Enjoy an exclusive, complimentary experience
Exclusively for our valued guests, Windstar Cruises’ itineraries feature a memorable Destination Discovery Event. These complimentary events have been carefully crafted to give our guests an in-depth and authentic local experience to enhance their voyage even more. Destination Discovery Events include activities such as an after-hours tour and dinner under the stars in the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus, a fun-filled island experience on a private beach, or a private concert in the photogenic Blue Church in Seydisfjordur.
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Jeff Corwin to host Isla de Coiba Private Event
Costa Rica & Panama Canal ~ March 5, 2016
Windstar welcomed Jeff Corwin on board our March 5, 2016, voyage: Costa Rica & Panama Canal. He hosted Windstar's Exclusive Private Event - Isla de Coiba: Island Experience - and spent time with guests on board including presenting a talk on conservation. This voyage provided a fantastic opportunity for guests to get up-close and personal with one of TV's best-known wildlife experts in one of the most wildlife-rich places on earth. Jeff is renowned for his years of wildlife and conservation work, plus hosting TV's Ocean Mysteries on ABC and Jeff Corwin Experience on Animal Planet.
OLYMPIAN MARK SPITZ HOSTED WINDSTAR’S INAUGURAL ISLAND EXPERIENCE IN THE CARIBBEAN
Yachtsman’s Caribbean ~ January 31, 2015
Windstar’s inaugural Island Experience debuted on the January 31, 2015 voyage of Yachtsman’s Caribbean with special celebrity guest Olympic legend Mark Spitz. Best known for his astonishing win of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Spitz served as host at the Island Experience on Prickly Pear Beach, a secluded and uninhabited nature refuge in the British Virgin Islands. Spitz conducted a series of swimming master classes for guests who wanted to enhance their swimming abilities, or for those who simply wanted to get to know the Olympian. Spitz also gave an onboard lecture and joined guests for dinner.
ROYAL CHEF DARREN MCGRADY COOKED A ROYAL MENU FOR WINDSTAR GUESTS
Idyllic British Isles ~ June 19, 2015
Chef Darren McGrady hosted Windstar’s Picton Castle Private Event program for the June 19, 2015 Idyllic British Isles cruise. Chef Darren was the former personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales; and Princes William and Harry for 15 years. Chef Darren attended the event at Picton Castle, a 13th century castle reserved for Windstar guests to explore while enjoying appetizers, sparkling wine, and music from a Welsh choir. That night he prepared a three-course “royal feast” for guests taking time before each course to explain his selections and techniques while telling stories from his time cooking at Buckingham Palace. Chef Darren shared his experiences at a high tea held on board.
BORA BORA CELEBRATION FESTIVAL WITH FORMER MISS TAHITI
Dreams of Tahiti ~ August 17, 2015
At the exclusive Bora Bora: Celebration Festival, Former Miss Tahiti Mareva Georges welcomed Windstar guests to a pristine, secluded island paradise with fragrant flower leis. Mareva, who grew up in the city of Punaauia, just outside of Papeete, was crowned Miss Tahiti in 1990, and went on to be crowned Miss France in 1991. Today she is a Tahitian ambassador promoting Tahiti within the United States in addition to sitting on the council for Miss France and the jury of the Miss Tahiti Committee. She shared personal stories about her native Tahiti with guests, focusing on the spirit and culture of the islands. At sunset, she joined in the traditional fire dance performance featuring high-speed acrobatic moves.