Press Releases


2020 Press Releases

3/12/2020 Windstar Cruises Pauses Ship Operations Worldwide Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
SEATTLE, WA, March 12, 2020 – Small ship cruise operator Windstar Cruises announced today that the company will temporarily suspend operations worldwide for cruises embarking March 14 through April 30, 2020 due to the unpredictable environment surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

2/27/2020 Windstar Cruises Creates New Travel Assurance Booking Policy
Seattle, WA - A new Travel Assurance Booking Policy acknowledges the challenge of booking vacations in advance and aims to allay travelers’ concerns about losing money due to unexpected illness or other world events.

1/28/2020 Windstar Unveils New Officer’s Suite on Wind Surf
Seattle, WA - The nautically appointed suite on the five-masted schooner (the largest sailing cruise ship in the world) is located directly behind the Bridge, in an area labeled “crew only.”

1/22/2020 Windstar Unveils Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso
Seattle, WA - The new onboard restaurant Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso will make its debut in May 2020 on Star Breeze, followed later in 2020 on sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride.

1/20/2020 Windstar Cuts First Steel for Star Pride
Seattle, WA - The new section is part of the line’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.

1/14/2020 Windstar Cruises to Support Reach the World
Seattle, WA - Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has announced a pilot program with New York-based nonprofit Reach the World to bring destinations around the world into underserved K-12 classrooms through virtual exchange.

1/07/2020 Windstar Wins Big With Travel Weekly, Condé Nast Traveler, USA Today
Seattle, WA - Windstar wins “Best Cruise Line (under 500 berths)” designation at the 17th Annual Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards, makes Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for Best Cruise Ships in the World and placed #1 for Best Boutique Cruise Line in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice awards.

1/02/2020 Announcing 'Wave Season'
Seattle, WA - Windstar’s “Pick Your Perk” savings for wave season, beginning January 7

2019 Press Releases

10/17/2019 Windstar Completes First Milestone on $250 Million Star Plus Initiative
Palermo, Italy, Oct. 17, 2019 — Fincantieri cuts Windstar’s Star Breeze in half, inserting 84-Foot (25.6 Meters) new section in Palermo, Italy

10/7/2019 Windstar Cruises Announces 2021 Alaska Sailings + Cruise Tours
Seattle, WA, Oct. 7, 2019 — Windstar Cruises announces its 2021 Alaska season today, offering nine different journeys from June through September on four unique itineraries, including a new seven-day option from Vancouver to Juneau and the reverse.

10/1/2019 Windstar Cruises Announces Industry-Leading Achievements
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises has been named best small ship cruise line in both AFAR Magazine’s Travelers’ Choice Awards and Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards.

8/12/2019 Windstar Cruises Presents ‘Star Grill by Steven Raichlen’
Seattle, WA - Exclusive culinary partnership launches modern, alfresco restaurant at sea with Steven Raichlen, global grilling authority, TV host, and award-winning author.

8/8/2019 Windstar Cruises Celebrates Record-Breaking Booking Month
Seattle, WA - More regions, more ports are a big part of Windstar’s secret to success, adding hot spots like Australia & New Zealand to long-time favorites like Tahiti, the Caribbean, and Europe.

7/30/2019 Windstar Cruises Debuts New 2019-2021 Voyage Collection
Seattle, WA - Award-winning small ship line increases offerings to 330 ports with more than 2,500 personalized tours exploring international cultures.

7/24/2019 Windstar Cruises Releases New French Polynesia Video
Seattle, WA - Boutique Sailing Ship Offers 14 New Itineraries with Maiden Calls in Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, Cook Islands & Australia in 2020

7/9/2019 Windstar Announces Sailings Down Underin 2020 & 2021
Seattle, WA - First-ever Australia-and New Zealand-intensive itineraries for the small ship cruise line

6/26/2019 Announcing “Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso”
Seattle, WA - Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso will first debut on Windstar’s award-winning small ships, beginning in March 2020 on Star Breeze, and later in 2020 on sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride as part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.

6/18/2019 Windstar Wins Best Small Ship Cruise Line in 2019 in TravelAge West  WAVE Awards
Seattle, WA - Leading small ship cruise operator recognized by travel industry experts with prestigious honor for second consecutive year.

6/3/2019 Windstar Announces 2020 Europe Cruises
Seattle, WA - Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises offers an in-depth exploration of Europe in 2020, featuring a variety of itineraries sailing through the Baltic, Norwegian, North, Tyrrhenian, and Mediterranean seas

5/21/2019 Windstar's Alaska 2020
Seattle, WA - Windstar’s Signature Expeditions Program features sixfull-time onboard Expedition Leaders on every voyage to lead a range of water excursions directly from the ship by kayak and Zodiac, nature hikes, and fascinating lectures.

5/6/2019 Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foudation Announce 2020 Dates
Seattle, WA - Culinary cruises feature over-the-top, authentic foodie experiences hosted by a James Beard Foundation guest chef and sommelier/beverage expert visiting intriguing ports of call worldwide.

4/302019 Cheers to Windstar’s New “All-In Package”
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises is making the convenience of a cruise even more appealing and effortless by offering a new inclusive onboard package with exceptional valueon everything needed for the perfect vacation.

