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Windstar Cruises

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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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7 Night
Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets 7d Sju-sju Details

109 Reviews
Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 12, 2022
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Wind Surf

56 Night
Grand Caribbean Adventure 56d Ph1-ph1 Details

235 Reviews
Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 8, 2022
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11 Night
Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands Package With Air 10d+...Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jun 5, 2022
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Star Pride

7 Night
San Juan & The Virgin Islands 7d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Feb 5, 2022
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7 Night
San Juan & The Virgin Islands 7d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 5, 2022
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14 Night
Lovely Leewards 14d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 15, 2022
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7 Night
San Juan & The Virgin Islands 7d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 11, 2021
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14 Night
Lovely Leewards 14d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 29, 2022
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14 Night
Lovely Leewards 14d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Feb 26, 2022
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11 Night
Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands Package With Air 10d+...Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 5, 2022
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10 Night
Baltic Delights 10d Sto-cph Details

Leaving:Stornoway
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jun 13, 2022
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10 Night
Island Gems Of Spain & Portugal 10d Lis-lis Details

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 1, 2022
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11 Night
Monteverde Cloud Forest & Arenal Volcano Cruise To...Details

Leaving:Puntarenas
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 7, 2021
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11 Night
Monteverde Cloud Forest & Arenal Volcano Cruise To...Details

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 8, 2022
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8 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti Package With Air 7d+air/hotel Ear...Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 15, 2021
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8 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti Package With Air 7d+air/hotel Ear...Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 8, 2021
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8 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti Package With Air 7d+air/hotel Ear...Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 22, 2021
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7 Night
San Juan & The Virgin Islands 7d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 22, 2022
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11 Night
Gems Of The Leeward Islands 11d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 28, 2021
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7 Night
Treasures Of The Greek Isles 7d Pir-pir Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
May 21, 2022
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13 Night
Stars Over The Azores 13d Sju-lis Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 19, 2022
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7 Night
Treasures Of The Greek Isles 7d Pir-pir Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
May 14, 2022
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7 Night
Costa Rica & Panama Canal 7d Ptc-onx Details

Leaving:Puntarenas
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 29, 2022
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18 Night
Twice The Tahiti 18d Ppt-ppt Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 16, 2022
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7 Night
Classic Caribbean 7d Ph1-ph1 Details

Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 5, 2022
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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

Our First Windstar Experience on the Lovely Star Breeze

We considered going to the dining room after Candles to try the food that night but did not.We had waited until midway through cruise to make a reservation for one of their alternative restaurant, Candles so the only day still available was the last night of the cruise.Read More
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vmarq

10+ Cruises

Incredible trip with fantastic crew

Shout outs to Daniella the Maitre de in Amphora, the chef for his amazing menus, JeeBee and Jackie for always looking after us on deck, Ronnie who kept our room beautifully, Apple for being fabulous and everyone else.Our cabin was spacious with fabulous doors leading onto a small balcony, the bed was as comfortable as home which I have never experienced before.Read More
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Fsurrey

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

A question of value

Unfortunately bad weather cancelled two ports (out of 6), so twice we all got to try to find activities on a ship not prepared for any sea days...The rest of embarkation was straightforward - though there was another port change handed to us as we boarded the ship (not a good ship to try to coordinate outside excursions on).Read More
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wandering_aimlessly

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

First Time Windstar Cruiser

Here is my tally based on 11 aspects of the Star Breeze cruise experience: Aspect Metrics Score Ship Design, Condition & Safety 10.Now before you go thinking this is a cruise only for octogenarians (not that there is anything wrong with reaching that age – I hope to someday), consider this: the clientele on the Star Breeze included a pair of teens, couples in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s on up to the 80’s (I suspect; no one was carded), all of whom were courteous, engaging, and active.Read More
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HuliHuli

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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