Windstar Cruises postpones operations to June 2021 after assessing multiple factors impacting their timing to resume operations.
Sarah Scoltock director of public relations, Windstar Cruises, said in a press statement,” With the information we have today on COVID transmission rates, travel restrictions and government regulations, many uncertainties remain. We have made the decision to postpone our resumption of operations from May to June 2021. We will re-start cruise operations in a phased manner with the initial cruises having reduced guest occupancy, some modified itineraries, and enhanced health and safety protocols.”
New timeline for resumption of operations:
Wind Spirit – June 10, 2021 – Tahiti
Star Breeze – June 19, 2021 – Caribbean
Wind Star – June 19, 2021 – Mediterranean
Wind Surf – June 29, 2021 – Mediterranean
Star Legend – July 4, 2021 – Mediterranean
Star Pride – July 14, 2021 – Northern Europe/Iceland
Affected guests will receive either an FCC valued at 125 percent of monies paid to Windstar or a 100 percent refund.
“In our preparations to return to sailing, we continue to review and update our health and safety practices including enhanced sanitation protocols, health screenings, additional medical staff on board, flexible indoor and outdoor dining, and crew training. Our new Beyond Ordinary Care program is a multi-layered strategy with key hospital-grade elements: HEPA filters and UV-C ultraviolet germicidal irradiation to filter and disinfect circulated air, plus electrostatic sprayers to sanitize all surfaces throughout our yachts,” said Scoltock in a press statement.
“The health and well-being of our guests, crew, land-based employees and people in the communities we visit is always a top priority. We continue to monitor local regulations for all countries and ports we visit and as we approach sailing dates, we will notify guests of any local requirements. We have taken extraordinary measures to safely operate our yachts for our guests and crew members and will continue to do so once we resume operations,” added Scoltock in press materials.