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Today Show Winner Cruises the Mediterranean

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Windstar Cruises partnered with Kathie Lee and Hoda from The Today Show to give one lucky fan a voyage of a lifetime. Brian Hassell from Chicago was the winner. Brian shares his Windstar cruise experience below.

I recently went on the Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras in the Mediterranean on Wind Surf.  The cruise was given to me as the winner of the Fan of the Week Club on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, and Windstar was the sponsor of the gift.  I was incredibly thrilled to have won such a prize as I have never even been out of the country in my life.  Both The Today Show staff and Windstar were amazingly helpful in planning the trip, on which I took my best friend.

We had the most incredibly awesome time!!  The ship was simply beautiful, and our stateroom was spacious and comfortable.  The staff was great, attending to our every need and always displaying a positive, smiling attitude.

Brian on board Wind Surf with Wind Spirit in the background

I simply cannot say enough about the service!  I had special requests such as raw broccoli (which I eat in the morning!), and they always brought me a plate of raw broccoli at dinner so I could take it back to my room. The food was incredible, I gained 10 pounds!

Brian with crew members on board Wind Surf

We began the trip in Barcelona, and we flew in a day early to be able to enjoy the city.  I think it has become my favorite place in the world, and I someday want to visit again.

Brian in Barcelona, Spain

The excursions in each port were very well organized, and provided much enjoyment each day in every new port we visited.  Portofino is simply the most beautiful place I had ever seen, so picturesque!  We ended the cruise in Rome, which was an amazing city to visit.

I cannot thank Windstar enough for giving us a trip of the lifetime, I am definitely thinking about a future cruise to the Greek Isles!  Thank you, Windstar, and The Today Show, this trip is something we will remember forever!

Brian on board Wind Surf

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