Kris Thompson Page, Director of Marine Hotel Operations, details our efforts to make a difference and give back to the local communities we visit.
Windstar Cruises is well known for visiting the world’s most exotic and unique ports of call. What is less known, but just as important, are the ways we interact with these communities and our efforts to ensure they continue to thrive. Therefore, when we have an opportunity to make a difference, we jump on it.
Such an opportunity presented itself in March, after the Wind Star completed her last voyage before undergoing a complete refurbishment. Much of the furniture on Wind Star was to be replaced, so before making her last port call in Saint Martin we reached out to our friends there and asked if they could identify a charity that would welcome our stately-but-slightly-used furniture.
Through our agent Isabelle, Windstar Cruises was able to make a large donation of furniture to Bethany Home, a state run facility for elderly, dependent persons in the Caribbean. Within days, the chairs were sanded, re-varnished and put to good use. Isabelle shared a few snap shots:
Partnerships like the one between Windstar Cruises and our agent in St Martin enable us to not only operate responsibly, but in fact make a difference in the lives of the people that call these magical places home. It also ensures that the Windstar yachts will continue to be welcomed by these communities, in the same way we welcome and look forward to returning to them.
That’s the difference.