Windstar Cruises announces 2019 and 2020 Caribbean and Latin America sailings including new visits to ports in Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Cruisers seeking active adventure may choose from 152 departure dates ranging in length from 7- to 56-days.
A first for Windstar in 2020, the line debuts a new Star Collector: Grand Caribbean Adventure aboard Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing ship. The nearly two-month cruise is a new option for travelers ready for an exploration of the Caribbean’s Greater and Lesser Antilles and Latin America. The itinerary features a visit to the Panama Canal where the ship will bring guests on a journey through the three-tiered Gatun Locks, the historic Atlantic connector locks, followed by scenic cruising on Gatun Lake, then back to the Caribbean through the Gatun Locks that afternoon. The journey calls on 38 ports and 27 countries in just 56 days.
The collection of Sea of Cortez, Coastal, Canal, and Caribbean Sea voyages emphasizes harbors on smaller islands and inland coves like Bequia and Mayreau in the Grenadines, and Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica.
New shore excursions for the coming seasons include a private chocolate-making tour in St. Lucia where guests make their own dark chocolate bar made from cocoa nibs broken down from local, dried trinitario beans. Also on St. Lucia, guests receive instruction in a painting class led by a local artist, taking home their creation as a memory of the island.
Long-standing tours let travelers go cave tubing in Belize, windsurfing off Bonaire, snorkeling with sea turtles and rays, climbing the battlements of colonial forts, and scaling the arrowhead peak of Gros Piton in St. Lucia.
Cuisine Meets Culture in the Caribbean: JBF Culinary Cruise Collection
Upcoming James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection Sailings offer multiple food and beverage fusions taking place in the region – on December 15, 2018 round trip from San Juan; January 5, 2019 from San Juan to Bridgetown; and on February 16, 2019 from Puerto Caldera to Colón; 2020 sailings will be announced at a later date.
Grand Caribbean Adventure (56 days, 38 ports, 27 countries)
All the color, colonial charm, history, and on-water and underwater exploration travelers could ever want are packed into this Caribbean itinerary. The 56-day Grand Caribbean Adventure includes 38 ports in 27 countries as Wind Surf makes its way from Philipsburg, St. Maarten through the Greater and Lesser Antilles visiting dozens of diverse island ports en route to Colombia, Panama, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and back.
3 Americas (39 days, 29 ports, 8 countries)
The 39-day 3 Americas expedition aboard Star Legend takes the full measure of the Americas from Vancouver down the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Mexico and through the Panama Canal, concluding in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A portion of the cruise is a James Beard Foundation culinary-themed cruise.
Fishing for the Sea of Cortez (7 days)
Cruise aboard Star Legend from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta. The Sea of Cortez is packed with sea life and surrounded by laid-back village culture. This itinerary provides guests with seven days of seafaring, snorkeling, and fishing.
Southern Mexico: Fish Tales & Mayan Trails (8 days)
Star Legend carries travelers from Puerto Vallarta to Puerto Caldera on a journey that explores Mayan ruins, volcanic summits, and UNESCO-designated cultural and snorkeling sites. This trip pairs the adventure of trekking and snorkeling with a glimpse into an important site in the origin of civilizations.
The Spanish Main: Rise of the New World (7 days)
This voyage from Colón, Panama to San Juan, Puerto Rico is perfect for the history buff – whether ancient, colonial or pirate – who loves to snorkel, paddle, and hike. Star Legend takes guests to the San Blas Archipelago and Cartagena, a UNESCO site.
In the Wake of the Spanish Armadas (9 days)
Wind Surf makes its way from Oranjestad, Aruba to Colón, Panama, the cruise route traces the history of Spanish exploration in the region. It will mark the first time Wind Surf has entered the Panama Canal and will be the closest the ship has ever come to the Pacific Ocean. On this journey, guests can explore the fortresses of Aruba and Cartagena.
Mayan Legacies (8 days)
This itinerary will take guests through the Caribbean along the Gulf of Honduras, from Colón to Cozumel aboard Wind Surf. This is a fantastic voyage for nature adventurers as they can explore beaches, underground waterfalls, up-close encounters with howler monkeys and sea turtles, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and Isla San Andres, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Lush & Lovely Islands of the Lesser Antilles (7 days)
Sail from St. Maarten to Barbados visiting Caribbean towns and harbors as the ship sails through the Lesser Antilles islands. Explore colonial history in pastel waterfronts, weathered forts, and former sugar plantations.
Stars of the Greater Antilles (11 days)
This cruise from Cozumel to St. Maarten aboard Wind Surf will explore beyond the crowds and beneath the sea including diving on pirate shipwrecks.
Windward Ways & Tobago Cays (7 days)
This Wind Surf transit from Barbados to Aruba is the perfect adventure for those who put watersports and diving at the top of their Caribbean vacation to-do list. With stops at multiple marine parks including Tobago Cays Marine Park and Bonaire National Marine Park and plenty of beach time, the action is on the ocean.
Dutch Treats Steel Drum Beats (11 days)
Wind Star island-hops the Dutch Caribbean from St. Maarten through Willemstad and on to Colón. St. Bart’s pink-sand beaches and Bonaire’s blue tangs keep excursions colorful for guests immersing themselves in the parks, sites, and culture of this itinerary.