Private cruise Event on the beach

Olympian Mark Spitz to Host Windstar’s Inaugural Island Experience in the Caribbean

Windstar Cruises, recently named Condé Nast Traveler’s World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line, announces their new Island Experiences in the Caribbean, part of the complimentary Private Event program launching around the world in 2015. The new Island Experience is designed to treat guests to the feeling of having their “own private island” for the day, and is offered on every Windstar Caribbean itinerary.Mark Spitz

Windstar’s inaugural Island Experience debuts on the January 31st voyage of the 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 will serve as host at the Island Experience on Prickly Pear Beach, a secluded and uninhabited nature refuge in the British Virgin Islands. Spitz will conduct a series of swimming master classes for guests who want to enhance their swimming abilities, or for those who simply want to get to know the Olympian. Spitz is also slated to give an onboard lecture and to join guests for dinner.

 All Island Experience Private Events will offer beach and sport activities such as volleyball, snorkeling, and bocce ball, as well as a full beach barbeque with dishes including lobster and shrimp mac and cheese, “surfs up” tequila lobster tacos, Cajun jambalaya, a full burger bar, and more. The events will also include a Selfie Station, where guests are encouraged to pose for selfies and tag pictures with the hashtag #WindstarCruises.

“We are thrilled to have a renowned athlete like Mark Spitz join us for the launch of our new Island Experience,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “Our Private Events were designed for our guests to really experience the local culture in an exclusive way. The new Island Experience will allow them to feel like they are on their own slice of paradise for the day.”

Other notable Private Events debuting around the world in 2015 include private dining under the stars at the Celsus Library of Ephesus; wine tasting and tour in Italy with traditional Sicilian lunch; tapas and folk dance lessons; and an equestrian ballet and sherry tasting in Spain.  Additional celebrity hosts will be announced in the coming months.

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