Seattle, September 24, 2008 – 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, offers guests a unique opportunity to travel with acclaimed winemaker Gary Eberle on a Costa Rica sailing aboard Wind Star, departing February 21, 2009, from Puerto Caldera.
Windstarâ€™s Signature Collection Host Series features distinguished guests and lecturers throughout the 2009 season, including Gary Eberle, who will host wine tastings and lectures about his wines and wine regions.
Gary Eberle is a winemaking pioneer in the Paso Robles region and one of its most accomplished producers. His career began in 1973 heading the familyâ€™s Estrella River Winery (currently Meridian Vineyards). By 1980, Gary had co-founded the Paso Robles Appellation, opening his own winery three years later with the premiere of Eberleâ€™s 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon. Eberleâ€™s handcrafted style remains a favorite of wine-lovers and connoisseurs, earning 91-point ratings from Wine Enthusiast for its 1999 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 1996 Sauret Vineyard Zinfandel. For more information on the Eberle Winery, please visit www.eberlewinery.com.
Wind Starâ€™s 7-day Puerto Caldera roundtrip itinerary includes ports in San Juan del Sur, Playas del Coco, Quepos, Bahia Drake, Curu and Tortuga Island. Cruise rates start at $2,599 per person, based on double occupancy.
Wind Star, with intimate 148 guest capacity, recently completed Degrees of Difference enhancements which included upgrades in the public areas, staterooms and technical operations. Luxury amenities were added as well including plush Euro-top mattresses, luxury bedding, Egyptian cotton towels, Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods, flat-screen TVs, waffle-weave robes with slippers and Lâ€™Occitane products.
Water sports enthusiasts will appreciate Windstarâ€™s complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking from the shipâ€™s water sports platform. Guests looking for some quiet time can peruse books, CDs and DVDs in the library or relax in the Lounge, Reception area or tranquil WindSpa. Sophisticated cuisine can be enjoyed in the casual comfort of The Restaurant or sunny Veranda.
Windstarâ€™s award-winning reputation for sophisticated, yet casual elegance has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel world. 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 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.