travel health advisory

Travel Advisory

February 25, 2022

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, luxury small-ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has cancelled all sailings and cruise tours in the Black Sea region and will change its Baltic itineraries to replace calls in St. Petersburg, Russia with calls in a non-Russian port. Guests and travel advisors will be notified of the changes.

Windstar's Black Sea Sights & Turkish Delights sailing was scheduled to take place on two dates in 2022 (in May and September), with calls on Odessa, Ukraine and Sochi, Russia among other Black Sea ports. Both dates will be modified for this year with a new round trip Istanbul itinerary featuring Greece and Turkey will be shared as soon as ports are confirmed.

Windstar's five 2022 Northern Europe sailing dates in the Baltic including St. Petersburg as a port will be adjusted to include time in an alternate, non-Russian port. Windstar has no other port calls or cruises in Russia.

"We are currently working to confirm replacement ports and will remain in close contact with our partners in the region," said Windstar Cruises President Christopher Prelog. "We prioritize safety above all and will be monitoring this situation very closely, amending itineraries as necessary."
 

January 13, 2022

We are back in the water sailing and excited to see you on board for a small ship cruise experience that’s 180 degrees from ordinary. Windstar knows the way to discover the world from a more intimate point of view, so browse through our Destinations and start planning. Travelers like you have been waiting (and waiting) to get back out there and see the world!

Once you’re ready to start traveling again, to help alleviate uncertainty, we are extending our Travel Assurance Booking Policy for cruises departing through June 30, 2022, allowing cancellations up to 48 hours prior to embarkation. Final deposits are now due just 60 days prior to departure. See details on Terms and Conditions. Plan now, travel when you are ready.
 

Travel Assurance Booking Policy

Windstar believes vacations enrich people’s lives. The Travel Assurance Booking Policy is an extra effort to ensure travelers feel comfortable booking a well-deserved cruise vacation now without fearing loss should they need to cancel.

EFFECTIVE AS OF January 7, 2022: Travelers with a cruise departing through June 30,2022 may cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure and receive a Future Cruise Credit in the amount of the cancellation fees collected excluding fees collected for air, transportation, hotels, and land cruise tours. Some exclusions apply. See more about cancellation policy fees on the Terms and Conditions page.

The Future Cruise Credit must be used within 24 months of certificate issuance on any future Windstar cruise. Future Cruise Credits are non-transferable and have no cash value. Windstar reserves the right to modify or terminate this policy at any time for bookings not yet made.

Please note, bookings made April 1st and beyond with deep discount promotions no longer apply for TABP and will follow the standard cancellation fee schedule for their promotion.
 

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Windstar Cruises requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all guests and crew sailing aboard Windstar’s yachts. At the cruise terminal prior to embarkation, guests will be required to provide proof of a current completed vaccine course (one or two shots, depending on the brand) finished at least 14 days prior to the guest’s embarkation date. Booster shots are also recommended.

We look forward to a safe return to travel and cruising in 2022.

The health and safety of our guests and crew and the communities we visit is a top priority. Please review the latest updates to our robust Beyond Ordinary Care health & safety plan. COVID-19 policies are evolving. Please check entry requirements at your intended destination by using our CIBT Entry Guide.

We continue to believe that our yachts are among the safest places to be during this pandemic given everyone is fully vaccinated and tested frequently.