On this day in cruise history, on Saturday July 22, 1995 Regency Cruises cruise ship Regent Star (see video below) had a fire aboard while the cruise ship was in in Prince William Sound, on the south coast of Alaska.
Exactly one month earlier, on June 22, 1995, Regent Star was cited by the United States Coast Guard for a long list of safety violations.
There had been an even longer list of violations on May 13, 1995, which included numerous engine room violations. The list of violations is found on our Cruise Ship Fires website.
The Regent Star was originally built by Holland America Line as MS Statendam in 1956.
MS Statendam was the venue for a conference on space exploration held to coincide with the December, 1972 launch of Apollo 17. The cruise had only 100 passengers, only 40 paid the additional conference fee. Holland America Line reportedly lost an estimated $250,000 on the cruise.
Regent Star History
- SS Statendam – Holland America Line (1956-1982)
- Rhapsody – Paquet (1982-1986)
- Regent Star – Regency Cruises (1986-1996)
- Sea Harmony – Perosea Shipping Co (1996-2004)
- Harmony I (2004) scrapped
Video: Regent Star