Seattle, September 9, 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, has been named â€œFavourite Small-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ in the 2008 CondÃ© Nast Travellerâ€™s 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€
â€œWindstar Cruises is thrilled to receive this special award and recognition from the readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveller,â€ said Diane Moore, President of Windstar Cruises. â€œWe are guided by our vision of offering the best value in the luxury, small-ship cruise market and look forward in continuing to deliver an exemplary and personalized cruise experience to our guests.â€
Readers of the U.K. magazine voted for their favourite countries, cities, islands, hotels, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators and villa-rental companies in the eleventh annual travel awards. Criteria in the cruise category included itinerary and variety of destinations, ambience and dÃ©cor, food and restaurants, service and staff, standard and comfort of cabins, child-friendliness, nightlife and entertainment as well as environmental friendliness. Windstar received the top score in the categories of itinerary and variety of destinations as well as child-friendliness.
All winners are featured in CondÃ© Nast Travellerâ€™s October issue on newsstands now and can also be accessed at www.cntraveller.com/ReadersAwards/2008/.
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 recently 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. In order to take the shipâ€™s comfort level to a new degree of luxury, Apple iPod Nanos and Bose SoundDock speakers, wireless Internet, flat screen televisions, luxury linens and mattresses as well as Lâ€™Occitane amenities were added in each stateroom across the fleet.
In addition to CondÃ© Nast Travellerâ€™s Readersâ€™ Travel Award, Windstar has been recognized by other 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 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 rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at www.windstarcruises.com.
Windstar is a division of Ambassadors International Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC.