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  • Windstar-Cruises-Star-Pride - The suite-only Star Pride is one of Windstar's three graceful power yachts.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Wind-Surf-in-Monte-Carlo - Windstar's Wind Surf gleams at night in the Monte Carlo harbor.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Virgin-Gorda - Share a romantic moment in a secluded lagoon during a shore excursion to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
  • Wind- Spirit-in-Moorea - Windstar Cruises' Wind Spirit in Moorea, French Polynesia, 10 miles northwest of Tahiti.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Wind-Spirit - Wind Spirit, a computer-controlled yacht-style sailing ship, now sails to Tahiti.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Wind-Star-2 - Wind Star in the late afternoon light. The ship sails with just 148 guests in 74 staterooms, all of them with an ocean view.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Wind-Surf-sunset - Wind Surf at sea. Windstar calls it "the world’s largest sailing yacht," with 310 guests in 154 staterooms, every one with an ocean view.
  • Star-Pride-in-Nessebar-Bulgaria - Windstar Cruises' Star Pride nestles into the ancient port of Nessebar, Bulgaria, a World Heritage Site.
  • Star-Breeze-in-Venice - Windstar Cruises' power yacht Star Breeze visits small ports in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
  • Windstar-Cruises-beach-hammock - Unplug and pull up a hammock during a day on a tropical beach during your Windstar cruise.
  • Windstar-Cruises-snorkeling-tropics - Get up close and personal with a school of tropical fish while snorkeling during your Windstar Cruises sailing.
  • coconut-drink.jpg - Quaff a coconut cocktail (no extra charge) during a Windstar Island Experience.
  • drone-beach-bbq.jpg - The semi-secluded cove on Pigeon Island, St. Lucia, where Windstar set up a beach barbecue.
  • drone-pigeon-island-bbq.jpg - Drone shot of the blue Atlantic and turquoise Rodney Bay at Pigeon Island, a national park in the north of St. Lucia.
  • drone-wind-star-pigeon-island.jpg - Drone image of Wind Surf anchored at Pigeon Island, St. Lucia.
  • drone-wind-surf-anchored-in-st-lucia.jpg - Wind Surf anchored in idyllic Rodney Bay in the north of St. Lucia (drone image).
  • drone-wind-surf-in-dominica.jpg - A drone image of Windstar's Wind Surf docked in Dominica.
  • drone-frigate-bay-north.jpg - Drone image of the narrow beach and coastline of Frigate Bay in St. Kitts, looking north.
  • wind-surf-in-st-kitts.jpg - Windstar Cruises' 310-passenger flagship Wind Surf in St. Kitts.
  • muster-drill-on-wind-surf.jpg - Adriana, the ship's casino manager who hails from Romania, offers instruction during a muster drill on Wind Surf.
  • catamaran-at-sunset.jpg - A catamaran at sunset in St. Barts seen from the deck of Wind Surf.
  • stella-bistro-roasted-rack-of-lamb.jpg - Roasted rack of lamb, aka lamb lollipops, at Stella Bistro on Wind Surf.
  • stella-bistro.jpg - Book a reservation at the alternative restaurant Stella Bistro on Wind Surf. There's no extra charge for dining.
  • wind-surf-cocktail-lineup.jpg - Enjoy a cocktail on deck on your next cruise.
  • wind-surf-cocktails-2.jpg - Enjoy a cocktail on deck on your next cruise.
  • wind-surf-cocktails-3.jpg - Enjoy a cocktail on deck on your next cruise.
  • wind-surf-cocktails-4.jpg - Enjoy a cocktail on deck on your next cruise.
  • wind-surf-cocktails.jpg - Enjoy a cocktail on deck on your next cruise.
  • wind-surf-float.jpg - Passengers relax on a sunny afternoon on a giant ocean float at the rear of Wind Surf.
  • wind-surf-in-guadeloupe2.jpg - The premium ship Wind Surf alights in Guadeloupe during a Caribbean cruise.
  • wind-surf-life-preserver.jpg - A life preserver aboard Wind Surf.
  • enjoying-cool-one-in wind-surf-pool-1.jpg - Passengers in the pool on the aft deck of Wind Surf.
  • wind-surf-sails-at-night.jpg - Sails spotlit in the evening breeze on Wind Surf.
  • wind-surf-sports-platform.jpg - Enjoy a variety of water sports from the platform at the back of Wind Surf.
  • wind-surf-tender.jpg - A tender departs Wind Surf in the late afternoon in St. Barts.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Wind-Star - Wind Star, the namesake of the Windstar fleet, is large enough to provide luxury amenities yet small enough to tuck into small harbors and  coves larger ships can't reach.
  • wind-surf-whirlpools-aft-deck.jpg - The aft deck of Wind Surf is the biggest in the Windstar fleet.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Venice-gondola-002 - Find romance during an iconic gondola ride through the canals of Venice during your Windstar Cruises sailing.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Amphora-Restaurant-6 - A dessert dish at Amphora Restaurant aboard Wind Star.
  • Windstar-Cruises-Amphora-Wind-Surf - Experience the ambience of Wind Surf's contemporary  dining room, Amphora.
  • Star-Legend-Windstar-Cruises - Windstar Cruises' power yacht, Star Legend, debuted in May 2015.
  • Wind-Surf-off-Capri - Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf sails off the coast of Capri, Italy.
  • Windstar-Cruises-beach-footprints - Take a romantic stroll on a tropical beach during a Windstar cruise.
  • Windstar-Cruises-beach-single - Go for a solo stroll in the tropics on your Windstar cruise.
  • Windstar-Cruises-St-Barthelemy-shopping - Go street shopping in St. Barthélemy (aka St. Barts or St. Barths) during a shore excursion on your Windstar cruise.

