Luxury Sailing Ships and Yachts
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Windstar has a niche all to itself, operating a three small ships that offer the amenities of a deluxe cruise experience but with one utterly distinctive difference: The ships have sails. To expand its offerings Windstar has now added also three former yacht-style Seabourn ships (without sails).
It all started in 1984, prompted by a new ship design by Finnish shipbuilding firm Wartsila. The idea was called the Windcruiser, and it was like nothing else in the market: a vessel that combined standard diesel engines with several huge, computer-controlled staysails, which could propel the vessels on their own or work in concert with the engines, helping to save fuel. The fact that they add an air of romance to the cruise experience didn’t hurt, either, and that may be the word that still describes Windstar best to this day. For a romantic cruise, you can’t do much better.
Aside from sails, Windstar’s hallmarks have remained consistent: It’s a line that sails in beautiful, exotic locations; it provides great service and excellent dining; and its onboard experience is completely casual and unregimented — no dress code, no loud onboard activities, no stress.
Whether in the Greek Isles, the Mediterranean, the Baltics, Central America, or the Caribbean, Windstar’s itineraries are port-intensive, usually with just one day spent at sea. On board, there are few organized activities to distract you from daydreams.
Dining is one of the highlights of any Windstar cruise, with dinners served in the ship’s comfortable main restaurant, which operates on a casual, open-seating basis — just show up when you’re ready during mealtimes and the maitre d’ will seat you. The fleet’s largest sailing ship, Wind Surf, also offers a Mediterranean bistro and two outdoor, alfresco venues. Breakfast and lunch are served in the buffet-style Veranda Cafe.