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In-Depth Windstar Cruises Information
In-Depth Windstar Cruises Information
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 The Ships

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Overview
Offering passengers a unique concept in cruising, Windstar Cruises has been sailing under the banner of its appropriate tag line -- "180° From Ordinary" -- for over 15 years. Windstar was created in the mid-1980s 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 featuring luxurious accommodations, casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine.

Well-known for cruising off the beaten path, Windstar's upscale line sails to exotic locales and hidden harbors that larger ships cannot access. These stately vessels turn heads from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean.
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The Ships
Officially, Windstar's ships are masted sail yachts, 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.

In late 1986, the first commercial sailing vessel built in 60 years slipped out of a French dry-dock in Le Havre. Although the towering sails echoed a bygone era of explorers, Wind Star -- with its sleek lines and computerized controls -- was revolutionary in concept and design.

A new era in luxury cruising was now being pioneered by Windstar Cruises. The 148-passenger Wind Star was joined by its sister ship, Wind Spirit, in 1988. Nearly a decade later in 1998, Windstar acquired the 312-passenger Wind Surf. Sailing originally as Club Med I, the Wind Surf was built in 1990 in the same shipyard as her sister ships. Strikingly similar specifications made her a perfect match for the three-fleet family.
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Shipboard Life
Windstar's unique concept of sailing has led the cruise industry in the luxury small ship, casual attire, and alternative dining arenas. Pioneering and refining these concepts has earned Windstar an excellent reputation, market niche, and the allegiance of a new generation of contemporary cruise vacationers, one-third of whom are first-time cruisers.

Teak decking, rich wood interiors, an attentive service staff, intimate surroundings, eclectic artwork, exceptional signature cuisine featuring both light and vegetarian menu selections, and an extensive wine list are some of the extraordinary elements which have become synonymous with Windstar.

Features unique to the Wind Surf include 31 deluxe suites, a Business/Internet Center, The Bistro, and the 10,000-square-foot WindSpa, offering a full array of spa treatments, consultation, and health and fitness programs.

Passengers are cradled in comfort. All staterooms and suites offer ocean views, a sitting area, TV, VCR, CD player, safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, international direct-dial phones, bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, plush robes, and plenty of closet space. The onboard library stocks an array of international newspapers, books, games, and a multi-media selection of more than 500 video titles and compact discs available for complimentary check-out.

Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, Windstar ships exude a private yacht-like atmosphere, creating camaraderie and lasting friendships between fellow sailors. Every day aboard Windstar brings the promise of new horizons and harbors to explore.
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Destinations & Activities
Favorite Windstar destinations include port calls in the Greek and Turkish Isles, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Virgin Islands, French Polynesia, and Transatlantic crossings.

An interesting mix of shore excursions and complimentary water sports activities are available at each destination. Passengers may find themselves slicing through Caribbean waters aboard an actual America's Cup racing yacht, or exploring archaeological ruins in Greece. Water buffs can enjoy complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and banana boat rides from the ship's aft Watersports Platform.

The company's cruise vacations offer a seaside window on the world, combining the refinement of a luxury hotel with a moveable feast of cultural experiences.

Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates the 312-passenger Wind Surf and 148-passenger Wind Star and Wind Spirit. The three sailing yachts cruise to over 47 countries worldwide, offering passengers an affordable luxury vacation.
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