Antigua and Barbuda Welcomes Star Breeze, First Cruise Ship Since Pandemic

COURTESY CRUISE INDUSTRY NEWS: July 17, 2021 The Star Breeze, a 204-passenger ship sailing for Windstar, has become the first cruise ship to sail into Antigua’s, St. John’s Harbor on a revenue itinerary on July 15. According to a press release, the ship was greeted by a symbolic water canon salute, the booming of tugboat horns, and lively steelpan performances by Hells Gate Steel Orchestra. Minister of Tourism Charles Fernandez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism Senator …

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The Ultimate Grand Prix of Monaco Experience- Windstar Cruises

How nice would it be to be present for racing’s most celebrated event, the Grand Prix?  If you book a Windstar cruise for 2014, you’ll have that opportunity.  In fact, you’ll have two: Options include: A Grand Prix themed cruise on the May 21, 2014 “Grand Prix of Monaco” voyage onboard Windstar’s newest yacht Star Pride, -OR-  A Grand Prix excursion package on the May 20, 2014 “Yachting the Riviera” cruise onboard Wind Surf, the largest of …

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Cruising on Windstar to Dominica and Les Saintes

On its weekly winter cruises out of St. Maarten, the 310-passenger sailing ship, Wind Surf, often docks for a day at Les Saintes, a small island in the French West Indies, and at Roseau, Dominica. At Roseau, even with three moderate-sized ships parked in the harbor, you would hardly know that boatloads of tourists were in town. Roseau is deep with side streets and local merchant shops to swallow curious travelers. Fran Golden and I meandered toward …

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Cruising Windstar’s Wind Surf in the Caribbean

The Caribbean islands that run like a loose, wiggly string from Puerto Rico southeast toward Grenada and Barbados, are situated perfectly for the meandering ways of a sailing ship. Most distances between island anchorages are relatively short, so hurry is not a factor, and there’s little need to put into the bustling ports where big ships plop. Private motor yachts, sailboats owned and chartered, and larger sailing ships — with motors for battling capricious winds — ply …

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Windstar Cruises announces voyages to Tahiti

Windstar Cruises announced today that they will return to the South Pacific in the summer of 2014. Beginning May 2, 2014, Wind Spirit, the line’s recently renovated 148-passenger sailing yacht, will sail seven-day voyages from Papeete, Tahiti. Wind Spirit will sail 28 voyages in Tahiti, with the last voyage on November 7, 2014, before returning to Panama and Costa Rica for the winter season. The line’s return to the French Polynesia Islands marks the first time Windstar …

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Windstar’s new look and exciting land tours for 2013

If you are not familiar with Windstar, let me give you a little information about this lovely line.  They offer a unique yachting experience aboard their three tall ships, and the relatively small size (just 148 to 312 passengers) affords them access to small ports and hidden coves that many larger ships cannot visit. Windstar has, over the past year, been in the process of a series of renovations their fleet, and completed work on the last …

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There’s lots of fun activites for kids on a grown up cruise

Thirteen year-old Sophie e Bonin is sipping a virgin colada on deck. “So relaxing,” the Southern California teen declared. “It’s a great vacation!” I would assume the 240-plus adults on board the Wind Surf being attended by 187 crew would agree on this spectacularly sunny sea day last year. They are reading on deck, playing scrabble and cards, indulging in a leisurely lunch (everything from gyros to Greek beef salad, cold cuts, chilled cranberry soup, Asian fish …

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Windstar shines brighter with new yacht renovation

Wind Star, one of three sailing yachts in Windstar Cruises’ fleet, has recently completed a stem to stern renovation, bringing a modern, casual elegance to the brand’s landmark cruise experience. As part of the $18 million fleet-wide renovation, Wind Star was the first yacht to receive redesigned staterooms and owner’s suites and enhanced public areas. “We have a company-wide commitment to ensuring our yachts are in excellent condition,” said Hans Birkholz, Chief Executive Officer and President of …

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Windstar Cruises Introduces Europe Sail & Stay Packages

Windstar Cruises Introduces Europe Sail & Stay Packages Savings Up to 47% on Seven-Day Cruises & Two Free Hotel Nights in Athens, Barcelona or Rome  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, introduces Europe Sail & Stay Packages offering savings up to 47% off brochure rates on seven-day cruises and includes two free hotel nights in Athens, Barcelona or Rome. In …

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Nine New Windstar Voyages for 2012

For years, Windstar, with its unique masted sailing vessels, has visited ports of call inaccessible to large traditional cruise ships, seeing the regions visited in an up close, personal manner.  The ships have a relaxed atmosphere with a limited number of scheduled activities, and are a perfect match for people who want to explore at a leisurely pace (typical travelers are in the 40-60 age range, and are repeat visitors on the line). Want to experience the …

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