The body of the 48-year-old Indonesian man, reportedly a mechanic on the ship, was found inside the ventilation shaft after co-workers had reported him missing. A Genoa newspaper, citing a court report on the incident, reported that the man had been performing repairs on fans within the ventilation system.
Costa Crociere expressed sadness over the January 17 incident in a statement, but provided very few details.
"It seems that the crewmember fell inside a ventilation duct where he was performing some maintenance works," said the line. "The exact cause of the accident is currently under investigation."
Appropriate procedures were followed, according to Costa, with the ship's command notifying authorities and contacting the man's family to express condolences and offer "full assistance."
Costa Serena was off the coast of Argentina on the second day of a 10-night South America cruise when the incident took place.
--Jamey Bergman, U.K. Production Editor