Star Pride is a small, yacht-like cruise ship offering destination focused cruises. She is the sister ship of Star Legend and Star Breeze.
This ship as the first of three ships ordered for Seabourn Cruises, going into service in 1988. She was christened by former child actress Shirley Temple Black. During her career with Seabourn, she maintained a good reputation for luxury cruising.
After a refurbishment that included major work on her restaurant and on two of the lounges, Star Pride went into service for Windstar Cruises. She was the first ship to enter the Windstar fleet in 16 years and the first not to have sails. Windstar felt that the yacht-like atmosphere of Star Pride and her two sister ships harmonized with the casual elegance of its existing fleet of sailing vessels.
In December 2015, Star Pride struck a reef off the Pacific Coast of Panama. Her passengers were evacuated by Star Breeze and another cruise ship.
The Windstar yachts travel to both popular ports and ports that few cruise ships visit. On these ships, the destinations are the focus rather than life aboard.
Nonetheless, the three essentially-identical ships have an array of cruise ship features including a pool, three whirlpools, a spa, a fitness center, a casino, a library, screening room, lounges and restaurants.
The line strives for a relaxed informal atmosphere. Guests and crew are on a first name basis. Indeed, under Windstar's open bridge policy, guests are free to go up to the bridge and speak with the officers.
TONNAGE: 9,975 gross tons
LENGTH: 440 feet
BEAM: 63 feet
DRAFT: 16.45 feet
SPEED: 19 knots (max)
15 knots (service)
POWER PLANT: Diesel
PROPULSION: Two fixed pitch propellers
LINE: Windstar Cruises
BUILDER: Schichau Seebeckwerft (Germnay)
ENTERED SERVICE: 1988 as Seabourn Pride
2014 as Star Pride
Cruise ship profile - - Windstar Cruises - - Star Pride