By leaving the crowds and the commonplace behind, Windstar offers a different kind of cruise experience. Here’s a deeper dive into what you can expect, from culinary delights to insightful activities that showcase the best of each port.
Intimate Ship Size.
On a Windstar cruise, passengers quickly see how size—in this case, “small”—can make all the difference. Though each elegant ship offers facilities like gourmet restaurants, a pampering spa, and lounging and entertainment spaces, they also feature staterooms and suites for 148-to-310 guests per sailing, allowing for experiences that are hassle-free and tailor-made. Unlike large cruise ships, Windstar’s smaller ships can also nimbly reach off-the-tourist-track harbors and dock in the center of cities, offering easy and quick access to a destination. Add to that immersive and authentic cultural explorations, a friendly atmosphere that makes it easy to connect with staff and fellow travelers, and a welcome lack of crowds or formal nights, and it’s clear what sets Windstar apart in the world of cruising.
Staff Who Sweat the Details.
Life on a Windstar cruise is full of extraordinary touches. From welcoming you back onboard with a refreshing towel to knowing just when to serve your favorite cocktail, Windstar’s staff is ever attentive. The intimate set-up and fun-loving spirit also make you feel instantly welcome, as do the comfortable staterooms and suites—each with water views. Whether you’re enjoying a morning workout or relaxing massage, chatting with the captain on the Open Bridge, sharing the day’s adventures with fellow passengers, setting off on a kayak or paddle board from the Watersports Platform, or cheering on staffers during their talent show, the days and nights on a Windstar ship are as unforgettable as the destinations you’ll visit.
Windstar isn’t the only cruise line that highlights local flavors in its onboard menus, but it is the only one that comes with the elevated standards of being the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation. Seasonal ingredients—often selected by the ship’s chef on a trip to the local market—are expertly woven into beautifully presented dishes at the onboard open-seating restaurants, which include the Veranda for al fresco lunches, and the elegant AmphorA, chic Stella Bistro, or moonlit Candles for dinner. Culinary demos, kitchen tours, and food-focused excursions—such as dinner in a local home in Croatia, or a culinary tour in Da Nang—also enrich the foodie experience.
Excursions Beyond the Ordinary.
Remote villages, secluded islands, and fascinating places in Alaska, Asia, and the Tahiti all come alive on a Windstar cruise. With its signature small ships, you’ll get close to coves and misty fjords, ancient ruins and medieval alleyways, while activities like SCUBA dives, hikes to volcanic springs, and tastings at local vineyards showcase the destinations beyond the expected. Looking ahead to 2018, Windstar is thrilled about its journeys to the tropical Caribbean, ready again to welcome travelers; Costa Rica and Panama, which can be explored on the Wind Star and all-suite Star Breeze; and Tahiti, where Wind Spirit offers year-round sailings. The glamorous ports of the Mediterranean are always in style, while Northern Europe, with its fjords, blooming meadows, and hot food scene, shakes off winter’s chill to beautiful effect.
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