Seattle, November 23, 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 recognized by Porthole Cruise Magazine as the â€œMost Romantic Cruise Lineâ€ for the fifth time in a row by readers in the 11th Annual â€œBest of Cruisingâ€ Readerâ€™s Choice Awards.
“When it comes to romance on the high seas, it’s hard to compete with Windstar Cruises,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine, the leading consumer cruise magazine. “Our experienced readers know this, and that is why they have voted them Most Romantic Cruise Line year after year.”
Several thousand readers cast their ballots in the 11th Annual Readerâ€™s Choice Awards. The full list of awards are featured in the December 2009 issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine.
â€œWe are honored that the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine selected Windstar Cruises again as the Most Romantic Cruise Line in the world,â€ said Diane Moore, president, Windstar Cruises. â€œWe are often told by our loyal guests how romantic it is to sail on our beautiful ships.â€
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 the Porthole Cruise Magazine award, 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 Travel + Leisureâ€™s â€œWorldâ€™s 2009 Best Awardsâ€ and was lauded among â€œThe Worldâ€™s Best Small Shipsâ€ by CondÃ© Nast Traveler in 2009.