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Star Collector: Grand Caribbean Adventure

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Star Collector: Grand Caribbean Adventure
Explore the depth and breadth of the Caribbean on this 56-day odyssey, from tiny yachtsmen’s favorites to glitzy celebrity getaways, historic colonial towns to the incredible jungles of wildlife. Go cave tubing in Belize and diving in Bonaire. Snorkel with friendly sea turtles and rays in waters as clear as glass. Climb the battlements of colonial forts and the arrowhead peak of Gros Piton in St. Lucia. It’s the ultimate cruise, circling the Caribbean discovering the brilliant colors, textures and fascinating history found here.
“I love that this is a complete circumnavigation of the Caribbean Sea.”
Our Storyteller: John Delaney
President Windstar Cruises
John Delaney fell for Seattle the moment he first arrived some 15 years ago. The industry veteran had moved up the coast from Southern California (and Walt Disney Company) to work for Holland America Line, then Seabourn, before joining Windstar in 2016. Now he can walk to the cruise line’s downtown offices from his condo, which is literally in historic Pike Place Market: “Every time I step out my front door, I still feel like a tourist discovering new things.” Countries visited: “Too many to count! Every continent except Antarctica.” Travel must-have: “My iPad loaded with movies and music.” Favorite part of the job: “The collaboration … we regularly share information in what I call “coffee chats” that are open to the company.”
While plotting the course for this grand voyage, John Delaney encouraged his Windstar team to push the limits. “A lot of guests want to do a longer itinerary right after the first of the year, get away to someplace nice and warm for the winter,” says the cruise line’s president. “This is an extended adventure they’ve never been able to have with Windstar before.”
And what an adventure it will be: 56 sun-kissed days, visiting 25 countries and 36 ports across the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and beyond, covering the full depth and breadth of the region — from tiny yachtsmen’s favorites to glitzy celebrity getaways, from historic colonial towns to the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal. “I love that this is a complete circumnavigation of the Caribbean Sea,” John says. “I don’t know of another cruise line doing that.” Guests can take full advantage of Wind Surf’s onboard Watersports Platform with plenty of late-evening departures, as well as overnights in Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and St. Lucia’s Pigeon Island — while being among the first to enjoy the ship’s redesigned spa, one of many new enhancements coming this fall. John is particularly excited about calls in Costa Maya and Cozumel, two locations that Windstar hasn’t visited in years: “Cruising into Costa Maya on the world’s largest sailing ship will be beyond spectacular.”
  • Take a catamaran cruise to St. Lucia’s twin Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — “I highly recommend this cruise; the island’s west coast is stunning, and the Pitons are an absolute must-see”
  • Stroll the streets of pastel-painted UNESCO-designated Willemstad, or head into Curacao’s famous Hato Caves, where “sloping trails lead through the coral-limestone chambers past still pools and even a fresh-water waterfall — a rare sight on this dry island”
  • Explore a shipwreck while snorkeling the colorful reef off Isla San Andres, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Take advantage of late departures in St Barts to “enjoy a sunset sail, linger over dinner at Eden Rock, and check out the night life at Nikki Beach”
  • Explore Bequia, one of John’s favorite spots in the Caribbean — “This is truly a small-ship port … soak in the view of Admiralty Bay from Fort Hamilton, then grab a slice of Mac’s famous lobster pizza”

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