Windstar Introduces New ‘Island Experiences’


Windstar Cruises has launched its new Island Experiences in the Caribbean, part of its complimentary “Private Event” program being introduced around the world this year.

The new Island Experience is designed to treat guests to the feeling of having their “own private island” for the day, and is offered on every Windstar Caribbean itinerary.

The cruise line’s inaugural Island Experience debuts on the Jan. 31 voyage of the Yachtsman’s Caribbean with special celebrity guest Olympic legend Mark Spitz, best known for his astonishing win of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Spitz will serve as host at the Island Experience on Prickly Pear Beach, a secluded and uninhabited nature refuge in the British Virgin Islands.

Spitz will conduct a series of swimming master classes for guests who want to enhance their swimming abilities, or for those who simply want to get to know the Olympian. Spitz is also slated to give an onboard lecture and to join guests for dinner.

All Island Experience Private Events will offer beach and sport activities such as volleyball, snorkeling and bocce ball, as well as a full beach barbecue with dishes including lobster and shrimp mac and cheese, “surfs up” tequila lobster tacos, Cajun jambalaya, a full burger bar and more. The events will also include a Selfie Station, where guests are encouraged to pose for selfies and tag pictures with the hashtag #WindstarCruises.

Other notable Private Events debuting this year include private dining under the stars at the Celsus Library of Ephesus; wine tasting and tour in Italy with traditional Sicilian lunch; tapas and folk dance lessons; and an equestrian ballet and sherry tasting in Spain. Additional celebrity hosts will be announced in the coming months.