Windstar Cruises, which recently renovated its three masted cruise ships, is adding to its fleet. The first of three new “power yachts” (no sails) is the Star Pride, which carries 212 guests and makes each one feel that they are on their own private yacht. Two more power yachts, Star Breeze and Star Legend, will join the fleet in May 2015. The small ships maintain the Windstar tradition of visiting secluded coves and other places that large ships can’t go.
Star Pride is an all-suite ship, and every suite has ocean views. Some have picture windows, some have French-style balconies, and some have private verandas. Each elegant suite also features Internet access, fresh flowers and fruit, and a private bath with granite countertops and a full-sized tub.
Like the accommodations, the dining choices are sumptuous. Amphora, the main restaurant, serves Continental cuisine in a relaxed, open-seating venue. Veranda combines buffet-style service with made-to-order grilled items during the day; at night, it transforms into Candles Grill, with steaks and table service under the stars.
Star Pride’s public spaces are designed with the same casual elegance as its suites. These include the Yacht Club, top-deck observation area with a coffee bar and a comfortable lounge. Compass Rose is a place to socialize, with live music every evening. The Star Bar offers casual drinks by day and a view of the stars by night.
Star Pride and its sister ships will maintain some beloved Windstar traditions, including the Open Bridge experience: guests are invited to come to the bridge while the yacht is at sea to talk with the officers and view the navigational chart. The new ships will also be equipped with Windstar’s Watersports Platform, which gives guests the opportunity to swim and enjoy other watersports right from the ship.
Star Pride was christened on May 5, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain, then set sail for Rome on a six-day inaugural voyage. Then it began sailing a special collection of 7-day and 9-day voyages, including itineraries in the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea. Star Pride is also set to venture to ports in Arabia, India and Southeast Asia.
To find out more about where Windstar’s new Star Class power yachts can take you, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.