The World's Best Small Ship Cruise Line
NO ONE ELSE GOES SO FAR TO GET TRAVELERS SO CLOSE …
You’re closer to secluded coves, tiny villages, misty fjords. To ancient ruins, medieval alleyways, quaint marinas. To unspoiled beaches, unfamiliar cultures, undiscovered atolls. To enlivening your curiosity and awakening your sense of wonder. You’re closer than ever to the kind of authentic and unforgettable experiences that you travel to find in the first place. You’re about to board Windstar. And you’re closer to all the places that larger ships can’t reach.
SEE A WORLD FEW WILL EVER SEE …
Welcome to a world of understated elegance and uncommon beauty. A world that leaves crowds and commonplace behind to find unique ports of call, and local, exotic cultures that are at once fascinating and wondrous. A world that’s equal parts intimate, indulgent and inspiring. Where the allure and beauty and magic of the places you sail to is equaled only by the ship that takes you there.
HARDLY A CRUISE FOR EVERYONE, BUT LIKELY THE CRUISE FOR YOU …
Banish cliché, toss aside regimen, steer clear of stuffy. Our perfectly sized ships make it possible to flip the script on cruising. Free yourself from crowds and indulge all your senses, especially your sense of wonder. Experience cultures in ways that are personal and authentic, with the power to change your perspective. With 148–310 guests, a Windstar ship is large enough to pamper, yet small enough to explore secluded coves and docks in the heart of charming villages, sparkling cities and remote islands.
The undeveloped beauty of Ko Kut, Little Bay on Montserrat, Isla Parida in Panama. The spectacular Pitons in St. Lucia, the delicate green-and-brown mantle of Iceland’s Surtsey Island, the diver’s paradise at Fakarava. The tree goats of Morocco. Medieval alleyways of Monemvasia. These are the hidden wonders, unique ports of call, and less-traveled waterways that Windstar’s elegant ships can find, and the source of memories that will stay with you forever.
DELIGHT IN THE UNEXPECTED
Yes, our ships are beautiful, but their real beauty lies in how close they can get you to the kind of authentic, immersive experiences you’re looking for. Have dinner with a Croatian family in their village home, and see what life is like from a local perspective. Take a culinary tour in Da Nang, and see the cultural role food plays in Vietnam. And our carefully curated onboard lecturers deepen and enhance your experiences with an insider’s look at intriguing local topics, like the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. Get closer to each destination through the best small ports and hidden harbors, for access to different cultures and far-off lands.
Our shore excursions are incomparable, once-in-a-lifetime adventures. We’ll help you select shore experiences that are suited to you, from certified SCUBA dives and rejuvenating baths in volcanic springs, to archaeological wonders and regional wine tastings. Small group excursions can take you to meet locals eager to share their homes, cuisines and cultures. It’s an unparalleled way to experience other lands and see the world from a new perspective.
It’s knowing to bring you the exact right thing at the exact right time. An exquisitely made hand-crafted cocktail when you’re savoring the sea breeze from your deck chair. A perfect chocolate soufflé, as you contemplate what the lovely night has in store. A welcoming smile and warmed refresher towel waiting for you after seeing sights you still can’t quite believe you saw. Every moment we’ll be near at hand, making sure you’re the favored recipient of unprecedented, award-winning service.
WORLD-CLASS SERVICE THAT’S A WORLD APART …
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. Delighting in your smile. Taking pure pleasure in your contentment. The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows. It’s why Windstar was named for Best Service last year in the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.
Cruising on a Windstar small ship is like going to your favorite neighborhood restaurant, where you see friends at the table across the way and the staff knows exactly what you'll order. It's an intimate experience where you'll share stories with like-minded travelers as you explore the world together. You'll experience new cultures with locals, making meals together and learning about their traditions and everyday life. Come up to the Open Bridge for a chat with the Captain and coffee with the First Mate, if not just to see the sunrise over the bow. Laugh with friends old and new at our Signature Onboard Barbecue and line dance the night away with your crew. No matter when your travels take you, know that your Windstar family is with you.
ABOARD EVERY WINDSTAR CRUISE YOU WILL ENJOY
• Champagne welcome reception
• Signature Sail Away to Vangelis’ “1492 Conquest of Paradise”
• Windstar’s Signature Onboard Barbecue and the beloved crew show*
• Local performances on board**
• Learning how to sail with the Captain or officers on our Open Bridge
• Ocean views from all beautifully appointed staterooms or suites
• Cooking demonstrations powered by the James Beard Foundation and recipes by James Beard Foundation chefs
• All meals, in all venues, including 24-hour room service
• All non-alcoholic beverages, including specialty tea and coffee drinks
• Market tours with the chef to select seasonal local ingredients for upcoming meals**
• Watersports Platform, including all watersports equipment featuring complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, water trampoline and more*
* Dependent on port and weather conditions. Watersports equipment is not available in Alaska. Only Signature Expeditions will operate from the Watersports Platform when in Alaska.
** In most regions.