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Windstar: 180 Degrees from Ordinary

Windstar: 180 Degrees from Ordinary

Everything you love about the freedom of the sea, the wind in your hair, the inky, starry nights and the anticipation of sunny days ahead is best exemplified by a small ship Windstar cruise. Perhaps you’ll choose one of its three intimate sailing ships, sisters Wind Star and Wind Spirit carrying just 148 guests, or the slightly larger 5-masted Wind Surf with her 310 fortunate travellers.

Or you may prefer to cruise on one of the company’s three motor ships, the all-suite Star Legend, Star Pride, or Star Breeze. These lovely ladies are each undergoing a complete renewal and refurbishment in 2020 and will emerge better than ever after a $250 US Million Star Plus Initiative. This project will lengthen each yacht and add 50 new and impeccably designed suites, a new teak sundeck and cascading pool, gorgeous new bathrooms in all suites and so much more. The dining on board will also be elevated with the addition of exciting new menus at the Star Grill by Steven Raichlen with a modern and inventive cuisine featuring grilled, smoked and slow-roasted rotisserie dishes. Another new venue, Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso, focuses on the art of Spanish cuisine.

Star Breeze is undergoing her marvellous refresh and sets sail late May. She is followed by Star Legend debuting in September and Star Pride will show off her new, fashionable look in early December. Each will then carry 312 guests as they sail hidden harbors, secluded coves, tiny villages, misty fjords and some of the world’s marquee ports in their sailings to the corners of the globe.

Due to their smaller size, these Windstar ships, with their casually elegant, yet informal cruising style (jackets and ties not required) can often call at ports which bigger ships cannot enter. And whether you choose a sail yacht or one of the motor ships, each offers charming, personalized service, spacious staterooms and suites and a fine culinary focus due to Windstar’s partnership with the renowned James Beard Foundation. Whether it’s casual, al fresco dining, a main restaurant with superb menu choices or tasty alternative restaurant options, the cuisine is always delicious.

From Alaska to Japan, the Greek Isles to Costa Rica, the Baltic to Australia, one of these sublime ships will surely entrance you with a wide range of excellent, curated itineraries, ample time for watersports in most destinations and the company of a small coterie of like-minded guests.