According to multiple reports, Costa Cruise’s Costa Fascinosa lost an engine during a powerful storm earlier this week while sailing between Venice and and the Greek Isles.
Reports from multiple sources suggest that at the time of the incident, the Costa Fascinosa faced winds of up to 90 knots (103 mph), high waves, and a possible waterspout. The combination of these weather conditions reportedly disabled one of the ship’s engines and caused the ship to drift off course and “turn like a top,” as one passenger suggested.
Passengers and crew aboard the Costa Fascinosa have come forward with reports of the atmosphere onboard. Multiple passengers claim the ship was being thrown around at the mercy of the waves, claiming it felt as if control of the ship had been lost. Crew members have posted photos from the galleys, showing piles of broken dishes, glass, and silverware strewn about as the result of the waves. Reports from onboard also claim the ship’s command had instructed all aboard the Costa Fascinosa to put on their lifejackets as a precaution.
Video from a crew member posted by our friends at Cruise Fever show the state of the galley following the incident.
In a statement, Costa Cruise’s apologizes for the unfortunate incident and states the ship’s command took all necessary and planned action to ensure the safety of the ship’s passengers and crew. No repairs or delays were required following the two hour incident, as the Costa Fascinosa is currently underway from Mykonos to her next planned port of call, Santorini. There are no reported injuries to either the ship’s passengers or crew.