Windstar Cruises Kicks Off Signature Collection Host Series

SEATTLE, Aug. 19 — 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, offers guests a unique opportunity to travel with world-renowned artist Jody Hewgill on a Barbados roundtrip sailing aboard Wind Surf, departing February 15, 2009. Windstar’s Signature Collection Host Series features distinguished guests and lecturers throughout the 2009 season, beginning with Jody Hewgill; who will host an art exhibit, create sketches and talk to guests about her artistic process and techniques.

Jody Hewgill is a fine artist and illustrator whose clients include Rolling Stone magazine, Mondavi Wines and Time magazine. Her work has also graced the pages of previous Windstar Cruises Sailing Atlases. Hewgill’s paintings are among many public and private collections throughout Europe and North America, including the Library of Congress’ Permanent Poster Collection and the Centennial Olympic Games Museum in Atlanta. In addition to her painting and illustration work, Hewgill currently teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.

Wind Surf’s 7-day Barbados roundtrip itinerary includes ports in St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Martin, St. Barts, Guadeloupe, Iles des Saintes and St. Lucia.

Wind Surf accommodates 312 guests and offers deluxe, oceanview staterooms that include beds with luxury linens and mattresses, flat-screen TV and DVD player, Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods, waffle-weave robes with slippers and sumptuous L’Occitane products. Suites also include an extra bath, TV and sitting area. Bridge Suites give guests the additional luxury of a spacious private living room and relaxing whirlpool spa. Culinary wonders abound in Wind Surf’s The Restaurant and Degrees enjoy live music in the Lounge and cocktails in the Terrace Bar. Water sports enthusiasts will appreciate Windstar’s complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking from the ship’s water sports platform. 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