Fleet expansion – Windstar Cruises – A Luxury Cruise Blog http://blog.windstarcruises.com Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:12:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Star Breeze has joined the fleet! http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2015/05/star-breeze-inaugural/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2015/05/star-breeze-inaugural/#respond Wed, 06 May 2015 19:11:04 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=4450 We are thrilled to announce that today, at a christening ceremony in Nice, France, Windstar Cruises debuted Star Breeze, the second of our three new all suite power yachts. The christening ceremony and pier-side champagne celebration marked the luxury yacht’s introduction to the Windstar fleet, and the start of its inaugural voyage through France, Monaco, […]

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We are thrilled to announce that today, at a christening ceremony in Nice, France, Windstar Cruises debuted Star Breeze, the second of our three new all suite power yachts.Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 10.36.33

The christening ceremony and pier-side champagne celebration marked the luxury yacht’s introduction to the Windstar fleet, and the start of its inaugural voyage through France, Monaco, and Italy.
Wendy Perrin, TripAdvisor’s first-ever Travel Advocate and the founder of WendyPerrin.com, was honored as Godmother of the yacht, successfully breaking a traditional bottle of champagne over the bow in front of a crowd of 250 guests, media, trade partners, and parent company Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Wendy Perrin was joined on stage by Hans Birkholz, CEO of Windstar Cruises; Captain Krasimir Ivanov; and Father Jean Marie.
“I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be part of Windstar Cruises,” says Hans Birkholz. “The driving force to Windstar’s success is our unwavering commitment of providing a personal yacht style vacation. Our ships are small, our ambience: casually elegant, our service: personal.”

Visit Wendy’s Instagram to see pictures from the Inaugural: https://instagram.com/wendyperrin/

The 212-passenger yacht joins the fleet after an $8.5 million, three-week renovation in Genoa, Italy. Star Breeze received a full stem to stern transformation, including overhauls of every public space, dining venues, and suites. Highlights include:
• The outdoor Star Deck has expanded by 4 feet on each side to provide more space for lounging
• The Star Deck now offers a new counter-current pool and whirlpool. The observation lounge on the top deck is transformed to Hans is speakingWindstar’s popular Yacht Club, a chic coffee bar and lounge
• The entertainment lounge is completely renovated with new flooring, lighting, and furniture
• The club space has turned into the Compass Rose, redesigned with new contemporary furnishings, rich new flooring finishes, and plantation shutters
• The ship’s card room is now the Star Screening Room, where guests can view current movies
• AmphorA Restaurant is completely redesigned with updated lighting, wall coverings, art work, and seating layouts
• Veranda, located at the aft of the yacht, now offers expanded outdoor seating complete with a courtyard and garden wall

After its inaugural voyage, Star Breeze will continue to cruise in the Mediterranean for the summer season. Following an ocean crossing in the fall, Star Breeze will embark on Windstar’s newest Caribbean itinerary, Icons of the Dutch Caribbean, before continuing on to sail in Panama and Costa Rica for the winter season. For a full look at the 2016 voyage collection visit our main site.

See more pictures of Star Breeze inaugural voyage on Windstar Cruises Facebook page
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Windstar took official possession of Star Legend on May 4, 2015, making Windstar’s six ship fleet the largest in its thirty year history. Windstar will debut Star Legend, the last of Windstar’s newest all suite power yachts, on May 25, 2015 at a christening ceremony in Rome. In 2016, Windstar is planning a $3 million additional renovation of Star Pride. Star Pride joined Windstar’s fleet in May of 2014, after a moderate facelift and updated furnishings with some remodeling. The continuation of the transformation includes the completion of the AmphorA Restaurant remodel and a total renovation of the Lounge, Veranda, Screening Room, and more.