4/9/2019 Windstar Reveals Details of $250 million Star Plus Initiative at Seatrade Cruise Global Event
Seattle, WA - At a press conference today, the Seattle-based cruise line’s President John Delaney, revealed 360-degree “views”and vibrant renderings of what guests will experience on the line’s three renovated vessels, Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride.

4/2/2019 Windstar Cuts First Steel at Italian Shipyard Fincantieri
Seattle, WA -  Fincatieri to makethe first cut in the new steel that will become the first of three new ships sections as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.

4/1/2019 Windstar Cruises names Toby Skey new Vice President of Human Resources
Seattle, WA -  Windstar Cruiseshas named a new vice president of human resources: Toby Skey.

3/5/2019 Windstar Cruises opens bookings on Star Breeze & Star Legend
Seattle, WA - New Itineraries Featured, Including First-Ever Sailings Out of Miami & San Diego

2/25/2019 Windstar Immerses Guests in the Waters of the World with Complimentary Watersports Program
Seattle, WA - Watersports, Wet Landings, Snorkel & Dive Tours Ramp Up the Small Ship Experience in the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Mexico, Tahiti and South Pacific

2/6/2019 Windstar Cruises Sails into 2019 with a Bevy of Travel Awards & Accolades
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises recent collection of prestigious accolades and awards from consumers and notable travel experts gives top marks for the fleet of six small ships

2/5/2019 Windstar Cruises Announces New Travel Agency Recognition Program
Seattle, WA - “Club 180” Rewards Top-Producing Travel Agencies with Three Tiers of Benefits

1/23/2019 “Beyond Ordinary” Savings Event
Seattle, WA - Windstar Features Best Fares & Availability of the Year—Plus Star Perks: Choose Up to $1,000 Cruise Cash, Free Wi-Fi, or Free Gratuities


2018 Press Releases



12/19/2018 Windstar and the James Beard Foundation expand partnership
Seattle, WA - Exclusive Partnership to deliver culinary-themed cruises and enriching culinary programing.

12/3/2018 John Gunner named Vice President of Expansion Projects
Seattle, WA - Gunner will make important contributions to operations as Windstar looks to add new destinations and expand programs.

11/15/2018 Windstar Cruises Announces $250 million Star Plus Initiative
Seattle, WA - The initiative will expand guest accommodations on three all-suite vessels increasing capacity from 212 to 312 guests per ship, following the lengthening.

11/5/2018 The Windstar Triple Play in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain - In a Truly Rare Occurrence, three Windstar Ships (50% of the Fleet), sail from One of Europe’s Most Beautiful Cities.

10/30/2018 Porthole Magazine & Windstar Cruises Team Up to Offer a “Caribbean Celebration” Cruise on Wind Surf in 2019
Seattle, WA – Windstar Cruises is partnering with Porthole Cruise Magazine, the definitive authority on all things cruise, to reveal the indulgent Caribbean in a way no other cruise line can.

10/16/2018 Captain Belinda Bennett Awarded the 2018 Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service by HRH Princess Anne
Seattle, WA - Captain Bennett was giventhe award for services to the promotion of the maritime sectorunder the auspicesof the U.K. Department for Transport and Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

10/9/2018 Windstar Sails Deeper into the Caribbean & Latin America in 2019 & 2020: 11 New Itineraries & 150 Sailings
Seattle, WA - 56-day Grand Caribbean Voyage Offers Guests 38 Ports & 27 Countries and First-ever Panama Canal Partial Transit Aboard the 310-guest Wind Surf.

9/11/2018 Windstar Cruises Wins Gold for Overall-Small Cruise Ship in the 2018 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruisesreceivedseveral top honors in the 2018 Travel WeeklyMagellan Awards, including being named a Gold winner for Overall - Small Cruise Shipwith less than 500 passengers.

8/6/2018 Mary Beth Wressell is announced as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Windstar Cruises
Seattle, WA - Mary Beth Wressell will oversee brand communications, digital marketing, customer relationship marketing, partnerships, and public relations.

7/16/2018 Windstar Makes Traveling Light Even Easier with New Luggage Forwarding
Seattle, WA - Luggage Forward® Partnership Allows Guests to Say ‘Goodbye’to Dragging Bags Through Airports and ‘Hello’ to Their Bags in Their Suites/Staterooms.

7/10/2018 Windstar Cruises Named #1 on Travel + Leisure World’s Best List for Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line
Seattle, WA - World’s Best Awards honor the finest travel destinations and companies around the globe, as rated by Travel + Leisure’s discerning audience.

7/2/2018 Travel Beyond the Expectedin Europe:Exploring Hidden Harbors & Cultural Gems with Windstar Cruises
Seattle, WA - 2019 voyages include seven new itineraries and 163 ports of call.

6/30/2018 Korean War Veteran H.J. Burley Smith Awarded Korea’s “Ambassador of Peace” Medal on a Cruise Stop to Busan
Seattle, WA - Smith and his travel group,who were visiting Korea on a Windstar cruise to retrace history, were invited by President Moon Jae-in of South Korea tothe Geoje-do Monument to the SS Meredith Victory.

