Windstar Cruises Voted “Most Romantic Cruise Line” for Fifth Time

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Seattle, November 23, 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, has been recognized by Porthole Cruise Magazine as the “Most Romantic Cruise Line” for the fifth time in a row by readers in the 11th Annual “Best of Cruising” Reader’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 Reader’s Choice Awards. The full list of awards are featured in the December 2009 issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine.

“We are honored that the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine selected Windstar Cruises again as the Most Romantic Cruise Line in the world,” said Diane Moore, president, Windstar Cruises. “We are often told by our loyal guests how romantic it is to sail on our beautiful ships.”

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 “180 Degrees from Ordinary.”

In addition to the Porthole Cruise Magazine award, Windstar has been recognized by notable names in the travel world. Celebrated Living, American Airlines’ prestigious publication for first class passengers, named Windstar Cruises “Best Small-Ship/Mid-Ship Cruise Line” on their 2009 Platinum List for the third time in a row. Windstar received a “Favourite Small-Ship Cruise Line” award in the U.K.’s Condé Nast Traveller’s 2009 Readers’ Travel Awards and was listed in their “Top 100 of the Best the Travel World has to Offer.” Windstar has also earned top honors in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s 2009 Best Awards” and was lauded among “The World’s Best Small Ships” by Condé Nast Traveler in 2009.