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.

Paul Gauguin Cruises christens second ship

Paul Gauguin Cruises christens second ship

By Jerry Limone
Paul Gauguin Cruises christened the Tere Moana on Dec. 29 in St. Martin.

The ship formerly operated as Le Levant for Compagnie du Ponant. After taking delivery of the ship from Ponant in the fall, Paul Gauguin Cruises refurbished it.

Folllowing the christening ceremony and gala dinner, the Tere Moana embarked on its inaugural sailing, a seven-day Caribbean voyage.

In January and February, the Tere Moana embarks on 13- and 14-day Panama Canal cruises. From April through November, the ship will sail a variety of seven-day European voyages.

The Tere Moana is Paul Gauguin Cruises’ second ship. Its other ship, the Paul Gauguin, sails in French Polynesia.