6/28/2018 'Star Legend' Transited The Ballard Locks in Seattle, Making History as the Largest Cruise Ship to Sail through
Seattle, WA - Event Marked the First Time a Windstar Ship Visited the Seattle Cruise Line’s Headquarters in 27 Years; New Zodiacs Were Named During the Festivities.

6/18/2018 Windstar Takes the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Award for Best Small-Ship Cruise Line
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises received the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Award for Best Small-Ship Cruise Line.

6/4/2018 Windstar Adds More Overnights and Late-Night Port Calls in Some of the World’s Greatest Places
Seattle, WA - More than 45 percent of Windstar’s cruises now offer a late night (10 p.m. or later) or overnight in port that allows cruisers much more time to explore.

5/22/2018 Windstar Debuts New Signature Expeditions Program Marking Long-Anticipated Arrival Back to Alaska
Seattle, WA - Windstar’s new soft-expedition-style cruising gets guests onto the water right from their small ship, up close and personal with Alaska’s wildlife and pristine natural habitats.

5/21/2018 New Asia Cruise Tours Explore Some of the World’s Oldest Civilizations and Most Modern Metropolises
Seattle, WA - Windstar Expands Small Ship Cruise Offerings in Asia with Inspired & In-Depth Land & Cruise Adventures on Seven New Cruise Tours in 2018-19.

5/2/2018 Windstar Welcomes Sommeliers on Four Ships and OffersBeverage Package on Star Collector Voyages
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruiseshas hired a team of sommeliers toserve guests on sailings in 270 ports around the world. Also, this year the culinary-themed cruises feature beverage experts hand-selected by the Jams Beard Foundation.

3/27/2018 James Beard Award Winners Chef Maxime Bilet and Sommelier Belinda Chang Coming Aboard in 2018
Seattle, WA - Windstar reveals the latest chef and sommelier team in its series of culinary themed cruises setting sail this year, as well as the addition of a star sommelier to a previously announced sailing in Norway.

3/14/2018 Windstar Announces Return to Asia: Expansive Deployment offers 27 Sailings from September 2018 to April 2019
Seattle, WA - The return to Asia for Windstar in 2018/19 will bring four new cruises, as well as the recurrence of four of the company’s most popular cruises from its 2017/18 season sailing in the region for a total of 27 sailings for travelers to choose from.

3/12/2018 Windstar's 51-Day Grand Mediterranean Cruise in Summer 2019 Aboard Wind Surf
Seattle, WA - Grand Mediterranean adventure will start on July 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and will end 51-days later in Barcelona on Augusts 27, 2018.

2/28/2018 Windstar Fleet Wins 20 travel awards in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards
Seattle, WA - Windstar dominated the Best Small Ship Dining category taking three of the top five spots with Star Legend, Star Breeze and Wind Surf named second, third and fifth respectively.

2/21/2018 Windstar and The James Beard Foundation Elevate Culinary Travel Experiences with New Multi-Year Partnership
Seattle, WA - On six culinary themed sailings yearly across a variety of Windstar’s sailing regions, a James Beard Foundation-selected chef and beverage expert will charm guests with culinary and beverage tastings, demonstrations, and specia local menu items.

2/12/2018
New Alaska Cruise Tours Add to Adventure AND Ease of Booking
Seattle, WA - The award-winning cruise line has announced that a new batch of Alaska cruise tours are open for booking, combining the best of Alaska’s interior along with a cruise.

1/5/2018 Windstar Launches Onboard Cruise Consultant Program Starting with Star Legend This Month
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises will launch a new Onboard Cruise Consultant (OCC) program to help guests on cruise vacations plan future cruise experiences and drive recognition and benefits supporting travel professionals.

1/10/2018 Windstar Announces Impressive Roster of Signature Expeditions Team Members for Alaska 2018 Cruise Season
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises recently announced its brand-new Windstar Signature Expeditions program – an enriching and immersive experience debuting on the small ship cruise line’s all-suite Star Legend sailings in Alaska this spring and summer.

1/8/2018 Windstar Cruises Sails into 2018 with Numerous Travel Awards & Accolades
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises, the upscale cruise line, is starting 2018 with a recent collection of prestigious accolades and numerous award wins.

2017 Press Releases

12/27/2017 Windstar Cruises Voted Best Boutique Cruise Line by USA TODAY 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises is thrilled to be named the #1 Boutique Cruise Line in the world by the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row.

12/13/2017 Captain James Griffiths Appointed as Expedition Captain Overseeing Signature Expeditions Program
Seattle, WA - In this new capacity, Griffiths is overseeing the holistic creation, development and implementation of the line’s newly-announced Signature Expeditions program.

11/29/2017 Explore the Rarely Seen Wonders of Alaska in 2018 with Windstar’s New Signature Expeditions
Seattle, WA - Windstar’s Signature Expeditions will offer extremely high touch experiences both onboard ship and in the marine and wildlife environments where the award-winning boutique line sails.

10/31/2017 Windstar Cruises Promotes New Director of Revenue and Itinerary Planning
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises has promoted Jess Peterson on the heels of his first anniversary in joining the luxury line after a series of outstanding efforts quickly resulted in significant profitability for Windstar.

