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Recommend attended yesterday’s opening celebration of Windstar Cruises’ new Miami headquarters, which combines natural light, modern design, local art and collaborative energy, just like the “180 Degrees from Ordinary” philosophy found on its small ship fleet.

Local businesses, vendors, media, government representatives and partners turned out for the opening, where Windstar Cruises’ president Christopher Prelog said he looked at 30 different offices before opting for this one on NW 36th Street. Walking into the space, he was immediately struck by the natural light and the openness and sense of collaboration felt in the area, which, he said “is really something we do on our ships as well. Our guests enjoy interacting with our crew and fellow guests and making new friendships. I think our new offices represent that same feeling very much.”

When asked why the company moved from Seattle to Miami, Prelog said it’s because “Miami is the cruise capital of the universe.” He added: “This new location allows us to collaborate closely with our vendors, partners, travel agents and fleet. The location here in Doral is perfect for Windstar.” Not only will it allow the company to build relationships within the industry, the move means Miami-based operations employees will now be closer to ships and crew, plus flight times to ships in Europe and the Caribbean will be reduced.  

Another advantage of the new office is a collection of artworks by local artists from Fountainhead art organization, including a vibrant mural by Miami-based, mixed-media artist TYPOE. The cruise line has partnered with the Miami art organization to select local artists to create murals for each of its three Star Plus Class yachts, Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride

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Photo: Artist TYPOE, Kathryn Mikesell from Fountainhead Residency and Windstar Cruises president Christopher Prelog. Photo by Laurel Herman.