Seattle, November 30, 2010 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, has been recognized by Islands magazine as having the â€œTop Luxury Cruiseâ€ for its Rome to Rome itinerary on Wind Surf.
Islands magazine ranked the best cruises based on unique island itineraries focused on local culture from recommendations from editors, contributors, local experts and readers. The full top 10 list of cruises is featured in the December 2010 issue of Islands magazine and on the magazineâ€™s website www.islands.com.
Wind Surfâ€™s 7-day Rome to Rome sails through the islands off the coast of Italy and visits Ischia, Italy; Capri, Italy; Amalfi, Italy; Sorrento, Italy; Ajaccio, Corsica, France; and Livorno, Italy. Guests can partake in the lush beauty of the volcanic island of Ischia; journey to the famous Blue Grotto on the island of Capri; view the stunning Amalfi Coast; discover the ancient city of Pompeii; explore charming Ajaccio on the French island of Corsica; and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa or picturesque Florence outside of Livorno.
The 312-guest Wind Surfâ€™s Rome to Rome sailing departs May 15, 2011, with cruise rates from $2,499 per person, double occupancy. Wind Spirit sails a similar 7-day Rome to Rome itinerary departing October 1, 2011, with cruise rates from $2,899 per person, double occupancy.
In addition to Islands magazineâ€™s honor, Windstar Cruises has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel and lifestyle world in 2010. Celebrated Living, American Airlinesâ€™ prestigious publication for first class passengers, named Windstar Cruises â€œBest Small-Ship/Mid-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ on their Platinum List for the fourth time in a row. Windstar Cruises was also recognized by CondÃ© Nast Traveler as one of the â€œTop Small Ship Cruise Lines,â€ listed on their annual Gold List of â€œBest Cruise Linesâ€ and all three Windstar yachts were honored in the â€œBest Small Shipsâ€ Readerâ€™s Poll. Windstar was recently named â€œMost Romantic Cruise Lineâ€ by Porthole Cruise Magazine and was also selected by Travel + Leisure as one of the top five â€œWorldâ€™s Best Small-Ship Cruise Lines.â€