Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for its intimate, yacht -style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its six yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruises to 52 nations, calling at 155 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. Windstar added to the yacht fleet by including all-suite yachts Star Pride, Star Breeze, and Star Legend in 2014 and 2015. The additional capacity opened up new itineraries such as voyages to Iceland, Panama Canal, and Costa Rica, as well as allowing Windstar Cruises to sail to Tahiti year round.
Cradling guests in pampered comfort, Windstar’s intimate ships exude a private yacht-like atmosphere, allowing for sincere camaraderie and lasting friendships between shipmates. With one staff member for every two guests, service is attentive without being intrusive. Menus are based on fresh, local produce the chef purchases at local markets, giving the cuisine an incomparable local flair. Windstar carefully crafts guests’ special magical moments with personal experiences, such as exclusive Private Events, guest visits to the Captain in the Open Bridge, dining under the stars, listening to the swell of music as Windstar’s beautiful yacht leaves port, and complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, ski-tubing, and kayaking from the ship’s Watersports Platform.
Exclusively for their valued guests, Windstar Cruises’ itineraries feature a memorable Private Event. These complimentary events have been carefully crafted to give Windstar’s guests an in-depth and authentic local experience to enhance their voyage even more. Private Events include activities such as an after-hours tour and dinner under the stars in the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus, or a private concert in the photogenic Blue Church in Seydisfjordur. In the past, celebrity guests have included wildlife expert Jeff Corwin, Olympian Mark Spitz, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II Chef Darren McGrady, and former Miss Tahiti Mareva Georges.
Windstar’s award-winning reputation for sophisticated, yet casual elegance has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel world. In 2014, Windstar Cruises was named World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards, and is named on the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Gold List.. Not only did Windstar’s winning score place them #1 in small ship cruise lines, it also garnered the company the #2 spot among all small, midsize, and large ocean-going cruise lines.
In addition, Windstar was named the best cruise line for honeymoons by CruiseCritic.com; Outstanding Culinary Cruise Line by SAVEUR; as well as being named the #2 small ship cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards. Recently, Windstar was also awarded the 2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons Award for Top Cruise Line for Couples.
Windstar recently introduced their 2017 Voyage Collection, bringing you closer to the incredible sights and sounds of two new voyages and four new ports of call in Croatia. Now you can raft or canoe down the lush tree-lined Cetina River in Split, Croatia or be transported in historic Zadar by the music of the world’s first Sea Organ, or investigate the panoramic landscapes of Piran, considered the most beautiful of Slovenia’s coastal towns. Enjoy the abundant vineyards, olive groves and hidden bays and coves on Korcula, one of the most densely wooded islands in the Adriatic, or go truffle hunting and explore miles of illuminated coastal promenade in Opatija in the heart of the Riviera.
Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies.
For more information on Windstar Cruises, visit them online at www.windstarcruises.com.