Enliven Your Curiosity and Awaken Your Sense of Wonder
January 2018 | By Windstar Cruises | 10 minute read |
Imagine discovering unspoiled beaches, unfamiliar cultures and undiscovered atolls. With Windstar Cruises you can enliven your curiosity and awaken your sense of wonder — venturing to places never thought possible. Leave the crowds and the commonplace behind and experience a different kind of cruise; where the allure, beauty and magic of the places you sail to is equaled only by the ship that takes you there. Windstar Cruises’ small ships are exactly the right size — large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into the tiny harbors and hidden coves others can’t reach.
On board Windstar’s immaculate vessels you can set sail for stunning destinations like old world European villages, the remote Costa Rican coastline, the incredible Panama Canal, and the secluded coves and islands of Tahiti and the Caribbean. In addition, Windstar now has expanded its repertoire to include the very best of Alaska, Asia, Arabia and Canada & New England. With only 148 to 310 guests cruising with you, you can experience cultures in ways that are personal, authentic, and unscripted — just as you would if you arrived in port on your own private yacht. Activities such as certified SCUBA dives, rejuvenating baths in volcanic springs, regional wine tastings, and unique dining opportunities, allow you to explore other lands and see the world from a new perspective.
On board you’ll also experience the extraordinary. No crowds, no formal nights, no lines, just a casually elegant vibe and friendly atmosphere. The moment you arrive you’ll notice the ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it. No matter what destination beckons you, the local flavor of the culture is deliciously captured when you dine onboard your Windstar ship. Fresh, local ingredients — often selected by your ship’s chef on a trip to the local market — along with seasonal produce and culinary ingenuity, go into each perfectly presented dish made to your liking.
Whether you are sharing coffee with the Captain on the Bridge, dining under the stars, roaming the spacious decks or sharing stories with other savvy travelers, Windstar’s fleet creates an experience that’s truly 180 degrees from ordinary.
With only 212 guests, a Star Pride cruise will make you feel like you're on board your own private ship almost as soon as you step aboard.
With more than enough room for whatever your heart desires. Spacious suites. Lush amenities. Sumptuous dining. And expansive ocean views everywhere you look, from the Watersports Platform to the classic Yacht Club observation lounge. A rare combination of elegance and unassuming luxury, the Star Pride creates an experience that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
- CAPACITY: 212 guests
- SUITES: 106 suites, all outside with ocean views
- OWNER'S SUITES: 2, with private verandas
- CLASSIC SUITES: 4, with private verandas
- BALCONY SUITES: 36, with French-style balconies
- OCEAN VIEW SUITES: 64, with picture windows
- DECKS: 6 guest decks
- CREW: 151 international staff
- SHIP'S REGISTRY: Bahamas
- LENGTH: 440 feet (134 meters)
- DRAFT: 16.5 feet (5 meters)
- BEAM: 63 feet (19 meters)
- TONNAGE: 9,975 gross registered tons (grt)
- PROPULSION: Twin propeller, driven by four Bergen marine diesel engines
- SPEED: Cruising speed 15 knots
ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME, ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Imagine the perfect retreat, where everything from the soft lighting and seascape colors to the invitingly comfortable bed soothe and seduce you. Run your hand over leather headboards as soft and supple as a luxury car seat. Hold court over cocktail hour in the generous seating area with an in-suite bar stocked with your favorite beverages. Go ahead and slip into your cozy waffle-weave robe and slippers and surrender to the mesmerizing ocean view from your private viewing balcony.
There’s so much more awaiting you tomorrow.
ALL SUITES INCLUDE:
- Fresh flower and fruit baskets
- Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens
- L’Occitane en Provence® bath products
- Bose® Sound Dock
- Comfy waffle-weave robe
- Spacious walk-in closets
- Marble bathrooms
- Full-sized tub
SHIP TO SHORE, WE INTOXICATE THE SENSES
When it comes to dining, like everything on Windstar, you’re free to choose. Enjoy dinner in the exquisite AmphorA, lunch alfresco at Veranda, or drinks and dinner at the magical, moonlit Candles. Wherever you go, there are no formal nights, no set times for dinner, no assigned seating, and no specialty restaurant surcharges. And, each dish is cooked to order just the way you like it.
You’ll find our culinary program also extends far beyond onboard dining. Visit local markets with the Chef, or join shore excursions from wine, brewery and distillery tours to hands-on cooking classes taught by local chefs. Or, for the ultimate epicurean experience, come along on one of our culinary-themed cruises, sipping fine wines and eating like a locavore wherever you go. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in local flavors.
Being the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation means their dedication to recognizing and celebrating the chefs, writers and restaurateurs who advance culinary arts is now onboard Windstar sailings, gracing your table with some of the most innovative cuisine in the world. Talk about a perfect pairing. It has allowed us to expand our culinary events, demonstrations and restaurant menus, giving more Windstar guests opportunities to indulge in memorable meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients by some of the most recognized culinary talent in the world.
- AMPHORA RESTAURANT
AmphorA defines fine dining with a world-class menu and elegant setting. Dinner.
Casual and delicious, Veranda offers full-service or buffet-style meals alfresco. Breakfast and lunch.
Dine outdoors under the stars at this poolside grill featuring seafood and steak specialties. Reservations required, no surcharge. Dinner.
