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Winning the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards is prestigious as it’s based on each cruiser’s personal review of the cruise line.

Windstar Cruises is pleased to have been awarded 17 individual awards in the 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards, notably claiming two of the top five awards for the Best Overall Small Ships with Wind Surf placing #2 and Star Legend #5. Wind Surf also won the #1 top spot for Best Small Ship Dining. In the Best Small Ship Cabins category, Windstar’s intimate and elegant ships swept the awards, garnering three of the top 5 spots with the all-suite Star Legend and Star Breeze named #1 and #2 respectively, and the world’s largest sailing ship Wind Surf taking the #4 spot with 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom suites that boast separate living/dining room and sleeping areas.

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Windstar’s iconic small ships that focus on personalized service and destination authenticity garnered a dozen more awards in addition to Best Overall, Best Dining and Best Cabins. Windstar’s small ships were ranked in the top five in numerous additional categories, and within the top three in eight areas total, including Best for… Embarkation, Entertainment, Fitness & Recreation, Public Rooms, Value, Service and Shore Excursions.

 

Star Legend – besides taking #1 for Best Cabins, it is rated in the top five for Best Overall, Best for Embarkation, Best for Entertainment, Best for Fitness & Recriation, Best for Public Rooms, and Best for Value.

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“I cannot wait for my next Windstar Cruise. They exceeded my expectations by far, and I would venture to say there is no better bargain right now in the small ship category.” – JoanneCam

“Embarkation and debarkation are a delight–so quick and easy! You have to love these smaller ships–the experience is intimate and very calm.” – suzeshoes

“Excellent food, excellent music by “Splash” and great entertainment from the staff. We’re looking forward to booking the next cruise!” – traveler9

“The yacht had a large water sports platform where you could swim or kayak when the ship was at anchor. The gym was well equipped.” – pwchief

“The public areas are amazing and they are constantly cleaned and polished.” – sealord

“It’s a very personal and luxurious experience when everyone working on the ship remember your name and seemingly anticipate your requests.” – shipmenus

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Star Breeze was awarded #3 for Best Cabins. This is interesting to us as cabins on all three ships (Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride) are identical and even went through interior transformation at the same time.

“The best cabin we’ve ever booked. Very spacious, plenty of lights and outlets, and the separate seating area was nice” – LTC Dan

Wind Surf has been awarded the most. It is rated number one as Best Small Cruise Ships for Dining. Also Wind Surf took second position for Best Overall in Small Ship Category, Best for Fitness & Recreation, and Best for Value. It also rated in the top five small ships in Best for Public Rooms, Best for Service, Best Cabins, Best for Entertainment, and Best for Shore Excursions.

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“I honestly couldn’t have imagined fresher, more appealing meals than all of those that were offered — I can’t think of one that wasn’t really delicious.” – ladyprof14

“Windstar came through with flying colors!!!!! This cruise showcased the Windstar experience we have come to know and love.” – stcruise

“Also, the crew show was WONDERFUL. We really enjoyed it…there’s some great talent on board.” – AniW

“Great day using Windsurf’s SUP, kayaks, trampoline, raft, etc. Volleyball with staff, excellent Caribbean band amazing BBQ on beach” – tbmrt

“Well designed and meticulously cared for, it motors well and sails well. Despite its large size there are so few passengers that there are always lots of places to sit either inside or on deck.” – Sailor dogs

“Every single crew member treated us like we were the most important people on board and it was wonderful.” – Sailor dogs

“…The places we visited were…breathtaking, historical, panoramic, awe-inspiring, full of art and full of story.” – Lisa M49

“When you consider the itineraries, price and service, they offer a great value.” – Twocoasts

Windstar Cruises is is thrilled to have won so many honors and truly appreciates every review by our Yacht Club Members! 

Award Listings

2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards

http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/cruiserschoice_index.cfm

Best Overall Small Ships – we won 2 of 5!

Wind Surf – #2

Star Legend – #5

 

Best Small Ship Cabins – we won 3 of 5!

Star Legend – #1

Star Breeze – #3

Wind Surf – #4

 

Best Small Ship Dining

Wind Surf – #1

ALL categories – 3 of our ships placed as follows across all categories; 8 awards in top three.

