Windstar vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Dreams of Tahiti cruise was above my expectations!5.0 June 2018
Dreams of Tahiti cruise was above my expectations! Crew was attentive, friendly and helpful, Food was delicious. Great selection of tropical fruit, and salads! When we arrived home we knew we would be booking another cruise with Winstar, and we did !! July 2019 Mediterranean island hopping!! So excitedRead more
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Service on board is impeccable5.0 June 2018
My wife and I and two other couples recently returned from a week-long sail on the Aegean Sea aboard the Wind Star to Greece. Service on board is impeccable; the ship is spotlessly clean, the staff is ever attentive and the captain, Belinda Bennett is out and about all day checking on the dining room(s) the service on the veranda and is often found sitting with passengers and sharing her experience as one of the first female ship captains. This cruise was a delight from beginning to end aboard a four-masted sailboat. Highly recommended.Read more
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This cruise and excursions were fabulous!5.0 May 2018
I disembarked from the Star Breeze ship this morning. The cruise was from Lisbon to Barcelona. This cruise and excursions were fabulous! The ship had awesome rooms with walk in closet, an actual bath tub, and a sitting area! The food was excellent! The entire staff was very attentive and so much fun! I will definitely be cruising with Windstar again! A few shout outs to crew members... Anna at the excursions desk, Shirley on the wait staff, José in Sporting, Hendry in the dining room. Cath in the gift shop. I am grateful to have met you all and hope to see you when I am cruising again!Read more
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|Tours||2 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 450||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line||Group Tour Operator|
|Headquarters||Seattle, WA||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Windstar operates a fleet of luxury small ship yacht-style cruise ships around the world.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Windstar is the place to go for luxurious, yacht style travel . Their fleet consists of vessels specifically designed to be a difference experience to larger ships. Each ship has a maximum occupancy of 300, lending to their luxurious feel. They pride themselves on providing a “private yacht experience” so even though you are traveling with a couple hundred passengers, you have a lot of space to yourself.
Who Travels With Them?
Those seeking a flexible, inclusive, customizable cruise experience will be most at home on a Windstar Cruise. This is a higher budget kind of experience, popular among baby boomers, couples, and families.
Where Do They Operate?
Currently Windstar operates their cruises in North Europe, Italy and the Mediterranean, the South Pacific and Caribbean. They also offer special themed cruises and ocean crossings.
Why Travel With Them?
For the experience of authentic travel with a luxury twist, Windstar provides an ideal mix. They offer options like private events, exclusive on shore tours with interesting and varied themes, as well as top notch cuisine and on ship activities. Smaller ports are more accessible on smaller ships such as these so it’s a great option for those who want a comfortable travel experience with just an element of adventure.
A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.
What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?
These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.
They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.
The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.
Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.
While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.
They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style
Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.
Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.
Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.
All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.