10/30/2017 When the Sea is Your Runway, You Hoist French Couture Sails
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises’ flagship sailing vessel Wind Surf, recently received crisp new sails

10/19/2017 James Beard Foundation Debuts Brand-New DishesDeveloped Especially for Windstar Cruises
Seattle, WA - Trendy Pok-Pok Restaurants’ Chef/Owner Andy Ricker to sail as guest chef on January 2018 Thailand and Vietnam James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection Cruise.

10/11/2017 Windstar’s Growth Momentum Continues with Promotions in Key Management Positions
Seattle, WA - Small ship cruise line appoints Kristin Badgett as Vice President of Revenue Management and Itinerary Planning and Victor Hernandez as Director of Digital Marketing and CRM.

10/5/2017 Windstar Cruises Appoints New Director of Risk Management and Compliance
Seattle, WA - New expert hire reflects that traveler safety is at the forefront for the award-winning cruise line

9/26/2017 Windstar Unveils New ‘Unexpected’ Ad Campaign And Impressive 2018 Voyage Collection Brochure
Seattle, WA - Innovations abound for Windstar in 2018 with worldwide cruise destinations featuring nearly 150 new ports and inventive new ads to enchant travelers on sailings 180 degrees from ordinary.

9/18/2017 Windstar Garners 6 New Awards
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises takes home three Gold Magellans and two Silver Magellans in the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards, which recognized the company for the second year running as a “Gold Winner in Overall Small Cruise Ship” travel.

8/14/2017 Windstar Delivers on ‘Star Promise’ Travel Agent Initiative
Seattle, WA - Small ship cruise line supports travel agents with new online booking engine, better group policies, new agent hub, improved training & more FAMs

8/10/2017 Windstar Debuts New Land Tours, Added Itineraries, And Adventurous Shore Excursions In Asia
Seattle, WA - 2018 President’s Cruise to Take Place in Philippines/Borneo with Star Legend Godmother Gloria Bohan; Return to Asia Announced for Fall 2018.

8/9/2017 Windstar Cruises Appoints George Howell As Senior Director of Guest Services
Seattle, WA - Veteran cruise and travel industry executive employed to elevate customer service experience at award-winning small ship line.

6/26/2017 Windstar Launches New Star Collector Voyages
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises has launched a fresh series of back to back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages.

5/22/2017 Windstar Cruises Adds 20 New Itineraries in Europe
Seattle, WA - Small Ship Cruise Line Doubles Its Unique Offerings in Northern Europe and adds to an Impressive Roster of Mediterranean Sailings.

4/25/2017 Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation Announce New Culinary Cruise Collection
Seattle, WA - The two organizations unveiled the full eight sailing lineup for their James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection.

4/17/2017 Windstar Announces “Have You Ever” Promotion
Seattle, WA - Promotion Includes 22 Can’t-Miss Itineraries in Europe 2017 Summer Sale  

3/30/2017 Windstar Appoints Natalie Drain as Senior Manager Purchasing for Marine Fleet Operations
Seattle, WA - Drain brings 30 years of cruise expertise with 18 years of concentration in purchasing and vendor relations.

3/28/2017 Windstar Announces the Appointment of Graeme Cockburn as Corporate Executive Chef
Seattle, WA - Chef Cockburn begins immediately and is responsible for elevating the guest dining experience by
developing menu cycles that celebrate the authentic cuisine of the regions where the boutique line sails.

3/21/2017 Windstar Has Record Booking Week For Award-Winning Tahiti Cruises
Seattle, WA - Cruise popularity rises; NBC Today Show partners with Windstar for ‘Honeymoon Do-Over’ Contest.

3/15/2017 Windstar Takes Manhattan
Seattle, WA - Boutique Luxury Cruise Line Plans First-Ever Itineraries in New England & Canada

2/22/2017 Windstar Hires Cruise & Hospitality Veteran Guenter Steinbrunner as Corporate Hotel Manager
Seattle, WA - Steinbrunner is responsible for overseeing all aspects of shipboard product delivery on Windstar’s six yachts.

2/21/2017 TODAY Show Features Windstar Cruise to Tahiti in 'Honeymoon Do-Over' Promotion
Seattle, WA - As part of the new “Don’t Miss the Boat Honeymoon Do-Over” contest with
Kathie Lee and Hoda, couples who lost their chance to go on a romantic honeymoon now have the opportunity
for a do-over on an amazing 7-day Dreams of Tahiti cruise with Windstar.

2/20/2017 Windstar Appoints Paul Barrett as Vice President of Technical Operations
Seattle, WA - Industry veteran to oversee technical operations for globally deployed fleet of the world’s best small cruise ships.

2/7/2017 Windstar Cruises Named Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation
Seattle, WA - Boutique line announced as official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation and sponsor of the organization’s esteemed JBF Awards, Taste America®, Chefs & Champagne® and Celebrity Chef Tour.

