Windstar ship runs aground near Panama

Windstar Cruises said the Star Pride, a 212-passenger ship, ran aground at Isla de Coba, Panama, and suffered some hull damage.

On a posting on its Facebook page, Windstar said everyone on the 212-pasenger ship was safe. Guests disembarked as scheduled for a private-island event.

After determining that the ship was unable to sail, Windstar canceled the rest of the cruise. Passengers were transferred from the island location to other ships: Windstar’s Star Breeze and Paul Gauguin Cruises’  Tere Moana.

Windstar said the guests were routed through Golfito, Costa Rica, to San Jose, where they had the option to stay in Costa Rica for the balance of their vacation or to fly home early. They received a 100% refund plus a future cruise credit for 100% of their fare paid.

Windstar said the Star Pride will be towed to the port of Balboa in Panama for further inspections and repairs. The Dec. 26 cruise has been canceled.

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Norwegian Dawn on schedule for next voyage

Norwegian Dawn

The Norwegian Dawn is structurally sound and will sail its next scheduled cruise from Boston on May 22, Norwegian Cruise Line said on Wednesday.

The Dawn ran aground on the sea bed near Bermuda after departing King’s Wharf on Tuesday. Norwegian Cruise Line said there was a temporary malfunction of the steering system.

Later on Tuesday, the ship was refloated to Heritage Wharf in Bermuda to be assessed by a team consisting of cruise line personnel; an independent dive team; and inspectors from the Dawn’s classification society, DNVGL.

“The team confirmed the structural integrity of the ship, and the technical issue which caused the steering malfunction was identified and corrected,” Norwegian said Wednesday on its Twitter account.

The ship is expected to depart Bermuda at 3 p.m. on Wednesday and resume sailing to Boston.

All guests on the current voyage will receive a credit of 15% of their cruise fare to use toward a future sailing.

Cruise Liner Refloated After Running Aground

Norwegian Dawn

A Norwegian Cruise Line ship with more than 3,500 people on board has had to be refloated after running aground near Bermuda.

The Norwegian Dawn was returning to Boston with 2,443 passengers and more than 1,059 crew.

It is believed to have temporarily lost power after leaving port.

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The Norwegian Dawn struck the sea bed when leaving Bermuda

A spokesman for Norwegian Cruise Lines said: “The ship’s propulsion was affected and, at which time, the vessel made contact with the channel bed.”

However, the vessel has now been refloated after high tide.

A spokesman for the cruise line said the boat would remain anchored off Bermuda overnight.

Experts will inspect it on Thursday before it returns to Boston.

It was unclear whether the passengers would disembark before the 92,000-ton vessel, which is nearly 1,000ft long, heads back to Boston.