Windstar postpones cruises on 4 of its yachts

   March 29, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Windstar announced it had postponed sailings on 4 of its yachts.

The cruise line is assessing multiple factors impacting their timing to resume operations. However, with the information they currently had "on COVID-related travel restrictions and government regulations, some uncertainties remain.”

Windstar said it would restart cruise operations in a phased manner, with initial sailings having reduced onboard capacity, modified itineraries, enhanced health and safety protocols.

Two yachts are resuming on June 19 as scheduled: Wind Star and Star Breeze. The recently refurbished Star Breeze returns to sailing with a 7-night Caribbean voyage roundtrip from St. Maarten (Philipsburg). Ports of call include Gustavia (Saint Barthelemy Island), Tortola Island (Road Town, BVI), Jost Van Dyke Island (Belle Vue, BVI), Virgin Gorda Island (Spanish Town, BVI), Anguilla Island (UK, Sandy Ground).

Wind Star returns with a 7-night cruise roundtrip from Athens (Piraeus), Greece. Ports of call include Mykonos, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Patmos, Santorini, Monemvasia, Nafplio (Mycenae).

The return to sailing dates of the other 4 yachts have been pushed back:

  • Wind Spirit now returns to sailing on July 15 in Tahiti
  • Wind Surf returns to sailing on August 8 in the Mediterranean
  • Star Legend resumes voyages on September 4 in Northern Europe
  • Star Pride resumes cruises on November 3 in the Caribbean.

Passengers booked on cruises aboard the 4 latter vessels that are now canceled will receive a 125% FCC (Future Cruise Credit) that can be applied to a new voyage within 2 years of its issue date. 

Those who want a full refund instead can choose that option once the FCC has applied to their account. They will have 24 months from the date of issue to request a refund.