1/30/2017 Windstar Windstar Cruises’ 212-Guest Star Legend Earns Perfect 100 Score on USPH Inspection
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend earned a perfect score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

1/24/2017  Windstar Heads to Alaska & British Columbia in Summer 2018
Seattle, WA - Cruising back to the region after two decades, Windstar will offer a new, luxurious choice, with its boutique brand of small ship cruising and experiential travel.

1/9/2017 New Windstar President Hosts Panama Canal Cruise
Seattle, WA - Join Windstar’s John Delaney on 7-day Costa Rica & Panama Canal Cruise

1/7/2017 Windstar Cruises Taps Top Talent in Peter Tobler
Seattle, WA - Peter Tobler has joined the small ship cruise line as Director of Marine Hotel Operations.

1/03/2017 Windstar Awarded USA TODAY’s “#1 Best Boutique Cruise Line"; Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Gold List
Seattle, WA - Windstar’s six small ships win new travel awards and garner travel influencer accolades.

2016 Press Releases


12/15/2016 Windstar's Nautical and Nice Holiday Event
Seattle, WA - Windstar’s Nautical and Nice Holiday Event offers the Best Savings of the Season in the Caribbean, Costa Rica & Panama Canal, Europe, Transatlantic, and Tahiti

11/28/2016 Windstar's 12 New Cruises Through Asia & Arabia
Seattle, WA - Windstar’s all-suite Star Legend yacht sails to new harbors in Japan, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Borneo, Egypt, India and more in 2017-18.

11/17/2016 Windstar Announces “Star Perks” Event & Launches 2017-2018 Winter Voyage Collection
Seattle, WA - Timed to coincide with the opening of reservations for 15 new itineraries to Asia, Arabia, and the Tropics, Windstar launches the Star Perks Event offering cruisers a choice of free pre/post hotel, beverage, or Wi-Fi package, or up to $1,000 shipboard credit.

11/16/2016 Windstar Names Christopher Prelog Vice President of Fleet Operations
Seattle, WA - Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises announces the appointment of Christopher Prelog to the position of Vice President of Fleet Operations.

11/07/2016 Windstar at Top of Industry-Ranked Tropical Romance on Iconic Small Ships
Seattle, WA - Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers' Choice Awards recognize Windstar Cruises as the Most Romantic Cruise Line, as well as naming the 310-guest sailing yacht Wind Surf the world’s Best Tall Ship for the 8th consecutive year.

10/25/2016 Windstar Continues Growth By Creating New Management Team Roles
Seattle, WA - Small ship cruise line appoints Vice President of Human Resources to newly created position, adds and promotes management staff for Seattle-based operations and HR teams.

9/26/2016 Windstar Wins Big in Travel Weekly's Magellan Awards
Seattle, WA - Recognized in Travel Weekly Magellan Awards as Leader in Small Ship Cruising; Best Itinerary (Around Iceland); Best Shore Excursion (Destination Discovery); and Leading Marketing Campaigns (Star Promise)

8/09/2016 Windstar Cruises Charts a Course for Yachting Adventure on Europe 2017 Sailings
Seattle, WA - Cruisers can choose from more than 120 unique sailings visiting small port gems and classic harbors around Europe with two new sailings to Croatia and more Iceland & Scandic sailings.

7/07/2016 John Delaney Takes the Helm at Windstar Cruises
Seattle, WA - Seasoned cruise veteran John Delaney will chart a course for the small ship cruise line that prides itself on a casual yet elegant approach to smaller harbors, in-port overnights, and personalized experiences around the world.

6/16/2016 Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride Re-enters Fleet with $4.5 Million Renovation
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises announces the debut of Star Pride as it re-enters the six-yacht fleet. The 212-guest Star Pride is back in action after receiving a scheduled $4.5 million transformation.

6/2/2016 Windstar Cruises Announces 2017 Voyage Collection
Seattle, WA - 2017 yacht vacations spotlight new cruises to Croatia, Northern Europe, 13 newp ports of call, Panama Canal private event, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

6/2/2016 Windstar Cruises Announces New 'Star Promise' Initiative
Seattle, WA - Windstar Cruises unveils new initiative aimed at making travel agents’ jobs easier to manage reservations.

5/26/2016 Windstar Cruises Year-Round Tahiti Sailings Marry Yacht Romance and Glamour with Vacation Value
Seattle, WA - Boutique, luxury yachts named a Top Cruise Line for Couples in the 2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons Awards

4/25/2016 Windstar Cruises Announces New Corporate Staff Appointments
Seattle, WA - Leading small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has added six new individuals to its corporate operations

4/12/2016  Windstar Cruises Announces 11 New Private Events In EuropeSeattle, WA - Windstar Cruises brings guests closer to European culture with 11 new Private Events in the region for 2016.

3/29/2016  Windstar Cruises Names First Female Captain Belinda Bennett
Seattle, WA - Bennett claims several firsts with her appointment including the first woman and first black person to operate at the helm of a Windstar Cruises vessel since the company’s inception in 1984.

3/18/2016  Windstar’s New ‘Pick Your Perk’ Promotion Brings Low Fares for All-Inclusive Cruise Travel Across Europe
Seattle, WA - Choose from a complimentary two-night hotel stay or free gratuities, unlimited wi-fi, and comprehensive beverage package, valued up to $1,700 per stateroom.

