Windstar Cruises continues to evolve its fleet with three million dollars of stateroom upgrades scheduled for Wind Star and Wind Spirit, the two smallest sister yachts of the fleet.
Wind Star’s 72 guest staterooms will be renovated in a dry dock this November (one stateroom was already completed as a model showcase room). Wind Spirit is scheduled to have its 73 staterooms completed in April of 2015.
“We have a company-wide commitment to ensuring our yachts are constantly evolving to give our guests the best luxury experience possible,” said Hans Birkholz, chief executive officer and president of Windstar Cruises. “These latest enhancements, along with the renovations done in early 2012, will make our staterooms some of the best in the luxury market.”
The new layout will replace the current desk and vanity with a sofa where you can relax, watch TV or catch a cat-nap. When room service is ordered, or if you want a place to write, the middle section of the sofa converts into a table, with seats at each end. Additionally, the center dresser located next to the bed will be exchanged for a chic new dresser that will give more open room. Before and after pictures of the mock-up stateroom can be viewed on Windstar’s blog.
Travel writer Aaron Saunders recently sailed on Wind Star’s Yachting the Riviera. He captured the small ship experience in daily voyage reports on his blog From the Deck Chair.
My journey aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Star whisked me from Italy to France, stopping on the small, out of the way ports that are perfectly suited to a ship this size. Perhaps that’s the greatest allure of a Windstar cruise beside the ships themselves; there is a reason this itinerary is called Yachting the Riviera: it takes you to places that would otherwise be inaccessible or difficult to get to.
In short, it’s a little like owning your own yacht, without the crippling moorage fees.
Read about Aaron’s entire voyage here.
Ashley, Windstar’s Vacation Planner Supervisor, shares the top 5 questions that Windstar’s Vacation Planners answer every day.
1. Can I visit the Bridge to see how it all works?
Yes! Windstar Cruises is one of the only cruise lines with an Open Bridge Policy where you can catch an inside look into how your yacht operates. Guests can watch the Captain and his officers sail the yacht from the Bridge. Want to know more? Don’t hesitate to ask – at Windstar, the crew is friendly and eager to educate you on the intricate workings of your yacht.
Insider Tip: Stop by at night for some stargazing on the Bridge. The officer on watch can point out some of the different constellations.
See the rest of Ashley's tips here.