Star Pride Ship Preview
Windstar Cruises is getting set for a fleet expansion, and it will take the long-standing sailing cruise line on entirely new tack.
In February 2013, Windstar announced it had acquired Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit from ultra-luxury operator Seabourn. The acquisition of the three Seabourn vessels doubles the size of Windstar’s three sailing yacht fleet, giving the company a total of 1,230 berths.
Although Seabourn recently spent a significant amount of money refurbishing its three ships, Windstar intends to roll out each of the vessels during the next two years, following a refurbishment to bring them in-line with some of the recent enhancements that have been lavished upon the line’s existing Wind Spirit, Wind Star and Wind Surf.
In April 2014, Seabourn Pride will be the first of these three all-suite yachts to enter service for Windstar. She will be renamed Star Pride, and will embark on a maiden season in the Mediterranean, offering voyages that visit Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Venice and Barcelona.
With the three new ships, Windstar will be able to offer voyages to areas of the world that were previously off-limits for its sailing ships due to speed or navigational constraints. The line has already hinted it will foray into Asia and Australia for the first time, and these new vessels will also allow Windstar’s existing sailing yachts to reposition to areas like Tahiti and French Polynesia.
The new power yachts are all identical to one another, with a guest capacity of 212 each in 106 suites. At 10,000 gross tons, each yacht is 440 feet long with a breadth of 63 feet and six passenger decks.
As the three yachts enter the fleet, they will all undergo a Windstar branded renovation. The new power yachts will showcase many signature Windstar experiences, including the line’s famous deck barbecue, the open Bridge policy, and the celebrated sail-away party.
Following the May 2014 introduction of Star Pride, Windstar Cruises will take possession of the additional two yachts in in April and May 2015. These two yachts are scheduled to start sailing in May of 2015 following their dry-dock period.