DIVE INTO VACATION DELIGHT ABOARD STAR FISH, WINDSTAR’S NEW SUBMARINE
Go deep on distinct travel experiences beyond conventional cruise lines, slipping beneath the waves to flawlessly smooth cruise conditions, gliding beneath storm fronts and resurfacing at sunny, uncrowded ports days before rerouted cruise liners return to itineraries. With a range down to 950 feet, Star Fish, Windstar’s newest and most unique cruise vessel, calmly glides to depths where surface turbulence remains undetectable, where guests savor a rich bounty of personalized touches, immersive undersea excursions, and delicious international cuisine.
“We initially floated a cruise submarine concept a decade ago, examining costs and feasibility” explains Windstar President Chris Prelog. “At that time it was a risky contrarian strategy, but we recognized a growing demographic among adventurous travelers who wanted to delve deeper into what all the sea can offer. Our biggest challenge was designing a 180 Degrees from Ordinary vessel with enough space to scale up to Windstar’s discerning standards of yacht-style ambiance and relaxation.”
In keeping with well-appointed amenities found aboard Windstar’s all-suite Star Class vessels, Star Fish offers queen-sized beds, granite-topped bathroom counters, and thanks to solid stability beneath the waves, DJ-quality LP turntables with generous album libraries. Varied and eclectic selections include remastered versions of The Beatle’s Yellow Submarine soundtrack, Van Halen’s Diver Down and extensive music from promising new artists, including Deep Sea Diver. Curved hull walls with tastefully exposed steel plating create a dreamy and ethereal acoustic ambiance abundant in flowing reverb.
Like Signature Expeditions on our Alaska itineraries, onboard experts—in this case oceanographers and marine biologists—are on hand to field questions and enrich virtual encounters, which will include monitoring whale calls and other abundant species atop seamount peaks and beneath shadowy underwater ledges.
Despite being a submarine, Star Fish retains Windstar’s most popular surface yacht features. Casual interactions with the Officers on the Bridge, are now in the Control Room. Guest chefs prepare seafood during onboard demonstrations in the newly designed, Amphoras of Atlantis, a cozy restaurant featuring oversized windows to the magnificent underwater views.
“Similar to our World Spa by Windstar offering destination-inspired treatments, Amphoras of Atlantis serves up coastal cuisines— freshly shucked oysters, crisp, pan-seared calamari, salty, Barcelona-style grilled octopus tapas, and seafood linguine. We will also feature sushi and sashimi dishes, too. The daily menu changes according to what our chefs can catch swimming outside Star Fish to ensure optimal freshness.” adds Prelog.
Considering Star Fish’s unique settings, immersive perspectives, and genuine and thoughtful crew, it’s easy to see why discerning travelers would go to extraordinary depths for these unforgettable vacation experiences.
But if you are not looking to dive underwater this year, rest assured, neither are we. We wanted to deliver some 180 degrees from ordinary fun on this APRIL FOOL’S day. You can however, set a course for an upcoming sensational vacation with our Flash Sale featuring 2021 voyages from $1,099 per guest. Click here for more details.