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If you have clients looking for uber exotic ports of call, you need to look no further than Windstar Cruises’ newest off-the-beaten-path luxury small-ship cruises in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.

“With impressive UNESCO sights, beautiful beaches and wildlife, top-rated golf courses, amazing snorkeling and diving, and of course, great shopping, Windstar is excited to introduce our guests to the Red Sea and Persian Gulf with new itineraries in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar,” explained Windstar Cruises president Christopher Prelog, in a press statement.

The cruises begin November 2023 on the all-suite, 312-guest Star Legend and include late nights, overnights and stays in the ports—a plus for clients who really want to soak up the local culture.

The 18-day Wonders of Arabia sails from Athens to Dubai crosses the Suez Canal and spends five days in Egypt and Jordan, including an overnight in Luxor to visit the Karnak and Luxor temples, followed by two days in Oman. 

The 10-day Sparkling Sands & Cities of the Persian Gulf will sail on 11 dates from Dubai to Muscat, Oman (and the reverse). Highlights are overnights in Doha and Abu Dhabi; a late night in Ras Al-Khaimah; stops in quieter cities like Fujairah or Khasab; as well as time on Sir Bani Yas, an island known for wildlife conservation.  

The 9-day Arabian Nights & Egyptian Days will sail on two dates (one in each direction) from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Aqaba, Jordan (and the reverse). Highlights include an overnight in Sharm el-Sheikh and in Safaga with the opportunity to visit Luxor and the resort ports of Ain Sokhna and Hurghada. 

There is only one Red Sea Revelries via the Suez Canal, a 12-day voyage from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Athens. Highlights include an overnight in Luxor; a later night in Ain Sokhna, Egypt; a crossing through the Suez Canal; and a day in Heraklion, Crete. 

Your clients can choose from the line’s Wind Class sailing yachts, including the Wind Star, Wind Spirit or Wind Surf, or their newly transformed Star Plus Class all-suite yachts: Star Breeze, Star Pride and Star Legend. Don’t forget Windstar is the official line of the James Beard Foundation, which means they will also get an amazing culinary experience.

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