Themed Cruises



Each of Windstar’s unique themed voyages offers you intimate access to some of the world's most exclusive destinations and events. Experience the exhilaration of watching Monte Carlo’s Grand Prix from a premier grandstand seat.  For the epicureans who want an expert’s tips on molecular gastronomy and recommendations on riojas in Spain, sail on a culinary-themed cruise with a James Beard Foundation chef and sommelier. These packages and voyages are custom made for exploration. Discover it all in Windstar's signature style.

Enjoy the world’s premier yachting playgrounds in a beautiful small ship that feels like your own private yacht. These beautiful ports string together like perfect pearls, each glowing with its own special beauty. Sparkling cities and charming villages. Secluded harbors and immaculate beaches. Discover the mystique and magic of the Rivieras that only an intimate small ship can show you.

Explore the shores of Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, discovering the charm of Venice, the magnificence of Rome, and the vast beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. Wander down the ancient cobblestone streets of Taormina, travel up the sparking fjord to Kotor and bask in the allure of small ship cruising as your small ship anchors in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik while larger ships only pass by. From remarkable small ports such as Rovinj to timeless cities like Venice and Rome, discover the Mediterranean’s most charming and historic destinations in one incomparable voyage.

St. Maarten to St. Maarten - 7 Days

Join Windstar Cruises’ President, John Delaney and Porthole Cruise Magazine publisher and CEO, Bill Panoff on a very special cruise next year celebrating the culture, colors, and joy of the Caribbean islands. While much of the Caribbean was untouched by last year’s series of hurricanes, some islands experienced significant damage but have quickly rebuilt and are open for tourism. We look forward to visiting many of these ports and supporting these communities while sharing their culture and vibrancy. Let us take you into hidden coves and tiny harbors no one else can reach as you fully experience the Caribbean’s private yacht scene.
 
Porthole Cruise Magazine is the definitive authority on all things cruise, and we are honored to partner with them on this wonderful itinerary to show you the Caribbean in a way no one else can.

Tianjin (Beijing) to Tokyo - 11 Days

J-pop, Harajuku culture, and Korean dramas are born from the center of Asian pop culture – Japan and South Korea. Admire the pottery artists of Karatsu and the lasting grace of geishas with an overnight in Busan. Cruise the Inland Sea, stopping for famed art pieces in Uno Port, mixing equal parts pop culture and cultural heritage throughout your journey.

Puerto Caldera to Colón - 7 Days

Come find the natural and man-made wonders combined on this exotic Costa Rican and Panama Canal cruise full of bucket list places and activities.  Learn about the area from a local Naturalist on board, then take a Zodiac ashore and find rare experiences for yourself. Hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of its lovely beaches and abundant animal life. Soar high above the Quepos jungle floor as you zipline searching for such wildlife residents as monkeys, sloths, and toucans, then explore Golfo Dulce with some of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world. Take a daylight transit through the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering on a ship that lets you see it all.

Revel in seven days of surf, sand and sunsets during this leisurely cruise up and down the Caribbean’s Windward Islands. It’s a perfect vacation getaway for anyone craving a quick escape from life’s everyday obligations. Swim among sea turtles and glide above dazzling coral reefs with a highly skilled diving guide off the coast of Les Saintes’ volcanic shoreline. Stroll the weather-beaten parapets of the citadel of El Morro near San Juan, Puerto Rico and run your fingers along the stone scars left by Dutch invasions and American bombardments. Then clip into a zip line and hang on as moss-covered limbs and colorful wild birds rush by your head as you glide through St. Lucia’s rainforest canopy. Vacation time is always well spent among the Windward Islands, but nothing makes it more perfect than the personalized attention and unique excursion opportunities offered by Windstar.

San Juan to Bridgetown - 7 Days

Uncurl your frozen toes as you escape the winter doldrums during this week-long cruise featuring sundrenched beaches and steamy tropical rainforests along the Lesser Antilles Islands in the Caribbean. Set sail from the colorful Colonial Era homes and shops in San Juan, Puerto Rico, then roam like the untethered horses across the tiny island of Vieques, wandering barefoot on beige sandy beaches, or delving deep into the shady, tropical recesses of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. Gleaming white sands, sparkling turquoise waters and Philipsburg’s vibrant pastel buildings offer respite from the starker winter hues up north this time of year, but if you’re seeking culinary adventures, the delicious saltfish fritters, meat-filled pastries and potent and refreshing fruity Le Planteur punch will certainly compete for your attention. Learn about the future plans for Montserrat’s newly-developed capital in Little Bay, or visit the ghostly past among the dusty ruins of the Buried City, where former homes remain entombed in volcanic ash. Glide among geothermal bubbles and schools of flitting angelfish, blue tang, yellow goatfish, and blue-striped grunts just off the sloping shores of Roseau’s Champagne Beach. Soar into the treetops in an open-air gondola ride, taking in Pigeon Island’s rare avian and arboreal wonders high above a rainforest reserve. Master SCUBA diving in the company of expert divers or venture inland and sample delicious organic gourmet chocolate at a cocoa processing facility near St. Georges in Grenada. Your adventure concludes in Bridgetown, Barbados, where you can reflect upon memories and deeper thoughts in the quiet shadows of explore the Gothic-inspired, St. John’s Church, or find the perfect surf conditions during a drive up the scenic Gold Coast.

Rome to Rome - 7 Days

Surrounded by glitterati on the glistening white Star Pride you fit right in; your insider’s experience at Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix the jewel in the crown of this exceptional cruise. Visit some of the world’s most glamorous ports — Portofino, St. Tropez, Sanary-sur-Mer, Monte Carlo — strolling famous promenades, shopping elite boutiques, and taking in world-renown beaches. Then during your overnight in Monte Carlo, enjoy exclusive access to special Windstar private Grand Prix events and two days of world-class Formula One® time trials and racing. It’s the ultimate expression of Windstar’s style, and open to only a very limited number of guests.

Ten days fly by as you take inventory of the west coast’s most intriguing ports of call and cuisines. Small ship-only moorages in places like Portland and Sausalito alternate with grand dames like Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego. Go wine tasting in Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Take a cable car to lunch in San Francisco’s Chinatown and taste wild California sardines at Monterey’s famous Cannery Row. From food trucks to fine dining, farmers’ markets to cooking classes that put you at the heart of the action, this is a cruise for people who have a taste for life and a thirst for adventure.

Sail among the evergreen reaches of British Columbia’s unspoiled Inside Passage. Gaze awestruck as Alaskan glaciers rumble and calve beneath the glassy surface of Misty Fjords and Tracy Arm. Admire California’s rugged coastline as you indulge in flavorful alder-smoked salmon paired with aromatic Columbia Valley Rieslings or fresh oysters and tart, Los Carneros sparkling wines. Linger late among the Portland skyline, sampling strawberry and raspberry notes in Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, and watch the evening fog roll into Sausalito over a plate of fresh crab. This deliciously detailed 22-day cruise offers ample time for wandering waterfronts, mingling in farmer’s markets and rediscovering Alaska’s wild frontier history.

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