About Windstar Cruises
180° From Ordinary
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 three sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. In May of 2014, Windstar launched Star Pride, followed by Star Breeze and Star Legend in May of 2015. The all suite yachts, with a capacity of 212 guests each, double the size of Windstar's fleet, making the company the market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths. The additional capacity opens up new itineraries such as voyages to Iceland, Puerto Rico, and beyond. Windstar was recently listed on Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious Gold List, coming in as the #3 cruise line in the world.
Windstar Cruises is best for:
Adventurous, active adults looking for an elegant sailing experience;
Those seeking a casual sailing experience and travel to unique itineraries.
The atmosphere and experience onboard Windstar Cruises
Windstar Cruise's sleek, masted sailing ships (the sails are computer-directed) have a relaxed, casual and intimate vibe that eliminates the need for dressing up (country club casual prevails) or any other kind of formality or routine. Their size allows access to small harbors and enhances the sense of exploration on a private and luxurious yacht.
As might be expected, service is excellent and dining is a treat; food is prepared a la minute
using top quality ingredients. There is open dining and a choice of either two or four venues on the ships. While there are few organized activities or programs (and no Vegas-style revues), complimentary water sports are an important part of the Windstar Cruises experience; there is complimentary ski-tubing, kayaking, windsurfing, etc. from each ship's aft deck.
The OnboardSpa Company provides certified organic O SPA London Spa and salon services to the spa, salon and fitness center.
Unlike the pricing on luxury lines, which is fairly inclusive, Windstar Cruises has an a la carte policy for shore excursions, cocktails, special classes and some alternative dining.
As there are no formal nights on Windstar Cruises, the line suggests "casual elegance" in dress for dinners and evenings. Shorts, jeans and T-shirts are not allowed in the specialty dining venues or the public rooms in the evening.
The destinations served by Windstar Cruises
The clientele of Windstar Cruises
- Greek Isles
- Costa Rica
- Panama Canal
- Northern Europe
Mostly North American and British, active, well-traveled, well-educated adults. While the average age is about 50, the line also attracts honeymooners and adventurous independent younger professionals.
Regarding children onboard Windstar Cruises
: The line does not encourage travel with children, especially infants and toddlers; availability for children under 7 years of age is limited. The intimate ship size and unregimented atmosphere are adult in orientation and do not provide for the care, supervision, or entertainment of children. Children occupying staterooms as the third person are charged the applicable "third person" rate, which is available on request. Contact Windstar Cruises Reservations for availability.