Windstar Cruises operate a fleet of small luxury cruise ships and are best known for yacht style, intimate cruises to some of the world’s most exciting destinations. The fleet is made up of six vessels; three cruise ships and three sailing yachts. The size of these yachts, with a capacity of between 148-310 guests, mean they can access some of the smaller and more remote harbours of the world. The three yachts travel to 50 countries and visit over 150 ports in Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and Central America. The three more traditional cruise ships are also small, each hosting just 212 guests and these cruise ships have opened up new itineraries to Iceland, Puerto Rico and beyond.
Windstar Cruises are an award-winning luxury cruise line company and were recently listed on Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List, coming in as the number three cruise line in the world.
The Windstar Cruises fleet is perfectly formed – large enough to pamper and entertain you yet small enough to tuck into the tiny harbours and hidden coves others can’t reach. And with a maximum capacity of just 310 guests, Windstar Cruises are great for those people who love to mingle and meet other travellers on their cruise holiday. The fleet is split into two classes – the three sailing yachts Wind Surf, Wind Spirt and Wind Star and the three more traditional cruising yachts Star Pride, Star Breeze and Star Legend.
To cruise on any of the Windstar fleet is to experience true luxury. From the minute you step on board to the moment your cruise finishes, you will feel like you are the most special person in the world to every member of the Windstar crew. The Wind Surf is the largest of the fleet, however with just 310 guests, it’s still a very intimate cruise ship. The three cruising yachts are all the same size and offer up all the luxury of a five star hotel, ensuring you have a cruise experience you will never forget.
You can find out more about the Windstar Cruises Fleet here.
Windstar’s fleet of small yachts means they can access some of the more remote and tranquil ports around the world, giving you a cruise experience like no other. Just because the yachts are small doesn’t mean they lack in activities and entertainment however. A day on board a Windstar yacht is a day of choices, all of them good. Choose to start your day with a relaxing WindSpa or maybe work up a sweat in the on board fitness centre. With watersports platforms located on all six yachts, the opportunity to try your hand at something new is ready and waiting for you every day – swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding or even water skiing are all available and are all complimentary of course.
If relaxation is more your style, kick back on one of the sun decks or take a dip in the whirlpool. The food on board any of the six yachts is outstanding so meal times are a highlight in the day. After a delicious dinner why not try your hand at the casino or chat to the Captain up on the Bridge where you can find out more about your route.
Find out more about the onboard experience here.
Windstar offer itineraries all around the world and will take you to ports and destinations that are inaccessible to the larger cruise ships. Here are just a sample of some of the places you can visit with Windstar Cruises:
• Greek Isles
• Costa Rica
• Panama Canal
Find out more about Windstar Cruises cruise destinations here.
Book your Windstar Cruises Cruise
Here at iCruise we have fantastic offers on Windstar cruises throughout the world. We have an expert team of cruise advisors with experience of travelling the routes and we are available on the phone to talk you through the best cruise options for you. We make sure we know everything there is to know about Windstar Cruises, helping us to recommend the Windstar Cruises cruise ship that meets your needs both in terms of destination and onboard facilities.
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Around the Ship
You are sailing into the fabled port (ancient, romantic) you have seen in travel books and magazines, only the breeze on your skin tells you: it’s real. You are gliding through a beautiful harbour in the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, the Panama Canal, Costa Rica or the Caribbean. The destinations of Windstar are classic sailing playgrounds, irresistible in every era, for the simple reason that their aura of cool elegance and sportive privilege never go out of style. This classic elegance is mirrored in the Windstar experience on board as well. Throughout you will find an intimate and refined ambiance, with an emphasis on expansive choices, unfettered access, and the liberty to do whatever you desire. You might spend time in the ship’s library, pouring over an atlas or choosing a CD or DVD to take back to your stateroom. Whereas you will find all manner of new appointments aboard our ships, from flat-screen LCD televisions to granite-clad surfaces and updated fitness rooms, the real luxuries Windstar offers are not luxuries “du jour” but rather, luxuries of the heart. Absolute freedom, a relaxed sense of being, a lighter mind.
Complimentary water sports are available in the afternoons on most itineraries when anchored, on all three Windstar ships. Visit the open-air watersports platform located aft. All watersports are offered sea and weather conditions permitting. In the event of turbulent seas and adverse weather conditions, watersports may be cancelled for safety reasons.
Enjoy an open-water skiing adventure in an exotic lagoon, bay, or harbour. For experienced skiers only. Skiing slots are typically half an hour and take a maximum of two skiers at any one time. Sign up times are available on the sports platform during open hours.
Paddle off together to enjoy the coastal sights and get some exercise. Kayaks are available for one or two people for half-an-hour and must be entered from the water.
Among the most challenging of water sports. For experienced surfers only.
Enjoy the wind and the sea on the Topper or Rumba Escape Sailboats. Designed for experienced sailors, sailboats accommodate one or two people.
Scenic Boat Rides:
A relaxing way to take a closer look at the surrounding coast and wildlife. Come for a ride in one of our inflatable boats along scenic coastlines. Do not forget to bring a camera!
If a swim is all you desire, this too is an option. A swim line and user-friendly ladder are provided as well as supervision for your safety.
Enjoy the underwater beauty of reefs, coral, sea life and sunken treasure in many of the ports. Complimentary snorkel gear is provided. Snorkelling excursions are available for an additional charge. Underwater cameras are also available.
Discover Scuba Diving/Certified Scuba Diving Program:
Both programs are led by our dive-masters who are PADI certified. The Discover Scuba Diving program for beginners includes a simple, comprehensive classroom and pool session. After that, beginners can sign up for designated dives. Experienced divers need to bring their certification card and can accompany the dive masters on all dives offered.