MV Seabourn Pride

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Seabourn Pride.jpg
Cruise ship Seabourn Pride at Quay in Bergen in August 2009
Career
Name: 1988-Present: Seabourn Pride
2014: Star Pride[1]
Owner: 1988-2005: Cunard Line Ltd. [2]
2005-2014: Seabourn Cruise Line Limited [2]
2014: Windstar Cruises[3]
Operator: 1988-Present: Seabourn Cruise Line
Windstar Cruises 2014[3]
Port of registry: 1988–2001: Oslo,  Norway
2001–2013: Nassau,  Bahamas
Builder: Schichau-Seebeckwerft
Yard number: 1065
Laid down: 1 December 1987[2]
Completed: 18 November 1988[2]
Identification: Call sign: C6FR5
IMO number: 8707343
MMSI number: 311084000
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 9,975 GT[4]
Length: 133.4 m (438 ft)[2]
Beam: 20.5 m (67 ft)[2]
Draught: 5.42 m (18 ft)[2]
Draft: 5.2 m (17 ft)
Installed power: 7,280 kW
Speed: 19.2 knots (35.6 km/h; 22.1 mph) (maximum)
16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) (service)
Capacity: 208 passengers
Crew: 164

Seabourn Pride is one of three German built cruise ships, built and operated for Seabourn Cruise Line. In 2013 Windstar Cruises announced that the Seabourn Pride would be renamed Star Pride. The ship's operator Seabourn Cruise Line since construction in 1988 will still be her operator for a further one year until the transfer is complete in May, 2014. Windstar Cruises has already purchased the ship.[5] The Seabourn Pride was the first of her class, and set out on her maiden voyage in November, 1988, after being christened by Shirley Temple Black. During 2005, she was refurbished along with the other two vessels in Seabourn Cruise Line, to keep up with the luxurious image of the Seabourn cruises.

She is identical to her sister ships Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit, the latter gaining attention when she was attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, in November 2005. Like her sister ships, the Seabourn Pride is fitted with a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), designed as a non-lethal method to fend off attackers.

In 2006, a Forbes.com article declared Pride's New Year cruise as the most expensive in the category [6]

She has departed the Seabourn fleet in April 2014, and will enter service for Windstar Cruises in May 2014.[7]

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