Windstar Cruises Offers a Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix Cruise Departing May 17, 2009 Aboard Wind Surf

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Seattle, January 20, 2009 — Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, offers a special 8-day cruise aboard the elegant 312-guest Wind Surf departing May 17, 2009, from Nice, France, featuring the glamour of the Cannes Film Festival and the thrill of the Monaco Grand Prix race.

Guests will overnight in Cannes, France during the star-studded Cannes Film Festival and spend three nights in Monaco during the prestigious Formula One Grand Prix race. The cruise also visits St. Tropez, France and San Remo, Italy. Rates begin at $2,999 per person, double occupancy for this sailing.

Two exclusive Windstar shore excursions are offered in Monte Carlo – the Monaco 67e Grand Prix Package for racing fans or the Monaco Styling and Shopping Package for those interested in fashion, style and shopping.

Monaco 67e Grand Prix Package
Guests who wish to attend the Grand Prix may purchase the Monaco 67e Grand Prix Package Tour which begins on Friday, May 22 and ends on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The package includes a private transfer to the luxurious L’Hermitage for an exclusive cocktail party overlooking Monaco’s Marina and Royal Palace with open bar, original Monegasque canapés and live music. A lavish dinner with wine pairings and live music follows. Guests also receive entrance to the renowned Grand Casino and an exclusive gift package of Bushnell binoculars, official 67e Grand Prix de Monaco program, official Club Ticket holder, souvenir hat and souvenir jacket.

On Saturday, guests tender to the pier in Monaco to take their seats in Tribune K reserved section of the Formula One Grand Prix time trials. That evening an exclusive private cocktail reception will be held followed by a Grand Prix private dinner on board Wind Surf.

Sunday morning guests enjoy a private Grand Prix brunch on board the ship followed by a thrilling day of viewing the final Grand Prix race from the same track-side reserved seats. Rates for the limited 3-day shore excursion package is $2,600 per person and must be pre-booked at www.windstarcruises.com.

Monaco Styling and Shopping Package
Windstar also offers a Monaco Styling and Shopping Package May 22-24, 2009. The package includes a private transfer to L’Hermitage for an exclusive cocktail party overlooking Monaco’s Marina and Royal Palace with open bar, original Monegasque canapés and live music. A lavish dinner with wine pairings and live music follows. Guests also receive entrance to the renowned Grand Casino and an exclusive gift package of a jacket, scarf and exclusive shopping tote.

Saturday morning, personal shoppers and stylists meet with guests during a private breakfast before being transferred from the ship to a Monaco heliport for a helicopter ride to Nice. Once in Nice, the personal shoppers and stylists guide guests through a private fashion show at the posh Dessert Boutique. Lunch follows at Nice’s famous La Cambuse restaurant. Next, guests visit the official hairdresser to the Cannes Film Festival — the Jacques Dessange Salon. There, they will receive hair and make-up styling before being whisked away by helicopter back to the Wind Surf. In the evening, guests take part in an exclusive private cocktail reception followed by a Grand Prix private dinner on board Wind Surf.

On Sunday, a private Grand Prix Brunch on board the ship is offered, followed by an exclusive cooking class and one-hour spa treatment in Wind Surf’s WindSpa. Guests end their day with personalized packing assistance from their stateroom steward before disembarking in Nice the next day. Rates for the limited 3-day shore excursion package is $2,600 per person and must be pre-booked at www.windstarcruises.com.

Windstar’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 “Favourite Small-Ship Cruise Line” in the U.K.’s Condé Nast Traveller’s 2008 Readers’ Travel Awards. Windstar received the highest score of any cruise line in the poll and was also only one of three cruise lines in Condé Nast Traveller’s list of the “Top 100 of the Best the Travel World has to Offer.” Celebrated Living, American Airlines’ prestigious publication for first class passengers, named Windstar Cruises “Best Small-Ship/Mid-Ship Cruise Line” on their 2008 Platinum List for the second time in a row. Readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine awarded Windstar “Most Romantic Cruise Line” and “Best Tall Ship” in the 2008 10th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Windstar has also earned top honors in Travel + Leisure’s World’s 2008 Best Awards and was lauded among “The World’s Best Small Ships” by Condé Nast Traveler.