Effective July 1st. Due to new regulations, prices now include all taxes and fees. Learn more

You may also like
Dismiss
Windstar Cruises' Star Seeker under construction in May 2024 (Photo: Windstar Cruises)
Windstar Cruises' Star Seeker under construction in May 2024 (Photo: Windstar Cruises)

Windstar Cruises News: Images of Star Seeker Construction Revealed

Windstar Cruises' Star Seeker under construction in May 2024 (Photo: Windstar Cruises)
Windstar Cruises' Star Seeker under construction in May 2024 (Photo: Windstar Cruises)
Editor
Jorge Oliver
Senior Editor, News and Features
Aaron Saunders

Last updated
May 22, 2024

Read time
6 min read

(May 22, 2024) -- Windstar Cruises has provided new images of its newest vessel, Star Seeker, under construction.

The ship, which was announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Miami last month, is due to debut in 2025.

Star Seeker will debut in 2025 (Photo: Windstar Cruises)
Star Seeker will debut in 2025 (Photo: Windstar Cruises)

The Star-class newbuild will hold 266 passengers and marks the first newbuild for Windstar Cruises since the debut of Wind Spirit in 1988.

Bookings for Star Seeker are set to open in June. Sister vessel Star Explorer will enter service in 2026.

-- Aaron Saunders, Senior Editor, News and Features

Windstar Announces Two New Ships to Debut in 2025-26

WIndstar president Chris Prelog reveals a model of one the cruise line's two new ships (Photo: Jorge Oliver)
Windstar Cruises announced two new ships will join the fleet in 2025 and 2026 (Photo: Jorge Oliver)

(April 10, 2024) -- Windstar Cruises announced today at the Seatrade Cruise Global convention in Miami that it intends to add two brand-new Star-class cruise ships, set to enter service in 2025 and 2026.

The ships will be named Star Seeker and Star Explorer. Purchased from Mystic Cruises, the ships -- which are similar to those operated by Atlas Ocean Voyages -- will be converted to Windstar's specifications at a shipyard in Portugal. Star Seeker is currently under construction and will enter service first for Windstar; Star Explorer is in service with another line and will be converted before entering service in 2026.

Model of Windstar's Star Seeker (Photo: Jorge Oliver)
Star Seeker will join Windstar Cruises' fleet in 2025 (Photo: Jorge Oliver)

Windstar CEO Christopher Prelog looped in some of Windstar's long-serving crew and staff on a Teams call during a press conference at Seatrade, unveiling renderings and a physical model of the new ships.

Each ship will hold 266 passengers in a variety of cabins, most of which will have balconies. The ships will be similar in size and appearance to Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride, but will represent an all-new design for Windstar Cruises.

As a newbuild, Star Seeker is technically the first new ship built for Windstar Cruises since the debut of Wind Spirit in 1988.

Windstar Cruises' Star Seeker and Star Explorer will enter service in 2025 and 2026 (Rendering: Windstar Cruises)
Windstar Cruises' Star Seeker and Star Explorer will enter service in 2025 and 2026 (Rendering: Windstar Cruises)

The ships are ice-strengthened, but Windstar doesn't currently have plans to send the two new ships to the poles.

The news comes as Windstar Cruises celebrates 36 years of operating in Tahiti, replacing the smaller Wind Spirit with the larger Star Breeze.

What's more, Wind Spirit sister-ship Wind Star will come back in 2027, doubling the line's capacity in the South Pacific.

Bookings for Star Seeker are expected to open in June 2024.

-- Aaron Saunders, Senior Editor, News and Features

Windstar Cruises News: Windstar Announces Guest Chefs for 2025 Sailings

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker (Photo: Windstar Cruises)
Chef Jennifer Hill Booker (Photo: Windstar Cruises)

(March 26, 2025) -- In 2025, Windstar Cruises celebrates the 10th year anniversary of its partnership with the James Beard Foundation. To celebrate the milestone, the cruise line will welcome five acclaimed chef to expand its series of annual culinary-themed sailings.

