Windstar selects Star Breeze for year-round Tahiti sailings

Windstar Cruises—which has been offering small ship cruising in Tahiti for over 36 years—has introduced the all-suite, 312-guest Star Breeze, replacing Wind Spirit, as the new year-round ship in Tahiti and French Polynesia.

Star Breeze began cruising in Tahiti on Feb. 4, following a memorable ceremony attended by more than 500 guests including esteemed dignitaries such as Moetai Brotherson, president of French Polynesia, Tony Geros, speaker of the house, and Manouche Lehartel, deputy mayor of Papeete, Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Tourism partners, port officials, travel advisors, media and Windstar executives.

The event marked a significant milestone in Windstar's commitment to providing unparalleled small ship experiences in Tahiti. In celebration, local artist Jessie Tiare Manutahi is on board to reveal an artistic Tahitian-inspired logo made up of symbols representing Windstar in Tahiti.

“This strategic shift in ships not only doubles capacity but also brings new experiences given the Breeze’s multiple dining options, enlarged spa and fitness centre, and spacious accommodations,” said Windstar Cruises’ president Christopher Prelog. “Travellers aboard Star Breeze still navigate Tahiti’s out-of-the-way harbors, hidden lagoons, and pristine beaches in Windstar’s signature, small ship style.”

And he noted that the vessel shift means faster travel to and from the islands of French Polynesia and the greater South Pacific, enabling expansion to the remote Marquesas Islands with the brand-new, 14-day Tahitian Treasures; Magnificent Marquesas set to sail in July 2024.

The 148-guest Wind Spirit leaves Tahiti to sail in the Caribbean during the winter season and the Mediterranean and Greek Isles between May and November. Wind Spirit strategically joins sister-ship Wind Star in the Greek Isles to double occupancy in this top selling region.

Windstar’s Star Breeze visits 11 islands and atolls in French Polynesia beginning in 2024, offering enriched cultural onboard experiences and new elements.

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