Seattle, March 18, 2008 Ã¢â‚¬â€ Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most sought-after destinations, announces a tantalizing selection of voyages for 2009 and winter 2010 aboard the 312-guest Wind Surf and 148-guest Wind Star and Wind Spirit.
With the addition of a new Signature Collection Series, Venice roundtrip sailings and completed ship enhancements, Windstar Cruises has raised the bar for their loyal guests and fellow sailing enthusiasts.
Guests interested in enchanting locales, fine dining, luxurious accommodations, or spending time with renowned wine makers, top chefs and acclaimed artists will all have something to look forward to aboard Windstar Cruises.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are excited to offer this selection of remarkable sailings and welcome the return of our Signature Collection Series on our beautiful ships for the 2009 and 2010 seasons,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Diane Moore, Executive Vice President, Windstar Cruises.
Signature Collection Cruises
WindstarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Signature Collection Series returns by popular demand and features distinguished guests and lecturers. Windstar guests can taste and learn about wines from top wine makers Greg Lill of DeLille Cellars and Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery. Art lovers will delight in spending time with Canadian artist Jody Hewgill, whose clients include Windstar Cruises, Rolling Stone magazine, Mondavi Wines and TIME magazine. Her paintings are also included in many public and private collections throughout Europe and North America. Nothing will please true food connoisseurs more than some culinary treats and secrets from acclaimed chef and culinary expert David Shalleck, author of Mediterranean Summer, published by Broadway Books. And, sports enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to hear from Rafer Johnson, gold medalist at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Sports IllustratedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sportsman of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬Â World Sports Humanitarian inductee and one of ESPNÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“100 Greatest North American AthletesÃ¢â‚¬Â are just a few of the accolades Mr. Johnson has earned in his distinguished athletic career. These special guests and others will sail on select cruises throughout the 2009 season.
Caribbean, Cost Rica, Europe, Greek Isles and Transatlantic Itineraries
European cruises offer guests the chance to experience some of the most exciting places in the world. Due to frequent requests from guests on WindstarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s European sailings, the number and variety of Croatian ports will increase. A new Venice roundtrip itinerary will afford guests the opportunity to overnight in Venice before visiting a unique collection of picturesque, historical Croatian destinations. Additional ports in LÃ¢â‚¬â„¢lle Rousse, France and Ischia Island, Italy will also be making their debut on Windstar itineraries in 2009. The history, charm and grandeur of Europe are available to guests on an assortment of 6-, 7- or 8-day cruises aboard all of WindstarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s luxury yachts with departures from Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy; Nice, France. And, guests planning to visit Europe will find a significant benefit of cruising with Windstar Cruises. A strong euro makes cruising a value superior to land-based vacations.
The Greek Isles are the enduring favorite of WindstarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s returning guests and are renowned for breathtaking blue waters, stunning white beaches and the romance of ancient gods. Guests aboard Wind Spirit and Wind StarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 7-day cruises can expect to experience the ancient spirit and mythic beauty that only the Greek Isles can offer.
Warm, whispering winds and sandy beaches await travelers longing for the colorful tranquility of the Caribbean. Wind Surf offers 7-day sailings roundtrip from Barbados and a variety of vibrant, tropical ports of call on northbound and southbound itineraries. Wind SpiritÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 7-day sailings roundtrip from St. Thomas offer guests dream-like island settings and lively cultural opportunities.
Guests yearning for an exotic experience will enjoy lush rainforests, pristine beaches and warm waters on the 7-day Costa Rican sailings roundtrip from Puerto Caldera. Wind StarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 14-day cruise features a transit through the Panama Canal with ports of call in Central America, South America and Caribbean Islands.
Travelers who know the true tranquility and leisure that only time away at sea can bring will be eager to book one of WindstarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 14-day transatlantic voyages. Two weeks provides plenty of time for guests to rejuvenate while enjoying the WindSpa and many other shipboard amenities designed to pamper and indulge. Transatlantic sailings are available aboard all three Windstar ships.
Degrees of Difference
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. On the Wind Star and Wind Spirit, the Lounge, Veranda and Pool Bar were renovated. On the Wind Surf, the Yacht Club replaces the library and provides comfortable seating, a large flat screen television, an espresso bar and computers offering Internet access. Two new luxury suites were built on the bridge deck and feature a living and dining area, separate bedroom and whirlpool tub. In order to take the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 LÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Occitane bathroom amenities were added in each stateroom across the fleet.
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 lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s casual attire, alternative dining venues, diversity of shore excursions, complimentary water sports program, deluxe spa facilities and luxurious accommodations.
WindstarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s award-wining reputation for luxury paired with casual elegance has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel industry. Porthole Cruise Magazine named Windstar Ã¢â‚¬Å“Most Romantic Cruise LineÃ¢â‚¬Â and all three Windstar ships were listed as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Best Small ShipsÃ¢â‚¬Â in CondÃƒÂ© Nast TravelerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2008 ReadersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Choice Poll. Windstar was also selected as a 2008 WAVE EditorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pick in TravelAge West as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction,Ã¢â‚¬Â has earned top honors in Travel + LeisureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2007 WorldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Best Awards, was placed on CondÃƒÂ© Nast TravelerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2008 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gold ListÃ¢â‚¬Â, and was recognized as the best small-ship cruise vacation by readers of Celebrated Living.
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 worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 brochures, 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.