WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Society Expeditions' World Discoverer
ran aground April 30 on a beach off the Solomon Islands.
The ship was intentionally grounded after striking an uncharted
coral reef in the Pacific Ocean. There were no injuries.
The ship's 99 passengers -- comprised of 47 Americans, 44
Germans and eight Britons -- were taken ashore by lifeboat, after
which a local excursion vessel took them to the capital city of
The passengers and crew spent May 1 in hotels in Honiara waiting
for Society Expeditions to make arrangements for their return home.
At press time the company had not released terms of those
World Discoverer's captain beached the ship to safely evacuate
passengers and crew, Michael Lomax, the company's president, told
New Zealand's National Radio.
The ship has not leaked oil, gasoline or any pollutants in the
water, said Lomax. The vessel remains grounded on a beach 20 miles
north of Honiara.