Windstar’s new beverage packages are the perfect complement to your cruise. For everyone from wine dabblers to wine connoisseurs, cocktail enthusiasts and spirits lovers, you’re sure to find an option that suits you. All non-alcoholic beverages aboard Windstar ships are complimentary, but you may want to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail under the setting sun, choose a wine to pair with your evening meal, or end the night sipping scotch as you sail under the stars. Get immediate access to the bar upon your arrival, without any hassles, and bring your drink with you as you wander the deck.
As a package perk, all non-package wine bottles are 30% off, up to a retail value of $100. In addition, there is no corkage fee for any wine our beverage package guests bring onboard. Purchase bottles in port and enjoy them throughout the rest of your journey.
The Voyager’s Adventure and Topmast Discoveries wine packages include a healthy mix of new and old world wines, offering a boutique selection to choose from. Many of the offered choices come from regions visited on Windstar itineraries, including Bordeaux, France and Barcelona, Spain. Peter Tobler, Windstar’s Director of Hotel Operations, had a few favorites to suggest at each tier level:
The Voyager’s Adventure contains many basic wines to complement any dish served onboard. The Septima Malbec is a staple red from Mendoza, Argentina that offers fresh plum notes, a smooth texture, and a lengthy finish that is almost spicy. Perfect with grilled meats, this is a great pairing with several AmphorA dishes.
The recommendation made from the Topmast Discoveries tier is Marco Felluga’s Pinot Grigio from Collio, Italy. This white makes an excellent match with light fish dishes, and lemon and other citrus. Offering an intense and immediate bouquet, this golden wine warms with hints of acacia flower, broom and apple. Elegant and full-bodied, it leaves with a remarkably long finish.
The Captain’s Exclusive package includes a wide array of spirits and beers, including Dalmore Single Malt Whisky, distilled less than 5 miles outside of Invergordon, Scotland, a port visited on our Gaelic Explorers and Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles itineraries. A deep amber, this whisky is best sipped and savored: flavors of citrus, chocolate, and spice are followed by a roasted coffee finish, making this a perfect after-dinner drink.
Voyager’s Adventure Wine Package – $32 per person per day
Choose from all domestic and imported beers and a superb selection of 20 fine wines by the glass, up to $8.50/glass.
Topmast Discoveries Wine Package – $42 per person per day
More to explore – choose from all domestic and imported beers and 33 premium wines by the glass, up to $11.50/glass
Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package – $52 per person per day
Includes wines, beers, cordials, liqueurs and apertifs, AND cocktails … even mini bar items. (Cocktails based on house & select brands)
Beverage Packages must be purchased within the first two days and will be charged from the day of purchase onwards. Prices do not include the standard 15% beverage service charge. Bottles of wine and champagne are excluded from the package. Please note the minimum drinking age aboard Windstar Cruises is 21 years old. The new Beverage Packages are now offered on all Windstar Cruises ships.
By Noël Frodelius-Fujimoto, Windstar’s Marketing Coordinator