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Windstar Cruises Nears Completion of Fleet Renovation

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The full fleet-wide renovation is almost complete! In December our fleet will emerge fresh from its $18 million, three yacht, stem-to-stern renovation. While Wind Star was completed in April, Wind Surf will go into dry dock on November 12th.

The 310-passenger flagship sailing yacht will begin its five-day dry dock at Lisnave, a Portuguese shipyard. The yacht will depart for St. Maarten on November 18th and cross the Atlantic, with only crew on board to complete its 13-day wet dock. The first post-renovation voyage, Yachtsman’s Caribbean, will sail on December 1st.

The 148-passenger Wind Spirit will spend its two-week dry dock in Lisnave as well, before starting her wet dock on the December 9th transatlantic crossing. Wind Spirit will arrive in Barbados on December 22nd and start receiving guests for its Jewels of the Windward Islands cruise.

Both sailing yachts will have updated décor in the public areas, complete with new furnishings, upholstery, art, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments, and floor coverings. The enhanced color palette combines sand and marine shades to contrast with the warmth of wood finishes, elevating the look and feel to casual elegance.

Wind Surf Corridor

One of the most exciting features of the renovation is the transformation of the main dining room, The Restaurant, into a whole new cuisine experience as AmphorA Restaurant. The venue will be introduced with a redesigned seating layout and state-of-the-art wine display and storage. A new menu will be featured, spotlighting local dishes as well as savory courses such as ling cod, quail delight, and a porcini and truffle fettuccini. The Veranda’s outdoor seating will also be expanded to create an ideal mid-ship area for guests to enjoy breakfast and lunch alfresco. A live-action cooking station will give guests a chance to order exactly what they want. The interior includes a new buffet, new lighting, and epicurean displays.

AmphorA Restaurant

On Wind Surf only, Degrees Restaurant will be transformed into an elegant French Bistro, featuring a new name and menu, details which will be announced soon. The venue will receive an enhanced look with new furniture, flooring, wine display cabinet, and a mix of classic and contemporary pendent lighting. Also onboard Wind Surf, the popular Compass Rose will be redesigned with fresh contemporary furnishings, new flooring, and comfortable chairs and bar stools designed for socializing.

Compass Rose on Wind Surf

Other enhanced areas on both ships include: The Lounge Bar – will receive sleek, contemporary furniture to match the new tawny, color palette giving a friendly ambiance. Reception Area – will be decorated with a new alabaster centerpiece and pendent lighting. The Pool Bar – is set to be redesigned with a variety of seating options and new awning. By evening the deck transforms into the romantic Candles, where on-deck, candlelit dinners are served. Yacht Club – will be refreshed with new furnishings.

We will be posting pictures to the blog as the yachts go through their renovations, so be sure to check back!