Windstar Cruises offers a boutique, yacht-style experience with all the advantages that smaller ships bring. This includes stunning suites, ocean views everywhere you turn, and impeccable, personalised service due to the smaller passenger numbers. They aim to provide the freedom of a private yachting experience, navigating into hidden coves and hideaway harbours for a truly relaxing holiday.
Choose from a range of routes navigating the globe on a Windstar cruise, from the glaciers of Alaska to the temples of Asia. The Caribbean islands are always a top destination, allowing you to cruise through shimmering turquoise waters and lounge on powdery white sands. Explore the cloud forests of Costa Rica before navigating through the impressive manmade Panama Canal, or go island hopping in Greece. Are you weighing your options? Try booking a Star Collector Voyage, which combines some of Windstar’s most popular itineraries for longer voyages that cover more ground. They also offer unique themed cruises, like visits to Monte Carlo’s Grand Prix or culinary packages for foodies.
MYS Wind Surf
By: Turner, Betchworth on 3rd May 2018
We took a last minute cruise on the beautiful Windsurf sailing ship, part of the Windstar group, a little known USA company that has gorgeous masted sailing ships for a select group of passengers.
MYS Wind Star
By: Julien, Plymouth on 17th Aug 2017
Every aspect of life onboard was excellent save perhaps the bar prices which are (for -Europeans) a bit steep. If you like comfort, good food, and being a sea then this is the way to cross the Ocean.
Guests will find the perfect setting for ‘making an entrance’ in the beautiful new reception area – and, that’s only the beginningWind Surf Cruises
With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,307, Wind Star feels like your own private yacht.Wind Star Cruises
The Wind Spirit is a sleek, 4-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests.Wind Spirit Cruises
With only 212 guests, a Star Pride cruise will make you feel like you're on board your own private yacht!Star Pride Cruises
The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view — making it a welcome retreat.Star Breeze Cruises
Service is truly top notch onboard a Windstar cruise, and you’ll have the chance to reward the crew members with automatic gratuities. A standard Hotel Service Charge of $13.50 per passenger per day is added to your onboard account. This can be adjusted of course, if you want to tip more or less. There’s also a 15% Beverage Service Charge that will be automatically applied.
Casual elegance is the aim of the game on a Windstar ship, in line with the ‘Luxury As You Like It’ attitude. Dress as you would at any 5-star resort, while also taking the local weather conditions into consideration. For warmer weather, natural fabrics like silk, cotton and linen are recommended. Evenings bring the ‘casual elegance’ dress code, so think yacht chic. This means sundresses, informal cocktail dresses or slacks for women and collared shirts, polos and slacks for men. You won’t find any formal nights or theme parties here – just understated sophistication.
Windstar’s paired with the James Beard Foundation to provide one-of-a-kind culinary experiences on themed cruises, with dishes crafted by celebrity chefs like Jose Mendin and Maxime Bilet. Their everyday cruises also offer plenty of goodies in the onboard restaurants, with impeccably fresh ingredients sourced from onshore markets that day. The dining schedule is open and relaxed, to suit the private yacht atmosphere.
Veranda opens up in the morning for a leisurely al fresco breakfast, giving you a choice of full service or buffet-styled options. This relaxed eatery also offers a selection of light lunches at the midday service. In the evenings, you’ll dine in Amphora where you’ll be treated to the daily selection from talented onboard chefs. Expect only the freshest ingredients, with inspiration derived from each region you sail through. All accompanied, naturally, by vintage wines.
Individual ships offer specialty restaurants as well – for example, on the Wind Surf you can sample French café cuisine and lush desserts at Stella Bistro or dine in a romantic candlelit atmosphere at Candles. All ships feature an onboard barbecue as well, accompanied by lively entertainment for a memorable evening under the stars.
Make a champagne toast at sunset or sip a bold cabernet with dinner. What better way to make the most of your cruise than with an all-inclusive beverage package? Windstar has plenty to choose from:
Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet evening of relaxation or dancing well into the evening hours, you have plenty of options to pass the time on a Windstar yacht cruise. Take out a DVD from the library to enjoy back in your suite, test your luck in the glitzy onboard Casino, or visit the Lounge for a night of live music and dancing. Passengers can also gather on the Bridge to learn more about the routes and charts with the Captain and officers. With smaller ships, you get that type of intimate social experience.
The cruise is supplemented with Windstar’s Destination Discovery Events programme, helping you learn more about each locale through interactive experiences and expert lectures. Guest lecturers bring art, culture and history to life. If you love a more active experience, sign up for a Signature Expedition that takes you on an authentic adventure. You might find yourself kayaking through the fjords of Alaska or whale watching on a Zodiac Boat. And of course, due to the partnership with the James Beard Foundation, you could learn how to prepare an amazing lobster risotto from famous chefs.
Days spent on board the yacht offer plenty of activities to help you unwind. Visit the WindSpa for a soothing massage, or the salon for a beauty treatment. Top up your tan on the Sun Deck, or take a dip in the whirlpool after a long day of sightseeing. A shop, photo gallery and library round out the day-to-day facilities.
While larger cruise ships offer onboard fitness activities, the smaller size of a Windstar yacht means you can get right into the water. Each ship features a unique Water Sports Platform off the stern, where you can spend the day splashing with sailboarding, water skiing, kayaking, and swimming all on offer. Water trampolines and paddleboards are also on hand at the platform. There’s a gym with dedicated fitness equipment should you prefer a more traditional workout, of course.
Your suite comes with plenty of luxurious touches to make you feel at home. Sumptuous leather headboards, crisp Egyptian linens and a marble bathroom with L’Occitane bath products give each cabin the feeling of a premium hotel. Each space is maximised for comfort, so you’ll find a surprising amount of storage on offer along with soothing colours and soft lighting.