2/16/2016   Windstar Cruises Announces Chef Line-Up For 2016 James Beard Foundation Collection Voyages
Seattle, WA - Small ship cruise line reveals list of James Beard Foundation chefs to set sail on culinary-focused cruises.

2/11/2016  Windstar Cruises Takes Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice "Best Service" Award
Seattle, WA - Star Breeze, Small Ship Cruise Line’s Newest Ship, Takes Top Service Prize

1/14/2016  Windstar Cruises recognized on Condé Nast Traveler's 2016 Gold List
Seattle, WA - Fleet of small luxury cruise ships named top pick among the renowned travel resource’s
“Favorite Cruise Lines” 

2015 Press Releases

11/5/2015  Windstar Cruises Announces Jeff Corwin as First Private Event Host of 2016
Seattle, WA -- Television Personality/Conservationist Jeff Corwin to Host Island Experience in Panama

11/4/2015  Windstar Cruises Announces First-Ever Veterans Day Sale
Seattle, WA -- Parent Company Xanterra Parks & Resorts Also Holds Veteran/Military Giveaway Contest

10/29/2015  Windstar Cruises Presents the James Beard Foundation Collection in 2016
Seattle, WA -- Award-Winning Small Ship Cruise Line Partners with Venerable Non-Profit to Bring Top Culinary Programming On Board Select Sailings

10/29/2015 Seattle, WA -- Windstar Cruises Recognized as 2015 North America Cruise Specialty Partner by Ensemble Travel Group

9/30/2015  Windstar Announces New Tours with Sister Brand VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Seattle, WA -- Windstar Also Partners with Sister Brands AEG, Ritz Carlton Hotels for Emmy Experience and Xanterra Parks & Resorts for Exclusive Discounts

9/22/2015  Seattle, WA -- Windstar Rolls Out the Red Carpet at the Emmy Awards for Top Selling Travel Agents

9/9/2015  Windstar Cruises Unfurls New Sail & Stay Promotion
Seattle, WA -- Select Cruises Up to 60 Percent Off, Plus Two Free Hotel Nights

7/28/2015  Windstar Cruises Welcomes Solo Travelers
Seattle, WA -- World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line Introduces New Waived or Reduced Supplements for Solo Passengers on Select Cruises

7/16/2015  Windstar Cruises Introduces New All-Inclusive Cruise Packages in the Tropics
Seattle, WA -- Three complimentary shore excursions, an unlimited beverage package, and more offered on 11 different itineraries bookable now through September 18, 2015

6/11/2015  Windstar Cruises Announces Former Miss Tahiti as Newest Private Event Host
Seattle, WA -- Also announced: Take 10 Tahiti Sweepstakes

5/6/2015  Windstar Debuts Second All Suite Power Yacht
Seattle, WA -- World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line Launches Star Breeze

4/29/2015  Windstar Cruises Announces New Private Event Host: 'The Royal Chef’'
Seattle, WA -- Chef Darren McGrady, Former Chef for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, to Join ‘Idyllic British Isles’ Sailing on June 19

4/23/2015  Three Major Trade-Related Announcements from Windstar Cruises
Seattle, WA -- Gloria Bohan named Star Legend Godmother; Rising Stars Trade Program; Steven Simoa named VP of Travel Agency Sales

Seattle, WA -- Wendy Perrin Named Godmother of Windstar’s Star Breeze Yacht

3/12/2015  Windstar Cruises Announces 2016 Voyage Collection
Seattle, WA -- World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line unveils 13 new voyages including cruises in Puerto Rico and Iceland

1/15/2015  Windstar Unveils Plans to Introduce Star Breeze and Star Legend
Seattle, WA -- Two New Ways to Experience the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise

1/12/2015  Windstar Cruises Launches New Island Experience
Seattle, WA -- Olympian Mark Spitz to Host the Inaugural Island Experience in the Caribbean

2014 Press Releases

11/24/2014  Windstar Cruises Gives Thanks with Best of the Tropics Sale
Seattle, WA -- Best of the Tropics Sale features up to 73% savings on voyages to Caribbean, Tahiti, and Asia

11/17/2014  Windstar Cruises Announces Year-Round Voyages in Tahiti
Seattle, WA -- Continuous sailings begin May of 2015, including new Tuamotu Islands itineraries

10/21/2014  Windstar Cruises Recognized With Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards as World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line
Seattle, WA -- Leader in yacht style cruising named the best in the world among small ship cruise lines

7/30/2014  Windstar Cruises Launches New Cruisetours, Including a Four-Day Myanmar Experience
Seattle, WA -- Small luxury cruise offers collection of land and sea experiences

7/9/2014  Windstar Cruises to Début Exclusive Private Events on all 2015 Voyages
Seattle, WA -- Small luxury cruise line expands 2015 Voyage Collection to offer new complimentary Private Events

6/30/2014  Windstar Cruises Celebrates America’s Birthday with Spectacular Savings
Seattle, WA -- Select voyages start at $1,776 per person

