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

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

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Star Pride
Windstar's stretched Star Pride (Photo/Melinda Crow)

7 Night
Windward Ways & Tobago Cays 7d Orj-bgi

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Star Breeze
Star Breeze

11 Night
Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands 11d Ppt-ppt

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Windstar's stretched Star Pride (Photo/Melinda Crow)

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

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Aegean Sea Odyssey Via The Corinth Canal 8d Pir-is...

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Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands 11d Ppt-ppt

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Jewels Of Windward Islands 7d Bgi-bgi

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

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Treasures Of The Greek Isles 7d Pir-pir

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Comprehensive Tahiti & Marquesas Adventure 21d Pp...

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Treasures Of The Greek Isles 7d Pir-pir

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7 Night
Windward Island Delights 7d Bgi-bgi

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

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Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands 10d Ppt-ppt

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Classic Caribbean 7d Ph1-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

It Was Nice But...

Expectations were a little higher than experience, such as the souvenir shop had limited clothing sizes and selection and I found the bed to be very uncomfortable without any topper to soften the hard mattress.Ports were limited if you didn't want to do excursions and a few were cancelled due to weather.Read More
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Ocean Sunrises

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 67s

Superb Tahitian cruise

Good points It starts with the ship’s modest size with only a few hundred passengers.We met so many lovely people on board and because of ship size, you get to bump into your new friends repeatedly.Read More
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Bob WM

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 69s

Vacation of a lifetime

I work in the food industry myself, primarily as a mixologist, so I have to give a special shoutout to Bien.I had been looking for months for a special trip for us, and I did as much research as i could before choosing Windstar.Read More
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Kelley Adrienne

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 34s

Great food and service — but lack of air conditioning ruined the experience

This was our second Windstar cruise, but will be our last.However, our Panama Canal cruise was largely ruined by the complete lack of air conditioning in most public spaces.Read More
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CTH75

few6-10 Cruises

Age 49s

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