The last sinking of a cruise ship was in 2012 with Costa Concordia, an Italian cruise liner. On the night of January 13, 2012, the ship hit a rock off the coast of Giglio Island and began to take on water. The ship’s captain was later found guilty of multiple counts of manslaughter and abandoning the ship before all 4,229 people on board were rescued.
The wreck of Costa Concordia is still visible off the coast of Giglio Island and has become a popular tourist attraction for divers. The Costa Concordia tragedy prompted increased safety regulations for cruise ships worldwide. These regulations cover areas such as lifeboat drills, crew training and navigation procedures.
Since Costa Concordia, there have been other incidents involving large passenger ships. In 2017, Viking Sky suffered an engine failure while sailing off the coast of Norway near Tromsø. The incident resulted in 479 passengers being evacuated by helicopter while 1,373 were rescued by nearby vessels.
In 2020, over 1,000 passengers had to be rescued from Grandeur Of The Seas during a power outage in the Bahamas. While these incidents did not result in any loss of life or serious injury, they serve as reminders that safety must always remain a top priority.
When Was the Last Sinking of a Cruise Ship? The last sinking was in 2012 with Costa Concordia and since then there have been several other near misses that have prompted increased safety regulations for cruise ships worldwide to help prevent such tragedies from occurring again.