Star Pride

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Star Pride, 8 January 2016.jpg
Star Pride on January 8, 2016
History
Name:
  • 1988-2014: Seabourn Pride
  • 2014-present: Star Pride[1]
Owner:
Operator:
Port of registry:
Builder: Schichau-Seebeckwerft
Yard number: 1065
Laid down: 1 December 1987[2]
Launched: 1988
Completed: 18 November 1988[2]
Acquired: 1988
In service: 1988
Identification:
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Class and type: Pride-Class Ships
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)
Decks: 5 passenger
Installed power: 7,280 kW
Propulsion: two propeller shafts and two fixed pitch propellers
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

Star Pride is one of three German built cruise ships, was built for Seabourn Cruise Line as Seabourn Pride and now operated for Windstar Cruises and was the first of her class.

Seabourn Pride set out on her maiden voyage in November, 1988 as Seabourn Pride, after being christened by Shirley Temple Black.

Star Pride as Seabourn Pride at Quay in Bergen on August 1, 2009.

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

In 2006, a Forbes.com article declared Seabourn Pride's New Year cruise as the most expensive in the category [5]

In 2013 Windstar Cruises announced that Seabourn Pride would be renamed Star Pride. The ship's former owner, Seabourn Cruise Line was her operator until the transfer was completed in May, 2014.[6] She departed the Seabourn fleet on March 30, 2014 and entered service for Windstar Cruises on May 5, 2014.[7]

On December 22, 2015, the Star Pride hit a reef near the pacific coast of Panama. The passengers and crew were stranded for over 15 hours on Coiba, a Panamanian island and national park. The passengers were rescued by another Windstar boat, the Star Breeze, and Paul Gauguin's ship, the Tere Moana. She was salvaged and put back into service on June 9, 2016.[8]

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