Windstar announced its return to Alaska for the first time in 2 decades. Beginning in 2018, the cruise line will homeport its 212-passenger Star Legend in Vancouver. There, the ship will operate 3 distinctive itineraries from May through August, including 11 and 12-day voyages from Vancouver to Seward; 14-day sailings from Seward to Vancouver; and a couple of 12-day cruises leaving roundtrip from Vancouver. The line plans to offer pre-and-post cruise land extensions.
Each Alaska voyage aboard Star Legend includes scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord and Misty Fjords; the latter of which is rarely visited by larger ships. Because these sailings are longer than your typical weeklong roundtrip cruise, Star Legend can spend more time lingering nearer to the coastline of Alaska and British Columbia, with relaxed scenic cruising in the Inside Passage.
Star Legend has its own fleet of seakayaks and Zodiacs, which can be used to operate sightseeing excursions directly from the ship.
The all-suite Star Legend is one of Windstar’s “power yachts.” The vessel lacks the sails that some of the fleetmates have, but it makes up for that with sumptuous suites and spacious public rooms.