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Windstar Cruises resumed sailing in French Polynesia/the Islands of Tahiti with vaccinated guests and crew aboard the line’s 148-passenger Wind Spirit this week. Half of the line’s six yacht fleet is now back in the water cruising.

To celebrate Wind Spirit’s return to sailing, the line has added free drinks to its already enticing bundled pricing.

Windstar offers an Air + Hotel package from Los Angeles International Airport that includes the round trip Air Tahiti Nui flight from Los Angeles, pre-cruise accommodations and a post-cruise day room, ground transfers in Tahiti, and a 7-, 10- or 11-night boutique cruise in French Polynesia. Guests also now receive a free beverage package (with unlimited select spirits, wine, beer, cocktails, and minibar items) on cruise vacations including air and hotel booked during the promotional period ending July 30, 2021. Guests can alternately choose shipboard credit to put towards other experiences, like a relaxing onboard spa treatment or shore excursions such as SCUBA diving, reef snorkeling, or even harvesting Tahitian black pearls.

Windstar sails year-round from Tahiti aboard Wind Spirit, a 148-guest motorized sailing yacht specifically designed for the region. However, Windstar’s reimagined, new all-suite Star Breeze yacht carrying 312 guests will begin sailings in the region on Sept. 19 and will remain on a limited engagement in Tahiti until March 2022.

The cruise line also offers a complimentary private event on their Tahiti cruises—a private beach party and locally sourced feast on one of Bora Bora’s tiny motus, followed by a kinetic fire-dancing performance. It is available on all sailings aboard both yachts.

“Windstar glides into small bays other cruise ships can’t reach and drops anchor at some of the earth’s most beautiful islands like Bora Bora and Moorea,” says Windstar president Christopher Prelog. “Because French Polynesia is such a popular destination for romance, most guests book these itineraries quite far in advance, leading to lots of pent-up demand on a limited-space small yacht after a year of cancelled honeymoons and anniversary trips. These intimate cruises are filling fast.”

Windstar is returning to operations in a phased deployment, with its fleet of six yachts debuting on various dates through November, while requiring vaccines of all passengers, plus other health and safety precautions including testing, social distancing, masks, and high-tech air filtration. On June 19, Windstar’s Wind Star yacht resumed operations in Greece, and on July 10, Windstar’s Star Breeze began sailing in the Caribbean, both with vaccinated guests and crew.

Windstar plans to resume sailing in 2021 with vaccinated guests and crew aboard Wind Surf on Aug. 8, 2021 in the Mediterranean, aboard Star Legend in Sept. 4, 2021 in Northern Europe and on Star Pride in Nov. 3, 2021 in the Caribbean.

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