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Windstar Cruises

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Star Pride

About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises offers a trio of masted sailing ships, as well as a trio of all-suite small cruise ships. Passengers embrace a casual-yet-upscale environment and active exploration in port. Deck barbecues and beach parties are a highlight, as are water sports right from the ship.

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Wind Surf

7 Night
Classic Caribbean 7d Ph1-ph1

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Star Breeze

12 Night
Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound 12d Sew-van

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Star Breeze

8 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti Package With Air 7d+air/hotel Ppt...

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Star Legend

7 Night
Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey

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Ponant

10 Night
Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands 10d Ppt-ppt

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15 Night
Alaskan Explorations & Denali Cruise Tour 11d Van-...

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8 Night
Gaelic Explorer 8d Dlg-le1

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9 Night
Adriatic Archipelagos & Greek Goddesses 9d Vce-pir

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Beach Fun & Sun: A Remote Caribbean Getaway 7d Ph1...

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Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt

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Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt

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Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey

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8 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti Package With Air 7d+air/hotel Ppt...

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15 Night
Ocean Crossings 15d Bgi-lis

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Boston Sights, Warm Caribbean Nights 9d Bos-ph1

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Windstar Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Windstar cruise ships?

Windstar attracts adults all the way from 30 to 90 years, including honeymooners and people celebrating milestone birthdays or anniversaries. The core age, however, is 55 to 75, with most coming from North America; others come from New Zealand and Australia, the U.K. and other European countries. You won't find younger families onboard as Windstar draws the line at kids under 8.

Do I have to dress up on a Windstar cruise?

Not really. You can leave your formal dress and neckties at home and stick to country club casual sportswear. By day, most women wear walking shorts, slacks, skirts, sarongs and cover-ups; in the evenings resort-style dresses and dressy pants. Men usually wear walking or Bermuda shorts or khakis by day and lightweight trousers and collared shirts in the evening. Windstar doesn't allow shorts, flip-flops, jeans, hats or T-shirts during dinner at either of its dining venues.

Is everything free on Windstar cruises?

No. Although Windstar is a luxury line, its pricing is a la carte, which means the cruise fares are lower than most competitors. You choose what you want to pay for whether it be alcohol and soft drinks, Wi-Fi, shore excursions, gratuities and spa and beauty treatments.

The cruise fare covers all dining and unlimited use of the water sports platform, including equipment for snorkeling, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing.

What are Windstar’s most popular activities?

There are few organized activities onboard a Windstar cruise, with most cruisers spending their time onshore exploring the ports being visited. The unregimented, relaxed life with outstanding food and service fits the passengers, and friendships spring up quickly. Many passengers take advantage of the water sports platform that's on most ships and all the toys that go with it. In the evening, passengers will chat in the main lounge, and while a house band might play for a little while, most cruisers get to bed early to take advantage of a full day in port the next day.

The line does have a robust partnership with the James Beard Foundation, with culinary demonstrations on every sailing that give passengers access to chef secrets.

On the sailing ships, the top deck will always be packed if the sails are scheduled to be unfurled.

Why go with Windstar?

  • Options to travel on masted sailing ships or all-suite yachts.
  • Intimate ships sail to destinations bigger ships can't.
  • Attentive service, with a passenger-crew ratio of 1.5 to 1.
  • Casual atmosphere with fine dining.

Best for: Couples, sailing enthusiasts and independent travelers who love to explore off-the-beaten-path

Not for: Anyone looking for a wide range of dining and nightlife options

Windstar Cruises Cruiser Reviews

First Timers - Now Hooked!

Almost every other passenger we met was in regular cabin and had no issues, so paying for size upgrade is just our personal preference.We booked a suite and I'm glad we did because the size of regular cabin would have seemed confining to us.Read More
IpswichChris

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Windstar keeps excelling

Windstar consistently excels at great staff; they call you by name by the second day, excellent dining options; never a disappointing meal, and the size of ship that makes for a very relaxing atmosphere.Very few cruise lines do this, nice touch.Read More
Duthie

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

A wonderful cruise on a Star Pride

The entertainment Director P.Entertainment was provide by a 4 piece band who played a lot of cover songs.Read More
curlyp

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Windsurf - Our Favorite Ship

There was a terrific duo in the Compass Rose - we have found the duos are always good and often superior to the bands and this was no exception.Found many familiar faces from past crossings - some come back every year.Read More
MargotH24

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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