World's Best 2016 Awards Rank: #7 Small Ocean Ship
Best for: Active, culinary-minded cruisers looking for a small, luxury ship at a lower price point
Sails: Africa, the British Isles, The Caribbean, Central America, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal
At a Glance: A Travel + Leisure World’s Best 2016 winner, placing seventh in the Small Ocean Ship category. Windstar is best known for its three sailing yachts, but in 2014 and 2015, the line doubled its fleet, taking over and refurbishing three power yacht-style cruise ships from Seabourn. One of them was the Star Pride, and in 2016, the ship received a $4.5 million makeover that included an overhaul of the top-tier suites, the main dining room, and other public spaces, plus the addition of a new counter-current pool. The vibe, however, remains pure Windstar: friendly, casual, and destination-centric.