- YACHT CLUB
in the casual atmosphere of the Yacht Club lounge where gourmet sandwiches, snacks, and beverages are available for dining in or a perfect picnic ashore. Day and evening.
- CULINARY EVENTS
Cooking demos and classes with seasoned chefs, culinary shore excursions, culinary-themed cruises, and exclusive, complimentary cultural dining experiences give guests insights into a place’s land, traditions, and soul.
- SIGNATURE ONBOARD BARBECUE
sumptuous buffet, dancing under the stars, impromptu performances, and live music highlight this signature event on every cruise.
- MARKET TOURS
Accompany the Chef to a local market to select local ingredients for the evening’s culinary masterpiece.
- CULINARY-THEMED CRUISES
Enjoy the ultimate culinary adventure with cruises that feature James Beard Foundation chefs, regional cuisine, beverages, and learning opportunities both on board and off.
FREE TO EXPLORE
Cruising on a Windstar small ship is like going to your favorite neighborhood restaurant, where you see friends at the table across the way and the staff knows exactly what you’ll order. It’s an intimate experience where you’ll share stories with like-minded travelers as you explore the world together. None of the formalities or stuffiness of other cruise lines, just authentic encounters leading to enduring memories.
- NO JACKETS OR TIES REQUIRED
Look around the ship’s main dining room, AmphorA, and you will see people dressed tastefully yet comfortably in khakis and polo shirt, slacks, or a breezy sundress. Not a jacket or tie in sight. That’s the beauty of cruising in “resort casual” style.
- OPEN DINING
There’s no rush to get back for an early dining time, no need to leave your new friends to sit at an assigned table. On Windstar, you dine when, where, and with whomever you want, with no assigned tables or seatings.
- OPEN BRIDGE
Come up to the Open Bridge for coffee with the First Mate, or to see the sunrise over the bow. Watch the Captain navigate into a small port of call, and see how the computerized sails on our sailing ships are unfurled. There’s always something going on, and you always have a front row seat.
- WATERSPORTS PLATFORM
Our ingenious Watersports Platform at the stern is your floating dock, letting you launch a paddle board, sailboat, or whatever toy tickles your fancy into that warm, turquoise lagoon right from the ship. All complimentary, of course. (Available on select itineraries and ports of call.)
- ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
Listen to an amazing musical duo in the Lounge. Draw a queen to fill a royal straight in the Casino. Get an insider’s scoop on local history or culture. Activities, demonstrations, local performances and more make your time on board beyond ordinary.
- SIGNATURE SAIL AWAY
Feel the hairs on your arms rise and a shiver climb your spine as the majestic strains of 1492: Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis announce your ship’s departure from every port.
- THE RELAXING WINDSPA
Aches and worries vanish as you relax in the tranquil WindSpa. Let a soothing massage erase those tight calves from your hike ashore, soak in an aromatic spa bath, or get ready for an evening out with a new hair style, facial, and manicure.
- FITNESS CENTER
Working out hardly feels like work in our 24/7 Fitness Center with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. Watch for whales as you power walk on a treadmill. Lift free weights to a gorgeous sunset. Join a complimentary instructor-led fitness class with new friends.
MEET YOUR NEW FAMILY
Windstar’s unique small ship cruising style creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a close-knit community of travelers who are just as curious, adventurous, and interesting as you are.
Everything from dining to daily activities to shore excursions is better shared with new friends. Split wines and appetizers with the couple sitting next to you in Candles. Congratulate your steward on his performance in the crew show. Join a conga line with the Captain. Enjoy a special camaraderie with fellow guests as you find yourselves sharing the same excursions. And don’t be surprised if the special memories lure you back again to the same ship, the same crew, the same friends.
EVERYTHING IS PERSONAL WITH US
It’s knowing to bring you the exact right thing at the exact right time. An exquisitely made hand-crafted cocktail when you’re savoring the sea breeze from your deck chair. A perfect chocolate soufflé as you contemplate what the lovely night has in store. A welcoming smile and warmed refresher towel waiting for you after seeing sights you still can’t quite believe you saw.
Every moment our gracious Indonesian and Filipino crew will be near at hand, making sure you’re the favored recipient of unprecedented, award-winning service that was named for Best Service last year in the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.
WORLD-CLASS SERVICE THAT’S A WORLD APART
- Personalized service with a 1.5 to 1 guest to crew ratio
- Crew that greets guests by name and quickly learns individual preferences
- Winner of Cruise Critic Cruiser’s Choice Awards for Best Service
- Welcoming and attentive Indonesian and Filipino crew
AMENITIES AS YOU LIKE THEM
Each of our guests is unique, and our wide range of thoughtfully crafted custom options helps you and your Travel Professional transform your cruise into an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Augment an already extraordinary voyage with exhilarating shore excursions ranging from culinary explorations to 4x4 adventures. Add a pre- or post-cruise hotel package to make the most of your visit to a world-class city. Customize further with land packages featuring not-to-miss sights, convenient air packages, transfers, and more. One call. It’s that simple. A single call to your travel professional can take care of every aspect of your vacation.
- Beverage packages
- Internet usage plans
- Pre– and post–cruise hotel or land packages
- Travel protection
- Personal laundry service
- Gifts & services