A Star is Born

Kris Thompson Page, Director of Marine Hotel Operations shares the story behind our gorgeous new refit to the Wind Star.

The wee hours of Monday morning, April 30, 2012

As I climb into bed, after serenading (and being serenaded!) at the new piano bar in the Wind Star lounge, I know –unequivocally—that the Star Treatment we have given the Wind Star yacht is a success.

We dubbed this evening, “The Crawl.”  Starting with a 5:00pm Sail Away from Barcelona under a gorgeous sunny sky and a champagne toast on deck, our refit team made its way to the Lounge for  the destination manager’s overview of tomorrow’s highlights in Palma de Majorca. We continued our jovial banter into the newly christened AmphorA Restaurant for a sophisticated dinner under twinkling, Venetian glass chandeliers, followed by a return to the Pool Bar for cigars and cognac under the stars.  Come 11:00pm, our ultimate destination was realized at the Piano Bar, joining guests around Buddy the entertainer to belt out everything from Elton John to Amy Winehouse, with a few dance moves in between.  What does this have to do with the Star Treatment, you may ask?


New lounge decor and furnishings

The Wind Star has just undergone the most significant metamorphosis in the company’s history.  Never before have we attempted a top-to-bottom refit, upgrading virtually all guest areas and public rooms including the Veranda, Lounge, Reception Lobby, Restaurant, Pool Bar, WindSpa, Library, all staterooms and suites, and alleyways.   Nonetheless, the entire refurbishment was completed between March 30, the end of the Costa Rica season, and yesterday, April 29; the beginning of the European season. Please enjoy my quick snapshots, they truly don’t do justice to the beauty!

New awning and furniture in Veranda
Yacht-inspired pool bar seating
Market fresh display in Veranda
Stylish new casino space

Indeed, the Wind Star has become a gorgeous, contemporary, upscale yacht for guests who discern and prefer stylish, relaxed fun as opposed to the cruise ship clichés and attractions.  Our 140 or so guests can now savor the elegant, “market fresh” ambiance of indoor and outdoor dining in the Veranda; learn about upcoming ports of call with our regional experts in the sumptuous Lounge; marvel the stunning central Glass Aquarium sculpture in the Reception Lobby; enjoy delectable, five-star cuisine and a wine list to match in the newly-named ‘Amphora Restaurant’; the casual chic of alfresco dining in our Candles Grill; and last but certainly not least, revel in camaraderie and friendship around the Piano Bar.  Enjoy them all.   Everyone gets the Star Treatment on Wind Star.


-Kris Thompson Page

Director, Marine Hotel Operations

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What’s the status on the Wind Spirit refit? I booked partly on the basis of your announcement that “Wind Star and Wind Spirit will also undergo
refurbishments of staterooms, owner’s suite, corridors, and public
spaces following their respective Costa Rica and Caribbean seasons. Wind Spirit will begin her Mediterranean season fully refurbished on April 15, 2012 and Wind Star on April 29, 2012”.

Eric B

Can’t wait to see the new look! We will be honeymooning on the July 27th cruise!! 


We have a cruise booked on the Windsurf 10/29, will renovations be underway during that trip?


what about the safety in colon panama waiting to board the Wind Star?


Do these boats have motors or just sails?

After 5 cruises on the Windspirit I understand how this can happen. After a total of 26 cruises on most of the world’s cruise lines my five favorite cruises have been on the Windspirit.

Les & Linda Atkinson

We too have enjoyed five Windstar cruises – one on the ill-fated Song, three on Spirit and the last one this January on Surf. Windstar is absolutely the best choice anyone with reasonable means can make … the food, the ambiance and the company [both crew and fellow passengers] make for great memories as well as friendships that last well beyond.

Keep it up! And congratulations to the newly-weds!

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