|1.4.11||Windstar Cruises||Cruise Critic reports Seattle-based Ambassadors International, the parent company of Windstar Cruises, has filed for bankruptcy. The cruise line, operator of three motorized sailing vessels that combine the best of cruise with small-ship luxury, issued a release Friday afternoon that said "Ambassadors and its U.S. subsidiaries today voluntarily filed a petition for reorganization under Chapter 11." Ambassadors, according to the release, says it's arranged to sell Windstar Cruises to a White Plains, New York-based investment firm called Whippoorwill Associates, Inc. The investment firm plans to provide $10 million in financing, which can be used to support Windstar's operations until the sale goes through in approximately 45 days (the investor has supplied funds to Windstar over the past two years).||
File for bankruptcy protection
||A passenger wrote about an
outbreak of gastrointestinal illness on the February 20 - 27 cruise
to/from Cozumel. My wife, who
was unaffected by the outbreak, estimated that 5-10% of the passengers
were impacted by the outbreak, judging from the number of passengers in
the lounge, restaurant, on deck, etc. and conversations with fellow
passengers. (10% of passengers on this ship would be 30) .
The response to the passenger's request to Windstar/Holland
America for some sort of compensation has
essentially been “these things happen and you can’t hold us
responsible.” This is a disappointing attitude given Windstar’s
premium price point and service reputation Cruises
that don't include a US port in their itinerary are not required to
report health outbreaks to the CDC.
||Reported on "Cruise
Critic" by a passenger that the ship
experienced engine problems and generator problems that left it adrift
for a night and part of a day. The ship made it back to Torotola
and underwent necessary repairs.
||Engine and generator
||Because the Wind Star
will be redeployed on the Wind Song's
itineraries beginning January
24, seven Tahiti itineraries will be cancelled. All Wind Star
cruises of Costa Rica, Panama Canal and Belize are cancelled from
January 4, 2003 forward.
||An engine room fire
forced evacuation of the ship's 127
passengers and 92 crew. The
ship appears to be a total loss.
|| Wind Surf
||Gastrointestinal outbreak reported to CDC -- 2 pax (3.33%) and 2 crew (1.04%)||Illness