news – 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 Windstar Cruises’ 212-Guest Star Legend Earns Perfect 100 Score on USPH Inspection http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2017/01/windstar-cruises-212-guest-star-legend-earns-perfect-100-score-usph-inspection/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2017/01/windstar-cruises-212-guest-star-legend-earns-perfect-100-score-usph-inspection/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:22:38 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=6873 Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend earned a perfect score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) Star Legend’s U.S.P.H. inspection took place on December 16, 2016, during the yacht’s first call to San Juan, Puerto Rico at the beginning of […]

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Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend earned a perfect score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) Star Legend’s U.S.P.H. inspection took place on December 16, 2016, during the yacht’s first call to San Juan, Puerto Rico at the beginning of the yacht’s Caribbean season.

“This perfect 100 score from the CDC underscores Windstar’s commitment to being the best of the best in small ship cruising in everything that we do,” noted Windstar President John Delaney. “Wherever we sail in the world across our fleet of six small ships, calling at hundreds of ports in dozens of countries, we hold ourselves accountable to achieving this same level of excellence in all aspects of our operations. I’m incredibly proud of our officers and crew for their efforts in achieving this perfect score.”

A part of the Vessel Sanitation Program, CDC inspections are unannounced and required for all passenger ships that call at U.S. ports. Conducted by United States Public Health Service officials, ships are rated on a 100-point scale assessing how well ships are operating and maintaining prescribed standards. Scores are compiled from the ratings of dozens of areas across the vessel including hotel accommodations, galleys, dining rooms, pools/whirlpools, medical facilities, public areas, water and ventilation systems and more; and provide evaluation of and guidance on operations, documentation, policies and procedures, maintenance, food protection (sourcing, storage, preparation, and service), employee health and hygiene, and overall cleanliness of the ship.

Evaluated in the small vessel category (3,001-15,000 gross registered tons – GRT), the 106 all-suite MV Star Legend at 440 feet long and 9,975 gross registered tons, carries 212-guests and 153 crew and is one of the world’s leading luxury small ships. In addition to the Caribbean, the yacht sails to dozens of ports around the world including Europe with Iceland, and will soon sail on cruises to Arabia and Asia at the end of 2017 embarking on a landmark 2018 winter-spring season in Asia offering a dozen departures that will visit the exotic ports of Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and China, among others.

Windstar employs 130-plus shore side staff based at the line’s corporate headquarters in Seattle and has more than 1,200 ship international staff and crew across the six-ship yacht fleet. The leader in small ship cruising and offering more than 250 cruises annually sailing to 170 ports worldwide, the company recently won the “10Best” award as #1 Best Boutique Cruise Line voted on by readers of USA Today and was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Gold List.

For additional information on private yacht-style cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit http://www.windstarcruises.com.

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A Sneak Peek at Windstar’s 2017 Voyage Collection http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/06/sneak-peek-windstars-2017-cruise-voyage-collection/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/06/sneak-peek-windstars-2017-cruise-voyage-collection/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 23:03:24 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=6240 We can’t believe we’re already talking about 2017 – it seems like 2016 just got here – but in the cruise world, we’re always looking several years ahead to plan our next itineraries, our newest travel destinations, and our most interesting and meaningful shore excursions. We’re proud to roll out our 2017 Voyage Collection today, […]

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Windstar_Cruises_brochureWe can’t believe we’re already talking about 2017 – it seems like 2016 just got here – but in the cruise world, we’re always looking several years ahead to plan our next itineraries, our newest travel destinations, and our most interesting and meaningful shore excursions.

We’re proud to roll out our 2017 Voyage Collection today, which provides you with more opportunity than ever to sail into classic harbors and quaint ports off the beaten path, all in private yacht style. We continue expanding our curated Destination Discovery Event program in 2017 with over-the-top cultural and culinary events offered complimentary on every cruise. We also have more overnights and late night stays, giving you more time in Bora Bora, Bordeaux, Monte Carlo, Portofino, and St. Petersburg, to name a few.

So without further ado, here’s the big news in 2017!

By the Numbers:

150 total ports of call — including 13 new ports for Windstar — in 50 countries

2 brand new itineraries in the Mediterranean

Croatia_cruiseNew 2017 Itineraries Include:

Quintessential Croatia – A new eight-day sailing aboard the 148-guest sailing ship Wind Star provides four summer departure dates and several new port calls for Windstar, cruising roundtrip from Venice. You’ll see fairy tale castles and enchanting medieval villages in style while sailing on azure waters. The timeless magic of Venice, surreal rainbow colors of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Dubrovnik’s incomparable city walls and Old Town are just a few of the highlights on the new voyage. Visits to the remarkable ports of Opatija, Korcula, and Zadar in Croatia, as well as Piran in Slovenia, make this a stand-out Mediterranean cruise only available by Windstar yacht.

