Seattle, October 30, 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, was awarded Best Cruise Line for Honeymoons, in the category of Best for Romance, by the editors of Cruise Critic.
â€œThe Cruise Critic Editorsâ€™ Picks Awards recognize cruise lines that are best in class,â€ said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic. â€œThis yearâ€™s winners are setting standards in the cruise industry by offering a consistently superior cruising experience. Windstarâ€™s award is a testament to its teamâ€™s commitment to providing that service.â€
The awards honor the worldâ€™s top cruise lines for outstanding performance in 10 major areas and three sub-categories including: Best Family Cruises, Best Luxury Cruises, Best Dining, Best for Romance, Best Spa and Fitness, Best Cabins, Best Value for Money, Best Itineraries, Best Entertainment and Best Excursions.
â€œWe are delighted to receive this prestigious award from the editors of Cruise Critic,â€ said Diane Moore, president, Windstar Cruises. â€œWe are proud that our romantic and beautiful ships were selected as the best for honeymoons. It is an honor that guests choose to celebrate this special occasion with us.â€
Windstar vessels feature billowing sails, sleek lines, intimate size (having room for a mere 148 to 312 guests) and service that makes guests feel as if theyâ€™re on their own private yacht. From special pampering on board to exclusive shore excursions for two, Windstar offers a romantic experience honeymooners will never forget.
An interactive list of all the 2008 Cruise Critic Editorsâ€™ Pick Awards is available for download at www.cruisecritic.com/editors-picks/newsletter.cfm.
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 Cruise Criticâ€™s award, 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 that made 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 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.
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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.