Seattle, July 30, 2008 â€” Celebrate the holidays in style on board one of three Windstar Cruisesâ€™ luxury yachts exploring the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldâ€™s most sought-after destinations. Windstar provides the perfect winter holiday vacation in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere in the Caribbean or Costa Rica to rejoice with travel companions.
Wind Spiritâ€™s 7-day holiday cruise features sparkling white sands, tropical fish and turquoise waters and departs from St. Thomas on December 20 visiting St. John, St. Martin, St. Barts, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. Cruise rates begin at $2,249 per person, double occupancy.
Wind Star offers a 7-day holiday sailing in Costa Rica, an exotic destination famous for its natural beauty, lush jungles and rich variety of wildlife. The cruise departs Puerto Caldera on December 20 and visits Curu, Tortuga Island, BahÃa ParaÃso, Golfito, Isla de Coiba and Quepos. Cruise rates start at $2,449 per person, double occupancy.
Wind Surfâ€™s 7-day holiday voyage departing December 21 from Bridgetown, visits the Caribbeanâ€™s sunny beaches, charming towns and natural wonders of Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Dominica and St. Lucia. Cruise rates start at $2,149 per person, double occupancy.
Each Windstar ship is decorated with beautiful holiday decorations including trees, wreathes, garlands and lights. Guests will savor a holiday menu specially prepared by the shipsâ€™ executive chefs featuring roasted turkey and traditional accompaniments in additional to other culinary delights.
Wind Surfâ€™s 7-day New Yearâ€™s Eve cruise departs Bridgetown on December 28 sails to Tobago, Trinidad, Grenada, Martinique and St. Vincent. Guests will be able to partake in a festive New Yearâ€™s Eve party complete with party favors, live music, official countdown by the captain and champagne toast. Cruise rates start at $2,149 per person, double occupancy.
Windstar Cruises offers exciting shore excursions in the various ports of call. Guests will be able to explore local culture and attractions in each destination. Each shipâ€™s watersports platform will be opened in certain ports while at anchor for guests to kayak, windsurf, and waterski. Snorkeling and scuba diving excursions are also available for a fee.
Guests can also unwind on deck in chaise lounges soaking up the sun by the pool. At dusk, gorgeous sunsets emerge and evening brings skies filled with stars for gazing. Each shipâ€™s WindSpa presents a menu of spa services designed to pamper, soothe, relax and rejuvenate guests.
A leader in defining the small ship luxury cruise experience for more than 20 years, Windstar has won the allegiance of a new generation of contemporary travelers who appreciate the lineâ€™s luxurious accommodations, alternative dining venues, diversity of shore excursions, complimentary water sports program, deluxe spa facilities, and casual elegance. The recently completed multi-million dollar Degrees of Difference enhancements on all three ships focused on structural and technical operations along with upgrades to guest areas, remodeled bathrooms in staterooms and an expanded beauty salon and spa. In order to take the shipâ€™s comfort level to a new degree of luxury, Apple iPod Nanos and Bose SoundDock speakers, wireless Internet, flat screen televisions, luxury linens and mattresses as well as Lâ€™Occitane bathroom amenities were added in each stateroom across the fleet.
Windstarâ€™s award-wining reputation for sophisticated, yet casual elegance has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel world. Celebrated Living, American Airlinesâ€™ prestigious publication for first class passengers, named Windstar Cruises â€œBest Small-Ship/Mid-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ on their 2008 Platinum List for the second time in a row. Readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine awarded Windstar â€œMost Romantic Cruise Lineâ€ and â€œBest Tall Shipâ€ in the 9th Annual Readersâ€™ Choice Awards. Windstar has also earned top honors in Travel + Leisureâ€™s Worldâ€™s 2008 Best Awards and was lauded among â€œThe Worldâ€™s Best Small Shipsâ€ by CondÃ© Nast Traveler readers in 2008.
About Windstar Cruises
Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldâ€™s most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information including rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at www.windstarcruises.com.
Windstar is a division of Ambassadors International Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC.