World's Best 2016 Awards Rank: #6 Mid-size Ocean Ship
Best for: Sophisticated, active cruisers looking to combine the romance of a sailing yacht with a small, culinary-minded ship that can explore ports the megaships can’t
Sails: Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal
At a Glance: A Travel + Leisure World’s Best 2016 winner, placing sixth in the Mid-size Ocean Ship category. Windstar’s luxury power yachts, Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride, are the newest members of the fleet. Still, when most people think “Windstar,” they picture its sail-topped vessels, Wind Surf, Wind Star, and Wind Spirit. With five masts and seven sails, Wind Surf is both the line’s flagship sailing yacht and its largest, carrying almost twice the passengers of the line’s two four-masted ships. It has the same everyone-knows-your-name small-ship feel, but with a lot more room to move: There are more lounges onboard, and the spa, fitness center, and suites are all bigger than on the smaller sailed yachts.