Costa Cruises - Final Grade: "F"

Costa Cruises is an Italian cruise line based in Italy. Founded in 1854, Costa is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., which controls almost 50 percent of the worldwide cruise ship market. Costa has a fleet of 15 cruise ships that all sail under the Italian flag and just launched its newest ship, the Costa Diadema, in October 2014. On January 13, 2012, one of Costa’s cruise ships, the Costa Concordia, ran aground and capsized off the coast of Italy, killing more than 30 passengers. In February 2012 there was fire on the Costa Allegra, which left it drifting without power for 13 hours in waters frequented by pirates, before the ship was taken under tow. The Allegra is being scrapped in Turkey and the Concordia is being scrapped in Italy.

Of Costa’s 15 ships, none have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of F for the company’s 0 percent sewage treatment score. In determining the air pollution reduction grade for each cruise line, only ships that dock at a port that currently has shoreside power facilities (thereby avoiding burning dirty fuel in port) were considered. In total, none of Costa’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company an F in this category. No Costa ships traveled to Alaska between 2010 and 2013.

Costa Cruises - Cruise Ship Fleet

Ship Name Total Persons on Board Destinations Sewage Treatment Air Pollution Reduction Water Quality Compliance Final Ship Grade
Costa neoClassica 2330 Europe, Mediterranean F F N/A F
Costa neoRomantica 2307 Europe, Mediterranean, Arctic F F N/A F
Costa Victoria 3194 Asia F F N/A F
Costa Atlantica 3600 Southeast Asia, Asia F F N/A F
Costa Mediterranea 3600 Caribbean, Mediterranean, Arctic, Europe F F N/A F
Costa Fortuna 4538 Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East F F N/A F
Costa Magica 4538 Mediterranean, Caribbean, Europe F F N/A F
Costa Serena 4880 Mediterranean, Europe, Middle East F F N/A F
Costa Pacifica 4863 Europe, Mediterranean, Arctic, South America F F N/A F
Costa Favolosa 4880 Europe, Mediterranean, South America F F N/A F
Costa Facinosa 4880 Europe, Mediterranean, South America, Africa F F N/A F
Costa Luminosa 3747 Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, U.S. East Coast F F N/A F
Costa Deliziosa 3926 Australia, Caribbean, Central America, India, Mediterranean, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, U.S. West Coast, Africa, Europe, Hawaii, South America F F N/A F
Costa Diadema 6200 Mediterranean F F N/A F
Costa neoRiviera 2370 Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Mediterranean, Middle East F F N/A F

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Grading methodology for the 2014 Cruise Ship Report Card

Friends of the Earth’s Cruise Ship Report Card ranks 16 major cruise lines and 167 cruise ships -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Int’l, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises -- according to four environmental criteria: Sewage Treatment, Air Pollution Reduction, Water Quality Compliance and Transparency.

  • To determine a cruise line’s Sewage Treatment grade, we compared the number of cruise ships in the cruise line that have installed advanced sewage treatment systems against the total number of ships in the cruise line.
  • To determine the Air Pollution Reduction grade for each ship in a cruise line, only ships that dock at a port and plug in to available shoreside power hookups were graded. In addition, ships were given credit if they only utilize low sulfur fuels continuously at levels lower than required by international and U.S. law. 
  • To determine the Water Quality Compliance grade for ships operating in Alaska, we used 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 notices of violation issued for individual cruise ships to each cruise line by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Ships were given an "N/A" if they traveled to Alaska but avoided Alaska’s strong water quality standards by discharging outside of those protected waters.
  • To determine the Transparency grade for each cruise line we graded each line based on whether it responded to our 2014 requests for information regarding their environmental practices.
  • The grades for each of the four criteria were averaged to calculate the Final Grade for each cruise line.