship entered service again on Aug 21, leaving from Venice Italy.

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