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Windstar

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • None
Established
  • 1986
Headquarters
  • Seattle, WA
Trips
  • 2

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Windstar Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Dreams of Tahiti cruise was above my expectations! June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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 excited
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Service on board is impeccable June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
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This cruise and excursions were fabulous! May 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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!
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The crew was wonderful, the food amazing, and the trip incredible May 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished my first Windstar cruise and already planning my next one. The crew was wonderful, the food amazing, and the trip incredible. I can’t wait to go on another. I have never had any interest in going to a floating all inclusive resort. I thoroughly enjoy being on the water, not in a hotel, even if it is a five star. I will gladly take a Windstar over a bigger cruise any day!
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Ridiculously awesome experience! May 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Ridiculously awesome experience! We sailed on the Windstar’s Barbados Cruise a few years ago. By the next morning after boarding, nearly all staff members knew us by name. The food, drinks and entertainment were amazing while aboard the Windstar. We enjoyed hopping from Island to island nearly every day. I would HIGHLY recommend taking a Windstar Cruise. You won’t be disappointed.
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the ship was an absolute delight April 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just returned from the 7-day Tahiti cruise on the Wind Spirit and it was an experience of a lifetime. Not only are the tropical surroundings breathtaking (yes, they live up to the photos), the ship was an absolute delight. I received five-star service throughout -- from my sweet and thoughtful cabin attendant, to the amazing meals served under the stars and the onboard entertainment, which included a hilarious talent show put on by the crew. Even the raising of the sails was made festive with the majestic music.

Nearly every day we were treated to something special, including a barbecue on a private islet (motu), where the crew had set up a full bar and we could kayak and snorkel all afternoon. They also hosted a huge onboard feast followed by dancing, and another barbecue on another motu that featured fire dancing.

I traveled alone yet felt as if I were with friends the whole time. And because there were only about 150 passengers, I did leave with new friends. This was a bucket list trip, so expectations are naturally high. Not only did Windstar meet them, it far surpassed them. I'm already saving for my next cruise.
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Stride Review

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.

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From Windstar

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for its intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. In May of 2014, Windstar launched Star Pride, followed by Star Breeze and Star Legend in May of 2015. The all suite yachts, with a capacity of 212 guests each, will double the size of Windstar’s fleet, making the company the market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths. The additional capacity will open up new itineraries such as voyages to Southeast Asia, Arabia, Iceland, and beyond. Windstar was recently listed on Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List, coming in as the #3 cruise line in the world.


Awards:

2014 Condé Nast Traveler – Windstar Cruises recognized as #1 in the world in Readers' Choice Awards “Top Small-Ship Cruise Lines”

2014 Travel Weekly – Ranked as Overall Market Leader in Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or less) in Magellan Awards

2014 Wall Street Journal Cheat Sheet – Wind Surf’s Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain featured as one of the top 7 cruises for non-cruisers

2014 Luxury Cruise News – Wonders of Arabia featured as the Best Exotic Destination Cruise in the Best Cruises of 2015

2014 Travel Channel – Greek Isles & Turkish Delights selected for the Best Mediterranean Cruise

2014 Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Lines, Annual Readers’ Poll rated #2

2014 Travel Pulse.com – Wind Surf’s Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain voyage recognized as one of “Seven Cruises Foodies Must Try”

2014 Condé Nast Traveler – Windstar’s Wind Surf Suites recognized as one of the 10 “Sexiest Cruise Ship Cabins”

2014 Condé Nast Traveler – Windstar Cruises listed on 19th Annual Gold List of “Best Cruise Lines”

2014 Condé Nast Traveler – Wind Surf, Wind Spirit and Wind Star listed in list of “Best Small Ships” in 2014 Reader’s Cruise Poll

2014 Fodors – Star Pride’s Singapore & Malay Peninsula recognized as one of the 10 Best New Cruise Itineraries for 2014

2014 USA Today – Windstar’s Costa Rica voyage listed as one of the best cruises for animal lovers.

2014 Wall Street Journal Cheat Sheet – Wind Surf’s Classic Italy & the Dalmatian Coast featured as the #5 best cruise to take.

