Seattle, April 23, 2009 â€” Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldâ€™s most sought-after destinations, offers guests a new excursion on all Istanbul to Athens sailings in 2009.
Windstar guests will have the exclusive opportunity to dine in the Garden at the Ancient Ephesus Museum. This excursion is an evening option in Kusadasi, Turkey. Greeted with elegant dinner settings, a softly lit garden decorated for Windstar guests, and classical music by a trio from the Aegean Chamber Orchestra, diners will be treated to savory local cuisine. The garden, called Arasta, features views of the beautiful historic Turkish Bath constructed in the 16th Century and the old religious education school building which dates back to the 14th Century. This is a canâ€™t miss opportunity for travelers who seek one-of-a-kind experiences.
This Windstar excursion will replace the previously offered dinner in the ruins of Ephesus for the 2009 season.
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.