Cruise NewsMeasles Outbreak Hits Costa Cruise Ship in Italy

Measles Outbreak Hits Costa Cruise Ship in Italy

Over 50 crew members on the Costa Pacifica cruise ship were sent to seek additional medical attention after being infected with the measles.  The ship was in the port of Civitavecchia, Italy when the infected crew members disembarked from the vessel.

Although 59 crew members have “probably been infected” with the virus according to Il Messaggero, there have not been any reports of the virus being spread to any of the passengers on the ship.

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The crew members were put into isolation in accordance with hygiene and health requirements before being sent to numerous hospitals.  Nine crew members are currently hospitalized in Rome and others have been sent to hospitals in Orbetello.

The captain of the Costa Pacifica is keeping passengers informed of the situation and the cruise is going on as scheduled.  Additional crew members have been added to the cruise ship to help fill the holes of those who got infected.

The Pacifica is currently on a 9 night cruise that left out of the port in Savona, Italy on February 22, 2014.  The cruise has stops in the ports of Marseille, France; Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Civitavecchia, Italy; and La Spezia, Italy.  The ship will arrive back in Savona on March 1, 2014.

Cruise Fever will continue to monitor the measles outbreak on the Costa Pacifica and will update this page if and when more information becomes available.

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Cruise NewsMeasles Outbreak Hits Costa Cruise Ship in Italy


  1. Hallo! I was with my family on the Costa Pacifica till today morning. Then were always infected cca. 300 people, most from the crew personal. The ship personal tried to keep it in a secret or they told us first, “there are some measels-falls among the crewmembers”. In Rom they told also, that we will go out a little bit later (it was at the end five hours!), then we must wait for the ambulance (they brought 40 people to the hospital).
    My doughter is pregnant, but nobody was interested in the ship on it, although it means for her an extra big risikofactor. Before leaving the ship in Savona they told us, everybody had to sit down in the theatre (we were there half an hour and then we let them there!). I was 4 days ill with high temperature, but the doctor said, everything is negativ, he didn’t find any problem with me – but the fever and cough were there 4 days and nobody wanted to know, if I am still alive. Since Wednesday my husband has high temperature, too… we hope, that our illness has another cause and we go to a normal doctor at home. We were 4 days in our little cabine, because we didn’t want to infect other people (not the doctor told us!) NO MORE TRAVELLING with COSTA!!!

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