Windstar Cruises: Intimate yacht-style experiences

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury boutique cruise ships known for an intimate, yacht style experience and voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and Central America, and they're outfitted with contemporary-looking computer-controlled sails.

Seattle-based Windstar, owned by Anchutz Corp. and its subsidiary Xanterra Parks and Resorts, launched three new power yachts In 2014-2015: Star Pride, Star Breeze and Star Legend. The power yachts, with a capacity of 212 guests each, have positioned Windstar as a leader in small ship cruising, with a total of 1,242 berths.

Who will like sailing on Windstar

Windstar lures a slightly younger, hipper crowd (mostly North Americans) than most of the upscale lines. The fleet's style is a mix of casual and upscale, marked by unfussy bistro-style cuisine. Water sports enthusiasts will love Windstar’s complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, ski-tubing and kayaking from each ship’s aft deck. Scuba diving is also available in certain ports for an additional charge. Passengers can expect luxurious amenities, gourmet cuisine and exceptional service while sailing to uncrowded ports of call. 

Where Windstar ships sail

Voyages are concentrated in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South Pacific, and itineraries of six to ten days are typical, but you'll also find more wide-ranging destinations such as Southeast Asia, Arabia, Iceland and beyond.

Family cruising on Windstar Cruises 

Would Windstar be a good choice for your family? See Eileen Ogintz's writeup in our Family Cruise Guide 2016

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Ratings & awards

Conde Nast            
Top Small Ship Ocean Cruise Line, Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards (2016)
World's Best Top 5 Mid-Sized Ship, Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards (2016)
Most Romantic Cruise Line, Porthole Magazine Readers' Choice Awards (2015)
Top Small Ship Cruise Line, Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards (2014)
World's Best Service (#2 Small Ship Cruise Lines), Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards (2014, 2015)
Best Cruise Lines, Conde Nast Traveler Gold List (2014)
Overall Market Leader in Small Cruise Ships, Travel Weekly Magellan Awards Gold (2013)
Most Romantic Cruise Line, Porthole Magazine Readers' Choice Awards (2012)

About Ratings & awards

Highlights and what impressed us

  • Visit places larger ships can’t go.
  • No crowds, no formal nights, just luxurious surroundings and the freedom to write your own adventure.
  • The ships feature deluxe ocean-view staterooms and suites equipped with Apple iPod Nanos and Bose SoundDock speakers, flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet, cell phone service, luxury linens.
  • Open seating during dining with 5-star cuisine

Fast facts

6 Ships
1984 Founded
Boutique Style
Seattle HQ

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