Special Holiday Rates on Windstar Cruises

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Seattle, August 31, 2009 — Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, offers special rates on holiday and New Year’s cruises in the Caribbean and Costa Rica.

Wind Spirit’s holiday and New Year’s sailings feature a new St. Martin itinerary. The 7-day Caribbean cruises visit St. Kitts, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and St. Barts. Wind Spirit’s holiday sailing departs December 19, 2009, with cruise rates from $2,349 per person, double occupancy. The New Year’s sailing departs December 26, 2009, with cruise rates from $2,449 per person, double occupancy.

Wind Star’s 7-day holiday and New Year’s cruises sail roundtrip from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica and visit San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and the Costa Rican ports of Playas del Coco, Quepos, Bahia Drake, Curu and Tortuga Island. Wind Star’s holiday sailing departs December 19, 2009, with cruise fares from $2,549 per person, double occupancy. Wind Star’s New Year’s sailing departs December 26, 2009, with cruise fares from $2,649 per person, double occupancy.

Wind Surf’s 7-day holiday sailing departs December 20, 2009, from Bridgetown, Barbados visiting ports of call in St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Barts and Bequia. Wind Surf’s New Year’s sailing departs December 27, 2009 and visits Bequia, Martinique, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Grenada. Cruise rates for both sailings start at $2,249 per person, double occupancy.

On the holiday sailings, each Windstar ship is decorated with beautiful holiday decorations including trees, wreathes, garlands and lights. Guests savor a holiday menu specially prepared by the ships’ executive chefs featuring roasted turkey and traditional accompaniments in additional to other culinary delights.

On New Year’s voyages, guests will be able to partake in a festive New Year’s Eve party complete with party favors, live music, official countdown by the captain and champagne toast.

Windstar has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel and lifestyle world. Celebrated Living, American Airlines’ prestigious publication for first class passengers, named Windstar Cruises “Best Small-Ship/Mid-Ship Cruise Line” on their 2009 Platinum List for the third time in a row. Windstar was recently awarded “Favourite Small-Ship Cruise Line” in the U.K.’s Condé Nast Traveller’s 2008 Readers’ Travel Awards. Windstar received the highest score of any cruise line in the poll and was also only one of three cruise lines in Condé Nast Traveller’s list of the “Top 100 of the Best the Travel World has to Offer.” Readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine awarded Windstar “Most Romantic Cruise Line” and “Best Tall Ship” in the 2008 10th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Windstar has also earned top honors in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s 2009 Best Awards”, was lauded among “The World’s Best Small Ships” by Condé Nast Traveler and was selected as one of Modern Bride’s “Favorite Cruise Lines for Honeymooners.”