Seattle, October 28, 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 voted one of 2008â€™s â€œTop Small Ship Cruise Linesâ€ in CondÃ© Nast Traveler magazineâ€™s annual Readerâ€™s Choice Awards.
â€œWindstar Cruises is honored that the readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler have selected us to be a part of this esteemed list of cruise lines again,â€ said Diane Moore, president, Windstar Cruises. â€œItâ€™s a testament to our outstanding staff who deliver an exemplary and personalized cruise experience to our guests time and time again.â€
Windstarâ€™s commitment to providing guests with the most casually elegant, enriching and luxurious cruise vacation has consistently placed Windstar on the prestigious CondÃ© Nast Traveler list year after year. The readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler rated contenders in the cruise line category on a variety of criteria including activities/facilities, cabins, crew/service, design/layout, food/dining, itineraries and shore excursions. The questionnaire was available to all readers through a secure website and final tabulations of 32,633 responses were completed by New Yorkâ€™s Mediamark Research.
A full list of winners in every category can be found on the magazine’s website www.cntraveler.com. Winners are also featured in the November 2008 issue of CondÃ© Nast Traveler on newsstands now.
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 CondÃ© Nast Traveler accolades, 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.
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.