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Star Pride Re-Enters Windstar Fleet

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Windstar Cruises’ 212-passenger Star Pride is back in the fleet following a US$4.5 million refurbishment, including a complete renovation of two exclusive Owner’s Suites.

Also included were nautically inspired remodeling of public spaces, dining venues and more throughout the yacht.

The 2016 Star Pride transformation builds on earlier renovations now matching all guest accommodations and features of sister yachts, Star Breeze and Star Legend. Total investment in refurbishing the three yachts is over US$21.5 million in the last two years.

Star Pride 2016 transformation highlights include:

  • Suite Upgrades: Two Owner’s Suites were completely rebuilt with a new indoor-outdoor floor plan. Guests staying in one of the two exclusive suites will enjoy a new, extended private deck area with views over the bow of the ship. In addition, all guest suites on the yacht received stylish new coffee tables, and new flat screen televisions. Comfortable sofa beds were added in the living rooms of 12 select suites now offering triple accommodations.
  • Public Spaces: All guest stairways and hallways were redone in Windstar blues and earth tones. New carpets and tile flooring were also added to stairwells and all indoor public spaces.
  • The Lounge: The former entertainment lounge now includes new flooring, lighting, sound system and furniture. The newly created elegant ambiance makes the show lounge an amenable space for entertainment, meetings and small gatherings.
  • Veranda: The restaurant in the aft of the yacht expanded its outdoor seating to a new courtyard area, complete with a succulent garden wall.
  • Star Deck: The top outdoor deck has been expanded by four feet on each side, giving additional space for guests to relax on deck chairs. The Star Deck also offers a new counter-current pool and whirlpool.
  • Library: The Library has been updated with softer colours, new furnishings and new artwork.
  • Star Screening Room: The space transformed from a card room to an intimate screening room where guests can watch the latest movies and play video games.
  • Fitness Centre: The new gym layout includes new flooring, wall coverings and window treatments for a cooler and more refreshing wellness atmosphere.
  • Dining Venues: AmphorA Restaurant, the main dining room on board, completes its redesign with new flooring, wall coverings, lighting and seating layout. A new public bathroom was added adjacent to the entrance. Veranda restaurant has opened up a 180-degree view of the ocean by adding sliding glass doors and an aft glass wind screen. Veranda also offers expanded outdoor seating in the new courtyard which is complete with a virtual garden wall.

Star Pride sailed from Athens on June 9 embarking on a newly developed seven-day itinerary, Treasures of the Greek Isles. The classic yachters’ journey across the Aegean Sea calls at Nafplio and Mykonos, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Patmos, Santorini, and Monemvasia, Greece, returning to Athens. The new itinerary has another scheduled departure on Sept. 4.

Star Pride will sail throughout the Mediterranean during the 2016 summer cruise season featuring popular cruise itineraries such as Classic Italy & the Dalmatian Coast and Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras. In October, the yacht offers an Atlantic Ocean crossing cruise and then sails a few Caribbean cruises including the Best of the ABC Islands and popular Jewels of the Windward Islands with ports less-visited. In December, the yacht transits the Panama Canal and will offer a series of Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruises into early March of 2017, when it returns to the Caribbean for three cruises prior to an ocean crossing in April.

(http://www.windstarcruises.com)

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