The list includes four chefs who have already sailed with Windstar in the past: Jamilka Borges, José Mendín, Jennifer Hill Booker and Jennifer Jasinski. A fifth chef -- Larry Forgione -- will make his debut with the cruise line in August 2025. All five chefs will bring their regional culinary expertise and signature dishes to specially-curated voyages..

“We are thrilled to recognize our 10-year partnership with the James Beard Foundation,” said Windstar President Christopher Prelog. “We take pride in the numerous chefs who have sailed with us, shared their stories, and crafted signature dishes – enhancing the culinary experience for all of our guests on Windstar.”

The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture, while championing a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability.

The first sailing will take place on March 15 with Chef Jamilka Borges and consists of a 7-day Aruba to Barbados voyage aboard Star Pride. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Borges was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Rising Chef Star of the Year in 2015 and as Best Chefs America's Rising Star Chef. In 2019, she was a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.

On April 12, Chef José Mendin will host an 8-day Lisbon to Barcelona voyage on Wind Surf. Also hailing from Puerto Rico, Mendín is a five-time James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: South as well as the cofounder of the Pubbelly Restaurant Group in 2010 and owner of restaurants La Placita and Casa Isola in Miami.

The program continues on June 29, when Chef Jennifer Hill Booker will helm an 11-day culinary voyage from Stockholm to Copenhagen aboard Star Legend. An alum of the James Beard Foundation Chef Bootcamp for Policy and Change, chef Booker specializes in modern southern cuisine and plies her trade as an author, a reality TV personality, a culinary educator and a business owner.

On August 27, Wind Surf will host chef Jennifer Jasinski on a 9-day itinerary from Venice to Athens. Chef Jasinski won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2013. She was also a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef in 2016 and Outstanding Restaurateur in 2020. Her restaurants include Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Ultreia, and Stoic & Genuine, and she's also appeared in Top Chef Masters.

The final sailing on the program will take place on October 7, with Chef Larry Forgione: a 12-day voyage from Montreal to New York aboard Star Pride. Nicknamed "The Godfather of American Cuisine," Chef Forgione's 'An American Place Cookbook' won a James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook in 1996 as well as the "Best Chef in America" award in 1992. He also co-founded The Conservatory for American Food Studies at The Culinary Institute of America

Windstar 'President's Mystery Cruise' to Sail in 2025

Exterior shot of Windstar Cruises' Star Legend (Photo: Windstar Cruises)
Star Legend (Photo: Windstar Cruises)

(March 4, 2024) -- Windstar Cruises is planning a president's cruise so secretively than even cruise line president Christopher Prelog is in the dark about the itinerary.

The mystery voyage, set to depart and return from Athens on April 19, 2025, will take place onboard Windstar's 312-passenger ship Star Legend. More details about the 8-day trip, however, are being kept under wraps. In fact, passengers will only find out where the ship will dock 24 hours before arriving in each destination. Beyond these facts in will be revealed

“It’s going to be a lot of places—the majority of them, if not all of them—we haven’t been before,” said Prelog. "I’m looking forward to the anticipation of finding out where we’re going along with the guests on board.”

The mystery cruise will double as the company's annual President's Cruise, giving passengers the opportunity to meet Prelog and other leaders of the cruise line.

The executive said that the mystery cruise idea was inspired by Windstar's recent Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands sailing onboard the Star Breeze. The 11-day itinerary was interrupted by a tropical cyclone, forcing the onboard team to craft a new itinerary just two days into the sailing in order to avoid bad weather.

According to Prelog, the passengers responded positively to the sudden change in plans, which in turn lead the cruise line to lean into the mystery cruise concept for next year's president cruise.

“It’s sort of awakening the sense of adventure again, which is what travel should always do,” said Prelog. “It’s something different, something really interesting. It’s a cruise for guests who like adventure, and who don’t want to plan everything out.”


Get special cruise deals, expert advice, insider tips and more.By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

© 1995—2024, The Independent Traveler, Inc.