Windstar Cruises Ranked #1 by Celebrated Living for Third Year as Top Small/Mid-Size Cruise Line

Seattle, May 28, 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, was recognized for the third consecutive year as the best small/mid-ship cruise line by the discerning readers of Celebrated Living, American Airlines’ publication for first class passengers. The 2009 Platinum List is an annual reader’s choice guide endorsing the top hotels, golf courses, spas and cruise lines in the world.

“We are honored that the readers of Celebrated Living have selected Windstar Cruises as their top small/mid-size cruise line again,” said Diane Moore, president, Windstar Cruises. “We are committed to ensuring every guest has an unforgettable experience on board our beautiful, luxurious ships.”

Celebrated Living cited Windstar’s unique “180 Degrees from Ordinary” approach to cruising, new ports in Croatia, France and Italy as well as the cruise line’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

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 line’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 “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.” 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.