Want to sail around the Mediterranean this summer? Look no further than Windstar’s newly christened yachts.
Last year, small-ship cruise line Windstar inaugurated the Star Pride, the first power yacht to join a fleet of beloved masted ships. Now, the company is adding another pair of vessels—Star Breeze and Star Legend—in an ambitious expansion move.
The 212-passenger yachts—purchased from luxury line Seabourn—have undergone a $8.5 million refurbishment that includes updated décor, expanded outdoor spaces, and the addition of some signature Windstar venues. At the top-deck Yacht Club, for example, guests can sip cappuccinos and get the best views of the house, while in the evenings, the aft Veranda, with its lush vertical garden, transforms into an al fresco dining room under the stars. Suites—accented with marine blues and neutral taupes and tans—start at 277 square feet and have marble-clad bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and L’Occitane amenities.
But the draw isn’t limited to what happens on board. Each of the ships will offer a complimentary excursion as part of a new Private Event program, whose goal is to get passengers up close and personal with local culture (think cocktail receptions in Monaco’s Grand Casino, private wine tastings at family-run vineyards in Sicily, or tapas and sherry to follow a performance of Andalucia’s equestrian ballet.)
Star Breeze and Star Legend will be sailing the Mediterranean starting this month, anchoring in ports such as Monaco, Nice, Portofino and Rome, before taking to the Caribbean in the winter season. Five day trips start at $999.