Sailing under the banner of its appropriate tag line "180º From Ordinary," Windstar was created in the mid-1980's with the vision to offer an alternative to the typical cruise or resort vacation. The Windstar passenger sees the world from a romantic sailing ship with luxurious accommodations, a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine.
 
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Windstar's ships are officially motor-sail-yachts (msy), but the designation belies the vessels unique rigging. Unfurling in two minutes at the push of a button, billowing white sails reach to the sky. All functions are operated from the bridge by computer micro-chips and navigational devices. The unusual "open-bridge" operation allows guests to drop by and acquaint themselves with the veteran captains and officers who demonstrate the ship's intriguing capabilities to modern day explorers.

The 148-passenger Wind Star was joined by sister ships the msy Wind Song in 1987, and msy Wind Spirit in 1988. A new era in luxury cruising was now being pioneered by Windstar Cruises. Nearly a decade later in 1998, the 308-passenger msy Wind Surf was acquired by Windstar. Sailing originally as Club Med I, the Wind Surf was built in 1990 in the same shipyard to strikingly similar specifications as her sister ships, making her a perfect match for the four fleet family.

 

WINDSTAR CRUISES DESTINATIONS

Caribbean
 
How many shades of blue are there? The answer lies throughout Windstarís Caribbean. Sail through stunning turquoise waters: clear and shimmering and deep. Discover the world underneath it, teeming with green-blue angelfish, brilliant blue chromis, violet coral and smoky blue barracuda. Up above, postcard-blue skies are lit up by the occasional puffy, white cloud. Among the islandsí bright green parrots and flaming bougainvillea, youíll find exotic blue lotus flowers in Barbados. Blue-headed hummingbirds in Dominica. Pastel blue homes along the streets of St. Martin. There are sparkling blue sapphires in the shops of St. Thomas. And soft, blue-gray cottage windows opening onto the beaches of St. Bartís. There is the post-sunset blue of the evening Ė time for a cocktail out on the deck. And the shade of blue that comes over you when you realize itís time to leave this tropical paradise. How many shades of blue are there? Youíre in the Caribbean. Start counting.

The Americas
 
Divers, snorkelers, sun-worshippers, nature enthusiasts: your paradise awaits. Everything under the sun is here for your pleasure and delight. If diving among exotic fish such as sand tigers and queen triggerfish is your cup of tea, youíll love the West Indian allure of the Bahamas. The culturally curious will appreciate a visit to the fabled Mayan ruins in Belize, or experiencing the manmade wonders of the Panama Canal. And if howling monkeys, chattering macaws and lazy three-toed sloth are your passion, a virtual Noahís Ark of wildlife welcomes you to the sapphire waters of exotic Costa Rica. Here verdant rain forests hide every color of wild orchid, butterfly and bird. Coral-filled reefs seduce with their astonishing shapes and colors. As the sun and the wind meet together on the sails of your ship, youíll smile as you realize youíve got a photo albumís worth of memories. And itís only Day One.

Europe
 
It has been said that there is a third dimension to traveling: the longing for what is beyond. What lies behind the ancient walled city of Medina? What new surprise waits around the corner in Barcelona? What secrets lie within the fabled ruins of Pompeii? When you experience Europe with Windstar, the answers are revealed with each new moment. Slip into smaller ports such as Portofino and St. Florent to discover hidden wonders that are off-limits to other travelers. Watch a Corsican fisherman unload the fresh catch of the day. See a lace maker at work in medieval Dubrovnik. Soak up the sun on some of Europeís most exclusive beaches, including Ibiza, St. Tropez, Sardinia and Mykonos. In Europe, what lies beyond is as vast and varied as your individual interests. Grab a cup of coffee, find your favorite spot on deck and wait, just wait, to see what unfurls.

Greek Isles
Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, & Rhodes Greece,  Bodrum, Kusadasi & Istanbul Turkey
 
Athens, nothing compares to the view from above the city, looking out towards the blue Aegean, stands the Acropolis, and here lie the ruins of a culture 2,500 years old: the Propylaea; the Temple of Athena Nike; the Erechtheum temple, and, most famous of all, the Parthenon. Meanwhile, modern Athens buzzes busily below, a city of chic restaurants, lively bazaars, sophisticated banking, historical museums, and the inimitable sights and smells of the Plaka district. Sailing into Bodrum is an experience like no other. White-washed and flower-bedecked Bodrum is one of the most charming cities and sophisticated resorts on the Aegean coast. Beautiful, Turkish-made wooden boats called gulets line the waterfront and can be hired for the day.

Trans-Atlantic
St. Thomas / Barbados, Lisbon
 
What would you do if you had more time? Hereís a delicious way to find out. While sailing at sea, feel the wind in your hair, meet someone new, get to know the ship and be endlessly pampered. Relax in your comfortable stateroom (recently redecorated), where you can watch a DVD on your new flat-screen LCD television. Find a quiet space to work on your memoirs, your favorite beverage at hand. Take a refreshing dip in the pool. Or wander up to the Bridge and ask the Captain about these waters youíre crossing. Spend some time working out with all of the new equipment in the Fitness Room - then treat yourself to dinner in The Restaurant. Youíve got all the time in the world to do exactly as you please. Day after beautiful day.

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WINDSTAR CRUISES
2014 Destinations:
Caribbean
Central America
Western Europe
Eastern Mediterranean/Aegean
Western Mediterranean
Southeast Mediterranean
Panama Canal
Transatlantic

Ships in Fleet:
Wind Spirit
Wind Star
Wind Surf

Stateroom Amenities:
TV/Radio
In-Stateroom Movies
Private Safe
DVD Player
Direct Dial Phone
Hair Dryer
Minibar/Refrigerator

*some amenites may not be available on all ships or in all categories

Dining:
Traditional Seating
Flexible Dining Options
Open Seating Dining
Formal Nights
Pizza
Ice Cream
Coffeehouse
24 - Hour Dining Options

Note: Special Dietary Needs on request with advance notice.

A = Available on all ships
S = Available on some ships

Meetings & Conferences:
A Audio Visual Equipment
S Conference Room
A Computer Equipment
A E-mail
S Conference Dining
S Flip Charts/Easels
A Fax Machine
A Meeting Coordinator

Spa/Wellnes/Fitness:
S Aromatherapy
S Body Wraps
S Ionithermie Treatments
S Reflexology
S Thalassotherapy
A Massage
S Facials
A Manicures/Pedicures
S Sauna
S Whirlpool

Special Programs & Services:
A Wedding/Honeymoons
A Special Diets
A Seniors Program
A Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs

Customer Sales Policies:
Air/Sea Packages A
Ground Transfers A
Shore Excursion Advance Bookings: Not Available
Reduced 3rd/4th Berth Rates A
Single Supplement: 175 - 200
Singles Program: Not Available

Credit Cards Honored:
MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Disclaimer: Discounts, shipboard credits and other savings are valued on the base price of the cruise may not be applicable to all sailings or pricing promotions. Savings, discounts and other savings may include early booking savings, past passenger specials, resident senior specials, group rates or any other special pricing that may be applicable. Discounted savings will not be applicable if not allowed by any of our travel providers. Other restrictions may apply.
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