We recently unveiled Windstar’s 2017-2018 Winter Voyage Collection, including 15 brand new cruises. The elegant 212-guest Star Legend is charting an adventurous course to the exotic ports of Asia and Arabia on 8 new itineraries beginning in October 2017 through April 2018. Also on deck, are 7 new sailings playing to Windstar’s small ship strengths and cruising into the hidden harbors and smaller ports of the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panama.
All of these new 2017-18 Windstar itineraries are featured on our popular Star Perks Event offering savings and selection on a plethora of sailings in the Mediterranean, Baltic, Northern and Western Europe, Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Ocean Crossings.
With 15 new itineraries in our 2017-2018 Winter Voyage Collection, this is one of the most robust additions of new cruises and ports in our history. It’s particularly exciting to couple our expanding global deployment with the comprehensive Star Perks Event, offering impressive vacation values on hundreds of cruises. We’re returning to Asia bigger than ever before – longer cruises from the right embarkation ports like Singapore and Hong Kong, and sailing further north. The lovely Star Legend yacht lets discerning travelers explore the wonders of Asia in Windstar’s classy, casual style.
~ Windstar President John Delaney
The Star Perks Event offers reduced fares and allows guests to customize their yachting experience by choosing one of the following free value add-ons: up to two free hotel nights before or after their cruise at top-rated hotel properties in 15 embarkation cities; a free premium beverage package for two; free unlimited Wi-Fi access; or up to US$1,000 credit per stateroom/suite to spend on board when booked by February 24, 2016.
The wide-ranging Star Perks Event includes the 15 new Asia, Arabia and Caribbean cruises along with nearly 300 Windstar sailings to choose from sailing in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Exciting for Yacht Club Members and new cruisers will be the chance to visit 40 new-to-Windstar ports of call representing almost all of our world-wide destinations casually elegant yachts. The Star Perks Event includes all freshly announced Asia and Arabia sailings aboard the 212-guest all-suite Star Legend. Also featured are all tropical Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruises, and all destination-immersive Europe itineraries including popular Iceland and Croatia voyages, as well as Trans-Atlantic crossings in 2017.
Cruisers may further tailor their yachting adventure by selecting the ship to best suit their lifestyle.
Sail aboard the 310-guest flagship sailing yacht Wind Surf, the largest in the world with towering 200-foot masts; sister sailing ship Wind Star, carrying just 148 lucky sailors. Or, journey on one of three sleek and glamorous all-suite yachts with spacious accommodations for a maximum of 212 guests aboard Star Pride, Star Breeze and Star Legend. Itineraries range in length from 6- to 18-days and may be combined for longer back-to-back journeys with additional savings.
Flavors of Exotic Asia and Arabia
The Wonders of Arabia Athens to Dubai sailing, takes place over 18 incredible days as Star Legend repositions from Europe to Asia and boasts a daylight transit of the Suez Canal, an opportunity to view incredible Petra, temples of Luxor, and Oman’s Frankincense trail ending in over-the-top Dubai.
The repositioning continues on Pearls of the Indian Ocean – a 16-day journey from Dubai to Singapore via Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin, India; Sri Lanka; Thailand; and Malaysia delivering a cacophony of diverse destinations and cultures paired with the serenity of your well-appointed yacht.
Singapore & Thai Treasures, a special Christmas and New Year’s Eve 14-day sailing round trip from Singapore, kicks off with an overnight in Singapore allowing guests to skip the hassle of booking holiday hotel rooms and jump into the joy of “unpacking once” that cruising affords. New Year’s Eve takes place at Ko Phi Phi (famous as the setting for The Beach movie) where Star Legend will be anchor and guests can tender ashore to celebrate in Thai style.
Marvels of China & the Japanese Islands takes guests from Hong Kong to Beijing via Taiwan, Japan, and Mainland China over 14 days. The cruise starts things off in style in Hong Kong with Windstar’s berth in Victoria Harbour – only accessible to smaller ships. Then it’s on to Taipei, Taiwan – a glittering city that’s an eclectic mix of cultures. An overnight in the heart of Shanghai allows two full days of activities and Star Legend actually sails up the river during breakfast, perfect for sipping a cup of coffee as the awe-inspiring skyline of one of the world’s largest and busiest cities surrounds you.
Brand new is Best of the Philippines & Borneo, a 14-day sailing from Singapore to Hong Kong (or reverse) via Malaysian Borneo, Brunei and the Philippines, stopping at some of the most beautiful islands in the world like Palawan and Boracay. Windstar is proud of its gracious and hospitable Filipino crew, so returning “home” will make for a memorable cruise for all.
A visit to Brunei takes guests inside one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, affording a look at some of the largest and most beautiful mosques in Asia.
Splendors of Japan & South Korea sails from Beijing, China to Tokyo, Japan over 14 days and is perfect for cruisers looking to take in all the sites in Beijing before departing for South Korea and Japan – resulting in three amazing cultural experiences on a single cruise. Grand Japan is another Windstar debut itinerary from Tokyo to Osaka (or reverse) over 10 days, with highlights of Busan, South Korea, famous for beaches and hot springs; a visit to Hiroshima’s Memorial Peace Arch, an UNESCO site; and time at the sacred shrines of Shingu; with a glimpse of Mount Fuji from your plush Balcony Suite in Shimizu.
Lucky cruisers may catch an eye-popping glimpse of legendary pink cherry blossoms, typically blooming across the captivating UNESCO sites, cities, and landscapes at this time of year.
Last of the new Asia cruises but certainly not least, Icons of Southeast Asia, a Hong Kong to Bangkok (or reverse) 14-day itinerary, is a traveler’s dream – accessing Thailand, Vietnam, and China on a single voyage with standout experiences like an overnight stop in Halong Bay, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, overnights in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, and a signature small ship event docking right in the heart of Bangkok unlike large ships that dock hours away.
If You Go:
The above itineraries highlight what’s in store for cruisers aboard the iconic small ships of Windstar sailing into new waters for the 2017-18 winter cruise season. With nearly 300 cruise departure dates to choose from, the Star Perks Event offers attractive reduced fares starting at US$1,299 for a 12- to 14-day Trans-Atlantic Ocean Crossing in April of 2017; US$1,399 for popular 7-day adventures on numerous Caribbean cruises in 2016 and 2017; and new Asia and Arabia cruises start at US$3,999 for a 10-day Grand Japan cruise offered on two dates in April 2018; prices are per guest, double-occupancy. The 2016 Star Perks Event runs through February 24, shop early for best selection,
Award-winning romantic year-round cruises to Tahiti and the Tuamotus aboard sailing yacht Wind Spirit are not included in the Star Perks Event, but do offer an attractive air-hotel-cruise package on all 7-, 10- and 11-day cruises if the South Pacific is in your future cruise plans.