Shore Excursion Accident Kills Five Costa Passengers

December 30, 2005
Five passengers traveling on a Costa-organized shore excursion in Madeira were killed last week when their motorcoach ran off the road. Another 43 people were injured in the accident, which took place while the travelers were taking a bus tour of the Portuguese island. Two of those injured are in comas, according to media reports.

The driver of the bus was arrested after reportedly failing a breathalyzer test.

CostaClassica has since returned, as scheduled, to its homeport in Savona, Italy, and has already departed on its New Year's voyage. The media reports did say that Costa is refunding cruise fares to those booked on the excursions who survived, and is subsidizing trips to Madeira for relatives of those injured or killed.

Cruise Critic's inquiries for comment to Costa representatives at their U.S. base in Hollywood, Florida, as well as their Genoa headquarters received no response.