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There’s a cruise for people who aren’t cruisers.
Windstar just received a World’s Best cruising award from Travel & Leisure. Here’s the reason why: We’re not your ordinary cruise line. In fact, we’re not even close to it. So, people can set aside any preconceived notions about cruising—floating mega malls, disco nights and thousands of passengers. Because we offer something different: casual luxury on a journey that’s 180˚ from ordinary.
Sailing with us feels more like sailing on your own private ship. Carrying just 148-310 passengers, our ships can slip past the crowds and dock in smaller ports that big cruise ships can’t reach, getting guests closer to those one-of-a-kind places and experiences they’ll remember forever. While our itineraries cover the world’s must-sees, we believe what excites our guests most is the seldom-seen places we go. Tucked away ports. Secret lagoons. Pristine beaches. Of course, fewer guests means more intimate, onshore excursions that take travelers off the beaten path and help them get to know the authentic local culture.
And then there’s the food. As the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, we’re passionate about local flavor. Wherever we sail, our chefs shop at local markets to pick up the freshest ingredients, resulting in perfectly-presented dishes at our onboard venues: AmphorA, Veranda, Candles (and Stella Bistro on our flagship Wind Surf.) It’s all open seating. No formal dining times. No assigned seating. No stuffy dress codes. But we go even further for foodies with onshore culinary tours and cooking classes by local chefs. And, now, we’re offering tantalizing food and wine-themed cruises.
Our journeys are designed to help travelers chart their own course, starting with the fastest check-in at sea, so guests can get right to their personal itinerary. Do they want to have coffee with the captain on the bridge? Want to shop with the chef? Want to paddleboard right off the ship’s watersports platform? It’s up to them. Known for the best service at sea, our crew not only remembers guest’s names, but also their preferences.
Our small ships boast unexpectedly spacious public spaces. Ample decks and elegant outdoor spaces invite you to relax with a glass of wine while taking in the view. And at the end of the day, expansive, all-ocean-view staterooms and suites with special touches such as L’Occitane bath products and waffle-weave robes and slippers offer a retreat like no other.
Key Selling Points:
- Leave the crowds and clichés behind on small, elegant ships that carry fewer than 310 travelers.
- Our personalized and immersive approach brings you closer to each destination and every port.
- An intimate and welcoming ambiance makes it easy to connect with fellow travelers and crew.
- Taste the essence of local cultures with the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation.
- Enjoy unfailingly attentive service with a staff-to guest ratio of 1:1.5.