Ship Category Rank
Star Breeze Best Cabins 3
Star Legend Best Cabins 1
Best Overall 5
Best for Embarkation 5
Best for Entertainment 5
Best for Fitness & Recreation 5
Best for Public Rooms 5
Best for Value 5
Wind Surf Best Dining 1
Best Overall 2
Best for Fitness & Recreation 2
Best for Value 2
Best for Public Rooms 3
Best for Service 3
Best Cabins 4
Best for Entertainment 4
Best for Shore Excursions 4

How the Awards are Chosen:

The 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards are based solely on the thousands of reviews received from cruisers who sailed in 2016 and submitted a cruise review on Cruise Critic including ratings based on their experience. The awards position the top five ratings that then determine the rankings in the Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The categories reflect cruiser review ratings by category and include the top rating/award for “Best Overall” experience in one of four ship size designations; Windstar competes in the Small Ships division.

Additionally each category ranks various ships in the top five. For example, Windstar Cruises Star Legend was rated the highest out of all small ships in the Cabin category, while Star Breeze came in just behind at #2 and Wind Surf also was recognized with the #4 Best Small Ship Cabin ranking.

One difference to be aware of this year is that Cruise Critic separated out the small ships (under 400 guests) from the Small-Mid-sized ships (400-1199 guests) to make it more helpful for people who want to compare a more similar experience.   The other sizes are Mid-Sized (1200-1999 guests) and Large (2000+ guests).

Did you review your Windstar cruise experience on CruiseCritic.com?

 

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wardsWindstar’s six small ships win new travel awards and garner travel influencer accolades.

We wrap up the year on a high note with a bevy of travel awards from trusted travel publications. We also received accolades from influential travel insiders who have experienced a personalized cruise vacation on the line’s iconic sailing and all-suite yachts first hand. Newly bestowed awards for Windstar Cruises include:

#1 Best Boutique Cruise Line — USA TODAY “10Best” Readers’ Choice Travel Award

“Boutique cruise lines bring something extra to the cruising experience, whether it be small ships with attractive passenger-to-staff ratios, luxury amenities, or unique on-board activities and excursions,” noted USA TODAY. The news organization brought together a panel of experts in the world of cruising who partnered with the “10Best” editors to nominate 20 cruise lines. Windstar led the popular vote winning the #1 spot on Dec. 23.

Condé Nast Traveler 2017 GOLD LIST — Windstar Cruises, 5th consecutive year

“This year’s Gold List is a collective love letter to all of those… around the world that set the standard for a life well-lived,” says Pilar Guzmán in her editor’s letter. The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2017 recognizes travel providers that the title’s editors and contributors visit time and time again.

 

“These wonderful accomplishments showcase the unique travel experience we provide to our valued guests,” says Windstar President John Delaney. “We’re thrilled and inspired by this great news as we head into 2017, renewing our commitment to being the absolute best small ship cruise line. These awards are a credit to our dedicated and exceptional staff and employees; they are a talented group who are the heart of Windstar.”

 

In addition, Windstar was recently lauded by travel and cruise influencers with the following accolades:

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Best Small Ship Cruise Line — CruiseReport.com

The cruise website announced 2016 Awards noting:

“We love small ship cruising and, in our opinion, nobody does it better than Windstar Cruises. The acquisition of three motor yachts (Star Breeze, Star Pride and Star Legend) takes Windstar to a whole new level. Our 9-nights aboard Star Pride reminded us of what we love about Windstar: excellent service, surprisingly good dining, interesting destinations and great value. I love small ships and Windstar’s new Star-class ships may be my new favorites,” says Senior Editor Rickee Richardson.Wind_Spirit_Tahiti_Cruise

LandLopers.com on Windstar Tahiti Cruise: “Experiential Luxury Travel – My Top 2016 Moments”
Cruising French Polynesia – Travel site founder and Gen-X journalist Matt Long noted that a 2016 travel bucket list cruise aboard Wind Spirit in Tahiti did not disappoint:

“Over the course of a week while on a luxurious Windstar Cruise my appreciation of how just idyllic and perfect the islands are grew, and the experiences I enjoyed there really were a dream come true.”

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#8 – Top 50 Cruise Blogs and Websites by Feedspot.com
Windstar ranked #8, the highest ranking for a cruise line-published blog based on Google reputation and search ranking; influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites; quality and consistency of posts; and Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review.

 

Windstar’s fleet exudes adventure and romance in a casually elegant style favored by sophisticated travelers of all ages. Cruisers may choose from three luxurious all-suite yachts and three impressive sailing yachts including the 310-guest sailing yacht, MSY Wind Surf, recent recipient of Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 18th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards for World’s Best Tall Ship for the 8th consecutive year. The above awards are added to numerous accolades for the leading small ship cruise line in 2016 including:

·       Cruise Critic: “Best for Romance” in the Luxury Category of their 2016 Editors’ Picks Awards.

