Seattle, November 17, 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, has been voted the â€œMost Popularâ€ cruise line in the small-ship category by Zagat. Windstar also received high marks in the categories of Top Overall, Top Cabins, Top Service, Top Dining and Top Facilities.
â€œWe are delighted and honored to receive these high rankings from Zagat,â€ said Diane Moore, president, Windstar Cruises. â€œThis is a tremendous validation of the outstanding cruise experience Windstar delivers to guests.â€
This is the first survey on cruise lines conducted by Zagat. Zagatâ€™s rankings were based on votes by 2,379 regular cruisers covering 22 major cruise lines. Each cruise line was evaluated on Zagatâ€™s signature 30-point scale for five aspects of performance: cabins, service, dining, facilities and shipboard activities, with an overall score based on the average of the five separate ratings. Zagatâ€™s Cruise Line survey can be found at www.zagat.com/cruiselines.
Zagat is the worldâ€™s most trusted source for information about where to eat, drink, stay and play around the globe, and such has become a symbol of quality. Zagat rates and reviews airlines, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, resorts, shopping, spas and a range of other entertainment categories in more than 100 countries.
Windstar recently announced the latest phase of its Degrees of Difference initiative featuring added amenities and enhancements to its luxurious ships in the areas of dining, accommodations, entertainment, spa, fitness and shore excursions. With this latest initiative, Windstar continues to raise the bar, delivering a vacation experience that is â€œ180 Degrees from Ordinary.â€
In addition to Zagatâ€™s accolades, Windstar has been recognized by 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 2009 Platinum List for the third time in a row. Windstar received a â€œFavourite Small-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ award in the U.K.â€™s CondÃ© Nast Travellerâ€™s 2009 Readersâ€™ Travel Awards and was listed in their â€œTop 100 of the Best the Travel World has to Offer.â€ Windstar has also earned top honors in 2009 in Travel + Leisureâ€™s â€œWorldâ€™s Best Awards,â€ was lauded among â€œThe Worldâ€™s Best Small Shipsâ€ by CondÃ© Nast Traveler and was voted â€œMost Romantic Cruise Lineâ€ by Porthole Cruise Magazine.