Windstar Cruises’ soon-to-launch $250 Million Star Plus Initiative will revitalize and “stretch” three of its vessels, which will debut their new looks with new itineraries and first-ever sailings out of Miami and San Diego.
First up for renovations—and also currently available for 2020 bookings—are the Star Breeze and the Star Legend. The two enhanced ships will feature new suites, restaurants, public spaces, spa and fitness centers, a pool, plus more environmentally sensitive engines that will propel them to many new itineraries and calls at new ports. The Star Breeze Star Plus Inaugural sailing will take place from Miami to Colon, Panama on March 20, 2020, while the Star Legend will reemerge on July 2, 2020 for a voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon.
The Star Breeze and Star Legend will chart courses to some popular destinations around the world such as Iceland, Northern Europe, the British Isles, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Crete, Israel, Egypt, Malta, the Cote D’Azur, Alaska, the Panama Canal, Mexico and the first ever call at San Diego, California, as well as the Caribbean. Some itineraries will also feature transits of the famous Corinth Canal.
As part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, the Star Pride will also undergo renovations. The trio of ships, which comprise of 50 percent of the fleet will be “stretched” and renovated in succession with work starting in October 2019 and ending in November 2020. The ships will be cut in half to allow the installation of a new section of ship that will lengthen each vessel by approximately 25 meters. The total capacity of the “new” expanded ships will be 312 guests, and the new section of ship will enable the cruise line to provide services and amenities that its customer base has been asking for in recent times.
“The Star Plus Initiative is not about size—it’s about offering our guests more of what they love about Windstar without changing the DNA of the brand or the ships’ ability to visit those special small ports and waterways of the world,” said John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises, in press materials.