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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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Star Breeze
Star Breeze

12 Night
Ocean Crossing Ppt-syd 11dDetails

119 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 10, 2022
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Wind Surf
Wind Surf

8 Night
Spanish Symphony 8d Bcn-lisDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 18, 2022
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Wind Surf
Wind Surf

8 Night
Spanish Symphony 8d Lis-bcnDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 15, 2023
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Star Breeze
Star Breeze

13 Night
Ocean Crossings 13d San-pptDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 19, 2022
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8 Night
A Touch Of Tapas & A Pint Of Guinness 8d Dlg-lisDetails

Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 20, 2022
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14 Night
Wild Wonders Of The Central America Coasts Via The...Details

Leaving:Puntarenas
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 27, 2024
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8 Night
Gaelic Explorer 8d Dlg-le1Details

Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jul 7, 2022
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7 Night
Yachtmans Harbors Of The Rivieras 7d Cvv-bcnDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 11, 2022
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25 Night
Alaska Crossing From Japan 26d Tyo-vanDetails

Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
May 26, 2023
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7 Night
Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets 7d Sju-sjuDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 26, 2022
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7 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-pptDetails

100 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 3, 2022
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8 Night
Gaelic Explorer 8d Le1-dlgDetails

Leaving:Edinburgh
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 12, 2022
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7 Night
Around Iceland 7d Rey-reyDetails

Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 9, 2022
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11 Night
Comprehensive Indonesia Exploration 11d Boa-sinDetails

Leaving:Bali
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Feb 17, 2023
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Gems Of The Leeward Islands 11d Sju-sjuDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 27, 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

Amazing Cruise Experience

The Delight Duo (Natalie and Mauricio) were a great complement to Top Society.The entertainment consisted of two bands: "Top Society" and "The Delight Duo".Read More
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Newbie Travelers

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

Exceeded Expectations!

a balcony (there are none so we spent a lot of time in the Compass Rose in the aft) and some of the service in the bar and dining room.We felt like the evening dinner service was rather slow as well as the bar service in the afternoons.Read More
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DianeandTom

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Not impressed

It probably doesn’t help that this was our first cruise after a near-perfect Oceania cruise.Not a great experience on our first Windstar cruise.Read More
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patty1955

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

So Nice To Be Back

Normally the yacht was anchored in Great Bay then relocated the next day to White Bay but that was not the case on this voyage.The yacht remained in Great Bay for the entire call.Read More
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cruiseboys

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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