Marvels of the Croatian Coast & Greece – Two new 12-day cruise departures sail on a Venice to Athens adventure aboard Wind Star. The voyage is a tour-de-force of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with access to 11 on a single cruise – a Windstar record. In addition to history and stunning views, like Kotor’s incredible fjord-like bay, the itinerary is a feast for the senses with Italian pasta, Croatian seafood, and mezze delights from Greece.

2017 Voyage Changes of Note Include:

New Panama Canal Private Event & Costa Rica Maiden Port: Windstar staff make it their job to create magical moments, always striving to achieve the perfect guest experience that is unique and engaging. New for the 2016-17 winter-spring season, daylight transits of the Panama Canal allow you to learn about the inner-workings of this modern engineering marvel. In addition, each sailing will celebrate the historic continental divide with a Captain’s Toast, live narration by a local guise, and local music and cuisine — all part of Windstar’s newest complimentary Private Event. Two eight-day Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruises aboard all-suite Star Pride and Star Breeze span the 2016-17 New Year’s holiday and feature an unusual call to Bahia Herradura, known as the fishing capital of Costa Rica, close to famous surf mecca Jaco Beach.

Iceland_cruiseTwo All-Suite Yachts Sail Around Iceland:  A guest favorite and popular new addition in 2016, the 2017 Around Iceland sailings are offered on the luxe, all-suite Star Legend and Star Pride, allowing you more date options when choosing your “private yacht.” The cruises sail roundtrip from Reykjavik on seven-day cruises while you enjoy scenic cruising of remote fjords, raging waterfalls, and visits to small fishing villages as you circumnavigate this country.

New Scotland Departure: Also in Northern Europe, the Lands of the Midnight Sun sailings in 2017 will offer a new homeport departure from Edinburgh sailing to Reykjavik (and reverse) on two separate dates, in addition to a set of Dublin to Reykjavik (and reverse) options.

Enhancements to Year-Round Tahiti Cruises:  Vacationers planning an island paradise getaway will delight with more date choices in the South Pacific for Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands sailings aboard the 148-guest sleek sailing yacht Wind Spirit. Starting in June 2017, the ship will switch to Thursday departure dates for year-round Dreams of Tahiti cruises. New Thursday departures will allow you more flight options for departure and arrival.

What voyages are you excited to take in 2017? We’d love to hear about your trip plans in the comments below!

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Open Letter from Windstar CEO http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2013/07/open-letter-from-windstar-ceo/ Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:19:18 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=1925 Thank you, Merci, Grazi, Gracias, Danke, Havala, Tack! It is with great excitement that we announce Windstar Cruises was named one of the Top Small Ship Cruise Lines in the prestigious Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. We were ranked #3 beating out five other small ship lines and are extremely proud […]

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Thank you, Merci, Grazi, Gracias, Danke, Havala, Tack!

It is with great excitement that we announce Windstar Cruises was named one of the Top Small Ship Cruise Lines in the prestigious Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. We were ranked #3 beating out five other small ship lines and are extremely proud to have our unique itineraries, personalized service, and private yacht style cruising recognized.

We cannot say thank you enough for all the support we received from our dedicated alumni, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers for voting for Windstar.

If you voted, you know the rankings were based on readers’ (your) ratings of our staterooms, restaurants/food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities, and value; which makes this award even more significant because it is a direct result of your experiences. Windstar’s officers, crew and team members are devoted to making your Windstar voyage the best possible. I would like to thank them for working hard every day to make sure they are delivering the best luxury experience at sea for you.

However, we won’t be resting on our laurels. There’s a lot happening at Windstar in 2013/2014 including:

  • New yachts: As we expand our fleet with three new power yachts and become the market leader in yacht-style cruising;
  • New destinations: We continue to focus on unique itineraries featuring smaller ports of call, offering eight new voyages in 2014, including our return to Tahiti;
  • New experiences: Signature Sailings offering you an in-depth local experience in Windstar style; and
  • New partners: As we combine forces with compatible brands to enhance our cruise experience including our just announced partnership with Saveur to bring you our first culinary cruise exploring the tastes and sights of Spain.

We hope you are as excited as we are and we look forward to seeing you on board.

In the meantime, should you have any questions; need any assistance in booking; or have an idea to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by posting on our Facebook page; contacting us via Twitter; or by calling us. We love to hear from you!

Bon Voyage!

Hans Birkholz

CEO

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