Cruising on the Atlantic Coast
 
11 DAYS
Star Legend
London to Lisbon
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Price from $3,999 USD per guest
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London to Lisbon
Sip robust red wines from storied French chateaus. Stare skyward at centuries-old arches in silent, candle-lit cathedrals. This 11-day, autumn Atlantic cruise along the coasts of Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal is an ideal getaway for anyone seeking popular European destinations without summertime crowds. Set sail from London, where you’ll have an unobstructed view of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and open seats at riverside pubs. Uncover the secret war waged by Guernsey’s island resistance at the La Valette Underground museum in St Peter Port. Slurp freshly shucked oysters with dry Muscadet wines from the western Loire Valley during a delicious stop at the Castel Clara restaurant in Port Goulphar on Belle Ile. Stroll beneath the storied arches of famous classified wine estates and sample exceptional French food during an overnight stay in Bordeaux. Soar high above the priceless Medoc vineyards and sprawling chateaus in St. Émilion in a helicopter. Cook up pinchos, or Basque-style tapas at a Bilbao cooking class or study contemporary art at the Guggenheim Museum. Sip smoky, 30-year-old port and shop the famed Avenida do Aliados District in Porto, Portugal. This journey concludes in Lisbon, where uncrowded streets present opportunities to explore the palace ruins of Moorish São Jorge Castle above the city and the crenelated splendors of Belém Tower down on the waterfront—all in one wonderful autumn day.
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Day 1: London
London, one of the world's top destinations, is a city begging to be explored. Steeped in history, the well-known sites of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square beckon, or get a modern perspective from the top of the London Eye. This cosmopolitan city offers all the world cuisines you’re used to, but there are still places to find traditional British fare like bangers and mash or shepherds’ pie.
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Day 2: London
London, one of the world's top destinations, is a city begging to be explored. Steeped in history, the well-known sites of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square beckon, or get a modern perspective from the top of the London Eye. This cosmopolitan city offers all the world cuisines you’re used to, but there are still places to find traditional British fare like bangers and mash or shepherds’ pie.
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Day 4: Le Havre
Le Havre is a major port in northern France where the Seine River meets the English Channel. A UNESCO Site, Le Havre was almost completely destroyed during WWII and completely and thoughtfully rebuilt with modernist vision. It is the gateway to Normandy – including the medieval city of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur and romantic Paris only 110 miles away.
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Day 5: Cherbourg
From the time you disembark at the Art Deco cruise terminal (notice the signs for Ellis Island are still there), Cherbourg will charm you. Travel through Norman villages to lofty views at Cap de la Hague, or to Bayeux for a look at the famous Bayeux Tapestry, embroidered in the 11th century and listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO. The D-Day beaches of Normandy are an easy drive.
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Day 7: Bordeaux
Bordeaux has long been known as La Belle au Bois Dormant, Sleeping Beauty.  And while the beauty part is undeniable, the sleeping part could be argued. Sure, the region is filled with treasures from long ago, including more than 350 historic monuments and buildings in the city alone. But the capital of Aquitaine is also home to a vibrant culture and, as oenophiles well know, is the gateway to some of France’s most famous vineyards. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, 13th century cathedrals and 18th century palaces are commonplace. Venture beyond the city’s borders to the chateaux of the Médoc region or to Saint-Émilion, a breathtaking medieval village set among the vineyards that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day 8: Bordeaux
Bordeaux has long been known as La Belle au Bois Dormant, Sleeping Beauty.  And while the beauty part is undeniable, the sleeping part could be argued. Sure, the region is filled with treasures from long ago, including more than 350 historic monuments and buildings in the city alone. But the capital of Aquitaine is also home to a vibrant culture and, as oenophiles well know, is the gateway to some of France’s most famous vineyards. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, 13th century cathedrals and 18th century palaces are commonplace. Venture beyond the city’s borders to the chateaux of the Médoc region or to Saint-Émilion, a breathtaking medieval village set among the vineyards that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day 9: Bilbao
The industrial port of Bilbao is surrounded by lovely green mountains, fertile landscapes with lush forests, steep coasts and the Bay of Biscay. Famed for the curvy, titanium-covered Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, other sites of Bilbao include the Euskalduna Conference and Music Centre, Norman Foster’s Underground, towers designed by architects Arata Isozaki and Cesar Pelli, and an airport designed by Calatrava.
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Day 11: Porto
Built into the granite cliffs at the mouth of the Rio Douro, the hilly city of Porto presents a heady juxtaposition of eras and styles. Here, medieval alleyways, orderly neighborhood squares, and ornate Baroque churches readily intermingle. Porto’s historic heart is a UNESCO site of winding lanes, zigzagging staircases and tiled churches. The highlight, though, is a taste of port wine at its best – a happy accident dating from the 17th century when brandy was discovered to preserve wine for transit. After your choice of palate-pleasing shore excursions, return for an onboard fado folk music performance.
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Day 12: Lisbon
The rhythm of Lisbon invites you to join its captivating dance. This splendid capital city on the banks of the Rio Teja offers a warm welcome and an unparalleled blend of architectural styles. Elegant outdoor cafés line the cobbled sidewalks. Turn-of-the-century funiculars climb the scenic hills. Find the UNESCO sites of the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. And, everywhere, the city engages you with its easy style and remarkable charm.
Popular Highlights
Bordeaux
Cruise through the Bay of Biscay and up the Garonne River to overnight in Bordeaux with extra time to enjoy the sights.
Guggenheim Museum
Don’t miss the contemporary architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
London
Overnight in London with time to catch all the iconic sites.
oyster tasting
Go oyster tasting in Le Palais.
salted cod
Try the bacalhau (salted cod), the most popular dish in Lisbon, Basque-style tapas or pinchos in Bilbao.
St Peter Port
Find photo opportunities like Sutler’s Garden in St Peter Port, reputed to be Europe’s prettiest harbor town.
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"You get to see all the flavors and textures changing as you head deeper into the Mediterranean."
Our Storyteller: Graeme Cockburn
Corporate Executive Chef
Graeme Cockburn’s illustrious career includes turns at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel, the Royal Scotsman train, and Pompadour Restaurant in Edinburgh, which was named Scotland’s top restaurant during his tenure. Graeme trained under the Michelin-starred tutelage of Michel Guerard and Michel Roux, although his greatest inspiration was watching his grandmother cook while growing up in Perthshire. “During (World War II) she needed to be very thrifty, so making the most of basic local ingredients was key,” he says. Graeme uses that same philosophy while planning menus for Windstar’s fleet, giving his chefs license to create new dishes from whatever fresh produce they pick up in port. He also has been instrumental in the cruise line’s collaboration with the James Beard Foundation. When he’s not traveling the globe overseeing operations onboard the ships, you likely will find Graeme back in Scotland, whipping up something new from whatever he can find his kitchen.
 
