Windstar Cruises Returns to Asia 2017

By ,   November 16, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Windstar Cruises returns to Asia for the first time in 3 years, sending to the region Star Legend in winter 2017-2018.

The luxury yacht-style ship will sail throughout Asia, from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore all the way up to South Korea and Japan. The new itineraries are the result of passenger feedback  - Asia was among the most requested destinations in surveys of Yacht Club loyalty program members - and Windstar's renewed dedication to destination-focused cruising.

Star Legend

"Today's Windstar delivers destination authenticity in a way that big operators cannot, giving travelers a chance to explore the larger-than-life wonders across Asia in Windstar's signature private yacht style on true small ships that leave the crowds behind," said John Delaney, company president, in a statement.

Star Legend will make use of its small size to get into ports the larger ships can't, such as Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, and employ its water sports platform for swimming, snorkeling and standup paddleboarding in the South China Sea. Destination-focused options include market tours with the ship's chefs, local entertainment brought onboard and onboard lecturers who are experts in the area. The company intends to offer its signature private beach day experience on these itineraries, in places like Ko Kut, Thailand.

Itineraries will mostly be 14 days, with embarkation and debarkation in big cities and tourist hotspots like Singapore, Hong Kong and Yokohama for Tokyo. They're designed so travelers can book back-to-back cruises without repeating ports.

"It's 70 days with unique port content," said Delaney.

Sea days will be limited but spaced out to give cruisers a break from sightseeing at just the right time. Windstar will offer pre- and post-cruise packages to places like Cambodia's Angkor Wat and Bagan and Yangon in Myanmar.

Highlights include a winter holiday cruise to Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, with a stop in Ko Yao Noi in Thailand where no other cruise ship goes and New Year's Eve in Phuket; a sailing to South Korea and Japan timed for cherry blossom season; and a trip to the Philippines and Borneo with an overnight in Manila (where crew can bring their families onboard, says Delaney), a visit to the off-the-cruise-ship-path Hundred Islands National Park and a visit to Brunei.