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OCEAN STAR PACIFIC Disabled By Fire — Updated

Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 by

OCEAN STAR PACIFIC in her last role as Louis Cruises' AQUAMARINE in the troughs off Mykonos. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

April 20, 2011 Update: MV OCEAN STAR PACIFIC was towed to Salinas Cruz for repairs.

The 1050 passenger MV OCEAN STAR PACIFIC was stranded six miles off the coast of Huatulco by a generator fire, forcing the evacuation of 522 passengers and 226 crew on Saturday. The ship was on her second cruise for new Mexican based operator Ocean Star Cruises following a multi-million dollar refit in Curacao.

According to the line’s spokesman and the Oaxaca Civil Protection Agency, the fire was extinguished and there were no injuries to the ship’s mostly Mexican passengers, who were evacuated by catamaran at Huatulco.

The disabled OCEAN STAR PACIFIC will be towed into port for repairs. The second ship built for Royal Caribbean Cruises, the OCEAN STAR PACIFIC started her long career in 1971 as the 724 passenger NORDIC PRINCE. In 1980, the NORDIC PRINCE was lengthened with a new midsection and had her gross tonnage increased from 18,346 to 23,149. In 1995, she was sold to British operator Airtours and renamed CAROUSEL. In 2004, she was sold to Louis Cruises, who renamed her AQUAMARINE the following year. Between 2006 and 2008, the ship was chartered to German-based Transocean under the name ARIELLE before reverting to Louis again as AQUAMARINE. In late 2010, AQUAMARINE was sold to Ocean Star for USD $23 million.

Between early January and late March of 2011, OCEAN STAR PACIFIC underwent an extensive refurbishment in Curacao with newly redesigned Lido buffet, pool area and reception by Athens-based AMK (Katzourakis). New lounges, children’s areas, shops and a casino were added along with a new spa and nightclub. The refit work was executed by Piraeus based JGP Hellas and Finland based Riverco Oy.

With thanks to Mr. Pantelis.

10 Responses to OCEAN STAR PACIFIC Disabled By Fire — Updated

  1. Kalle Id

    April 17, 2011 at 5:33 am

    An inauspicious start to a cruise line if there ever was one! (Though not as bad as Sundance Cruises’ SUNDANCER being declared a TCL following a grounding on her third cruise). Hopefully the damage to the OCEAN STAR PACIFIC was not too extensive, it would be good to see this ship keep sailing for years to come – and it would also be good to see the mexican cruise market grow.

  2. Gregg

    April 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    What a sad start. Does anybody know why Louis Cruises sold her?

  3. pantelis

    April 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The ship has been towed to Salinas Cruz where it will perform repairs.
    The refit was actually performed by Piraeus based JGP Hellas and Finland based Riverco Oy. Design was by AMK.

  4. Phil Colebrook

    April 21, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I just love that Wartsila “look”. The clipper bow and streamlined superstructure lends this vintage lady a still-futuristic look. I wonder if they still have the ornate metal wall sculptures in the reception area that I’ve seen in photos of her sister ships. I imagine the trio looked rather vulgar when first introduced but now they are, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful afloat, with or without the wrap-round lounge.

  5. David

    April 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Let’s hope they have the funds to repair her. She is still elegant after all these years .

  6. Kenneth Eden

    April 22, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Phil Colebrook

    They were thought of as beyond vulgar when introduced way back……. Note, the repulsive Viking Crown Lounge, where many drunks fell down the opn deck stairs, has long been gone from the stack.

    The hulls and yes, that raked bow saved them in the worthy of sea going department, however, compared to her – competition, although,, for real genuine cruise ships, back then, there was no real competition. since there were few, very, very few, bonafide ships built expressly for the sole purpose of hot weather tropical cruising, until RCCL built the Nordic, Song and Sun.

    Competition was spread about old aging liners, newer liners, and to keep it brief, SOME rebuilds that did offer open sunny pools and lidos, such as those grand little Paquet ships, and Incres Lines/Chandris VICTORIA.

    They were fairly ugly inside, and cabins were minute. I won’t comment on the food, as I am not a fan of this product, but, I did sail in the NORDIC PRINCE, and am happy to see her still enjoying her life at sea.

    Royal Viking came along, and the rest of the modern ship for cruising is, well, history.

    In short, what Royal C did for cruising, as modern as it was back then, was litterally open the world of cruising to the perfect, modern, vehicle, and for that, RCI must be thanked.

  7. Michael Bennett

    April 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

    They may have been considered vulgar but were squarely designed with MIddle America in mind. I’m prejudiced, as SONG OF NORWAY was my very first ship, in 1974. I found it to be a magical experience which really changed my life. I think they (the RCI ships) were superior, however, to the NCL “White Fleet”. I’m glad all these ships are still with us in their current guises, to remind us of what the cruise industry was back then. I would personally love to revisit them all.H

  8. Spiros

    July 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I will write to you the todays situation from a report of the crew members….

    I am writing to you from M/V Ocean Star Pacific (PANAMA 43182-11) IMO No. 7027411 who is moored at Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Mexico.
    We have contact with everybody a lot of times but still the situation is the same. Actually is going from bad to worst.
    We are greek, bulgarian,romanian and indonesian, deck and engine, crew and officers.
    We are waiting for your help. We running the second month without salary, without money onboard for cigarettes, even money to drink a coca cola. Nothing…..
    The sanitation here is horrible and is dangerous for our health.The accomodation the same. We eat everyday the same expired food,
    we even drink expired coffee. People are sick and soon we will have a lot of problems from this.
    In the last official meeting we have with ITF inspector HONORIO A. GALVAN outside of the harbour of MAZATLAN, SINALOA and more specific at 20 July 2012 and time 20:00.
    Mr Honorio at that meeting admit that he is not allowed from the authorities to come on the ship so thats why the meeting was outside of the port.
    I cannot understand what is going on and I am really worried about that.
    Some people disembark before some days with problems to their tickets, with different destinations etc. The company “PV International Holdings, Inc. or ALAS International Holdings, Inc.” (I don’t know exactly the name- from MIAMI, U.S.A) and the President Mr. Peter Viliotis doesn’t care abou us or about our families even about what is going on the ship. Recently Mr. Fredy Dellis from Ocean Star Cruises Mexico (owners of the ship) inform us and come to an agreement with the crew that at the 17th of July for the crew that not received their salaries the owners will take care their salaries and their repatriation tickets.
    Still nothing happen…….

    Unoffiacially we are informed that no one is willing to pay us and i don’t know what to do in that case.

    WE NEED YOUR HELP. We are prisoners!!! We want our salaries and we want to home as soon as possible.

    For the people that receive this message and they cannot do anything, please at least inform us about what we have to do or what should be our movements.

    Thank you in advance,

    Behalf of all the UNPAID and tired from all this crew

  9. Martin Cox

    July 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you Spiros for sharing your situation, is the OCEAN STAR PACIFIC at anchor off shore, or are you tied up to dock? I looked for the ship on AIS tracking and it is listed as “lost”.
    Have you had contact with the Embassies?
    I passed on your letter to the Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos.

    I wish you the best outcome,

    -Martin Cox
    MaritimeMatters.com

  10. trev

    May 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Any update on this ship? Would love to see current pics and an update of where she is and who owns her and any plans. Thanks

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