2014 Bridal Guide – Wind Surf featured as the best honeymoon option for free spirits

2014 SAVEUR Magazine – Windstar Cruises recognized as an Outstanding Culinary Cruise Line in SAVEUR’s Culinary Travel Awards

2013 Celebrated Living, American Airlines Magazine for First Class Passengers – Windstar Cruises named the #1 Small/Midsize Cruise Line for the fourth year in a row

2013 Condé Nast Traveler – Windstar Cruises #2 on “Top Small-Ship Cruise Lines” Readers' Choice Awards; recognized as #1 in Service, Itineraries, and Design

2013 Condé Nast Traveler – Wind Surf and Wind Star listed in list of “Best Small Ships” in 2013 Reader’s Cruise Poll

2013 Cruise Critic.com – Windstar Cruises awarded Best for Honeymoons in the Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

2013 Cruise Critic.com – Wind Surf voted #3 in Best Overall Small Ship in the Cruisers’ Choice Award

2013 Cruise Critic.com – Wind Surf voted #1 for Best Embarkation in the Cruisers’ Choice Award

2013 Cruise Critic.com – Wind Surf voted #2 for Best Service in the Cruisers’ Choice Award

2013 Islands Magazine – Wind Surf’s Islands of Italy voyage ranked #1 in Top 10 Luxury Cruises

2013 Islands Magazine – Wind Spirit’s Jewels of the Windward Islands voyage listed in Top 20 Caribbean Cruises

2013 SAVEUR Magazine – Windstar Cruises recognized as an Outstanding Culinary Cruise Line in SAVEUR’s Culinary Travel Awards

2013 Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Lines, Annual Readers’ Poll rated #3

2013 Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Service for Small-Ship Cruise Lines Annual Readers’ Poll rated #3

2013 Travel Weekly – Received a Gold Magellan for Overall Market Leader in Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or less)

2013 Yahoo! Travel – Windstar Cruises’ Passage Through Panama voyage named as the top Central American cruise for Yahoo! Cruise Picks for 2013.

2013 Fox News – Windstar Cruises ranked one of the top 10 Caribbean Cruises for 2013

2013 Prow’s Edge Cruise Magazine – Windstar Cruises voted the Best Cruise Line Food aboard Luxury Cruise Lines.

2013 Women’s Choice Award – Windstar Cruises received the most recommended cruise line for adventure and small ship cruising among women from WomenCertified Inc.

2012 Cruisecritic.com – Windstar Cruises awarded Best for Honeymoons in the Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

2012 Condé Nast Traveler – Windstar Cruises listed on 18th Annual Gold List of “Best Cruise Lines” and Platinum Circle Honor

2012 Condé Nast Traveler – All three Windstar ships listed in list of “Best Small Ships” in 2011 Reader’s Cruise Poll

2012 National Geographic – Windstar Cruises selected as one of the World’s 10 Best Cruises in the National Geographic: The 10 Best of Everything 2012

2012 Celebrated Living, American Airlines Magazine for First Class Passengers – Windstar Cruises named the #1 Small/Midsize Cruise Line for the third year in a row

2012 Islands Magazine – “All-Time Best Cruises” List for Mediterranean Voyages

2012 Tourism Review – Windstar Cruises #8 in “Top Ten Cruise Lines for Fitness”

2012 Porthole Cruise Magazine – Windstar Cruises named “Most Romantic Cruise Line” and Wind Surf “Best Tall Ship” 14th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

2011 Condé Nast Traveler – Windstar Cruises #3 on “Top Small-Ship Cruise Lines” Readers' Choice Awards (score 85.8)

2011 Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Lines, 16th Annual Readers’ Poll rated #5

2011 Condé Nast Traveler – Windstar Cruises listed on 17th Annual Gold List of “Best Cruise Lines”

2011 Condé Nast Traveler – All three Windstar ships listed in list of “Best Small Ships” in 2011 Reader’s Cruise Poll

2011 Celebrated Living, American Airlines Magazine for First Class Passengers – Windstar Cruises named the #1 Small/Midsize Cruise Line, Readers’ Choice Platinum List

2011 Cruisecritic.com – Windstar’s Wind Surf named “Best Public Rooms” for Small Ships category

2011 Cruisecritic.com – Windstar’s Wind Surf named #2 for “Best Overall” for Small Ships category

2011 Islands Magazine – “All-Time Best Cruises” List for Mediterranean Voyages

2011 Porthole Cruise Magazine – Windstar Cruises named “Most Romantic Cruise Line” and Wind Surf “Best Tall Ship” 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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7 days
Small Ship Cruise
Luxury - 5 star
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From: $ 3,499

Highlights

  • The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens
  • Palace of the Grand Masters in Rhodes
  • White-washed buildings and blue domes of Santorini
  • Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
  • Chic boutiques and cafés of Mykonos
  • Visit Ephesus and the House of Mary from Kusadasi
  • Yacht deck barbecue
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8 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 3,199

Highlights

  • Local Dining Tips Curated by SAVEUR: Explore insider epicurean delights in Rome, Dubrovnik, Capri, and Venice.
  • Venice's St. Mark's Square, Cathedral, and Gondola serenade
  • Archaeological museums in Split
  • Medieval walls encompassing the Old City in Dubrovnik
  • Journeying up the fjord to Kotor
  • Ancient cobblestone streets of Messina
  • Blue Grotto of Capri
  • The Vatican, St. Peter's Square, and Roman Forum in Rome
  • Yacht deck barbecue at Dubrovnik*
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