January 16, 2014
According to a statement from the line, the new vessel will feature several updated public spaces, including the Yacht Club coffee bar and lounge, which will provide views of passing scenery; Compass Rose, a gathering place for drinks and nightly music; and Star Bar, the ship's outdoor watering hole.
By day, the Veranda will offer buffet dining for breakfast and lunch, complete with outdoor seating. At night, it will transform into Candles Grill, which offers a more romantic experience with alfresco seating and table service. Also included onboard will be AmorphA, Windstar's formal restaurant.
Additionally, passengers can look forward to all-suite accommodations, and all 160 cabins will be redone with new furnishings.
In the way of activities, cruisers can expect a water sports platform, from which they can swim or use a variety of available equipment, which includes water skis, kayaks and paddleboards. They can also take advantage of the same once-per-sailing deck barbecue that's proven immensely popular on the other Windstar ships. Plus, all vessels in the fleet maintain an open-bridge policy that allows passengers to visit the captain at work.
Star Pride is slated to join the lineup officially on April 17, in time for its first sailing on May 5. Two additional ships -- formerly Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit -- will join the fleet in 2015, one in April and one in May, after undergoing similar overhauls.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Associate Editor