Windstar to add two more small cruise ships to its fleet

2024-04-14T14:33:32+00:00 April 14th, 2024|Ships|

Windstar Cruises, is to expand its fleet with the addition of two all-suite motor yachts, ’Star Seeker’ and ’Star Explorer’.

The first of the two ships, ‘Star Seeker’, which is currently under construction at Portugal’s WestSEA shipyard, is expected to be delivered in December, 2025, followed by ’Star Explorer’ in December, 2026.

“Our goal was to ensure these ships are unmistakably Windstar, and a significant amount of effort has gone into achieving this,” said Windstar Cruises’ President, Christopher Prelog.

“We are thrilled for this expansion, building on the success of our game-changing ’Star’ class in small-ship cruising with guests and travel partners, while offering new experiences.

“This growth reflects the dedication of our incredible crew and team, allowing us to broaden our destination portfolio and even bring one of our ‘Wind’ class sail ships back to Tahiti,” he said.

Each ship has 112 suites, featuring full private verandas and infinity windows, ensuring unparalleled views for every guest onboard. In addition, two new Owner’s Suites with wrap-around balconies have been added to the aft of the ship.

With a capacity for 224 guests and a staff to guest ratio of 1:2, the ships maintain an intimate atmosphere, ensuring personalized service at every turn.

They are both ice strengthened and are equipped with the latest technology in safety, propulsion, and navigation, including pump jet thrusters and forward-facing Sonar.

To minimise their environmental footprint and uphold the brand’s commitment to sustainability, the ships will be fitted with Tier III NOx rated Rolls Royce engines and can connect to shore power minimising port emissions.

In addition, the ships will have advanced wastewater treatment systems that meet all global standards.

Andrew Todd, President & CEO of parent company, Xanterra Travel Collection, said, “As part of our company’s expanding portfolio, Windstar Cruises is poised for remarkable growth and an exciting future ahead. We’re excited about the possibilities of where Windstar will sail and the opportunities it brings our officers, crew and staff, and our guests.”

Full itineraries and booking details for ’Star Seeker’ will be announced in late June, 2024.