Seattle, May 28, 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 treasured destinations, was recognized for the third consecutive year as the best small/mid-ship cruise line by the discerning readers of Celebrated Living, American Airlinesâ€™ publication for first class passengers. The 2009 Platinum List is an annual readerâ€™s choice guide endorsing the top hotels, golf courses, spas and cruise lines in the world.
â€œWe are honored that the readers of Celebrated Living have selected Windstar Cruises as their top small/mid-size cruise line again,â€ said Diane Moore, president, Windstar Cruises. â€œWe are committed to ensuring every guest has an unforgettable experience on board our beautiful, luxurious ships.â€
Celebrated Living cited Windstarâ€™s unique â€œ180 Degrees from Ordinaryâ€ approach to cruising, new ports in Croatia, France and Italy as well as the cruise lineâ€™s new Concierge Collection of shore excursions for luxury at sea. Windstar recently released its 2010 and Winter 2011 season with new itineraries, additional sought-after ports and captivating Signature Collection of distinguished hosts.
Winners are featured in the Summer 2009 issue of Celebrated Living. A full list of winners in every category can be found on the magazine’s website www.celebratedliving.com.
A leader in defining the small ship luxury cruise experience for the last 20 years, Windstar has won the allegiance of a new generation of contemporary travelers who appreciate the lineâ€™s casual attire, alternative dining venues, rich mix of shore excursions, complimentary water sports program, deluxe spa facilities and luxurious accommodations.
In addition to Celebrated Living, Windstar 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€ 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.