Star Pride in 2016
|Port of registry|
|Laid down||1 December 1987|
|Launched||22 July 1988|
|Completed||18 November 1988|
|Class and type||Pride-Class Ships|
|Length||133.4 m (438 ft)|
|Beam||20.5 m (67 ft)|
|Draught||5.42 m (18 ft)|
|Installed power||7,280 kW|
|Propulsion||two propeller shafts and two fixed pitch propellers|
Star Pride (formerly Seabourn Pride) is one of three German built cruise ships that were initially built for the Seabourn Cruise Line. She was known as Seabourn Pride and is 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.
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 owned by Seabourn Cruise Line, to keep up with the luxurious image of Seabourn Cruise Line.
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. She departed the Seabourn fleet on March 30, 2014 and entered service for Windstar Cruises on May 5, 2014.
On December 22, 2015, 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 Cruise's ship, the Tere Moana. She was salvaged and put back into service on June 9, 2016.
On 7 September 2018, Star Pride lost power while in Buzzards Bay between Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard off Massachusetts, United States. The ship anchored, and regained power after several hours. Commercial tugboats went to its aid. The US Coast Guard sent a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, to police a security zone around the ship. Star Pride later sailed to Newport, Rhode Island for inspection, and was then cleared to sail to New York, to disembark passengers and prepare for its next voyage. The ship had experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems, causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines.
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