Updated: Our Wind Star Ship Profile

A Look At Windstar Cruises’ Original Sailing Ship

Windstar Cruises' beautiful Wind Star is a small ship with a difference: computer-controlled sails. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
Windstar Cruises’ beautiful Wind Star is a small ship with a difference: computer-controlled sails. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The 5,350-ton, 148-guest Wind Star and her identical twin, Wind Spirit, were Windstar’s original vessels (launched in 1986 and 1988, respectively), and they’re still some of the most romantic small ships at sea — part sailing yacht, part premium cruise ship, and with all the fine service, casual atmosphere, and excellent cuisine for which Windstar is known.

In 2012, Wind Star was given a massive (and much-needed) refurbishment that dramatically improved the look and feel of all staterooms and public areas onboard. The refit graced Wind Star with an entirely new color palette that is reflected in the soft furnishings and wall treatments, all of which have been completely redone. The results are dramatic: a ship that shows no signs of having served nearly three decades, and which has now been rendered modern instead of dated.

At Sea aboard Wind Star. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
At Sea aboard Wind Star. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

If you’re expecting 100 percent sail power for the duration of your cruise, however, you’ll be disappointed: Wind Star, like her sail-equipped fleetmates, alternates between sail and diesel propulsion power in order to maintain her port-intensive itineraries. Still, unless you’re a sailing purist, Wind Star provides one heck of an experience … even if the sails are getting a little help along the way from modern technology.

Wind Star Dining & Public Rooms

New owners Xanterra Parks and Resorts spent millions of dollars refitting Windstar's three motor-sail-yachts, and the results were stunning. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
New owners Xanterra Parks and Resorts spent millions of dollars refitting Windstar’s three motor-sail-yachts, and the results were stunning. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

In all, there are only four main public rooms: the Skylight Main Lounge and next-door Casino, the Restaurant, and the Veranda buffet restaurant. The Main Lounge is the spot for dancing, cocktails, and port talks, plus gambling in the casino, which is located in a small adjoining room.

There’s also a second open-air bar out by the pool, which is the venue for Candles, an intimate poolside dining venue that can serve about 30 guests per evening. Otherwise, guests take their dinners at the spacious, nautically styled main Restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Veranda, a sunny, big-windowed room situated on Wind Star’s uppermost deck that features both indoor and outdoor seating.

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