Windstar Cruises is a true favourite brand here at Cruise and Travel Lifestyles. Our publisher, Vanessa Lee first sailed on one of their beautiful, small 148 guest yachts in Tahiti in 1996. Since then she has sailed in the Greek Isles, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and a few times in the Mediterranean on all the 4 ships currently in the Windstar fleet. In January she will sail in Asia on the new, all-suite, 212 guest power yacht, the Star Pride.

 We applaud and congratulate Windstar Cruises for their great win in Condé Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice Awards in the small ship category and wish to also recognize them as the overall number 2 cruise line from every other ocean cruise line in the 3 categories – small, mid-size and large ocean-going cruise lines. A remarkable achievement and one very well deserved. If you would like a relaxing but yet upscale and casual cruising experience in some of the world’s most beautiful waters with a maximum of 300 other guests then look more closely at Windstar – we highly recommend them and so do our travel agent partners.


Leader in yacht style cruising named the best in the world among small ship cruise lines

Seattle, October 21, 2014 Condé Nast Traveler has announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Windstar recognized as #1 in the world in the Small Ship Cruise Line category. Windstar’s winning score of 90.065 also garnered the line the #2 spot among all of small, midsize, and large ocean-going cruise lines.

"We are honored to have our unique style of yacht cruising and warm, personal service recognized by our loyal guests and the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “Our teams both on board and on shore continually strive to create memorable experiences for our guests, and it’s an inspiration for us to be acknowledged by the people we serve every day.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” More than 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.

The past few years have seen Windstar Cruises enter into a period of innovation and expansion. Earlier this year the company launched Private Events, a complimentary, exclusive onshore event, crafted to give an in depth and authentic local experience unique to each voyage. Other product enhancements include a series of Cruisetours through Asia; Local Dining Tips Curated by SAVEUR a one-of-a-kind platform to uncover the world’s most delicious destinations for culinary travelers; as well as a fresh Windstar logo.

In 2013, the line announced it was doubling the size of the fleet from three sailing yachts to six ships. Star Pride, the first of the three power yachts, came on board in May of this year in a celebratory christening ceremony in Barcelona, Spain. Star Breeze and Star Legend will join the Windstar fleet in May of 2015 following a $20 million, three-week dry dock.

Windstar also continues to introduce new global itineraries, focusing on smaller ports that large ships can’t visit and voyages that feature trade winds optimal for sailing. In 2014 Windstar returned to the islands of Tahiti with the 148-passenger sailing yacht Wind Spirit. During October Star Pride will begin its transit to Southeast Asia, visiting ports in Arabia and India along the way, a first for the company.

These changes are being recognized among guests and the travel industry alike. Last month Windstar Cruises won a Gold Magellan Award for Market Leader in Small Ship Cruising from Travel Weekly as well as SAVEUR’s Culinary Travel Awards as an Outstanding Culinary Cruise Line. In July, Windstar was recognized as #2 Small Ship Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

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