Star Breeze

Former name: Seabourn Spirit

Star Breeze current position

Star Breeze current location is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 38.13964 N / 13.37206 E) cruising en route to PALERMO. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Star Breeze

Year built1989  /  Age: 31
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderSchichau Seebeckwerft (Bremerhaven, Germany)
ClassStar Ship megayacht
Building costUSD 87 million (2020 drydock ~USD 84 million / EUR 75 million)
OwnerXanterra Parks & Resorts Inc
OperatorWindstar Cruises
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)159 m / 522 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage12995 gt
Passengers312
Crew190
Passengers-to-space ratio38
Decks8
Cabins156
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2020
Sister-shipsStar Pride (Seabourn Pride), Star Legend (Seabourn Legend)
Former namesSeabourn Spirit
Christened byWendy Perrin
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Star Breeze Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf Sunsets San Juan $1999
2021 Jan 09 14 days, round-trip Star Collector Lovely Leewards San Juan $3199
2021 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip San Juan The Virgin Islands San Juan $1999
2021 Jan 16 14 days, round-trip Star Collector Lovely Leewards San Juan $3199
2021 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf Sunsets San Juan $1999
2021 Jan 23 14 days, round-trip Star Collector Lovely Leewards San Juan $3199
2021 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip San Juan The Virgin Islands San Juan $1999
2021 Jan 30 14 days, round-trip Star Collector Lovely Leewards San Juan $3199
2021 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf Sunsets San Juan $1999
2021 Feb 06 14 days, round-trip Star Collector Lovely Leewards San Juan $3199
2021 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip San Juan The Virgin Islands San Juan $1999
2021 Feb 13 14 days, round-trip Star Collector Lovely Leewards San Juan $3199
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf Sunsets San Juan $1999
2021 Feb 20 14 days, round-trip Star Collector Lovely Leewards San Juan $3199
2021 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip San Juan The Virgin Islands San Juan $1999
2021 Feb 27 14 days, round-trip Star Collector Lovely Leewards San Juan $3199
2021 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf Sunsets San Juan $1999
2021 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip San Juan The Virgin Islands San Juan $1999
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf Sunsets San Juan $2199
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip San Juan The Virgin Islands San Juan $1999
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf Sunsets San Juan $1999
2021 Apr 03 9 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $2199
2021 Apr 12 10 days, round-trip Jungles Jewels Of The Central American Coast Miami $2499
2021 Apr 22 10 days, one-way from Miami to Colon Miami $2499
2021 May 02 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon $1499
2021 May 09 8 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Puerto Vallarta Puntarenas $1499
2021 May 17 7 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego Puerto Vallarta $1499
2021 May 24 10 days, one-way from San Diego to Vancouver San Diego $2499
2021 Jun 03 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $3499
2021 Jun 13 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $4399
2021 Jun 24 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $4399
2021 Jul 05 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $4399
2021 Jul 16 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Juneau Vancouver $2999
2021 Jul 23 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Vancouver Juneau $2999
2021 Jul 30 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $4199
2021 Aug 10 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $4199
2021 Aug 21 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $4199
2021 Sep 01 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $3499
2021 Sep 11 22 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver $5699
2021 Sep 11 12 days, round-trip Islands Inlets Of The Inside Passage Vancouver $3999
2021 Sep 23 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver $2999
2021 Oct 03 17 days, one-way from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta San Diego $3799
2021 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip California Coastline Dreamin San Diego $1999
2021 Oct 10 10 days, one-way from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta San Diego $2499
2021 Oct 20 33 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to Papeete Puerto Vallarta $5999
2021 Oct 20 10 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego Puerto Vallarta $2499
2021 Oct 30 23 days, one-way from San Diego to Papeete San Diego $4899
2021 Oct 30 12 days, one-way from San Diego to Papeete San Diego $1799
2021 Nov 10 12 days, round-trip Tahiti The Tuamotu Islands Air Hotel Package Papeete $6499
2021 Nov 11 11 days, round-trip Tahiti The Tuamotu Islands Papeete $4399
2021 Nov 21 11 days, round-trip Tahiti The Tuamotu Islands Air Hotel Package Papeete $6099
2021 Nov 22 10 days, round-trip Tahiti The Tuamotu Islands Papeete $3999
2021 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Air Hotel Package Papeete $4099
2021 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Air Hotel Package Papeete $4099
2021 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Air Hotel Package Papeete $4099
2021 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $1999
2021 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Air Hotel Package Papeete $4099
2022 Jan 06 10 days, round-trip Tahiti The Tuamotu Islands Papeete $3999
2022 Jan 16 11 days, round-trip Tahiti The Tuamotu Islands Papeete $4409
2022 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2999
2022 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip Dreams Of Tahiti Papeete $2899
2022 Mar 31 20 days, one-way from Papeete to San Diego Papeete $3699
2022 Apr 07 23 days, one-way from Papeete to Puerto Vallarta Papeete $3599
2022 Apr 07 13 days, one-way from Papeete to San Diego Papeete $1799
2022 Apr 20 10 days, one-way from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta San Diego $2799
2022 Apr 30 10 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego Puerto Vallarta $2799
2022 May 10 10 days, one-way from San Diego to Vancouver San Diego $2999
2022 May 20 11 days, round-trip Islands Inlets Of The Inside Passage Vancouver $4199
2022 May 31 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $4499
2022 Jun 11 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $4499
2022 Jun 22 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $4499
2022 Jul 03 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $4499
2022 Jul 14 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Juneau Vancouver $2999
2022 Jul 21 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Vancouver Juneau $2999
2022 Jul 28 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $4499
2022 Aug 08 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $4499
2022 Aug 19 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $3799

