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Windstar Cruises

833 Reviews
5 Awards
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 Spirit
Wind Spirit (Photo: Windstar)

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

102 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 4, 2023
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Wind Surf
Wind Surf

7 Night
Lush & Lovely Islands Of The Lesser Antilles 7d Bg...Details

246 Reviews
Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Feb 11, 2023
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Star Pride
Windstar's stretched Star Pride (Photo/Melinda Crow)

8 Night
Aegean Sea Odyssey 8d Pir-istDetails

114 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 24, 2023
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Star Legend
Star  Breeze pool lighting

10 Night
Sparkling Sands & Cities Of The Persian Gulf 10d M...Details

122 Reviews
Leaving:Muscat
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 12, 2024
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4 Night
Transocean 4d Akl-ltkDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 20, 2024
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10 Night
Gems Of The Leeward Islands 10d Sju-sjuDetails

114 Reviews
Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 10, 2022
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7 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-pptDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Feb 29, 2024
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7 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-pptDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 21, 2024
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14 Night
Transatlantic Crossing 14d Mia-lisDetails

122 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 8, 2023
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10 Night
Comprehensive Indonesia Exploration 10d Boa-sinDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Bali
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Feb 17, 2023
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9 Night
James Beard Culinary CruiseDetails

246 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jun 17, 2023
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10 Night
Blue Waters Of The Leeward Islands Ph1-ph1Details

246 Reviews
Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 17, 2022
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7 Night
Scenic Alaska 7d Jnu-vanDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Juneau
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jul 20, 2023
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8 Night
A Piece Of Greece, A Slice Of Sicily & The Corinth...Details

122 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 16, 2023
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10 Night
Sparkling Sands & Cities Of The Persian Gulf 10d...Details

122 Reviews
Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 2, 2024
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Windstar Cruise 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 Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Exceptional experience for this 1st-time cruiser

Every day I was able to look at the menu and pre-order my meals so they could be altered as needed.If you have any dietary needs, rest assured that you will be able to eat delicious food.Read More
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csmith2558

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

AMAZING TRIP AND INCREDIBLE STAFF!!!!

Every staff member was incredible with great senses of humor, but these names we took note of.I have traveled on other Windstar ships in the past (Wind Surf- Caribbean) and this one was just as great.Read More
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aabrom

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

Wind Surf Sails Perfectly Again

Everything about the Wind Surf that we love was out in full force: superb staff, beautiful ship that shinned, wonderful, healthy, diverse food, terrific ports, for us and our love of art, the ancients and food culture this was was the perfect itinerary.Besides the wonderful art that we saw, the visiting the ancient sites and the food culture that we investigated what we really loved this time was the afternoon sail after we left Amalfi.Read More
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Strenz

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Finally! Back onboard one of our favorite sailing yachts!

So while we had a few hiccups along the way, we love Windstar, her crew and the folks that come along for the ride and can't wait for our next adventure in New Zealand in 2024!There were a lot of new faces in the crew and a few from our past cruises who did recognize us which is always so nice.Read More
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Ski Mom 2

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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