Windstar Cruises has unveiled its new 2019-2021 Voyage Collection, highlighted by 50 new itineraries featured amongst nearly 700 cruise and cruise tour dates available through 2021.
The small ship line now visits 330 ports of call around the world and offers more than 2,500 shore excursions to bring cruise guests closer to new destinations and local cultures.
“It’s been fun work for our talented team adding more than 200 new ports of call in the last couple of years. Being a leader in destination delivery, we know that the ports we visit and how we visit them makes all the difference. We’re up to 330 ports and 2,500 shore excursions and place a monumental effort into designing cruises with more time in port and more overnights,” says Windstar president John Delaney. “Offering longer cruises on smaller ships, we take an uncommon approach to travel, allowing guests to discover places on a more personal level, in an authentic and culturally immersive way.”
The boutique line’s deployment expansion includes adding the following regions in 2018: Alaska; Canada & New England; Asia including the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan; increasing Northern Europe sailings with more visits to Norway, United Kingdom, and Greenland; while 2019 saw more ports in Japan, cruises to Indonesia, the US West Coast and Mexico. In 2020 and 2021, Windstar will sail to Australia & New Zealand; South Pacific Islands; Western Caribbean featuring cruises homeporting from Miami; Central America; and expanded Mediterranean sailings to Israel and Egypt, as well as returning to Istanbul, Seville, and the Corinth Canal, with more to come.
In addition to providing inspiration for past and prospective Windstar guests, the Voyage Collection brochure is also a resource for industry partners. Agents can find insight about what makes a Windstar experience so unique, details about the line’s six ships, and itinerary information.
“Travel advisors are vital partners in helping our guests channel their travel aspirations toward a specific region and experience, and to determine the best way of achieving their vision,” says Delaney. “Our brochure is an effective tool for our travel partners to use.”
In 2020, Windstar returns to Asia after a one-year hiatus on immersive Southeast Asia and Grand Japan country-intensive cruises, while adding destinations like Indonesia with sailings between Benoa (Bali) and Singapore.
The 2020 Alaska season will feature first-time visits to tiny ports like Petersburg near the LeConte Glacier, and new scenic cruising to Hubbard Glacier. In Europe, there are themed-cruise events available like SAIL Amsterdam or the Grand Prix of Monaco; or opt in to new and newly returning ports in Greece, Turkey, Egypt, France, Israel and Iceland.