Windstar Cruises announced the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative which will lengthen three of its ships, adding more suites, dining venues, and more.
While Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria have left cruise lines scrambling to re-route ships and provide alternate ports of call, small-ship line Windstar Cruises faced an entirely different challenge following confirmation of heavy damage to Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Windstar’s winter Caribbean season is set to begin in November, with Star Breeze and Wind… [Read More]
With A New President At The Helm, Windstar Charts A Course for Success Last year didn’t start off kindly for Windstar Cruises. In late December of 2015, Star Pride ran aground off Coiba, Panama, putting an abrupt end to her Christmas cruise through Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. The damage was severe enough that… [Read More]
On February 25, 2017, I’m cruising with Windstar’s President John Delaney. We’ll cruise aboard the Star Pride through the Panama Canal and along the star-studded coast of Costa Rica. The weeklong cruise will give me a chance to catch up with John, who I worked with on projects during his tenure at Seabourn. What I hope to discover is how… [Read More]
We recently got around to updating our review of Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride, the first of the line’s so-called “Power Yachts.” Acquired from Seabourn, Star Pride and her sisters Star Breeze and Star Legend have given Windstar the flexibility to deploy its ships anywhere in the world, effectively doubling the line’s fleet within a single… [Read More]
Windstar Cruises is welcoming the 212-guest Star Pride back to its fleet after an extensive $4.5-million refurbishment that remodelled public spaces, suites and the ship’s outer decks. She now features the same amenities that her fleetmates Star Breeze and Star Legend received before they entered service. The total investment Windstar has made on these three… [Read More]
Taking A Look At The New Windstar Cruises The Windstar Cruises story began in 1984, prompted by a new ship design by Finnish shipbuilding firm Wartsila. The idea was called the Windcruiser, and it was like nothing else in the market: a vessel that combined standard diesel engines with several huge, computer-controlled staysails, which could… [Read More]
You may, or may not, be relieved to know that U.S. Congressional bickering and the federal government shutdown has not altered Avid Cruiser’s web publishing schedule — or the publisher’s desire to remain in Sweden, perhaps indefinitely. On Monday, I witnessed a spectacle in Helsingborg, Sweden. Anchored in the harbor in shimmering sunlight, the Norwegian Star. While… [Read More]