cruise reception room

Wind Star & Wind Spirit’s New Look

Elegant and chic… inviting and luxurious. You’ve already seen Wind Surf’s  beautifully renovated accommodations and corridors during Phase 1 of its refurbishment, and now it’s time for the Wind Star and Wind Spirit. We couldn’t be more excited about unveiling our smaller yachts’ luxurious new look and we want to hear from all of you what you think!

Pool Bar CGI rendering. Copy right of MCVITTY Interior Consultants.


Our $18 million refurbishment plan is a dramatic, fleet-wide initiative which creates the most extraordinary boutique yacht experience. The attention to detail and quality will truly make you feel like you are sailing aboard your own private yacht, with exceptional service to boot! From new furniture, upholstery, art, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments and floor coverings, the new décor – complete with warm wood finishes – elevates our yachts to a level that is truly “180 Degrees from Ordinary.”

Here are the details:

Wind Star and Wind Spirit will be undergoing complete renovations of their staterooms, owner’s suite and corridors following their respective Costa Rica and Caribbean seasons. Staterooms will be transformed with new leather headboards, stately arm chairs, linen wall coverings, new lighting features, elegant window coverings, plush wool carpeting, art work, stylish bed cushions, and luxurious bed throws.  The owner’s suite on each yacht will be additionally outfitted with new furniture that is easily convertible to lounging, dining, or accommodating a third occupant.

The Restaurant CGI rendering. Copy right of MCVITTY Interior Consultants.


In addition to accommodations and corridors, Wind Star’s public spaces will also be renovated including The Restaurant, Veranda, Lounge, Pool Bar, Library, and WindSpa.

  • The Restaurant will receive a complete makeover to create the excitement and drama of an exclusive destination restaurant with luxurious neutral tones and curved design elements.
  • The Veranda will be renewed with new lighting, fresh “market-style” buffet arrangements and reconfigured indoor/outdoor seating.
  • The Lounge will be contemporized with new furniture, seating arrangements, window treatments and the addition of a piano bar, creating an ideal, welcoming space for evening entertainment.
  • The Pool Bar will be redesigned to offer a more engaging and upscale social experience and to create additional alfresco seating for sunset dining at Candles Grill.
  • The renovations to the Library space will create an intimate, luxurious cocoon for more contemplative pursuits.
  • WindSpa will also receive an interior soft goods update, to reflect the sophistication and elegance of relaxing with spa treatments at sea.
Lounge Bar CGI rendering. Copy right of MCVITTY Interior Consultants.


After the completion of work, both yachts begin their Mediterranean seasons with Wind Spirit starting April 15, 2012, and Wind Star beginning April 29, 2012.

Wind Spirit’s and Wind Surf’s public spaces will be refurbished in November 2012 before the start of their December Caribbean seasons with Wind Spirit receiving the same public space refurbishments as Wind Star. Wind Surf’s renovation encompasses the Lounge, The Restaurant, Degrees, Veranda, Compass Rose, WindSpa, Yacht Club and Pool Bar.

  • In the Lounge, wall-to-wall carpeting will be replaced with hard flooring accented with inset rugs, a contemporary mix of furniture, lighter color palette and improved sound insulation around the casino.
  • The Restaurant will be completed with a new seating layout, all new soft goods, and state-of-the art wine display and storage.
  • Degrees Restaurant will be transformed into a Mediterranean bistro, anchored by a central wine bar for counter dining as well as an inviting area to relax before and after dinner.  Wine tastings and cooking demonstrations will also be conducted here.
  • The Veranda’s outdoor seating will be significantly expanded, creating an ideal mid-ship area for enjoying breakfast and lunch alfresco.  The interior will include a new buffet, new lighting, and epicurean style display counters.
  • The Compass Rose will be reconfigured to open up expansively to the adjoining outdoor deck, and its interior completely renovated to reflect the sophisticated elegance of a private club.
  • The Pool Bar will sport new awnings for additional shade, new deck furniture, and improved outdoor dining layout for Candles Grill.

Tell us – what do you think of the new look?

If you haven’t seen Wind Surf’s recent renovations, check them out here!


Leave a Reply

27 Comment threads
22 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
20 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Mark Sharples

I wanna go!!!


Wow-  I hardly recognise the ships anymore!! Nicely done!

