Cruise ship STAR PRIDE grounded and breached, passengers evacuated, Panama
Windstar Cruises' STAR PRIDE hit rocks near Isla de Coiba, Panama yesterday morning (Dec 23).
Professor Ross Klein's website says that according to a passenger aboard the Star Breeze:
"We have just picked up 109 passenger and crew from another Windstar Cruise Liner in (what I think is) the south end of Costa Rica. The other Windstar ship hit rocks and took on water near the port where people got off. We left our port in an emergency to assist and it took 13 hours to get to them. According to people on that Windstar ship no one was injured which makes us all happy. We are going to be back tracking to get them to the closest airport. The ship we all saw is clearly damaged at it is listing."
News sources says that guests were refunded 100 percent of their voyage fare, and they also received a voucher for a future voyage. The cruise ship will be towed to the port of Balboa in Panama for repairs to the hull. Windstar is also reportedly canceling the December 26th Star Pride voyage.
Comment: according to AIS, liner ran aground in the morning Dec 23 in position 07 37N 081 43W, in a strait dividing northern tip of Isla de Coiba from a small isle to northeast, Panama’s Pacific coast.