Seattle, April 6, 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, won the â€œ2010 Cruise Guide Awardâ€ in gastronomy elected by public voters who have sailed on Wind Surf and presented by e-hoi during the ITB Conference in Berlin, Germany.
“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award which acknowledges the five-star dining experience guests enjoy onboard,â€ said Diane Moore, President of Windstar Cruises. â€œWind Surf recently unveiled a new menu in its alternative restaurant Degrees to rave reviews which reflects a Mediterranean culinary journey of simple cooking and seasonal preparations, showcasing authentic ingredients and classic techniques.â€
The ITB Conference is the largest travel trade show in the world taking place every March in Berlin. The conference covers all segments of the global tourism industry. During the conference, the â€œCruise Guide Awardsâ€ were given during a festive ceremony attended by more than 300 top representatives of the German cruise industry and travel media. The awards honor cruise ships which stand out with superior performance and services. Awards were given in six categories: service, infotainment and entertainment, sports and spa, gastronomy, family friendliness and river cruise ship of the year.
The public vote awards were given the first time this year and have particular significance in the industry because cruise guests vote for the ships they have traveled on in the recent past. These awards were based on more than 4,000 evaluations by cruise passengers through an on-line questionnaire organized by e-hoi, Germanyâ€™s largest online cruise specialist.
In addition to the gastronomy award, Windstar has been recognized by 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 2009 Platinum List for the third time in a row. Windstar received a â€œFavourite Small-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ award in the U.K.â€™s CondÃ© Nast Travellerâ€™s 2009 Readersâ€™ Travel Awards and was listed in their â€œTop 100 of the Best the Travel World has to Offer.â€ Windstar has been voted the â€œMost Popularâ€ cruise line in the small-ship category by Zagat. Windstar also received high marks in the categories of Top Overall, Top Cabins, Top Service, Top Dining and Top Facilities in Zagat. Windstar earned top honors in Travel + Leisureâ€™s â€œWorldâ€™s 2009 Best Awardsâ€ and was lauded among â€œThe Worldâ€™s Best Small Shipsâ€ by CondÃ© Nast Traveler in 2009.