Greece – 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 Considering a Cruise in Europe? Don’t Miss This Sale. http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/03/considering-a-cruise-in-europe-dont-miss-this-sale/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/03/considering-a-cruise-in-europe-dont-miss-this-sale/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:29:04 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=5889 Just in time for summer, we are very excited to announce our largest savings on Windstar itineraries in Europe, ever! Our brand new “Pick Your Perk in Europe” promotion is live, meaning if you weren’t sure whether to take a trip to Europe this summer/fall, the choice just got a lot easier. The “Pick Your […]

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Just in time for summer, we are very excited to announce our largest savings on Windstar itineraries in Europe, ever! Our brand new “Pick Your Perk in Europe” promotion is live, meaning if you weren’t sure whether to take a trip to Europe this summer/fall, the choice just got a lot easier.

The “Pick Your Perk” promotion gives our guests the choice between The Yacht VIP Package, an all-inclusive onboard savings package of up to $1,700 per stateroom, or two free hotel nights, pre or post cruise. The Yacht VIP package includes Windstar’s beverage package as well as complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi and daily gratuities for both guests.

We designed the “Pick Your Perk” promotion for your convenience: to be sure that you have a vacation that really is “180 Degrees from Ordinary.” The “Pick Your Perk” promotion runs on 15 unique itineraries in the most sought-after destinations in Europe including the French, Italian and Spanish Rivieras, the chic Amalfi and Dalmatian coasts, and iconic Greek and Turkish Isles. In addition to the choice between two free hotel nights or the Yacht VIP package, we are offering low cruise fares on sailings ranging from $1,799 to $3,599 per person, double-occupancy for 6- to 13-day cruises across the Mediterranean and beyond.

Below are several itineraries that offer the “Pick Your Perk” promotion, including a brand new itinerary on Star Pride for 2016.

Just Announced –Treasures of the Greek Isles Greece Cruise Vacation

Aboard Star Pride, these two newly announced cruises sails roundtrip from Athens, Greece roundtrip on June 9 and September 4. The seven-day cruise stops in six Greek ports along the way including Santorini, Kusadasi, Patmos, Nafplio, Monemvasia and Mykonos. In addition to the off-the-beaten-path ports of call, this itinerary boasts full days in the Greek Isles with late evening visits in Santorini, Kusadasi with a sumptuous Private Event in the evening at the Ephesus ruins, Patmos, and Mykonos. Under the Pick Your Perk promotion, the two free hotel nights, pre- or post- cruise, include a stay at St. George Lycabettus in Athens or equivalent hotel. Cruise fares start at $2,599 per person, double occupancy.

Visit 9 Ports in 8 Days: Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast

venice-cruiseAboard the Star Breeze, Star Legend, Star Pride or Wind Surf, these 14 cruises take place June 25; July 3 and 11; August 2, 18 and 27; September 3, 4, 11, 22, 23 and 29; and October 1 and 5. The eight-day Rome to Venice journey (or reverse) features exciting ports of call including Rovinj, Split, and Dubrovnik, Kotor, Giardini Naxos, and Capri. Exclusive complimentary Windstar Private Events on these cruise takes place in either Dubrovnik with delicious Croatian wines and folklore entertainment at Park Orsula in Dubrovnik with stunning views of the surrounding islands; or in Giardini Naxos with lunch and a tour of a family-run Sicilian winery. The two free hotel nights, pre- or post- cruise, include stays at the Ambasciatori Palace or Savoy Hotel in Athens. Cruise fares start at $2,499 per person, double occupancy.

Iconic Adventures of the Greek Isles & Turkish Delights Athens-cruise

Aboard Wind Star, these 20 sailings occur on May 7, 14 and 21; June 11 and 18; July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; August 6, 13, 20 and 27; September 3, 10 and 24; and October 1, 8 and 15. The seven-day Athens to Istanbul (or reverse) itinerary includes the iconic Greek Isles of Mykonos, Santorini, and Rhodes, as well as the Turkish coast with stops in Bodrum and Kusadasi, where guests can visit the House of Mary. Interesting shore excursions abound on this journey, including SCUBA diving in Bodrum for beginning or advanced divers, as well as culturally rich experiences such as visiting ancient Ephesus, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the greatest outdoor museums in Turkey. The two free hotel nights under the promotion, pre- or post- cruise, include stays at St. George Lycabettus in Athens or Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, or equivalent. Cruise fares start at $2,299 per person, double occupancy.

Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous: Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras

Monaco harborAboard Star Breeze, Star Legend, Star Pride or Wind Surf, these 12 sailings take place May 2, 16 and 26; June 11; July 2 and 19; August 1, 20 and 27; and October 14, 19 and 26. The seven day sailing from Barcelona to Rome (or reverse) dances along the French and Italian Rivieras with “bucket list” stops including Portofino, Portoferraio, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Sanary-sur-Mer, and Port Vendres. A popular shore excursion in Portofino includes a trip to the renowned Splendido Hotel overlooking the picturesque harbor of the tiny resort. A favorite of the rich and famous, the hotel is known for its superb Italian cuisine, which guests enjoy along with wine, olive oil, bruschetta, sorbet, coffee, and traditional pastas. The two free nights under the promotion, pre- or post- cruise, include stays at Wilson Hotel & Hotel Indigo in Barcelona and Ambasciatori Palace & Hotel Savoy in Rome, or equivalent. Cruise fares start at $2,099 per person, double occupancy.

Riviera Rendezvous on Spanish Serenade Sailings:spain cruise vacation

Aboard Star Breeze, Star Legend or Star Pride these seven sailings take place June 2; July 9 and 17; August 19; October 20; and November 2 and 13. The eight-day voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona (or reverse) includes stops in Palma de Mallorca, Almeria, Malaga, Gibraltar, Seville, and Portimao. Windstar’s complimentary Private Event on these cruises takes place in lovely Palma de Mallorca tucked in the heart of the old quarter, guests are treated to an evening tour of a modern palace enjoying artwork by Rodin, Dali, and other famous painters. Tapas are then enjoyed on the terrace along with local vermouth, wine, and beer, followed by a performance by Mallorcan folk dancers. The two free nights under the promotion, pre- or post- cruise, include stays at the InterContinental in Lisbon and the Wilson Hotel & Hotel Indigo in Barcelona, or equivalent. Cruise fares start at $2,299 per person, double occupancy.

Explore the Adriatic via Venetian Passageways:

Corinth-CanalAboard Star Breeze, Star Legend or Star Pride, these six cruises occur on June 16; August 26; September 20, 26 and 30; and October 9. The nine-day journey from Venice to Athens (or reverse) explores the Adriatic on a voyage along the ancient trade routes through the narrow Corinth Canal, to the ancient oracle of Delphi and into the stunning fjords of Montenegro. With port visits in Nafplio, Itea (Delphi), Katakolon, Butrint National Park, Kotor, Dubrovnik, and Hvar, the itinerary also boasts incredible shore excursions from gondola rides in Venice to off-roading on Hvar Island and kayaking the city walls of Dubrovnik. The two free nights under the promotion, pre- or post-cruise, include stays at St. George Lycabettus in Athens, or equivalent hotel. Cruise fares start at $2,499 per person, double occupancy.

The limited time offer must be booked by April 14 on 85 select cruise departure dates from April through November 2016. Follow the link for a full listing of available cruise itineraries under the Pick Your Perk limited-time promotion. Have a perk-y day!

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Top Five Most Romantic Islands in the World (and where to stay) http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2015/12/5-romantic-islands-world-stay/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2015/12/5-romantic-islands-world-stay/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 21:56:20 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=5316 Are you ready to get away from it all? Whether celebrating a special occasion, or seeking solace from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there’s no better place to say ‘I love you’ to your special someone than at an exclusive oasis surrounded by the world’s most pristine water and stunning landscape. Couples count […]

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Are you ready to get away from it all? Whether celebrating a special occasion, or seeking solace from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there’s no better place to say ‘I love you’ to your special someone than at an exclusive oasis surrounded by the world’s most pristine water and stunning landscape. Couples count down the days of awakening in paradise to the view of turquoise colored waves and softened white sandy beaches. With hundreds of hotels vying for visitors’ attention, selecting the most suitable island accommodations can often seem like a daunting task. Windstar Cruises – a fleet of small luxury cruise ships – has scoured international waters to identify five of the world’s most romantic islands and the top bungalows, resorts, and overnight accommodations where starry-eyed travelers can rest their heads.

