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_Windstar_CruiseIf 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 “fact or fiction” quiz. The grand prize is a suite for two aboard Star Breeze on the 10-day Island Gems of Spain & Portugal cruise sailing round trip from Lisbon in April 2018.

The sweepstakes may be accessed on Facebook here, as well as via multiple entry points across Windstar’s additional social media channels running through November 13, 2018 with a winner announced mid-December.


In addition to the sweepstakes, Windstar is also offering its Unexpected Sale, which runs through December 15. The sale, available on Windstar’s voyages 14 days and longer, includes a shipboard credit of up to $1,000 for a limited time on new Star Collector Voyages bookings. These special, longer itineraries also include complimentary daily laundry and with nearly 70 dates to choose from, it’s a fantastic way to access magical destinations in an immersive, small ship cruising fashion. For sailings 14-21 days, the shipboard credit is $400 per person. For 22-29 days, it’s $600 per person. For 30+ days, it’s $1,000 per person. The sale is valid only on new bookings.Luxury_small_ship_cruise

For those who can’t get away for that long or looking to cruise sooner, check out our other special promotions:

  • 7 FOR 7 – Every Tursday, get new, limited-time deals on amazing voyages — offer only valid for 7 days or until suites and staterooms sell out! 7 limited-time fares, available for 7 days only.
  • THE CARIBBEAN IS OPEN CRUISE PACKAGE – Enjoy extraordinary cruise pricing, $200 shipboard credit, and free onboard Wi-Fi on remaining 2017 Caribbean sailings.
  • SINGLE CRUISERS SAIL-ABRATION – Private yacht style cruising for solo travelers is now more affordable than ever. Enjoy waived and reduced single supplements.


We’ve been getting great feedback from our newly-launched advertising campaign titled “Unexpected” that is taking Windstar in a new direction. Have you seen our ads in Travel+ Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and other travel magazines? Read on to find out just what those goats are doing up in the tress.

“Our new “Unexpected” branding campaign emphasizes Windstar’s uniqueness and what makes us different from the rest of the cruise industry. We call out experiences that accentuate Windstar’s focus on doing things differently – 180 Degrees from Ordinary. To capture that perspective, we went on a photoshoot to Agadir, Morocco and Portofino, Italy to take pictures of some less-expected sights like goats in trees. We took pictures of the famous argan tree climbing goats, camels, authentic markets, a Moroccan tea ceremony then moved on to the Star Pride in Portofino to capture fun with our Water Sports Program. The entire photoshoot crew took away something special from this shoot – seeing the world through Windstar’s perspective. What we experienced and loved on our journey, was exactly the experience that Windstar is striving to deliver.

~Jessica Chiang, Director of Marketing Communications


Unexpected fact or fiction? While exploring Morocco, make sure to look up, because the goats of Agadir climb trees to escape Barbary Lions.


In the semi-deserts of southwest Morocco, goats climb a 30-ft argan tree to dine on its bitter fruit. Unable to digest the nuts, they expel the seeds whole, which are then gathered, cracked open, and mashed to produce the most expensive edible oil in the world. Astonished, thrilled, charmed, a small group of travelers gather around the goats in the tree, taking in this magical sight. If you’re on a Windstar cruise, that traveler might be you.


The Unexpected Sweepstakes cruise for two prize visits Agadir, Morocco where the Unexpected ad campaign was photographed, highlighting some of the unique experiences guests may have on (and off) the Windstar yachts.

What do you find unexpected about a Windstar cruise?



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Joann Mickelson
4 years ago

A treat of African adventure on a many stop Mediterranean sail.

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