Windstar Star Breeze cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8807997, owned by the Windstar Cruises line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are pirate attacks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), pollution, machinery malfunctions.
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Windstar Star Breeze accidents & incidents
At the Star Breeze CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Windstar ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents, including when operating as “Seabourn Spirit”. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and USCG (Coast Guard) reports.
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Pirate attack accident
- November 5, 2005 (as Seabourn Spirit) the cruise ship carrying 115 passengers was ~70 ml / 115 km off the Somalia’s coast. At 5:50 am, the vessel was approached by two pirate skiffs (speedboats launched by a bigger ship). The attacking Somali pirates fired at the ship with machine guns and also with PRGs (rocket propelled grenades). One of the grenades wedged itself in a cruise cabin’s wall. The unexploded grenade was later disarmed by military crew from USS Gonzalez (an US Navy destroyer ship) sent to assist the cruise ship after the pirate attack. Reportedly, a second RPG bounced off the cruise ship’s stern.
- No passenger injuries were reported. However, two of the crew – Som Bahadur Gurung (Master-at-Arms, a former Gurkha soldier) and Michael Groves (Security officer) – suffered minor injuries after being hit by shrapnels. They were combating the attackers with the ship’s own LRAD (“Long Range Acoustic Device”). With the help of this device the Seabourn cruise ship managed to repel the raiding pirates by projecting a powerful sound wave. Both injured crew were honored for bravery by HM Queen Elizabeth II on May 16, 2007, at a ceremony in the Buckingham Palace (London, England).
- After the pirate attack, the Seabourn Spirit cruise ship changed its itinerary course from Mombasa (Kenya) to Port Victoria (Seychelles) for repairs. The it sailed to Singapore and resumed its original schedule.
- The list of other cruise ships attacked by pirates includes Azamara Journey, Balmoral, OCEANIA Nautica.
- Notes: According to the USCG issued “Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act” (passed by CLIA in 2010), cruise ships sailing in certain high risk areas are required to have acoustic hailing devices (AHD). These devices consist of specialized loudspeakers emitting a high-volume and high-power sound waves directed toward attacking marine vessels. The effect is intense pain to the ears of the attackers. LRADs were introduced in 2002. Such “sound weapons” are usually used for crowd control, mass notification, critical infrastructure protection, wildlife protection and control. Such devices are used by law enforcement, military and various commercial groups.
History, technical incidents
- November 1989, the Seabourn Spirit ship set out on its Inaugural Cruise after being christened by godmother Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014, an American actress, singer and dancer). The cruise vessel is one of the 3 ships built in Germany for the Seabourn Cruises line company.
- In 2005, the Conde Nast Traveler magazine rated the vessel as the world’s “best small cruise ship”.
- In 2013, the current shipowner Windstar announced that the Seabourn ship Spirit would be renamed to “Star Breeze” in May 2015. The ship left the fleet of Seabourn in April 2015 and entered the fleet of Windstar on May 6.
- December 20, 2006 (as Seabourn Spirit) at ~7 am the ship experienced a small fire accident right before the arrival in call port Hong Kong, China. After docking, the cruise ship was approached by fire engines and a water tug. Apparently the crew managed the emergency appropriately and the assistance was not needed.
- December 7, 2015, the vessel was reported for water pollution by the Saint Maarten Nature Foundation. The organization’s staff contacted the harbor of St Maarten (USVI) and the local department of Maritime Affairs requiring an investigation for a wastewater dumping at the cruise terminal in the morning on December 5. Investigation showed that due to faulty equipment, the ship’s wastewater tank overflowed and a significant amount of wastewater polluted the sea. Even tough an incident report and pollution complaint were officially issued, due to the unavailability of a public prosecutor, the USCG issued only a warning and allowed the ship to depart without a fine.
- December 22, 2015, the ship assisted its fleetmate Star Pride by accommodating 69 passengers (plus the cruise ship’s crew) and carrying them to Costa Rica (port Golfito). The Windstar Pride ship run aground while anchoring at Isla de Coiba (off the Panama’s coast), resulting in hull damages that made it unseaworthy. The incident occurred during the Breeze’s 7-days Panama Canal Christmas cruise (itinerary Dec 19-26 from Puerto Caldera to Colon) with call ports in Costa Rica and Panama (Quepos, Bahia Drake, Golfito, Isla De Coiba, Panama City, Panama Canal). For the inconvenience, all Star Breeze cruise passengers were compensated with a 75% refund and additionally received a 75% future Windstar cruise booking discount.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- Fortunately, there are no such tragic incidents officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- November 8, 2015, a 43-year-old female passenger was reported fell overboard and missing. The accident occurred while the ship was in the Mediterranean Sea and between Civitivecchia (port to Rome Italy) and Portoferraio (Livorno Italy). Fortunately, the woman (of US origin) was rescued alive after being over an hour in open sea. The investigation showed that before she jumped overboard, the woman had an argument with her boyfriend and was influenced by alcohol.
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