(2:12 p.m. EST) -- More sailings on Windstar's Star Pride have been canceled after a grounding of the ship in Panama on December 22.
The January 2 and January 9 departures on the 212-passenger ship will not take place, the line said in a statement. Previously, only the December 26 cruise had been canceled.
As Cruise Critic reported, Star Pride passengers on the affected sailings received a 100 percent refund and 100 percent of the cruise fare paid as a future cruise credit. Passengers on Star Breeze have also received compensation of a 75 percent refund and a 75 percent future cruise credit, as their sailing was also impacted when the ship picked up stranded Star Pride passengers.
Star Pride has been stabilized at Isla de Coiba and will be towed to Balboa, Panama for repairs. The Star Pride crew have been deployed to Balboa or other ships, with those near the end of the contract sent home.
Because the ship is flagged in Bahamas, the Bahamas Maritime Authority will investigate the grounding, the line said.
Cruise Critic member thesnowfamily posted a review of their experience on Star Pride.
"At about 6:15 a.m. I was aboard with my husband and two adult daughters when the ship hit the reef. There was a jolt and a tremor that ran through the ship, accompanied by the screech of metal. There was no communication from the bridge to the passengers."
People left the ship for the day at Isla de Coiba in their swimsuits and cover-ups, leaving valuables behind. At 11 a.m., a tour leader told passengers that the ship was damaged and that divers were being flown in by helicopter to assess the damage. "We were told we could not return to the ship and that all electricity and water had been turned off as a precaution. Meanwhile, the ship developed a visible list to one side."
Passengers were told in the afternoon that the cruise was canceled because the ship was no longer seaworthy, thesnowfamily wrote. "There were several holes in the hull, one described as 'big as a watermelon,' which could not be repaired. We were told that our sister ship, Star Breeze, had diverted course to pick us up later that evening."
The passengers remained on the island through the evening. At 11 p.m., the Paul Gauguin ship Tere Moana reached the scene and took the first 50 passengers; Star Breeze arrived an hour later and took the rest, thesnowfamily said.
"We were transferred by Zodiac pontoon and welcomed aboard at about 12:30 a.m. with a hot buffet dinner. Our hastily packed luggage arrived at about 3:00 a.m., though many people (including us) reported items missing. To our immense surprise and gratitude, we were assigned to suites, four persons each. (I had expected to sleep in one of the lounges.) The Star Breeze then diverted course to take us to Golfito, Costa Rica."
Thesnowfamily concluded their review by saying that while they wished for more communication, they would consider another cruise on Windstar, depending on the company's final response overall.
--By Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor