Seattle, October 14, 2008 â€” Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the worldâ€™s most treasured destinations, has launched two new evening dining experiences for guests aboard Wind Surf.
Romance is under sail as guest enjoy water views, exquisite sunsets and stars while dining alfresco on five-star cuisine in Le MarchÃ© or Candles. Le MarchÃ© is a seafood bar on Wind Surfâ€™s Star Deck offering a delectable array of fish and shellfish. Candles is a poolside grill on Wind Surfâ€™s Main Deck offering fine steaks and skewers.
â€œWind Surf guests now have the option of dining in one of four diverse evening venues,â€ said Diane Moore, President of Windstar Cruises. â€œWe look forward in continuing to evolve our guest experience by offering more choice and value.â€
In Le MarchÃ©, La Fantasie is the first course and includes scallops ceviche, salmon tartar, tuna sashimi and shrimp cocktail. The second course is Le Bisque dâ€™Homardâ€”a delicious lobster soup with condiments of fresh lobster bits, cream and armagnac. A fresh Greek salad is next on the menu. For the main course, guests may choose between Le Plateau de Fruits de Mer, a shareable tower featuring lobster tail, clams, mussels, shrimp and langoustines, or a warm Seafood Dish of lobster tail, clams, mussels, shrimp and langoustines. Guests finish with a final course of Les Fromages, a delicious selection of Reblochon, Boursin, Roquefort and Camembert cheeses, or Les Gourmandises, a selection of four desserts for lovers of sweets.
At Candles, guests start with insalate caprese, followed by a main course selection of tender rib eye, New York steaks, fresh Swordfish skewers or assorted vegetable skewers all grilled to perfection. The course is served with a choice of sauces: black peppercorn, creamy mushroom, CafÃ© de Paris butter or red wine sauce. At the end of the evening, guests savor delicious Tiramisu made of savoiardi dipped in coffee and mascarpone cream.
Each new venue accommodates approximately 30 guests per night and is subject to weather conditions. While there is no additional charge, reservations are recommended.
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 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. Other enhancements include Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPod Nanos, wireless Internet, flat screen televisions, luxury linens and mattresses as well as Lâ€™Occitane amenities.
Windstarâ€™s award-wining reputation for sophisticated, yet casual elegance has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel world. 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.