‘Goddess of the Night’ detained in Italy

2024-06-28T18:12:13+00:00 June 28th, 2024|Safety|

While berthed at the Italian port of Brindisi, the recently acquired cruise ship, ‘Goddess of the Night’ was reported to have been detained by Italian authorities.

According to Reuters, the 2,720 pax vessel was arrested following complaints about poor sanitary conditions on board.

‘Goddess of the Night’ was chartered by the Italian Government to serve as a floating hotel during the recent G7’s 50th Summit in Apulia to accommodate various police forces.

Owned by Seajets, the ship was reportedly impounded by order of local prosecutors to allow further investigations, the news agency agency said.

Local unions claimed that many cabins could not be used, due to water leaks, broken air conditioning and malfunctioning toilets.

As a result, police officers that were due to stay on the vessel were transferred to hotels and another ship, the news agency added.

According to Italian media, the local government paid around €6.5 mill to charter the cruise ship for eight days to accommodate more than 2,600 public security and police officers.

In addition to the use of the ship’s staterooms and public areas, the charter included catering services, with three meals due to be served on board per day, it was reported.

Originally built for Carnival Corp’s Costa Cruises, the ‘Goddess of the Night’ was sold to Greek-based Seajets in early 2023 and was due to inaugurate a new cruise brand, Neonyx Cruises.