"Wind Star: The Building of a Sailship"

Many people may not be aware, but there is a book written on the creation of Wind Star. When Liam from CrociereUK found out about the book, he decided to give it a read. After completing the book, he wrote a wonderful review on their blog which we thought you would all enjoy:

Well I’ve been busy reading. While searching eBay the other week I came across Wind Star: The Building of a Sailship by Joseph Novitski. Now I’ve read a few maritime books, my favourite being Devils on the Deep Blue Sea by Kristoffer A Garin. While I enjoy Maritime history books, there is just something about the business side which appeals to me. So that’s why I ordered this book, there are no reviews online about this book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, even the eBay auction page only included the name, I did panic it wouldn’t be about Windstar Cruises. Thankfully it arrived a few days later and my worries were forgotten.

The book was published in 1987/8, and covers the launch of the idea in 1984 to its delivery, Unlike most ship histories this book is written by someone who was actually at the events and followed the development of the ‘windship’ themselves. With Windstar Cruises being in the news recently, I thought a book showing the development of the Cruise Line and its first vessel would provide an interesting read…. Windstar’s unique vessels what they are, from the man behind the project Karl Andren to the shipyard owner Gilbert Fournier and other characters whose personalities are expressed throughout the book. The book takes you on the journey of project development, the tendering process between the shipyards, the trouble with making masts, the excitement of the launch and sea trials, and the effort that was needed to create the renown interiors. Ship construction is not usually a process we are made aware of, however increasingly cruise lines are using YouTube to show you the development of the ship…

Read the full post from Liam here.

For our guests sailing on Wind Spirit this summer, to and from the Baltic with Le Havre, France in the itinerary, Le Havre is where Wind Star, Wind Song and Wind Spirit were built! We sincerely thank Liam for his wonderful post!

Have you read this book? We’d love to hear your thoughts on it as well- leave us a comment!

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10 years ago

Good day everyone, I have never had the chance to book a cruise and I am wondering what is not inlcuded when you buy a cruise with Windstar. I read that the soft breverages are now included. How about the food, and everythings else. How much extra money should I plan when going on a trip like this for 2 people (do not consider excursions or airfare, only what is inside the sailboat). If I have to pay for the food, is a breakfast, lunch or dinner expensive. How about for just a snack and a beer? Thank you for… Read more »

Reply to  Jocelyn
10 years ago

Hi Jocelyn, First of all, thank you for your interest in Windstar! Accommodation and all food is included in the price of a cruise, along with complimentary soft beverages starting December 2011 at the start of the Caribbean and Costa Rica seasons. Alcoholic beverages, spa services, laundry services and gratuities are all an additional cost, the details of which you can find here: https://www.windstarcruises.com/alreadybooked.aspx. Regarding how much cash you should bring onboard, that is entirely up to you. We do have shops onboard which you might wish to purchase from and you will also want to bring some regional currency… Read more »

Reply to  Jocelyn
10 years ago

Hi Jocelyn, Here are the details of our Premium Beverage Package: * Unlimited premium cocktails * Unlimited wine by the glass from the per glass wine menu * Unlimited house champagne and beer * Includes mini-bar beverage selections * Includes beverages provided through room service $48 per person, per day* *Premium beverage package details: Packages are only sold per cabin and must be purchased for all guests occupying a cabin. Package must be added by the first day of the cruise and must be purchased for the full duration of the cruise. Package price is U.S. $48 per person, per… Read more »

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