We can’t believe we’re already talking about 2017 – it seems like 2016 just got here – but in the cruise world, we’re always looking several years ahead to plan our next itineraries, our newest travel destinations, and our most interesting and meaningful shore excursions.
We’re proud to roll out our 2017 Voyage Collection today, which provides you with more opportunity than ever to sail into classic harbors and quaint ports off the beaten path, all in private yacht style. We continue expanding our curated Destination Discovery Event program in 2017 with over-the-top cultural and culinary events offered complimentary on every cruise. We also have more overnights and late night stays, giving you more time in Bora Bora, Bordeaux, Monte Carlo, Portofino, and St. Petersburg, to name a few.
So without further ado, here’s the big news in 2017!
By the Numbers:
150 total ports of call — including 13 new ports for Windstar — in 50 countries
2 brand new itineraries in the Mediterranean
New 2017 Itineraries Include:
Quintessential Croatia – A new eight-day sailing aboard the 148-guest sailing ship Wind Star provides four summer departure dates and several new port calls for Windstar, cruising roundtrip from Venice. You’ll see fairy tale castles and enchanting medieval villages in style while sailing on azure waters. The timeless magic of Venice, surreal rainbow colors of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Dubrovnik’s incomparable city walls and Old Town are just a few of the highlights on the new voyage. Visits to the remarkable ports of Opatija, Korcula, and Zadar in Croatia, as well as Piran in Slovenia, make this a stand-out Mediterranean cruise only available by Windstar yacht.
Marvels of the Croatian Coast & Greece – Two new 12-day cruise departures sail on a Venice to Athens adventure aboard Wind Star. The voyage is a tour-de-force of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with access to 11 on a single cruise – a Windstar record. In addition to history and stunning views, like Kotor’s incredible fjord-like bay, the itinerary is a feast for the senses with Italian pasta, Croatian seafood, and mezze delights from Greece.
2017 Voyage Changes of Note Include:
New Panama Canal Private Event & Costa Rica Maiden Port: Windstar staff make it their job to create magical moments, always striving to achieve the perfect guest experience that is unique and engaging. New for the 2016-17 winter-spring season, daylight transits of the Panama Canal allow you to learn about the inner-workings of this modern engineering marvel. In addition, each sailing will celebrate the historic continental divide with a Captain’s Toast, live narration by a local guise, and local music and cuisine — all part of Windstar’s newest complimentary Private Event. Two eight-day Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruises aboard all-suite Star Pride and Star Breeze span the 2016-17 New Year’s holiday and feature an unusual call to Bahia Herradura, known as the fishing capital of Costa Rica, close to famous surf mecca Jaco Beach.
Two All-Suite Yachts Sail Around Iceland: A guest favorite and popular new addition in 2016, the 2017 Around Iceland sailings are offered on the luxe, all-suite Star Legend and Star Pride, allowing you more date options when choosing your “private yacht.” The cruises sail roundtrip from Reykjavik on seven-day cruises while you enjoy scenic cruising of remote fjords, raging waterfalls, and visits to small fishing villages as you circumnavigate this country.
New Scotland Departure: Also in Northern Europe, the Lands of the Midnight Sun sailings in 2017 will offer a new homeport departure from Edinburgh sailing to Reykjavik (and reverse) on two separate dates, in addition to a set of Dublin to Reykjavik (and reverse) options.
Enhancements to Year-Round Tahiti Cruises: Vacationers planning an island paradise getaway will delight with more date choices in the South Pacific for Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands sailings aboard the 148-guest sleek sailing yacht Wind Spirit. Starting in June 2017, the ship will switch to Thursday departure dates for year-round Dreams of Tahiti cruises. New Thursday departures will allow you more flight options for departure and arrival.
What voyages are you excited to take in 2017? We’d love to hear about your trip plans in the comments below!