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December 10, 2017


All About Windstar Cruises

The Sea Tales 2018 Family Cruise Travel Planner is Here!

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Sea Tales 2018
Family Cruise Travel Planner

The Sea Tales 2018 Family Cruise Travel Planner is Here! Our comprehensive guide to family cruising details every aspect of the family cruise vacation experience. Readers will find the 2018 edition has updated information and new sections that cover family suites and children’s dining, as well as details about the popular onboard cruise line characters from children’s books and movies.


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Windstar Cruises -Luxury Cruising in Private Yacht Style 

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Star Breeze
Star Legend
Star Pride
Wind Spirit
Wind Star
Wind Surf

Welcome to the casually elegant small ship world of Windstar Cruises. Leave the crowds behind on a luxury yacht carrying fewer than 300 privileged guests. No lines. No waiting. Just a warm and intimate ambiance you won't find on larger cruise ships. 

Sail right into the heart of Old World villages, hidden coves, and harbors off the beaten path – places only Windstar's small ships are welcomed. Every itinerary is expertly crafted and artfully planned, visiting both boutique ports and bucket-list capitals. Share intimate moments away from the crowds. Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine, and a behind-the-scenes experience with Windstar's complimentary Private Events. 

And of course, part of the Windstar magic is their incredible personal service. Enjoy undivided attention from a crew that delights in remembering your name and preferences. Both gracious hosts and ambassadors, they delight in surprising you in discrete ways – satisfying your sweet tooth with an extra chocolate on your pillow or sharing the location of a favorite seaside cafe. Welcome to Windstar Cruises – an experience that is truly 180 degrees from ordinary.



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The All Things Cruise Writers Love Windstar Cruises!

ONBOARD WINDSURF-Reflecting recently on the nearly 50 cruises I’ve logged during a 36- year career as a freelance travel journalist, it occurred to me that, while I’ve sailed the world’s five oceans and most of its seven seas, there’s one major cruising destination I’d missed.  The Baltic.

I’ve traveled extensively in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, visiting many of the countries bordering this 145,500-square-mile brackish inland sea ­ the largest body of brackish water in the world ­ but I’m now in Copenhagen, ready to cruise the Baltic for the first time.

Being a small ship devotee and a longtime fan of Windstar cruises, my choice of the line’s 10-day ‘Baltic Delights’ voyage onboard Wind Surf was a natural.

(From Dave Houser's Blog- read the entire diary here.)


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ISLE OF MAN, UK (Day one of Windstar Cruise) — Are you upper crust?

The term, I learn today on the Isle of Man off the Coast of Britain at Castle Rushen, one of the best preserved medieval castles in comes from medieval times when you ate off of pieces of bread rather than plates. The more noble and important you were, the more bread you got—thus the term “Upper Crust.”

We are on an eight-day Gaelic Explorer Windstar Cruise on a yacht with just 212 passengers can go to smaller ports. Windstar, known for its sailing yachts, has added three more yachts from Seabourn—these without sails–that after a $12 million refurbishment have joined the fleet. The cruise, which departed from Dublin, will take us to ports in Ireland, Britain and Scotland before ending in Edinburgh.

(From Eileen Ogintz's Blog- read the entire diary here.)

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