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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
Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands 11d Ppt-ppt

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Star Pride

7 Night
Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey

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Star Legend

10 Night
Souks & Sherries: Iberia & Morocco Bcn-lis

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Wind Spirit

7 Night
Naturally Costa Rica 7d Ptc-ptc

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AmaWaterways

7 Night
Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey

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21 Night
Ocean Crossings 21d Ppt-ptc

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7 Night
Beach Fun & Sun: A Remote Caribbean Getaway 7d Ph1...

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Gaelic Explorer 7d Dlg-le1

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14 Night
Caribbean Explorations 14d Ph1-ph1

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Naturally Costa Rica 7d Ptc-ptc

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8 Night
Emirates, Qatar & The Span Of Oman 8d Dxb-mct

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7 Night
Costa Rica & Panama Canal 7d Ptc-onx

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Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey

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Beach Fun & Sun: A Remote Caribbean Getaway 7d Ph1...

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Southeast Canadian Explorations 11d Bos-mtr

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Windstar Cruises 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 Cruiser Reviews

Pretty Much Perfect

The Star Pride is a gorgeous small ship - and only 180 passengers on our cruise - with many beautiful public areas for events, socializing , and relaxing.There was trivia, food, and drink events, but no speaker on this particular cruise and it's fair to say that organized entertainment is a minor factor.Read More
MargotH24

2-5 Cruises

Age 74s

Don't Waste Your Money

Deck BBQ was offered the only day we were in port until 10 pm and people had the option to do dinner off ship.Skipped our first port due to weather, however, a decision could have been made by the captain at 5 am when he heard from port authority, instead he waited until after 8 am to make a decision and we lost an entire day off ship with minimal activities planned to occupy guests.Read More
DogLover326

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

First Time on Windstar Yachts ... We'll be back!

We really wanted to do a cruise around Japan and found this was the perfect itinerary and a great chance to try Windstar for the first time.He spoke a lot about the tours the ship offered (which were did 4 and thought they were great and fairly priced) but went into even more detail.Read More
flydc

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Wind star has lost its sparkle

Windstar prided themselves on going to small ports were no big ships could go .The pool was extremely small and the same five people had the space the whole time.Read More
Bmonteman

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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