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Interview With Windstar Alaska Cruise Expedition Leader Justin Hofman

Meet our expedition leader Justin Hofman who will be on board the Alaska cruise the entire time as part of our Signature Expeditions program. With a lifelong passion for the ocean, Justin has spent his career observing and documenting wildlife both above and below the water. As a university student, Justin first honed this focus …

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Traveling to Alaska: What to Pack (Other Than Clothing)

Packing for an Alaskan cruise can be daunting. The weather is so changeable that you can experience warm sunshine and frozen sleet during the same week, and sometimes even on the same day! The key to packing without taking your entire wardrobe is to concentrate on layers. Skip multiple heavy coats and focus instead on …

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Unexpected Sweepstakes: Win a 2018 Cruise to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco

Here at Windstar we are enjoying an “Unexpected Fall” and invite our favorite cruisers along to do the same. UNEXPECTED SWEEPSTAKES – TAKE THE QUIZ & ENTER TO WIN If you haven’t entered our Unexpected Windstar Sweepstakes yet, do so today! Windstar’s Unexpected Sweepstakes entrants learn about Windstar’s upscale cruise experience through taking a fun …

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Forget Mega-Ships: Small Ship Cruising Offers Big Benefits

Intimacy, exclusivity and like-minded passengers are among many advantages of a small-ship cruise.   By Veronica Stoddart   Under a warm welcoming sun, your small cruise ship pulls into a tiny picture-perfect port along the Mediterranean coast while its handful of passengers gets ready to disembark by strolling right on shore. Ahead of you is …

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Behind-the-Scenes: Exploring New Ports in Japan with Windstar

If you love a good behind-the-scenes glance at cruise planning like we do, read on…! We are constantly working with local tourism boards and government agencies around the world to find new places to sail. When offered the opportunity to experience a new product first hand we love to take full advantage to learn more …

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Windstar President Hosts Panama Canal Cruise with Owner’s Suite Giveaway

A new set of Panama Canal locks opened for business in summer 2016, creating an additional lane of traffic aimed at allowing mega-ships to transit from Atlantic to Pacific. But as boutique cruise line Windstar Cruises knows, bigger isn’t always better. We, the small ship cruise company, just won the USAToday 10Best Best Boutique Cruise …

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Hitting Overdrive: Experiencing the Sexiest Automobile Races in the World

Do you have the need for speed? Whether it be hearing the sound of the engines, smelling the burnt rubber on the track, or watching the frenzied pit crew, attending a top international auto race boasts an experience unmatched by any other. However, the journey doesn’t begin and end at the track – bearing witness …

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Adventure Beyond the Beach: Top 5 Caribbean Cruise Hikes

You squint at the sun bouncing off turquoise waters and consider using the tiny umbrella in your cocktail as a shield from all the shimmering beauty. It’s almost too much splendor to process in your blissed-out, lounge-chaired state. Paradise is found on the Caribbean’s hidden beaches; in rum-soaked drops of sweet, fruity goodness; and in …

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Foodie Bloggers Get Baking Behind the Scenes in Windstar’s Galley

Written by Monique Volz (Ambitious Kitchen) & Sarah Fennel (Broma Bakery) In The Kitchen It’s 10am on a Sunday in Star Legend kitchen. We are wearing white chef’s coats and hats to match. To our left, crew members are preparing that day’s lunch for the ship. To our right, a humongous multi-level oven is preheating. …

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Try Seattle Chef Hines’ Lobster Risotto Recipe from James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise

We recently had the pleasure of sailing with Chef Maria Hines on our James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise of Spain and France. While on board, Maria prepared nightly specials for diners in AmphorA. The watermelon carpaccio topped with whipped fresh cantaloupe and ricotta was a particular treat with melons fresh from the local market, and …

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Sailing & Sipping – More than food on Windstar’s James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection cruises

This week we’re very excited to launch our first-ever James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection cruise, sailing aboard the Wind Surf on an eight-day voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona, docking in Tangier, Morocco before heading to Spain with stops in Málaga, Almeria, Cartagena, Ibiza, and Tarragona.   This new partnership between the esteemed two more cruises …

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Small Cruise Ships Offer Exclusive Entry to Europe’s Hidden Harbors in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro & Beyond

The Adriatic is having a moment. In recent years, Croatia and lesser-known Montenegro have blossomed into “must go now” destinations in Europe, thanks to their stunning beauty, glimmering beaches, and old world charm. Pair those elements with the value, flexibility and many conveniences of a cruise vacation. It’s no wonder Windstar yacht guests love sailing …

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Celebrated Chefs Headline 2016 James Beard Collection of Culinary Cruises in Europe

Windstar Cruises celebrated the announcement of its chef line-up for the newly launched James Beard Collection of culinary cruises at New York’s James Beard House on Tuesday, February 16. The evening’s event highlighted the award-winning chefs, cruise itineraries, and Windstar’s exciting culinary initiatives that guests can look forward to this year. Windstar Cruises is thrilled …

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