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Windstar Cruises is expanding its fleet with the addition of two all-suite motor yachts, Star Seeker and Star Explorer. The ships, which are expected to be delivered in December 2025 and December 2026, respectively, will feature 112 suites, each with a private veranda and infinity window.

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

“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 in a press statement. “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.”

Windstar will bring back Wind Star to Tahiti in 2027, where it will join Star Breeze and add more capacity to meet the growing demand for French Polynesian sailings. This means clients will now have a choice between sailing on a Wind or Star Class ship.

Details on Windstar’s New Ships

Rendering of Windstar’s newest vessel.

Windstar is the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, so its commitment to exceptional cuisine will be a priority. The main dining room, Amphora, will serve upscale and inventive dishes, including rotating items from James Beard Foundation–affiliated guest chefs. Al fresco dining will be available at both Amphora and the Star Grill, and the vessels will have a no-charge specialty restaurant and 24-hour room service.

The new ships have ice-strengthened hulls, allowing access to new destinations. They are equipped with the latest technology in safety, propulsion, and navigation and have been designed to minimize their environmental footprint. The ships have tier III Nox-rated Rolls Royce engines, can connect to shore power and have advanced wastewater treatment systems that meet global standards.

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