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Windstar Cuts The First Steel At Fincantieri Shipyard To Begin Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative

On April 2nd, 2019 at Fincantieri’s shipyard “Arsenale Triestino San Marco”, in Trieste, Italy, John Gunner, Vice President of Expansion Projects for Windstar Cruises, pushed the button which activated the torch to make the first cut in the new steel that will become the first of three new ships sections as part of Windstar’s $250 …

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Things To Do in St. Petersburg, Russia In 24 Hours

Once capital city of the Russian Empire, St. Petersburg – the country’s second largest city – was formerly home to the tsars and tsarinas of the imperial age. As a result it is home to an astonishing number of lavish palaces, each more fantastic than the last, along with staggeringly beautiful cathedrals, ancient forts and …

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Behind the Scenes with Chef Anthony Sasso on a culinary themed cruise

There is a reason chefs work in kitchens. For some, it’s because they grew up in them, watching a mother or father roast chickens or flambee bananas every day after school for as long as they can remember. For some, it’s because they live on the adrenaline, soaking up the energy of fire and steel …

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James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Review

Windstar Cruises’ affiliation with the James Beard Foundation provided us with much more than we expected as we cruised the western Mediterranean islands on the beautiful Star Pride cruise ship recently. Windstar has always provided exceptional food quality and wonderful menus, but this culinary cruise was really special! Chef Amy Brandwein a 2017 James Beard …

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Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf Anchors in Barbuda to Hand-deliver Relief Funds for the Island’s School

In September 2017 the tiny island of Barbuda was hit by Hurricane Irma, a devastating Category 5 storm. Two weeks later it was hit again by Hurricane Jose. More than 90 percent of the island was destroyed. Of the estimated 1,800 people that lived in Barbuda prior to the storms, only about 1,000 residents have …

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Exclusive Easy Stays Hotel Program by Windstar Cruises

We make sure you don’t miss a beat of adventure on land and the high seas by curating everything the minute you arrive at the airport to the day you set sail for home. Our extended Easy Stays experience features hand-selected, luxurious accommodations, superior rooms, and exceptional service at some of the most distinguished hotels …

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Things To Do In Ketchikan, Alaska in 24 Hours

Ketchikan Ketchikan, Alaska might be the official name of this remote island city accessible only by sea or plane, but it has attracted a whole collection of others. These include “the First City” (a reference to the community’s proximity to Canada), “the Eagle Capital of America,”’ and “the Salmon Capital of the World.” This latter …

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Exclusive Insight on Windstar Cruises $250 Million Star Plus Initiative

We couldn’t be more excited about Windstar Cruises $250 Million Star Plus Initiative. Not only will the three Star-Class vessels’ engines be completely replaced, but we will add stunning new guest spaces including a new restaurant.  So we wanted to give you an exclusive insight into this process with our newly appointed Vice President of …

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Things To Do in Almería, Spain in 24 Hours

The City of fortresses, tapas, and spaghetti westerns The name Almería comes from the Arabic word Al-Mariyat meaning the mirror of the sea. Just south of Granada, set among the Sierra de Gador Mountain Range, Almería Bay welcomes you to romance and mysteries. Almería’s plazas framed with palms and historic churches are just the beginning …

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Seared Sea Scallops, Smoked Bacon, Grilled Asparagus with Fresh Garden Peas, Citrus Butter Sauce Recipe

Seared Sea Scallops Serves 4 people 16 u 10 – 20  Scallops 12 Spears Grilled Asparagus Butter Sauce Garnish Pea Puree Olive Oil Sugar Salt Fix through the scallops, remove the side muscle and lay onto paper towels. Wash and prep the asparagus. Peel and pencil the asparagus. Drizzle with olive oil and cook on …

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Windstar’s Captain Belinda Bennett Awarded the 2018 Merchant Navy Medal

Charting a course to success in the cruise and maritime industry, the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service has been presented to Captain Belinda Bennett of Windstar Cruises, as ‘the first black female captain in the commercial cruise industry.’ Captain Bennett was given the award for services to the promotion of the maritime sector under …

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Mushroom Polpettine, Polenta & Basil Oil Recipe

Mushroom Polpettine 3 lbs         Mushrooms shiitake stem removed 2 sprigs   Whole rosemary 2 sprigs   Whole thyme 1/4 Cup   Extra Virgin Olive oil 1               Whole Egg 1/2           Small Onion, small dice 1/2           Cup Parmesan cheese 2 tbs         Breadcrumbs 1 tbs         Parsley Italian Salt & Pepper Preheat oven to 450. …

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Behind The Scenes of Windstar Cruises’ 2019-2020 Voyage Collection

Producing the Windstar Voyage Collection brochure (affectionately known as the “Atlas” internally) is no joke. It takes months and months of planning and execution, so all the details are just right. Not to mention that it has to look inviting and have fresh content. We spoke with the team to get an idea of what …

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Tomato & Watermelon Salad, Burgos Cheese, Shaved Onion Recipe

Salad 5          Each Heirloom Tomatoes 1          Each Watermelon 1          Each Red Onions 2 tsp   Chive Chopped 1 ½     Cup Burgos Cheese 1          Cup Crunchy Oil Cured Olives 1 tsp    Lime Zested 1/2     Cups Mint Leaves Picked Tomato and Sherry Vinaigrette to Taste Sea Salt To Taste | Serves 10 Cut the tomatoes and …

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