Windstar Cruises' Star Pride experienced grounding on December 22, at 6:15 a.m. CST, while coming into anchor at Isla de Coiba, Panama.
All passengers and crew are safe, according to a statement by the line. Windstar’s technical team inspected the ship and identified some areas of the hull that are damaged, making the ship unable to sail.
"Because of Isla de Coiba’s remote location (an island off the coast of Panama), the lack of infrastructure in the area, and the lack of other support vessels, Windstar arranged for sister ship, Star Breeze, along with the Tere Moana (also sailing nearby) to transfer the guests to the mainland. We are grateful and appreciative for the support of the Tere Moana in this time of need," said the company.
Guests were refunded 100% of their voyage fare, and also got a 100% voucher for a future voyage. The crew of the Star Pride joined the Star Breeze on Wednesday, December 23rd.
The ship will be towed to the port of Balboa in Panama for further inspections and repairs. The line is also cancelling the December 26th Star Pride voyage.
For other Star Pride ship accidents see at CruiseMinus.com (this Windstar ship was operated as Seabourn Pride between 1988-2014).