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Windstar Cruises Overview

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. 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. Windstar has been recognized with top honors from some of the most respected leaders in the cruise industry. Each year they bring home more of these prestigious awards; take it from the experts:

2014

  • 2014 Condé Nast Traveler - Windstar Cruises recognized as #1 in the world in Readers' Choice Awards "Top Small-Ship Cruise Lines"
  • 2014 Cruise Critic.com - Windstar Cruises awarded Best for Romance in Cruise Critic Editors' Picks
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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