1. Bora Bora

Bora BoraThe white sandy beaches and bluish green waters make this French Polynesian island the ultimate destination for hopeless romantics. This secluded island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, creating an open invitation for adventurous couples to snorkel on top or dive deep to view a variety of sharks, rays, and other unique fish species. Though mainly sought after for its aqua-centric landscape, couples will find unexpected beauty in breathtaking mountainous views atop the remnants of the island’s now extinct volcano, Mount Otemanu.

Where To Stay: Among the most popular overnight accommodations are the over-the-water bungalows, scattered throughout the island’s many beaches. Perhaps the best locale to get a traditional Polynesian experience while basking in the views of both land and sea, is Le Méridien Bora Bora. Romantics from around the world have laid claim at these bungalow resorts, ideally situated over the crystal-clear lagoon full of turtles and tropical fish. Conveniently, guests sailing on Windstar’s Wind Spirit cruises can add an overnight bungalow package to their Tahiti cruise, experiencing the unforgettable romance of both a sailing yacht and an overwater bungalow on one enchanting trip.

2. Santorini

SantoriniThis Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea is a geological caldera following a volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island. This historic natural occurrence set the scene for one of the world’s most romantic island retreats. The rugged landscape and picturesque villages provide the perfect setting to warm up to the one you love and gaze at the beauty of a gold sunset falling behind majestic blue waters.   Island goers can complement their beach getaway by walking the land of one of many flourishing vineyards, while sipping a white Greek wine made from grapes indigenous to the island of Santorini.

Where To Stay: Situated conveniently near the airport and Fira, the island’s main town, Andronis Luxury Suites boasts 25 romantic luxury suites cascading down the side of this Greek island, near the cliff edge of Oia Village. The property’s stunning architecture, multi-level balconies, and serene ambiance make this award-winning haven irresistible to couples looking to rekindle their passion. Whether enjoying a couples massage amid flowing waters of a cave interior, or scooping up a stylish dress by a local designer, visitors will leave without questioning why this is one of the most sought-after Mediterranean escapes. Or take your love story to a new level aboard a Windstar Cruises yacht, voted the most romantic cruise line. See the beauty of Santorini as part of a Windstar Gems of the Aegean or Greek Isles & Turkish Delights cruise. It’s so easy to leave your luggage in your stateroom and spend the entire day exploring the decadent scenery of this island before returning to the comfort and privacy of your waiting yacht.

3. Saint Barthélemy

Saint BarthélemyKnown for its white sandy beaches, designer shops, and candlelit restaurants, this French-speaking chic Caribbean island (commonly referred to as St. Bart’s) is the embodiment of romance. The capital of Saint Barthélemy, Gustavia, sits on a yacht-filled harbor surrounded by gingerbread cottages and is often visited by the world’s most renowned celebrities. Couples can rest on shore and enjoy the sights and sounds of kite surfers flying by, or nuzzle up on a catamaran while sailing past the nearby beaches and sipping from the island’s signature ti punch.

Where To Stay: Couples can truly enjoy the pristine waters surrounding St. Bart’s as viewed from the balcony of a suite aboard Windstar Cruises’ San Juan & the Virgin Islands cruise. The 7-day excursion – kicking off from its newly added U.S. port in San Juan – cruises around both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, making its second stop along the shoreline of Gustavia. Among the most romantic of the shore excursions available to Windstar guests is the Sailing Catamaran Adventure, which whisks couples away on a sailing and snorkeling experience along the beautiful west coast of the island to the Marine Park at Colombier Bay. For those who prefer to stay on land, couples can also enjoy an intimate tour highlighting the island’s history and most popular tourist spots.

4. Maldives

MaldivesKnown for its beaches, blue lagoons, and extensive reefs, the Maldives is a romantic tropical oasis situated southwest of India and Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The pearl string-like islands of the Maldives are protected by a reef structure, providing an endless selection of activities for visitors, alongside an awe-inspiring landscape that is perfectly tailored for loving couples looking to escape the daily grind. For those looking to explore the island, the capital, Malé, makes use of its popular reef by housing a renowned fish market and award winning restaurants for both novice and seasoned foodies alike.

Where To Stay: Situated in the central southern part of North Male’ Atoll, the exclusive property of Baros Maldives is easy to reach by travelers, yet provides the feeling of being so far removed from the world. Couples can retreat to this secluded resort’s 45 Beachside and 30 Water Villas to bask in the sun or lie under the stars atop a private veranda or sun deck. As a special perk, couples can enjoy a romantic voyage on Nooma, a traditional handcrafted Maldivian sailing dhoni.

5. Fiji

FidjiLocated in the waters of the South Pacific, Fiji is a household name among romantics, and its reputation for luxurious private locales doesn’t disappoint. The island’s white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unspoiled landscape offer an ideal backdrop for the most romantic of all getaways. Rounding out the incredible views that couples are sure to appreciate is the relaxed, easy-going and friendly culture that the island locals exude. Perhaps that is why they are coined “some of the happiest people on Earth.”

Where To Stay: Boasting an array of world-class five-star resorts and hotels, it might be tough for couples to choose the right one for them. Though the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa certainly lives up to its “heavenly” namesake. When guests aren’t basking in the luxury of the resort’s 18 beachfront bungalows, they are invited to visit one of 10 private beaches to partake in a romantic picnic or snorkel and dive throughout the famous Blue Lagoon. For couples looking for ultimate privacy, the resort allows guests to reserve their own private beach for the day.

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Great value by Windstar in Greece and Turkey http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2015/05/great-value-by-windstar-in-greece-and-turkey/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2015/05/great-value-by-windstar-in-greece-and-turkey/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 03:09:59 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=4493 OK, we’re really excited about this deal… this summer on our Greece and Turkey voyages, we’re offering Three Free Excursions and 50 Percent Savings. Yes, you read that right. The special is available on four different itineraries, including Greek Isles & Turkish Delights; Gems of the Aegean; Black Sea Tapestry; and Venetian Passageways. Complimentary shore […]

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OK, we’re really excited about this deal… this summer on our Greece and Turkey voyages, we’re offering Three Free Excursions and 50 Percent Savings.

Yes, you read that right. The special is available on four different itineraries, including Greek Isles & Turkish Delights; Gems of the Aegean; Black Sea Tapestry; and Venetian Passageways.
Complimentary shore excursions include adventures like Wine Tasting in Varna, Bulgaria, with a four hour experience beginning in the Old Quarter of Varna. A scenic drive through the modern capital of Bulgaria takes you to the Aladja Monastery, declared a national monument of culture. You’ll spend the rest of the day tasting Bulgarian wines, guided by a professional sommelier.
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In Katakalon, Greece, you can Tour the Ancient Olympia Site and Museum for a half day experience, enjoying the impressive ruins of the Temple of Zeus, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Star Pride in Nessebar, Bulgaria
Star Pride in Nessebar, Bulgaria

Or on the magical island of Santorini, take an Island Overview and Visit Oia Village by coach. Admire picturesque blue-domed churches and narrow cobblestone streets, where you’ll be free to browse among the tiny shops.

AND this is in addition to our new Private Events, an onshore experience created exclusively for Windstar guests on all of our sailings in 2015! These complimentary events are crafted to give guests an in-depth local experience on each cruise. For example, the Gems of the Aegean itinerary Private Event is an after-hours tour of the Celsus Library of Ephesus paired with an elegant, five course meal under the stars in the library courtyard while being serenaded by a trio from the Aegean Chamber Orchestra.

Celsus Library Private Event
Celsus Library Private Event

To learn more about the featured voyages and take advantage of Windstar’s Three Free Excursions and 50% savings, contact a travel professional or call Windstar Cruises at 800-216-3453. We hope to see you on board this summer.

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