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SEATTLE — Windstar Cruises has gone digital with its new 2021/2022 Voyage Collection brochure featuring brand new itineraries in California and Baja’s Sea of Cortez, as well as fresh options in the South Pacific and the Black Sea.
“It’s easy to navigate, visually stunning and environmentally responsible – a Windstar hallmark,” says the cruise line.
“The global cruise industry is facing its biggest challenge yet, but we’re incredibly optimistic for the future of small ship cruising and Windstar,” said Andrew Todd, CEO of Windstar Cruises and parent company Xanterra Travel Collection. “That’s why we’re excited to put out this brochure, because dreaming about and planning the next trip is a hopeful and uplifting experience. We want to celebrate that travel promise and also give our customers the confidence needed to book, along with the assurance that we will protect their investment should plans change.”
Windstar is using the online brochure to showcase its programs, shore excursions, amenities and much-anticipated transformation of three all-suite yachts. These have been renamed the Star Plus Class featuring new restaurants, suite choices and environmental improvements, and will come to fruition in 2021 with a range of upgraded experiences and increased capacity from 212 guests per ship to 312.
Due to the fact that many of Windstar’s new itineraries for 2020 were cancelled as a result of the pandemic, 2021 has many undiscovered ports and new itineraries. These include several options in Alaska (a shorter seven-day cruise perfect for working families), comprehensive itineraries surrounding the Black Sea, cruises that access the Holy Lands, as well as additional ports and offerings in Canada and new England following a one-year hiatus from the region.
More cruises departing from U.S. ports include two yachts sailing the Caribbean roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Voyage Collection also includes more Cruise Tours than ever before.
Also of note, Star Breeze – the first Star Plus Class ship to emerge from the extensive transformation in fall 2020 – will be sailing the new itineraries in California and Sea of Cortez, and will also ‘fill in’ for Wind Spirit, which typically sails year-round in Tahiti. While Wind Spirit undergoes regular maintenance at a scheduled dry dock, Star Breeze will sail Wind Spirit’s usual itineraries like the seven-day ‘Dreams of Tahiti.’
Windstar recently announced its new Beyond Ordinary Care program that includes HEPA filters, UV-C ultraviolet germicidal irradiation to disinfect the air, plus EvaClean with PurTab to sanitize all surfaces. Its Travel Assurance Booking Policy is also designed to boost traveller confidence.