Windstar Cruises is advising that it is postponing the resumption of its operations from May to June 2021.
The cruise company said that it made the decision after “carefully assessing multiple factors impacting our timing to resume operations.”
Those factors included information on COVID-19 transmission rates, travel restrictions and government regulations.
Windstar said that it will re-start cruise operations in a phased manner with the initial cruises having reduced guest occupancy, some modified itineraries, and enhanced health and safety protocols.
Its new timeline for resumption of operations is as follows:
- Wind Spirit – June 10, 2021 – Tahiti
- Star Breeze – June 19, 2021 – Caribbean
- Wind Star – June 19, 2021 – Mediterranean
- Wind Surf – June 29, 2021 – Mediterranean
- Star Legend – July 4, 2021 – Mediterranean
- Star Pride – July 14, 2021 – Northern Europe/Iceland
Affected guests will receive either an FCC valued at 125% of monies paid to Windstar or a 100% refund.
In our preparations to return to sailing, Windstar will continue to review and update our health and safety practices including enhanced sanitation protocols, health screenings, additional medical staff on board, flexible indoor and outdoor dining, and crew training.
The company said that its new Beyond Ordinary Care program is a multi-layered strategy with key hospital-grade elements: HEPA filters and UV-C ultraviolet germicidal irradiation to filter and disinfect circulated air, plus electrostatic sprayers to sanitize all surfaces throughout our yachts. Learn more about these measures here.
And it noted that the health and well-being of our guests, crew, land-based employees and people in the communities we visit is always a top priority.
Windstar said it was continuing to monitor local regulations for all countries and ports that it visits and as it approaches sailing dates, it will notify guests of any local requirements.
The cruise company says it has taken extraordinary measures to safely operate its yachts for its guests and crew members and will continue to do so once it resumes operations.