·       SHAPE Magazine: 2016 Healthy Travel Awards Best in Cruise, “Tops in Activities”

·       Condé Nast Traveler’s 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards – “Top 5 Small Cruise Lines”

 

The small ship cruise line is re-inventing itself under new leadership with new vessel deployments to exotic ports in Asia and Arabia, as well as in-depth discovery of hip European ports in Croatia, France, Iceland, Scotland, and across Central and Northern Europe. Currently criss-crossing warm-water seaways to tropical ports and cozy harbors of the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama, and idyllic Islands of French Polynesia, sailing to Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, the Tuomotus and more, Windstar is offering special savings with the “Star Perks Event” offering reduced fares and a special cruise perk of choice including up to US$1,000 shipboard credit.

 

For additional information, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit www.windstarcruises.com.

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UPDATE: Windstar Cruises is Named Best Boutique Cruise Line in USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2016 Award. A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Thank you everyone for voting for Windstar!

Vote today! Windstar Cruises has been nominated in the latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest! USA Today’s expert panel selected Windstar Cruises as Best Boutique Cruise Line and Best Ocean Cruise Line. A person can vote once a day through Monday, December 19th, 2016. Help Windstar win by voting each day and sharing with other Windstar fans! Thank you for being the best guests around!

“We would sure appreciate your support on this! Please vote for WindstarCruises and retweet! It means so much to our hardworking crew 😀” – President John Delaney

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Windstar Cruises Defies Winter with Top of Industry-Ranked Tropical Romance on Iconic Small Ships

As the winter picking up it’s speed, boutique, small boutique ship cruise line Windstar Cruises defies the impending shiver – relocating its yachts from Europe to the glittering light of the Caribbean and Central/South America for the winter and early spring and continuing its season-defying weekly sailings (year-round) in lovely Tahiti.

Yachting in the Tropics. It’s the elegant answer to yearly winter blues. While clocks shifting back signal the start of the “dark season,” Windstar is charting a course this month for warmer waters while accepting several awards for its unique style of small ship cruising, making clear that no other cruise line can touch the company when it comes to enjoying the sun-soaked beaches of the tropics in romantic style.

Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 18th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards recognize Windstar Cruises as the Most Romantic Cruise Line, as well as naming the 310-guest sailing yacht Wind Surf the world’s Best Tall Ship for the 8th consecutive year.  Award winners were determined by thousands of readers and online fans of Porthole Cruise Magazine, who voted for their favorite cruise lines and ships in 54 cruise-related categories. In fact, this year garnered a record-breaking number of ballots.

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“We hear time and again from readers about how much they love the tall ship experience aboard Wind Surf, from the amazing dining and service to, of course, the romance of it all,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. “From the line’s tall ships to its luxury yachts, veteran cruisers truly relish the unique journeys that Windstar Cruises offers.”

Meanwhile, Cruise Critic®, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community in both the United States and the United Kingdom, names Windstar “Best for Romance” in the Luxury Category of their 2016 Editors’ Picks Awards.

“Windstar’s masted sailing yachts have long been favorites with honeymooners and couples of all ages. Breathtaking sailaways, alfresco dining and late-night stargazing all create an air of romance. Now that Windstar has added three yacht-style ships, the romance comes indoors, too, with spacious suites and several lounges for evening entertainment or a tête-à-tête over drinks,” the editors raved.

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Also on newsstands in the November issue, SHAPE Magazine gives a nod to Windstar in its 2016 Healthy Travel Awards, lauding the company as a Best in Cruise and ranking it “Tops in Activities.” Editors were most impressed by the cruise line’s unique water sports platforms, which are unmatched in the tropics with unlimited and complimentary access to snorkel gear, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and more. The experience is a brand differentiator and guest favorite amenity on board the yachts.

Lastly in the November issue “awards sweep” for the company, Condé Nast Traveler’s 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards place Windstar as one of the top five Small Cruise Lines (with under 500 passengers). Over 300,000 dedicated readers – nearly twice as many as last year – cast votes for 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500 cruise ships, and 236 islands, crowd-sourcing the 1,402 best travel experiences in the world.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by our guests, travel experts, and editors for the unique and romantic experiences we offer on board our iconic small ships,” said President John Delaney in response to the bevvy of recognition. “We are dedicated to visiting quaint harbors perfectly suited to small ship cruising and creating a warm, intimate ambience that you simply won’t find on larger cruises, and I think that’s pretty special. It’s exciting to hear that others think so too.”

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