Windstar Cruises’ fleet will be expanded from four ships to six in May with the addition of two small luxury ships from Seabourn, and Windstar has unveiled the changes planned to transform these yachts to Windstar’s signature style.
Windstar takes possession of the first Seabourn ship on April 15 when it undergoes an $8.5 million, three-week renovation in Genoa, Italy. It will debut as Star Breeze during a christening ceremony on May 6 in Nice, France. The second ship follows suit, joining the fleet on May 4 and completing a similar $8.5 million renovation. The yacht will be christened Star Legend on May 25 in Rome, Italy.
Star Breeze and Star Legend join sister-ship, Star Pride, marking the completion of the acquisition announced in February of 2013. The expansion doubles the size of Windstar’s fleet of three luxury sailing yachts, making the company a market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths and six ships.
Key changes on Star Breeze and Star Legend that differ from Star Pride include:
- Lounge: The entertainment lounge completely transforms with new flooring, and furniture. The added elegance creates an ambiance that makes the show lounge an amenable space for entertainment, meetings or small gatherings.
- Veranda: the restaurant in the aft of the yacht will have expanded outdoor seating, complete with a garden wall.
- Star Deck: the outdoor deck will expand by four feet on each side, giving additional space for guests to relax on lounge chairs.
- Star Screening Room: The space completely transforms from a card room to an intimate screening room where guests can watch current movies and play video games.
Both yachts, each holding 212 passengers at double occupancy, will also receive upgrades to the suites, public areas and dining venues.
Windstar is also planning a $3 million additional renovation of Star Pride in April 2016.