Windstar Wins Best Small Ship Cruise Line for the Second Year in a Row in the 2019 TravelAge West WAVE Awards

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  Seattle, WA, June 18, 2019 — Windstar Cruises has been named the “Best Small Ship Line” in the 2019 TravelAge West WAVE Awards, winning this title two years in a row.  “The entire Windstar Team is dedicated to delivering the world’s best small ship cruise experience – from our culinary credentials, to our award-winning service, to our immersive and distinctive itineraries,” said Windstar President John Delaney.  “We are honored and grateful that the editors and readers …

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Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation Announce New Dates for the 2020 JBF Culinary Cruise Collection

  Seattle, WA, May 6, 2019 — Award-winning small ship line Windstar Cruises, the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, today reveals six new cruises being added to the James Beard Foundation (JBF) Culinary Cruise Collection for 2020. All sailings are led by James Beard Foundation-recognized guest chefs, sommeliers and beverage experts with a passion for their destination. The six diverse cruise offerings will explore locavore cuisine on a country-immersive Croatia cruise; get a flavor …

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Windstar Cruises’ Reveals Details of $250 Million Star Plus Initiative at Seatrade Cruise Global Event

  MIAMI, April 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Windstar Cruises, the leader in small ship cruising, revealed big news today about the award-winning line’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative at Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s most celebrated worldwide event. At a press conference today, the Seattle-based cruise line’s President John Delaney, revealed 360-degree “views” and vibrant renderings of what guests will experience on the line’s three renovated vessels, Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride. Delaney was joined …

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The intimacy of small-ship cruising

Getting to know fellow travelers aboard vessels of Windstar, Viking In a cruise world where most of the advertising emphasis is on ships that carry thousands of passengers from port to port in a frenzy of activities and meals, consider that other, calmer options await. The contemporary cruise business is not one-size-fits-all. For vacationers who may be new to the idea of cruising and are looking for a small, casual ship, I have two recommendations from recent …

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Baltic cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf: Stockholm, Sweden

ONBOARD WIND SURF- ­ Stockholm has always been my favorite Scandinavian city, going back to my first visit here in the mid-80s.  Spread out over 14 islands, it is a city of dazzling beauty ­ clean, green, cultured and cosmopolitan.  Attesting to that, the city has been honored as both the Green and Cultural Capital of Europe in recent years. Did I mention expensive?  Yes, it is that, but the old adage, “you get what you pay …

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Baltic cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf: At Sea, bound for Stockholm

ONBOARD WIND SURF- ­ Last night¹s private ballet performance at St. Petersburg’s elegant Musical Comedy Theatre was a big hit with Wind Surf passengers.  Nearly everyone attended the three-act performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, performed just for us by one of the city’s top professional ballet companies. Wind Star offers a complimentary private event such as this one during each of Wind Surf’s voyages.  I think most passengers would agree that it’s a great gesture on the …

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Baltic cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf: St. Petersburg, Russia

ONBOARD WIND SURF- ­ Just to set the stage, this is day 2 for Melinda and me in St. Petersburg.  As I related yesterday, I’ve stayed onboard today while Mel is undertaking two tours. So to begin, I’ll tell you about our visit yesterday to the magnificent Hermitage Museum, and I will later report on Mel’s whirlwind day. Lace up your cross-trainers, grab a bottle of water, and join us for a brief but rewarding visit to …

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Baltic cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf: St. Petersburg, Russia

ONBOARD WIND SURF- ­We are docked this morning for a two-day stay in St. Petersburg, tied up at the Morskoy Vokzal Sea Station, a facility that has been expanded and improved since my last visit, thanks to a 2005 extension adding additional berths and a new Marine Passenger Terminal.  It is a safe and highly efficient complex, with its only drawback being its location, some 45 minutes away from the city center. Although we have two days …

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Baltic cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf: Helsinki, Finland

ONBOARD WIND SURF- ­With an all-aboard call for 12:45 p.m., today’s visit to the Finnish capital was a hasty one.  Although this was Melinda’s first visit, I’d been here on a number of occasions, so I volunteered to lead an independent tour of the city. Nestled around its scenic harbor, with most popular attractions within walking distance, Helsinki is an easy city to explore afoot, and we got started with a visit to the bustling harbor side …

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Baltic cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf: Tallinn, Estonia

ONBOARD WIND SURF- ­Onboard Wind Surf ­ Having absorbed all the hype surrounding its medieval Old Town, said to be the best preserved in all of Europe, Tallinn was for us the most anticipated destination of the voyage. On our way into the historic center, we caught glimpses of a gleaming modern side of the capital city of 440,000, replete with glassy high rises housing the headquarters of thriving industries including chemicals, electronics and information technology. By …

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