Star Pride temporarily lost power Friday, causing the ship to modify its next itinerary.
A Windstar Cruises spokesperson tells Travel Agent that at 3:00 p.m. EDT Friday the ship experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems, causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines while navigating Buzzards Bay off the coast of Massachusetts. The ship was on a 17-day cruise from Reykjavik to New York City.
As of 5:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, the Star Pride’s power, including propulsion, was restored, and the ship sailed to Newport, Rhode Island, for a U.S. Coast Guard inspection. The ship was cleared early on Saturday morning and arrived in Manhattan that evening. On Sunday morning, the ship departed on its next cruise – a 13-day New York – Montreal, Quebec, sailing – with an itinerary revision to bypass Newport on Sunday to keep its schedule. All operations are otherwise back to normal.
“At no time were the 191 passengers and 160 crew and ship at risk,” Windstar said in a statement provided to Travel Agent. “The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the vessel and a pilot from Boston was on board during the entire incident providing guidance.”
The Star Pride is a 212-passenger, all-suite yacht, currently offering cruises to Canada and San Juan out of Manhattan.