6/17/2014   Windstar Cruises Offers Best Value on Luxury Asia Voyages
Seattle, WA -- Guests receive a $1,000 air credit, free hotel and transfers on arrival, a free Private Event, and savings of up to 50% on cruise fares

6/9/2014   Windstar Cruises Celebrates Return to the Islands of Tahiti with Cruise Giveaway
Seattle, WA -- Win a Windstar voyage, round-trip airfare and one-hotel night for two by entering the Dreams of Tahiti Contest

5/21/2014   Windstar Cruises Sails into Summer with One Week Sale
Seattle, WA -- Save up to 66% on featured voyages to Europe, Tahiti, Asia and more

5/5/2014   Windstar Debuts First of Three New All Suite Yachts
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small ship line launches Star Pride

4/29/2014  Windstar Cruises Unveils New Logo
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small ship line premiers its new logo and brand image

4/8/2014  Windstar Cruises Sails into April with Exotic Destinations Sale
Seattle, WA -- Guests enjoy best deals of the year on Asia, Arabia and Tahiti voyages

4/4/2014  Windstar Cruises Announces Windstar Academy
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small ship line premieres a three-part training course for travel partners

3/27/2014  Windstar Cruises Announces 2015 Voyage Collection
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small ship line premieres seven brand new voyages, new yachts and new private events

3/11/2014  Windstar Cruises Unveils Plans for New Star Class Yachts
Miami, FL -- Small ship cruise line reveals new yacht names and destinations; Star Pride Godmother

2/21/2014  Windstar Cruises Launches Exclusive Asia Offer
Seattle, WA -- Guests receive 2-for-1 cruise fares, two free hotel nights and a free exclusive private event.

1/15/2014 Windstar Cruises Unveils First Look at Life On Board Star Pride
Seattle, WA -- Windstar Cruises Unveils First Look at Life On Board Star Pride

1/2/2014  Windstar Cruises Makes Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List
Seattle, WA -- Ranked #3 for the world’s best cruise line.

2013 Press Releases

12/10/2013  Windstar Cruises Celebrates the Holidays with 12 Days of Savings
Seattle, WA -- Fares start as low as $1,499 per person for featured voyages in Europe and the Caribbean.

11/14/2013  Windstar Cruises Offers a Second Culinary and Wine Cruise
Seattle, WA -- Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain II features dinners, wine tastings, and culinary excursions

11/4/2013  Windstar Cruises Announces 2015 Winter Voyage Collection
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small ship line Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries open for sale

10/22/2013  Windstar Cruises Announces Voyages to Southeast Asia & Arabia
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small ship line will sail five exclusive itineraries on the all suite Star Pride

10/17/2013  Windstar Cruises Ranked #2 in Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards
Seattle, WA -- Leader in yacht style cruising earns top service score among small ship cruise lines

10/14/2013  Windstar Cruises Launches New Loyalty Program
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small ship line introduces Windstar Yacht Club

10/3/2013  Dreams Take Flight with Windstar Cruises Tahiti Air Package
Seattle, WA -- Package includes round trip airfare, complimentary hotel and more

9/6/2013  Windstar Cruises Offers Europe Sail & Stay Promotion
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small ship line features 2-for-1 cruise fare, plus two complimentary hotel nights

8/28/2013  Windstar Cruises to Renovate Staterooms
Seattle, WA -- Small ship luxury cruise line follows $18 million renovation with $3 million enhancements to staterooms

8/21/2013  Chef Michael Sabourin Joins Windstar Cruises as Corporate Executive Chef
Seattle, WA -- An 18-year culinary veteran, Chef Sabourin brings global expertise to Windstar Cruises.

7/22/2013  Windstar Offers Ultimate Grand Prix of Monaco Experience with Themed Cruise, Excursion Package
Seattle, WA -- Race to the finish line with Grand Prix festivities onboard Star Pride and Wind Surf

7/8/2013  Windstar Cruises Ranked Among Top Three Best Small-Ship Cruise Lines in Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards
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7/1/2013  Windstar Cruises Celebrates America’s Birthday with Spectacular Savings
Seattle, WA -- More than 25 Grand Voyages reduced to $1,776 per person

6/26/2013  Windstar Cruises Partners with SAVEUR to Offer Premier Culinary and Wine Cruise
Seattle, WA -- New Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain Signature Sailing features dinners, wine tastings, and culinary excursions

6/12/2013  Windstar Cruises Offers Complimentary Enchanting Castles & Gardens Package
Seattle, WA -- Limited time offer available with the purchase of July 11, 2013 Idyllic British Isles voyage

5/31/2013  Windstar Cruises Celebrates Summer with 10-Day Sale
Seattle, WA -- Save up to 74% on 2013 Select Sailings

5/14/2013  Windstar Cruises Introduces New Yacht and Voyage Collection
Seattle, WA -- Four new, exquisite voyages featured exclusively on Star Pride

5/7/2013  Windstar Cruises Goes on the Road With a Series of Travel Agent Seminars
Seattle, WA -- Vice President of Sales kicks of series in Seattle, WA

4/29/2013  Windstar Cruises Announces Name of First Power Yacht as Star Pride
Seattle, WA -- Star Pride’s New European Voyages Open for Sale May 14, 2013

4/9/2013  Windstar Cruises Expands Horizons with Signature Sailings
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small-ship line offers two new packages to its collection of enhanced voyages

4/4/2013  Windstar Cruises Offers Europe Sail & Stay Promotion
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small-ship line features 2-for-1 cruise fare, plus two complimentary hotel nights

3/26/2013  Windstar Cruises 2014 European Voyages Open For Sale
Seattle, WA -- Four new luxury cruises offer travel to fifteen new and intriguing ports

3/20/2013  Windstar Cruises Marches into Spring with Savings Sale
Seattle, WA -- Select European Voyages feature 2-for-1 cruise fares plus bonus savings of up to $2,400.

