Seattle, August 31, 2009 â€” Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldâ€™s most treasured destinations, offers special rates on holiday and New Yearâ€™s cruises in the Caribbean and Costa Rica.
Wind Spiritâ€™s holiday and New Yearâ€™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 Spiritâ€™s holiday sailing departs December 19, 2009, with cruise rates from $2,349 per person, double occupancy. The New Yearâ€™s sailing departs December 26, 2009, with cruise rates from $2,449 per person, double occupancy.
Wind Starâ€™s 7-day holiday and New Yearâ€™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 Starâ€™s holiday sailing departs December 19, 2009, with cruise fares from $2,549 per person, double occupancy. Wind Starâ€™s New Yearâ€™s sailing departs December 26, 2009, with cruise fares from $2,649 per person, double occupancy.
Wind Surfâ€™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 Surfâ€™s New Yearâ€™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 shipsâ€™ executive chefs featuring roasted turkey and traditional accompaniments in additional to other culinary delights.
On New Yearâ€™s voyages, 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.
Windstar has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel and lifestyle world. Celebrated Living, American Airlinesâ€™ prestigious publication for first class passengers, named Windstar Cruises â€œBest Small-Ship/Mid-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ on their 2009 Platinum List for the third time in a row. 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 in CondÃ© Nast Travellerâ€™s list of the â€œTop 100 of the Best the Travel World has to Offer.â€ Readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine awarded Windstar â€œMost Romantic Cruise Lineâ€ and â€œBest Tall Shipâ€ in the 2008 10th Annual Readersâ€™ Choice Awards. Windstar has also earned top honors in Travel + Leisureâ€™s â€œWorldâ€™s 2009 Best Awardsâ€, was lauded among â€œThe Worldâ€™s Best Small Shipsâ€ by CondÃ© Nast Traveler and was selected as one of Modern Brideâ€™s â€œFavorite Cruise Lines for Honeymooners.â€