Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride (photo left in Europe when it was operated by Seabourn) hit rocks near Isla de Coiba, Panama yesterday morning.
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. Cruise Critic says that the cruise line offered ‘100 percent of cruise fare paid for future cruise credit."
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.
The cruise ship was renamed the Star Pride after Seabourn Cruises stopped operating the vessel last year.
Photo Credit: Seabourn Pride by Churchill188 licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikipedia.
December 26 2015 Update: It seems that this occurred on a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to the Facebook Sea Shepard Panama page (Photo Credit for photo right):
"A Cruise Ship Passing Through UNESCO World Heritage Site Coiba National Park, hit some slightly submerged rocks while attempting to navigate through a shallow channel.
The ship is undergoing repairs In this delicate ecosystem so it can continue on its way. Meanwhile other Cruise Ships navigate around it as they load and unload their 100’s of passengers for waterskiing and other activities.
We hope that while repairs are happening on the Ship that there is no furthur negative impact to the environment.
At this stage it is unknown how much damage has-been done to the Reef and Marine life at the site of impact."