                                              

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Windstar Cruises Introduces the First Power Yacht: Star Pride http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2013/04/windstar-cruises-introduces-the-first-power-yacht-star-pride/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2013/04/windstar-cruises-introduces-the-first-power-yacht-star-pride/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:51:11 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=1573 We are excited to reveal the name of our first of three new, all-suite, power yachts as Star Pride. Star Pride, the first yacht to enter the fleet in May 2014, will spend its first season in Europe offering exciting new voyages, which are expected to go on sale May 14, 2013. The new power […]

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We are excited to reveal the name of our first of three new, all-suite, power yachts as Star Pride. Star Pride, the first yacht to enter the fleet in May 2014, will spend its first season in Europe offering exciting new voyages, which are expected to go on sale May 14, 2013.

The new power yachts will showcase many signature Windstar experiences, including the line’s famous deck barbecue, the open Bridge policy, and the celebrated sail-away party.

The addition of the three new yachts has allowed the creation of Global Windstar, the line’s fleet expansion and new product development program. Increasing the size of the fleet enables Windstar to cruise a global set of itineraries to new destinations, such as Wind Spirit’s much anticipated return to Tahiti and Star Pride’s European voyage collection which will include new places in Europe such as a voyage in the Black Sea. In the future, Global Windstar will provide opportunities to visit to Asia and South America.

The new power 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. As the three yachts enter the fleet, they will all undergo a Windstar branded renovation.

Help us welcome the first of our new “stars” to the fleet by commenting below and wishing Star Pride many successful sailings.

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Windstar Doubles Size of Fleet with Addition of Three Seabourn Ships http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2013/02/windstar-doubles-size-of-fleet-with-addition-of-three-seabourn-ships-2/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2013/02/windstar-doubles-size-of-fleet-with-addition-of-three-seabourn-ships-2/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:25:34 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=1292 Windstar’s owner, Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, has reached an agreement with Seabourn to purchase their three small ships: Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Legend, and Seabourn Spirit. Under the project name Global Windstar, Windstar Cruises will become the market leader in small-ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,230 berths. “Windstar Cruises has […]

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Windstar’s owner, Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, has reached an agreement with Seabourn to purchase their three small ships: Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Legend, and Seabourn Spirit. Under the project name Global Windstar, Windstar Cruises will become the market leader in small-ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,230 berths.

“Windstar Cruises has experienced four straight years of growth. This expansion is the perfect way to build on the momentum following our recent fleet-wide renovation, providing us with the much needed capacity to match the accelerating demand for our intimate style of yacht cruising,” said Andy Todd, chief executive officer of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®.  “Global Windstar enables us to extend our unique small-ship experience throughout the world.”

Windstar will take possession of the three 104 all-suite ships, which hold 208 passengers each, over the next two years in the Mediterranean. The Seabourn Pride will be the first ship to enter into our luxury fleet in April of 2014.  Following a Windstar-branded renovation, where we will give the ship a new name and a casually elegant look, the Pride will set sail a month later in the Mediterranean in May 2014; voyages are expected to go on sale in May of this year. We will take possession of Seabourn Legend in April 2015 and Seabourn Spirit in May 2015. The yachts will start sailing in May of 2015 following their dry-dock period.

“Windstar is proud of its heritage in sailing and will continue to offer voyages on all three sailing yachts,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar’s chief executive officer. “What our guests continue to be enthusiastic about is our intimate, yacht style of cruising. This style is the core of our brand experience and the new ships are a perfect fit to build on that foundation.”

Global Windstar will also allow us to service new regions of the world such as Asia and South America, in addition to the fifty countries we already sail to. We will continue to focus on the unique destinations that larger ships cannot call on.

You may already have noticed the opportunities Global Windstar presents when we announced Windstar’s return to Tahiti in May of 2014. Tahiti has long been the number one destination request from our guests. We are beyond thrilled to be returning. Wind Spirit, our recently renovated 148-passenger sailing yacht, will begin 7-day voyages from Papeete, Tahiti on May 2, 2014. Sailing the South Pacific Islands through November 7, the yacht will also call on Moorea, Taha’a, Raiatea, Huahine, and Bora Bora.

We hope you are as excited about this news as we are. Windstar offers you an intimate, unique, and engaging cruise vacation – and we can’t wait to see you on board again, whether it’s relaxing under the sails or cruising on one of our new all-suite yachts.

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