Windstar Cruise Lines
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Windstar's ambience is sporting and refined, like that of a private yacht. These
tall, masted sailing vessels carry no more than 308 guests, so there's always a
peaceful place onboard. Dive the world's most exotic seas right from the ship's
own watersports platform and see for yourself why Windstar is 180 Degrees from
Offering passengers a unique concept in cruising, Windstar Cruises has been
sailing under the banner of its appropriate tag line -- "180? From Ordinary" --
for over 15 years. Windstar was created in the mid-1980s with the vision to
offer an alternative to the typical cruise or resort vacation. The Windstar
passenger sees the world from a romantic sailing ship featuring luxurious
accommodations, casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and
Well-known for cruising off the beaten path, Windstar's upscale line sails to
exotic locales and hidden harbors that larger ships cannot access. These stately
vessels turn heads from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean.
Officially, Windstar's ships are masted sail yachts, but the designation belies
the vessels' unique rigging. Unfurling in two minutes at the push of a button,
billowing white sails reach to the sky. All functions are operated from the
bridge by computer micro-chips and navigational devices. The unusual
"open-bridge" operation allows guests to drop by and acquaint themselves with
the veteran captains and officers who demonstrate the ship's intriguing
capabilities to modern day explorers.
In late 1986, the first commercial sailing vessel built in 60 years slipped out
of a French dry-dock in Le Havre. Although the towering sails echoed a bygone
era of explorers, Wind Star -- with its sleek lines and computerized controls --
was revolutionary in concept and design.
A new era in luxury cruising was now being pioneered by Windstar Cruises. The
148-passenger Wind Star was joined by its sister ship, Wind Spirit, in 1988.
Nearly a decade later in 1998, Windstar acquired the 308-passenger Wind Surf.
Sailing originally as Club Med I, the Wind Surf was built in 1990 in the same
shipyard as her sister ships. Strikingly similar specifications made her a
perfect match for the three-fleet family.
Destinations & Activities
Favorite Windstar destinations include port calls in the Greek and Turkish
Isles, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Virgin Islands, French Polynesia, and
An interesting mix of shore excursions and complimentary water sports
activities are available at each destination. Passengers may find themselves
slicing through Caribbean waters aboard an actual America's Cup racing
yacht, or exploring archaeological ruins in Greece. Water buffs can enjoy
complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and banana
boat rides from the ship's aft Watersports Platform.
The company's cruise vacations offer a seaside window on the world,
combining the refinement of a luxury hotel with a moveable feast of cultural
Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates the 308-passenger Wind Surf and
148-passenger Wind Star and Wind Spirit. The three sailing yachts cruise to
over 47 countries worldwide, offering passengers an affordable luxury
Windstar's unique concept of sailing has led the cruise industry in the luxury
small ship, casual attire, and alternative dining arenas. Pioneering and
refining these concepts has earned Windstar an excellent reputation, market
niche, and the allegiance of a new generation of contemporary cruise
vacationers, one-third of whom are first-time cruisers.
Teak decking, rich wood interiors, an attentive service staff, intimate
surroundings, eclectic artwork, exceptional signature cuisine featuring both
light and vegetarian menu selections, and an extensive wine list are some of the
extraordinary elements which have become synonymous with Windstar.
Features unique to the Wind Surf include 31 deluxe suites, a Business/Internet
Center, The Bistro, and the 10,000-square-foot WindSpa, offering a full array of
spa treatments, consultation, and health and fitness programs.
Passengers are cradled in comfort. All staterooms and suites offer ocean views,
a sitting area, TV, VCR, CD player, safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, international
direct-dial phones, bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, plush robes, and plenty
of closet space. The onboard library stocks an array of international
newspapers, books, games, and a multi-media selection of more than 500 video
titles and compact discs available for complimentary check-out.
Carrying just 148 to 308 guests, Windstar ships exude a private yacht-like
atmosphere, creating camaraderie and lasting friendships between fellow sailors.
Every day aboard Windstar brings the promise of new horizons and harbors to
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