Windstar postpones all sailings, announces holiday promo
Star Breeze in Lisbon | Credit: Windstar

Windstar postpones all sailings, announces holiday promo

SEATTLE – Windstar Cruises has announced it will postpone all sailings until May, including the debut of its recently reimagined 312-passenger Star Breeze all-suite yacht.

With this latest shift in operations, which includes cancelling its 2021 Alaska, U.S., Mexico ports, Windstar’s Star Breeze will now return to cruising May 15 on a newly added itinerary departing from St. Martin.

Three departures of ‘Beach Fun & Sun – A Remote Caribbean Getaway’ will be more adventure-focused, with an emphasis on secluded beaches and water sports activities. Windstar will use its watersports platform (which opens directly into the sea) to offer trips to remote beaches, kayaking, snorkeling, water skiing, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Stops include: Norman Island, an island at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands reputed to be the inspiration for Treasure Island; two days at Prickly Pear Beach, a white-sand beach ideal for snorkelling on Virgin Gorda; and Soper’s Hole on the quiet island of Tortola.

Star Breeze will then remain in the Caribbean sailing on a variety of itineraries through Aug. 14, 2021 when it will head to Colombia and the Panama Canal before continuing to Tahiti on a transpacific voyage. It will then sail from Sept. 19 through March of 2022 on seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises.

Star Breeze in Tahiti, where Windstar’s 148-passenger Wind Spirit typically only sails, is a unique opportunity to experience the islands on this newly transformed yacht, which offers two new dining concepts as well as new suites, a spacious spa/fitness centre, and other ‘bigger ship’ perks, all with just 312 guests maximum.

Along with its delayed return to sailing, the small ship cruise line has announced a holiday promotion. Windstar’s Bon Voyage 2020 Sale, which kicked off Dec. 16 for past guests and travel advisors and Dec. 17 for the general public, includes price reductions on select 2021 and 2022 voyages, including many options in Tahiti and the Caribbean. Travellers can also take advantage of a reduced deposit of 5% (normally 15%). The sale ends Dec. 30.

“We are seeing increasing interest for summer and fall of 2021 and also 2022,” said Windstar Cruises’ President Chris Prelog. “Our six yachts carry only 148 to 342 guests, and we expect demand for small ship cruising to continue to increase. My advice is to book now and save your desired cruise date before we sell out. You can always cancel up to 48 hours before departure for 2021 cruises.”

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