Star Pride Cruise Ship Regains Power After Being Stranded Off Massachusetts Coast

September 7, 2018
Star Pride

(10:05 p.m. EDT) -- Operations on Windstar Cruises' Star Pride are back to normal after the cruise ship briefly lost power in Buzzards Bay off the coast of Massachusetts September 7. No injuries were reported, and after receiving assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, the ship is expected to arrive in New York tomorrow as scheduled.

The 212-passenger luxury cruise ship became stranded today at approximately 3 p.m., when it experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines, according to a statement from Windstar Cruises.

Power was restored at 5:30 p.m., and all ship operations including propulsion are back to normal. While the ship was without power, the line said it operated on an emergency generator that supplied navigational equipment and essential safety systems, as well as basic comforts for the passengers and crew.

"At no time were the 191 passengers and 160 crew and ship at risk," the statement read. "The U.S. Coast Guard provided assistance to the vessel and a pilot from Boston was on board during the entire incident providing guidance.

"The ship is presently anchored in calm seas. Initially the ship was allowed to intentionally drift at the professional recommendation of the pilot so as not to disturb or harm any marine life or habitats."

An updated statement from 8:55 p.m. notes that "Star Pride is back under full power and currently underway to Newport, Rhode Island for a U.S. Coast Guard inspection. Upon completion of the inspection the ship will resume the scheduled itinerary to New York."

The cruise line's statement also mentions that Star Pride has resumed its scheduled operation, expected to depart New York tomorrow, September 8, on a 13-day cruise to Montreal.

Star Pride is at the end of a 17-night repositioning cruise that departed from Reykjavik, Iceland, on August 23. As of now, no changes have been made to the next sailing, which departs from New York City tomorrow; a spokesperson for the company said that the sailing depends on clearance by the Coast Guard.

This is not the first time Star Pride suffered a mechanical issue that delayed a cruise. The ship experienced a similar issue in December 2015, when passengers were temporarily stranded after it ran aground off the coast of Panama. Repairs were made shortly afterward, and the ship underwent a massive multimillion-dollar refurbishment in April 2016.

--By Gina Kramer, Editor