Windstar Star Pride cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8707343, owned by the Windstar Cruises line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are ship grounding, collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Windstar Star Pride accidents & incidents
At the Star Pride CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Windstar ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents, including when operating as “Seabourn Pride”. 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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Ship grounding accident
- December 22, 2015, at !6:15 am the vessel experienced a grounding accident while anchoring at call port Isla de Coiba (off the Panama’s coast). No injuries were reported. The ship’s running aground resulted in hull damages (hull was breached) that made it unseaworthy. The ship took on water, resulting in listing to starboard. Because of the island’s remote location, lack of port infrastructure and lack of marine support vessels, the shipowner Windstar arranged for the fleetmate Star Breeze and also the sailing nearby MV Tere Moana ship to transfer the Pride’s 109 passengers to Costa Rica for the return flight (San Jose airport via port Golfito). As compensation, all passengers received a full refund, plus a free Windstar cruise voucher. The ship’s crew joined the fleetmate Star Breeze on Dec 23. The damaged cruise vessel was stabilized at the scene and later towed to Balboa (Panama) for further inspection and hull repairs.
- The accident occurred on a 7-days Panama Canal Christmas cruise from Colon to Puerto Caldera (itinerary Dec 19 – 26) with call ports in Panama and Costa Rica (Panama City, Isla De Coiba, Golfito, Bahia Drake, Quepos). The next scheduled New Year cruise (itinerary Dec 26 – Jan 2, from Puerto Caldera to Colon) was also cancelled. Later, Windstar Cruises cancelled two more itineraries in 2016 – departures January 2 and 9. Booked passengers were compensated with a full refund plus a free Windstar cruise (future booking). Star Breeze passengers, who were also affected by the accident, received as compensation 75% refund plus 75% future Windstar cruise booking discount.
- On January 5th, Windstar Cruises announced the cancellation of all itineraries through April 9, 2016, as the ship needed an alternate shipyard for the final repairs. To all booked on canceled sailings Star Pride cruise passengers was offered to choose either a full refund or another Windstar ship cruise.
- Note: Most ship grounding accidents (when the marine vessel’s hull impacts the seabed) happen at lower cruising speeds, since the ships operate in known to be shallow waters. Such incidents usually result in stranding (with or without significant hull damages). However, if the hull is breached, the result would be flooding, which may compromise the vessel’s stability and safety. The well-known example for such a tragic accident is the Costa Concordia sinking after hitting a rock in January 2012.
History, technical incidents
- November 1988, the Seabourn Pride 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 2006, the online media Forbes.com declared the ship’s 2006 New Year’s voyage as the world’s most expensive in the luxury travel category.
- In 2013, the current shipowner Windstar announced that the Seabourn ship Pride would be renamed to “Star Pride” in May 2014. The ship left the fleet of Seabourn on March 30, 2014, and entered the fleet of Windstar on May 5.
- September 1, 2005 (as Seabourn Pride) because of safety hazards the vessel (carrying 170 cruise passengers) was detained for ~43 hours at call port Waterford Ireland. During the ship’s inspection, they found safety deficiencies and fire risks. The ship was released after all deficiencies were corrected. Curiously, the UK safety inspectors in call port Falmouth England (on August 31) had found several safety faults, but allowed the ship to leave after the Captain agreed to make all necessary amends at sea.
- June 14, 2006 (as Seabourn Pride) while operating on a 14-days Norwegian Fjords cruise itinerary (itinerary London to Copenhagen, June 3- 17), the ship experienced rough seas en-route to Bergen. Because of the storm, all forward-location suites on deck 7 suffered broken windows and flooding. Staterooms located on the deck 6 below suffered flooding from the suites on the above deck. Via the PA system, the Captain informed about substantial water damages, but no injuries were reported.
- May 19, 2007 (as Seabourn Pride) a major structural problem was found on the vessel when it docked at call port Belle Ille (France). The crew discovered that a door at the ship’s Marina platform had missing bolts and hinges. This damaged the door’s hydraulic system making it inoperational (unable to move up and down). Because of this the door was only partially closed and blocked. Luckly, when the incident occurred the ship was close to St Nazaire (~45 ml / 70 km away) so it sailed at highly reduced cruising speed towards that port for repairs. The incident resulted in an itinerary change – call ports Belle Ille and St Malo (bot hin France) and Guernsey (Channel Islands) were dropped. May 21: The ship arrived at St Nazaire on May 21, where the Marina door was welded shut. Late in the evening, the ship departed continuing the itinerary with next port Rouen France.
- May 22, 2014, while docked in call port Portoferraio (Italy), at ~1 pm the Star Pride ship was slightly hit by the MS Berlin (FTI Cruises) performing a docking maneuver. The Pride ship sustained only a minor hull damage to the bow and completed the itinerary as scheduled. The Berlin ship sustained a minor superstructure damage to the stern (its upper deck). No injuries were reported.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- Fortunately, there are no such tragic incidents officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- Fortunately, there are no such incidents officially reported so far.
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