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Windstar Makes Triumphant Return to Alaska with Expedition Program

Windstar’s new soft-expedition-style cruising gets guests onto the water right from their small cruise ship, up close and personal with Alaska’s wildlife and pristine natural habitats.

212-passenger all-suite Star Legend is now sailing in Alaska through August, launching our first endeavor into expedition cruising. This cruise marked our return to Alaska after a 20-year hiatus from the region.

“We are thrilled to finally be back in Alaska having just launched our Signature Expeditions that embraces the natural beauty of the region, and allow for the most authentic, destination-focused experiences for our guests,” commented Windstar President John Delaney.

Windstar offers a new, active and elegant choice for travelers, with its boutique brand of small ship cruising and experiential travel, including newly-announced Signature Expeditions, which take guests on zodiac and kayaking adventures along Alaska’s rugged natural coastline and gets guests closer, shows them more, and sends them home with once-in-a-lifetime photos and memories. The highly skilled and knowledgeable Windstar Signature Expeditions Team leads tours aboard rigid inflatable watercraft and expedition kayaks, as well as guiding guests on scenic hikes. The Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, guests will delight in the abundance of local seafood specialties on board and on small group tours ashore.

In Alaska, cruisers can choose from more than 25 different departure dates in 2018 and 2019 including Denali National Park Cruise Tours.

The ship arrived at Seward (Anchorage) for its maiden cruise in Alaska on May 17 and visited Kenai Fjords National Park, Sitka, Juneau, Icy Strait Point (Hoohnah), Haines, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, Wrangell, Misty Fjords, Metlakatla, Ketchikan, and in British Columbia – Prince Rupert, scenic cruising of the Grenville Channel and Inside Passage, ending in Vancouver, BC, marking its first arrival to the city for the season. This summer Star Legend will sail on numerous round trips from Vancouver and between Seward, AK throughout the 2018 Alaska cruise season.

Star Legend will sail numerous round-trips from Vancouver and between Seward and Vancouver throughout the season. The ship will also make a one-day visit to Seattle on June 27 for a special event on Lake Union, including a Zodiac naming ceremony.

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anne henkelman

Just returned home from the May 17 cruise. The Expedition team was great!! Very knowledgeable, friendly,, and helpful! Took 3 of the zodiac excursions and we got close to the glaciers, bears, mountain goat,, even saw a humpback whale not far on the zodiac.

Kit boden

I enjoyed our June 11 departure from Seward heading south ending in Vancouver. We have taken many Windstar Cruises. This was the most expensive by far. It seemed to me there were at least two days in the cruise which should have been excluded. We “cruised “ Misty Fjords, but if you did not buy $170 pp excursion, you sat in misty Fjords. We spent a day in a dismal indigenous Indian village where there was almost nothing of interest. I can not praise the yacht and the staff enough. I always felt attended to and responded to if I… Read more »

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