Seattle, October 8, 2008 â€” Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldâ€™s most treasured destinations invites travelers to the sun-drenched beaches and tropical waters of the Caribbean aboard the 312-guest Wind Surf and the 148-guest Wind Spirit.
The 148-guest Wind Spirit sails roundtrip from St. Thomas on 7-day sailings offering guests pristine beaches, lively island culture and duty-free shopping. Port of calls include St. John, St. Martin, St. Barts, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda. Cruise rates begin at $1,949 per person, based on double occupancy.
The 312-guest Wind Surf offers 7-day sailings roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados and a variety of vibrant ports of call on northbound and southbound itineraries. Wind Surfâ€™s northbound itinerary includes St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Martin, St. Barts, Basse-Terre, Iles des Saintes and St. Lucia. The southbound itinerary includes Bequia, Dominica, St. Lucia, Mayreau, Grenada and Tobago. Cruise rates begin at $1,799 per person, based on double occupancy.
Windstar offers special holiday sailings on Wind Spirit and Wind Surf. Wind Spiritâ€™s 7-day holiday cruise departs St. Thomas December 20, 2008, and is $2,249 per person, double occupancy. Wind Surfâ€™s 7-day holiday voyage departs December 21, 2008, from Bridgetown visiting Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Dominica and St. Lucia. Cruise rates start at $2,149 per person, double occupancy.
Ring in the new year aboard Wind Surfâ€™s 7-day cruise departing Bridgetown on December 28, 2008, and visit 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. New shore excursions are available for purchase in Martinique and Trinidad. In Martinique, guests can indulge in a Mangroves Kayaking Discovery, a 4 x 4 Adventure, a Land and Sea Tour, a St. Pierre and Botanical Garden Tour or a Snorkeling Excursion. In Trinidad, shore excursions include a trip to the Angostura Bitters and Rum Factory, a visit to Asa Wright Nature Center or an excursion to Maracas Beach.
Windstarâ€™s Signature Collection Host Series returns and offers a unique opportunity to travel with world-renowned artist Jody Hewgill on a Barbados roundtrip sailing aboard Wind Surf, departing February 15, 2009. Hewgill is a fine artist and illustrator whose clients include Rolling Stone magazine, Mondavi Wines and Time magazine. Her work has also graced the pages of previous Windstar Cruises Sailing Atlases. Hewgillâ€™s paintings are among many public and private collections throughout Europe and North America, including the Library of Congressâ€™ Permanent Poster Collection and the Centennial Olympic Games Museum in Atlanta. Hewgill will host an art exhibit, create sketches and talk to guests about her artistic process and techniques. Cruise rates start at $2,249 per person, based on double occupancy.
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 and deluxe spa facilities. The 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. Other enhancements include Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPod Nanos, wireless Internet, flat screen televisions, luxury linens and mattresses as well as Lâ€™Occitane amenities.
Windstarâ€™s award-wining reputation for sophisticated, yet casual elegance has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel world. Windstar was recently awarded â€œFavourite Small-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ in the U.K.â€™s CondÃ© Nast Travellerâ€™s 2008 Readersâ€™ Travel Awards. Windstar received the highest score of any cruise line in the poll and was also only one of three cruise lines that made CondÃ© Nast Travellerâ€™s list of the â€œTop 100 of the Best the Travel World has to Offer.â€ 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 brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at www.windstarcruises.com.