Bordeaux has some of the best markets in Europe, claims Graeme Cockburn, and depending on the day of the week, there’s one right along the quay where your yacht docks. “I can spend two, three hours just walking those few hundred yards, tasting the local delicacies,” says Windstar’s Executive Chef, who also spends time searching out what he calls the city’s “backstreet restaurants” that only serve a dozen or so people per meal. “These boutique places are really cooking off the cuff,” he elaborates, “creating menus from whatever comes in fresh that day, bringing in different flavors. They expose you to the French thought process about food.” So, how do the French view food? Graeme sums it up in a word: “Life. Their life is all about good food, a nice glass of wine, family and friends … It’s just a completely different culture.”
               
That cultural shift is experienced each day of this culinary-focused voyage, from tasting crisp ciders in Honfleur and freshly shucked oysters on Belle Ile, to pintxos (Basque tapas) hopping around Bilboa’s Old Town and enjoying a smoky, decades-old port or spicy chouriço sausage in Porto. “You get to see all the flavors and textures changing as you head deeper into the Mediterranean,” says the chef. Back on board, Windstar guests enjoy what the ship’s chef bought in port that day, creating a sense of continuity that lasts long after the cruise ends. “It’s all in the memory,” says Graeme. “Those culinary experiences are captured in the brain. You’ll always come back to those memories.”
 
 
Visit Frank Gehry’s curvaceous Guggenheim Museum or join a pintxos cooking class in Bilbao — “The city’s Plaza Nueva area is a great spot for Basque tapas hopping, and oenophiles should make a pilgrimage to Haro, capital of the Rioja wine-growing region, home to more than 500 bodegas (wineries)”
 
Take advantage of an overnight in Bordeaux to visit Saint-Émilion’s sprawling chateaux and experience the local nightlife — Graeme recommends grabbing a table outside, ordering a great French beer or wine, and “enjoying the ambiance, all the different nationalities together having a good time … The food just brings it all together”
 
Taste fresh Breton oysters in Le Palais — “Brittany’s flat oysters are some of the best in the world! Enjoy a plate with a nice, dry Muscadet”
 
Spend an extra night in Lisbon to sample the popular bacalhau (salted cod) and perhaps visit the scenic mountain village of Sintra — “Stop by the Piriquita café for their melt-in-your-mouth travesseiros (puff pastries)”
 
The Windstar Life
The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows.The moment you board you’ll feel it: an ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it.
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Friendly and Relaxed Atmosphere
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
Complimentary 24 Hour Room Service
Relax at the Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Genuine and Thoughtful Crew
Signature Onboard Barbecue
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Accommodations & Pricing
This all-suite ship will complete renovation as part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to provide more of what our guests love.
Star Porthole Suite
Star Porthole Suite
These rooms represent a nod to the sailing tradition of porthole windows. And while sailors might have had cramped quarters, your 277 square foot stateroom is wonderfully spacious and furnished with all the modern amenities and comforts of home.
$3,999 per guest
Ocean View Suite
Ocean View Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$4,199 per guest
Ocean View Suite 1
Ocean View Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$4,299 per guest
Star Ocean View Suite 1
Star Ocean View Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$4,399 per guest
Ocean View Suite 2
Ocean View Suite 2
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$4,599 per guest
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$5,699 per guest
Star Balcony Suite
Star Balcony Suite
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$5,799 per guest
Balcony Suite 1
Balcony Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$5,899 per guest
Star Balcony Suite 1
Star Balcony Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$6,099 per guest
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.
$6,999 per guest
Classic Suite
Classic Suite
Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.
$7,699 per guest
Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
With 575 square feet, your Owner’s Suite offers separate living room and dining areas. A veranda, two flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and a full master bath and separate powder room indulge you in spacious comfort. 
$9,499 per guest
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
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Ocean View Suite 3
Ocean View Suite 3
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
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Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
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Star Legend
Carrying only 312 guests, Star Legend still tucks into small ports like Sinop and Honfleur or narrow waterways like the Corinth Canal. We can’t wait to welcome you on board for your next 180 degree from ordinary adventure! Learn more about the newly renovated ship and the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.
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