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COVID-19 Vaccine Required

At the cruise terminal prior to embarkation, guests will be required to provide proof of a completed current vaccine course (one or two shots, depending on the brand) finished at least 14 days prior to the guest's embarkation date.

Beyond Ordinary Care

Here at Windstar Cruises, the health and safety of everyone on board in a top priority. We are connected to health industry experts and following regulatory requirements in every area of the world we sail. Our team is implementing additional technologies that go beyond these requirements as part of our new Beyond Ordinary Care program.

The Beyond Ordinary Care program is a multi-layered strategy with key hospital-grade elements: HEPA filters and UV-C ultraviolet germicidal irradiation to filter and disinfect the air, plus electrostatic sprayers to sanitize all surfaces throughout the yacht.

We are making a multi-million dollar investment in our fleet in an effort to provide a healthy environment while sailing on a Windstar yacht. Hospital grade high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters along with a UV-C air zapping process (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) are being installed on board all Windstar yachts.

Our Beyond Ordinary Care program was developed with consultation and review by the Senior Medical Director in the UC Health Infection Control and Prevention Department at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and implements a rigorous multi-layered approach of science-led best practices aimed at keeping everyone aboard healthy.

Latest Updates

New COVID-19 Testing Requirement - UPDATED November 10, 2021

In today’s travel environment a number of countries are requiring Covid testing as a condition of entry. As a convenience for our guests, Windstar Cruises has arranged Covid testing facilities onboard our yachts.

All guests will receive a free COVID-19 antigen test at the pier prior to embarkation and a negative result is needed to embark.

On some cruises additional COVID tests may be needed in select ports of call during the cruise to meet local regulatory requirements. PCR tests must be administered by an accredited facility. Home test kits will not be accepted.

Beginning January 1, 2022 Windstar will provide these tests for our guests’ convenience, and this cost will be added to each guest’s shipboard account, $69 per antigen test and $135 per PCR test. In order to provide peace of mind to our guests, the maximum charge per guest will be $249 per person, per sailing (or $199 per person, per segment on Collectors and back to back sailings) to comply with these local testing requirements even if the number of tests required exceeds this pricing.

To ease travel back home at the end of the cruise, guests may also optionally purchase antigen ($69) or PCR tests ($135) in advance or on board to take prior to departure from the yacht to comply with CDC policies currently requiring negative tests prior to flying into the U.S.

A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required by many countries in the Caribbean for entry and to explore ashore on your own. Be aware policies continue to evolve. For peace of mind, we recommend you arrive at the yacht with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days prior to arrival.

This policy is effective for sailings starting Jan 1, 2022 and beyond.

A Message On Health & Safety from our President, Christopher Prelog

“We’ve worked hard to make our reimagined Windstar experience a safer, healthy and comfortable experience to provide some much needed peace of mind. We can’t wait to see you on board.”

~ Christopher Prelog, President