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Windstar Cruises

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Star Pride

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

11 Night
Alaskan Splendors 11d Sew-van

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Star Legend
Star  Breeze pool lighting

18 Night
Wonders Of Arabia 18d Pir-dxb

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

7 Night
Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey

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

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

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Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey

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Gaelic Explorer 8d Dlg-le1

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Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey

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Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt

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Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt

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Jewels Of Windward Islands 7d Bgi-bgi

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Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands Package With Air 10d+...

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Aleutians & North Pacific Crossing 15d Tyo-sew

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Overwater Bungalow & Tahitian Paradises Cruise Tou...

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

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Adriatic Archipelagos & Greek Goddesses 9d Vce-pir

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Windstar Cruise 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 Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Windsurf - Our Favorite Ship

The signature SailAway was not possible because of wind conditions, but they eventually had 2 more.Out of a possible 342 passengers, our sailing had 153.Read More
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MargotH24

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Excellent Boutique Cruise Experience

We were attracted by the interesting Asian itinerary and the small ship size ( 300 pax max ) The cruise was of a high quality with both the hardware and software ( service levels ) in top order.Special events were set up by the crew and entertainment staff which included dinner under the stars on the top deck, a very proficient open air, night at the opera, performed by the Entertainment DIrector, a full service beach BBQ at a delightful private venue on One Hundred Island, Philippines and an ongoing Open Bridge policy save for arrival and departure procedures.Read More
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Escoa

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Wonderful Caribbean Cruise!

This was our second cruise on the Star Pride.Also, the new entertainment director, PJ, is a great addition.Read More
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Newbie Travelers

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Caribbean Cruise on Star Pride after the Stretch

We also walked to White Bay in Jost Van Dyke (another short 20 minute steep and scenic walk) from the tender dock.In Jost Van Dyke, we spent most of our time at the first little beach on White Bay and then headed over to the soggy dollar bar.Read More
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likesplanning

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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