Today Windstar unveiled plans for the new Star Class – a collection of three all-suite power yachts that will join the fleet over the next two years beginning with the Star Pride in May of 2014.
Star Legend & Star Breeze Introduction
Introducing Star Breeze and Star Legend, sister ships to Star Pride. The Star Breeze and Star Legend will join Windstar in May 2015, and will spend their inaugural seasons in Europe, cruising new regions in Northern Europe, such as Iceland, as well as the Mediterranean.
“With only a maximum 212 guests on board ,these new Star Class yachts are the perfect fit for Windstar’s style of small ship cruising,” said Hans Birkholz, chief executive officer of Windstar Cruises. “All three yachts in the new yachts will receive significant style changes and stem-to-stern upgrades to align with Windstar’s yacht style cruising.”
Star Pride Inaugural
Star Pride will debut this year with its inaugural voyage and christening ceremony on May 5, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain, following a three week transformation period.
We’re also excited to reveal Mrs. Nancy Anschutz, wife of Mr. Phillip Anschutz, owner of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, Windstar’s parent company, as the honored Godmother of the yacht. Captain Alan MacAry, fifteen year Windstar veteran will serve as master of Star Pride. The six-day inaugural voyage will sail from Barcelona, Spain to Rome, Italy with media, trade, and Windstar’s Yacht Club members.
“Star Pride is the first of the new Star Class fleet, and we can’t wait to introduce a new era of Windstar Cruises,” said Birkholz. “We are honored to have Mrs. Anschutz serve in the prestigious role of Godmother. It’s fitting to have her christen Windstar’s first yacht in 16 years as the Anschutz family has been an integral part of Windstar’s transformation the last few years.”
Star Class Transformation
The three Star Class yachts are identical, with a guest capacity of 212 in 106 suites. At 10,000 gross tons, each yacht is 440 feet long with a breadth of 63 feet and six passenger decks. Delivery of Star Breeze is scheduled for April 15, 2015, followed by Star Legend on May 4, 2015 in Genoa, Italy. Both yachts will undergo a major transformation to public spaces, suites, and dining venues to fit Windstar’s style of small ship cruising. Our signature experiences, including our famous deck barbecue gala, the open Bridge experience, and the celebrated sail-away party will be showcased on board.
The Star Class will also debut our new Destination Suites, that will eventually be rolled out fleetwide. Owner Suites will be modeled after a signature Windstar destination, highlighting cultural décor and local art work. For example, the Bora Bora Suite will feature paintings showcasing the world-famous Motus, French-Polynesia flair throughout the stateroom.
The fleet expansion has allowed us to expand our itineraries and add new destinations and port of calls in Asia, in addition to the fifty countries we already sail to. The 2015 Voyage Collection will open for sale on March 24, 2014. Star Pride will cruise the exotic wonders of Asia and Arabia with a unique five voyage collection. Star Legend, sailing its inaugural voyage from Rome, Italy on May 25, 2015 will cruise new itineraries in Northern Europe. One of the voyages, Land of the Midnight Sun, will originate in Reykjavík, Iceland, a first for Windstar. Star Breeze will begin its maiden voyage from Nice, France on May 6, 2015. The yacht will spend the summer season in the Mediterranean.
“Doubling the size of our fleet gives us the freedom and the flexibility to expand our voyage collection to new destinations such as Malaysia, Singapore, Arabia, and Iceland among others; which is something our guests are asking for,” said Birkholz. “Additionally, these ships also allow us to visit beautiful new places in the Mediterranean, such as a scenic cruise down the Corinth Canal, something that was limited before due to the height of our sailing yachts.”