Seattle, March 19, 2009 – 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 introduced an e-Sail Docs program to support the cruise lineâ€™s environmental efforts. Not only will Windstar guests who participate in the program help the environment, they will receive their cruise documents earlier, in a more convenient fashion since e-Sail Docs will be delivered electronically.
e-Sail Docs include the same information as traditional paper documents; however, they are delivered as a PDF file through email. Guests, who are interested in participating in the e-Sail Docs program, can now sign up for them through a Windstar reservations specialist. Guests will receive their e-Sail Docs shortly after their final cruise payment is made and will collect a $50 per person future cruise certificate as a thank you for helping support Windstarâ€™s environmental initiatives.
â€œWindstar is extremely committed to environmental protection and we continue to look for practices we can engage in to safeguard our environment,â€ said Diane Moore, president, Windstar Cruises. â€œIdeally, we would like to get 100 percent guest participation in our new e-Sail Docs program.â€
Windstar works to ensure that guests enjoy the luxury and comfort of cruising while the cruise line does its part to preserve the environment. Windstar ships are accredited to the internationally recognized ISO 14001 standard for their environmental management system. Windstar has designated ship environmental officers who are responsible for maintaining Windstarâ€™s robust standards to preserve and protect the marine environment and its many inhabitants. Windstarâ€™s environmental practices include recycling and waste reduction efforts, fuel and water conservation efforts as well as the use of environmentally-friendly, biodegradable cleaning supplies.
Windstarâ€™s award-winning reputation for sophisticated, yet casual elegance has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel world. 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€ 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 2008 10th 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.