Star Pride will be the first of three new ships spearheading the line's Global Windstar initiative for fleet expansion and product development. The 212-passenger power yacht will offer luxury cruising throughout Europe, beginning May 2014. While the ship will offer many signature Windstar experiences (such as the famous deck barbecue), it will also promote its product development initiative through local engagement -- intimate access to ports and more interaction with villagers -- and themed sailings.
Activities will range from onboard performances by local musicians to food market purchases that can be served in the buffet for dinner. On the ship, passengers will be able to choose from a variety of inclusive dining options such as AmphorA Restaurant, Sky Bar & Grill and The Yacht Club. Other public areas include the casino, fitness center, WindSpa, pool, three whirlpool tubs, a library, computer center and marina offering complimentary watersports equipment. Each cabin offers luxury linens, a flat-screen TV, fully stocked mini-bar, fresh fruit and flowers, Wi-Fi, a walk-in closet and bathroom with granite countertop, full-sized tub and shower.
The ship's itineraries will include stops in Spain, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. On May 5, 2014, Star Pride will sail its inaugural cruise with alumni Windstar passengers and travel media. The first cruise available to the public for booking will sail roundtrip from Rome on May 11, 2014. Global Windstar's two remaining ships, yet unnamed, are scheduled to launch spring 2015.