[…] Read more about this refurbishment plan on the Windstar blog […]


Wow! I would really love to experience that and I’m serious about it. Very elegant and cozy, I am sure everyone would like to be there. How can I contact you in case I want to experience Windstar?

buy a sailboat

OOOOHHH this is SOOOOOO beautiful!!!  I’ve never EVER been on a Cruise, much less been on a boat bigger than a Fairy :P..Only way I’d ever be able to take a cruise is if I ever won one….sigh..Hey I can dream…right?? 😀


Interested in your Med cruises or Greek Islands Sep of 2012 — which ship will be completed by then?

We just came home from my first cruise with Windstar.  Never could have imagined the beauty and relaxation of a cruise this way.  I had always wanted to but now that I have, will for sure be going again.  The crew are they most wonderful and friendly.  Thank you, Nancy Park

Anne Arnold

This all sounds wonderful! Can’t wait til we aboard the Wind Spirit to experience the new ‘face’!  


Having sailed on both “Star” and “Surf” , before renovattions. The new elegance is magnificent !!!!!  We look forward to a furture booking.


We had a lovely cruise on the Wind Surf in December, the second week for the new renovated staterooms.  They were absolutely lovely!  I think we just will have to go back this winter and see the renovations in the public areas.  The cruise was wonderful.  Just one request, Windstar….Don’t renovate the crew, they are the absolute best in the business!

Robert Airheart

Five of us (my daughters and their husbands) have reservtions on the Windstar for the Panama Canal trip (7 days) and wonder the the ship will have the new decor?  Robert Airheart.  (March 24-31st)

Rick Marshall

After four cruises with Windstar I was starting to think the ships/yachts were starting to look a little tired and dated.  Great to see Windstar also recognized this and are doing something about it. Love to cruise on Windstar and very much enjoy getting into small ports of call without the cattle car larger ships.  Keep up the good work.

A fan

Rick and Gayle Marshall 


As an avid Windstar cruiser I think the refurbishment looks superb !
We have enjoyed every trip we have done.The atmosphere, the food, the service, those lazy days on deck, the oustide bar and dining – where do I stop !

Six of us are to sail Wind Spirit ex Iistanbul on 9 June and we cant wait to see the new look.

Well done Windstar !



My husband and I just adored our first time trip on the Wind Surf in December. I could not keep my eyes shut at night when the boat was moving as I enjoyed the waves hitting the portholes sooooo much. The food was so good I put on 6 pounds…I could not say NO. One of my favourite dishes was the creme brulee oatmeal dish that was served for one breakfast. I have one suggestion though. There were two cabins on our floor that ignored the ‘no smoking’ rule. I suggest that the charge be raised to clean a cabin… Read more »

Lori and Shel Perkins

We’ve sailed the Wind Spirit from Instanbul to Athens and it was spectacular then. Now we want to book for the Costa Rica/Panama cruise in Dec. 2013.  The refit looks fantastic, we can hardly wait to get back on board!

Lori and Shel Perkins


We have sailed on Wind Surf 2 times,..also once on Wind Star….loved them both.
We are looking at the Panama Canal trip in late November, 2012.  Will all of the renovations on Wind Star be completed for that voyage, or should we consider waiting until the 2013 Cost Rica season?

What are weather conditions in Costa Rica in late November?


I thought according to this article that both Wind Star and Wind Spirit would be fully refurbished by their April cruises ( I booked the April 15 cruise on Wind Spirit, and I’m quite disappointed to find out now that the common areas will not have been refurbished by our sailing date. 


ola. Estive no Wind Spirits em 2011 no Mediterraneo (viagem Liberty – Seguros) e gostei muito. A equipe é maravilhosa. È um veleiro estupendo. Tudo 5 estrelas… o melhor do mundo !! Obrigado pelo empenho e dedicação da vossa equipe.

Jon in DC

We are about to book Istanbul/Athens for September.  Can we feel confident that the Wind Star will be 100% renovated?  Very excited for our first Windstar experience, but would rather wait a year if this ship’s not done. 

Mike Maiden

Please forgive. My previous post was off a year. Sheesh.


We are interested in sailing on either the Wind Star or Wind Spirit but would like to see some pictures of the refurbished Wind Star staterooms and a rendering of the stateroom on the Wind Spirit.