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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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Wind Spirit
Wind Spirit (Photo: Windstar)

7 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-pptDetails

101 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jun 22, 2023
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Star Breeze
Star Breeze

13 Night
Ocean Crossings 13d San-pptDetails

119 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 19, 2022
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Star Legend
Star  Breeze pool lighting

8 Night
Icons Of The Ancient World: Greece & Israel 8d Hfa...Details

121 Reviews
Leaving:Haifa
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 18, 2022
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Star Pride
Windstar's stretched Star Pride (Photo/Melinda Crow)

8 Night
Aegean Sea Odyssey 8d Pir-istDetails

111 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 24, 2023
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10 Night
Sicilian Splendors 10d Cvv-cvvDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 1, 2022
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11 Night
Alaskan Splendors 11d Sew-vanDetails

119 Reviews
Leaving:Seward
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 29, 2022
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10 Night
West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza 10d Van-sanDetails

119 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 9, 2022
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14 Night
Transatlantic Crossing 14d Mia-lisDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 8, 2023
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8 Night
Gaelic Explorer 8d Le1-dlgDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Edinburgh
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 12, 2022
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11 Night
Gems Of The Leeward Islands 11d Sju-sjuDetails

111 Reviews
Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 27, 2022
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8 Night
Spanish Symphony 8d Bcn-lisDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 18, 2022
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9 Night
Black Sea Sights & Turkish Delights 9d Ist-istDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 23, 2022
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7 Night
Enchanting Greece & The Amalfi Coast 7d Pir-cvvDetails

109 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 15, 2022
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9 Night
Adriatic Archipelagos & Greek Goddesses 9d Vce-pirDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 31, 2022
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10 Night
Souks & Sherries: Iberia & Morocco Bcn-lisDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 3, 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

Observations from a long-time Crystal Cruises guest

Unfortunately, due to the cold, wet, windy weather conditions on this cruise, the outdoor terrace was unusable; it would be very nice when sailing in warmer climates.The package basically gets you open bar throughout the ship and 35± wines; no signing bar chits or receipts; the bar staff knows you are on “the package” by the second day onboard.Read More
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ryndam

10+ Cruises

Age 2020s

Excellent first experience of Windstar

We had selected the ship on this particular itinerary as we knew the waters would be generally kind, and they were (highest swell 4ft on the first day, then largely flat) and so the stability of the ship was great.Thankfully, the 4G coverage throughout the itinerary was fairly good, much better value to purchase if you don’t have roaming included.Read More
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bulpittw

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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

The best way to tour French Polynesia

) cruise, so we were on the ship for 17 days in total.This ship does not seem to have a lot of recent reviews so I will leave one.Read More
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FlaviaOfTheMonth

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

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