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About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises offers a trio of masted sailing ships, as well as a trio of all-suite small cruise ships. Passengers embrace a casual-yet-upscale environment and active exploration in port. Deck barbecues and beach parties are a highlight, as are water sports right from the ship.

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Wind Spirit
Wind Spirit (Photo: Windstar)

7 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt Details

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Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jun 30, 2022
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Star Pride
Star Pride

7 Night
Around Iceland 7d Rey-rey Details

Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jul 26, 2022
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Wind Star
Wind Star

7 Night
Enchanting Greece & The Amalfi Coast 7d Cvv-pir Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 27, 2022
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Wind Spirit
Wind Spirit (Photo: Windstar)

7 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 13, 2022
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8 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti Package With Air 7d+air/hotel Ppt...Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jun 29, 2022
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7 Night
Treasures Of The Greek Isles 7d Pir-pir Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 9, 2021
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7 Night
Costa Rica & Panama Canal 7d Onx-ptc Details

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 4, 2021
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7 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 8, 2022
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7 Night
Yachtsmans Caribbean 7d Ph1-ph1 Details

Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 7, 2023
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7 Night
Costa Rica & Panama Canal 7d Ptc-onx Details

Leaving:Puntarenas
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 11, 2023
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7 Night
Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 30, 2021
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7 Night
Yachtsmans Caribbean 7d Ph1-ph1 Details

Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 12, 2022
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14 Night
Ocean Crossings 14d Lis-bgi Details

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 8, 2022
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7 Night
Scenic Alaska 7d Jnu-van Details

Leaving:Juneau
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jul 21, 2022
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7 Night
Costa Rica & Panama Canal 7d Ptc-onx Details

Leaving:Puntarenas
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Feb 12, 2022
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7 Night
San Juan & The Virgin Islands 7d Sju-sju Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 22, 2022
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7 Night
Spanish Treasures Via The Panama Canal 7d Orj-pty Details

Leaving:Aruba
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 28, 2023
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14 Night
Greenland: North Atlantic Odyssey 14d Rey-mtr Details

Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 6, 2022
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14 Night
Caribbean Explorations 14d Ph1-ph1 Details

Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 12, 2022
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7 Night
Yachtmans Harbors Of The Rivieras 7d Cvv-bcn Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jul 24, 2022
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14 Night
Caribbean Explorations 14d Ph1-ph1 Details

Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 19, 2022
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12 Night
Portuguese Passages & Spanish Shorelines: A Cruise...Details

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Apr 12, 2022
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15 Night
Alaskan Explorations & Denali Cruise Tour 11d Sew-...Details

Leaving:Fairbanks
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 4, 2022
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Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 27, 2022
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7 Night
Treasures Of The Greek Isles 7d Pir-pir Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 25, 2021
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Who goes on Windstar cruise ships?

Windstar attracts adults all the way from 30 to 90 years, including honeymooners and people celebrating milestone birthdays or anniversaries. The core age, however, is 55 to 75, with most coming from North America; others come from New Zealand and Australia, the U.K. and other European countries. You won't find younger families onboard as Windstar draws the line at kids under 8.

Do I have to dress up on a Windstar cruise?

Not really. You can leave your formal dress and neckties at home and stick to country club casual sportswear. By day, most women wear walking shorts, slacks, skirts, sarongs and cover-ups; in the evenings resort-style dresses and dressy pants. Men usually wear walking or Bermuda shorts or khakis by day and lightweight trousers and collared shirts in the evening. Windstar doesn't allow shorts, flip-flops, jeans, hats or T-shirts during dinner at either of its dining venues.

Is everything free on Windstar cruises?

No. Although Windstar is a luxury line, its pricing is a la carte, which means the cruise fares are lower than most competitors. You choose what you want to pay for whether it be alcohol and soft drinks, Wi-Fi, shore excursions, gratuities and spa and beauty treatments.

The cruise fare covers all dining and unlimited use of the water sports platform, including equipment for snorkeling, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing.

What are Windstar’s most popular activities?

There are few organized activities onboard a Windstar cruise, with most cruisers spending their time onshore exploring the ports being visited. The unregimented, relaxed life with outstanding food and service fits the passengers, and friendships spring up quickly. Many passengers take advantage of the water sports platform that's on most ships and all the toys that go with it. In the evening, passengers will chat in the main lounge, and while a house band might play for a little while, most cruisers get to bed early to take advantage of a full day in port the next day.

The line does have a robust partnership with the James Beard Foundation, with culinary demonstrations on every sailing that give passengers access to chef secrets.

On the sailing ships, the top deck will always be packed if the sails are scheduled to be unfurled.

Why go with Windstar?

  • Options to travel on masted sailing ships or all-suite yachts.
  • Intimate ships sail to destinations bigger ships can't.
  • Attentive service, with a passenger-crew ratio of 1.5 to 1.
  • Casual atmosphere with fine dining.

Best for: Couples, sailing enthusiasts and independent travelers who love to explore off-the-beaten-path

Not for: Anyone looking for a wide range of dining and nightlife options

Windstar Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

First Time Windstar Cruiser

For those with an interest, here is a review of the Star Breeze July 31st sailing Sint Maarten to Sint Maarten. Chapter 1 - The Travel and Embarkation Process: After running the gauntlet that is required to... Read More
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HuliHuli

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Wonderful Return to Sailing

After a 17 month pause, we decided to take this cruise out of St Maarten because we thought it might sail rather than putting a deposit on another that might have the chance of being cancelled. Embarkation was a... Read More
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wesport

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

First Cruise Since Covid

A little background first…… We, like most of the world, we’re anxious to get out and explore after 16 months of lockdown! We chose to go on Windstar because the itinerary only included one port we had been to... Read More
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cc cruiser

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Great Yachtsman’s Caribbean Cruise

I am writing this as I go through my mandatory quarantine following another great cruise on the Wind Surf (the last one before operations were halted). This was our second Windstar cruise in less than 4 months... Read More
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Misty Morning

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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