3/13/2013  Windstar Cruises Announces Dreams of Tahiti Voyages Now Open for Sale
Seattle, WA -- Discover Polynesian history through ancient marae sites, dance, and tikis

2/19/2013  Windstar Cruises Expands Fleet with Addition of Three Seabourn Ships
Seattle, WA -- Company Doubles Size, Becomes The Market Leader in Small-Ship Cruising

2/6/2013  Windstar Cruises Offers Savings with One Week Sale
Seattle, WA -- Fares start as low as $1,299 per person for featured voyages in Europe and the Caribbean.

1/29/2013  Windstar Cruises Announces Voyages to Tahiti
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small-ship line will return to the South Pacific for the first time in over a decade

1/16/2013  Windstar Cruises Completes Fleet-wide Renovation
Seattle, WA -- Small-ship luxury cruise line finishes its $18 million refurbishment on all three sailing yachts.

2012 Press Releases

12/18/2012  Windstar Cruises Celebrates the Holidays with 12 Days of Savings
Seattle, WA -- Fares start as low as $1,299 per person for featured voyages in Europe and the Caribbean.

12/4/2012  Windstar Cruises Explores Northern Europe with Sail & Stay Promotion
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small-ship line offers variety of voyages and shore excursions

11/30/2012  Windstar Cruises Announces 2014 Winter Deployment
Seattle, WA -- Luxury small-ship line launches Caribbean and Costa Rican Voyage Collection

11/19/2012  Wind Surf to Debut New Restaurant Called Stella Bistro
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11/8/2012  Windstar Cruises Moves Full Sail Ahead in 2013
Seattle, WA --

10/29/2012  Windstar Cruises Launches A Wicked Deal
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10/25/2012  Windstar Cruises Nears Completion of Fleet Renovation
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10/22/2012  Windstar Cruises Celebrates National Cruise Vacation Week with Special Offers
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10/4/2012  Windstar Cruises Offers New Golf and Cruise Experience in Scotland and Ireland
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9/21/2012  Windstar Cruises Heats Up the Tropics with 2-for-1 Cruise Fares
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9/18/2012  Alan McGrory Joins Windstar Cruises as VP of Marine Hotel Operations
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8/22/2012  Windstar Cruises Launches 12 Deals of 2012
Seattle, WA -- Fares start as low as $1,799 for featured voyages in Europe and the Mediterranean

8/16/2012  Windstar Cruises Offers Grand Prix Package
Seattle, WA -- Guests on board the Yachting the Rivera voyage have access to the world famous Formula One races.

8/9/2012  Wind Star Shines Brighter with New Renovations
Seattle, WA -- The 148-passenger Wind Star yacht is the first ship completed in Windstar Cruises’ $18 million fleet-wide renovation.

7/31/2012  Windstar Cruises Launches One Week Sale
Seattle, WA -- Fares start as low as $1,299 for featured voyages in Europe and the Caribbean

7/12/2012  Windstar Cruises Appoints Amanda Graham Director of Public Relations
Seattle, WA -- Windstar Cruises Appoints Amanda Graham Director of Public Relations

4/5/2012  Windstar Announces New Look, New Places for 2013
Seattle, WA -- Leading Windstar’s new offerings for 2013 are seven entirely new voyages. Along with an enticing collection of voyages, Windstar also unveils the complete renovation of the line’s three sailing yachts.

1/26/2012  Windstar Cruises Offers Two Greek Isles & Turkish Delights Itineraries
Seattle, WA -- This Spring, Summer and Fall on Wind Star and Wind Spirit

1/25/2012  Windstar Cruises Introduces Three New Itineraries in the Baltic
Seattle, WA -- Capitals of Scandinavia, Best of the Baltic, and Treasures of Northern Europe

1/19/2012  Windstar Cruises Unveils New Renderings for Wind Star and Wind Spirit Renovations
Seattle, WA -- New, Stylish Look is Part of Windstar’s $18 Million Fleet Refurbishment Plan

1/11/2012  Windstar’s New Islands of Italy Voyage Features Some of Europe’s Most Exclusive Islands
Seattle, WA -- Seven-Day Sailings Rome to Rome

1/4/2012  Windstar Offers Sail & Stay Packages in Europe
Seattle, WA -- Two-For-One Fares on 2012 European Voyages Plus Two Free Hotel Nights

1/2/2012  Windstar Cruises Announces Two-For-One Fares on Caribbean Voyages
Seattle, WA -- Seven-Day Sailings From $1,399 Per Person

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