Star Breeze Review

Review of Star Breeze

Launched in 1989 (as Seabourn Spirit) Star Breeze cruise ship is the second of all three identical Windstar yachts, together with Star Pride (ex-Seabourn Pride) and Star Legend (ex-Seabourn Legend).

History - construction and ownership

Windstar Cruises is a luxury travel brand operating a fleet of smaller-sized ships (mega-yachts) with capacity up to 310 passengers. The company call at 150 ports throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South Pacific, Asia, Europe. Currently, Windstar is a subsidiary of Xanterra Parks and Resorts (USA's largest national and state park concession management company).

Windstar Star Breeze cruise ship

The 9,975-ton, 212-passenger cruise ship Star Breeze is German-built luxury liner completed in 1989. In early 2005 the Seabourn Spirit was rated by Conde Nast "best small cruise ship". In April 2015, the liner departed Seabourn fleet, and in May she became a member of Windstar Cruises fleet. She was built at Schichau Seebeckwerft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, and christened by Aagot Brynestad, mother of Seabourn Cruises's founder Atle Brynestad.

Cruise itinerary program

Star Breeze itinerary program is based on luxury Mediterranean cruises with departures from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey) and Caribbean voyages with Panama Canal transits leaving from Colon and Puerto Caldera. The ship also offers Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

On each cruise, at one call port there is one free excursion (shoreside activity) provided complimentary to all passengers. These events are usually a highlight of the voyage and include such land trips as a visit to a private villa in Malta, a glass-roofed canal boat ride in Amsterdam and an outdoor folkloric dance implementation in Nafplion Greece.

Following the drydock stretching in 2019-2020, the bigger Star Breeze was scheduled to restart operations with 7-day Caribbean roundtrip itineraries. Starting on January 2, 2021, out of homeport San Juan Puerto Rico the ship's itineraries visit the Caribbean islands:

  • 7-day itinerary to Grenada (St George's), St Vincent (Bequia), St Lucia (Pigeon Island), Guadeloupe (Iles des Saintes) and St Maarten (Philipsburg)
  • 7-day itinerary to St Thomas USVI (Charlotte Amalie), St Barthelemy (Gustavia), Montserrat (Little Bay), St Maarten (Philipsburg), Jost van Dyke BVI (Great Harbour) and Virgin Gorda BVI (Spanish Town).
  • B2Bs (back-to-back cruises) combine both 7-day roundtrips into a 14-day voyage roundtrip from San Juan.

Star Breeze schedule 2021 (January through November) initially included voyages in Australia New Zealand (Sydney NSW-Auckland NZ), Asia (Japan's Tokyo and Kobe, China's Hong Kong) and Alaska (Vancouver-Seward).

Cabins

All Star Breeze staterooms (156 total) are in suite categories and as complimentary standard amenities offer fully-stocked minibar, Wi-Fi Internet, smart HDTV (infotainment system), spacious wardrobe with electronic safe box, phone (direct dial), large bathroom (double-sink vanity, bathtub, shower, WC-toilet, L'Occitane products), premium bedding sets (top-quality pillows and linens), fresh fruits and flowers. Cabins as types include 9x Suites, 58x Balcony, 79x Oceanview and 10x Porthole cabins in 13 categories. The largest aboard Star Breeze is the Owner's Suite (575 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Star Breeze guests may choose from various inclusive dining options - AmphorA Restaurant, Yacht Club, Sky Bar & Grill. Windstar travellers usually like to dress up. There are 2 formal nights on weeklong cruises and 3 on 14-day voyages. On these nights, a lot of the men wear tuxedos. Women wear luxury cocktail dresses or ball gowns. Other nights are casually stylish (jacket for men, but tie optional; nice outfit for women), or casual (no jacket for men; sundress or slacks for women). For those who do not like formal nights, the Veranda Cafe offers a casually stylish alternative.

Follows the complete list of Star Breeze restaurants and food bars.

  • AmphorA Restaurant (ship's main dining room, open-seating, dinner-only between 7-9 pm; offers 5-course gourmet dinner menu which is changed daily; along with onboard-made bread, in all ports of call the executive chef goes to the local markets to shop for fresh ingredients)
  • Candles Cafe and Candles Veranda (a smaller "dining room" which offers buffet-style breakfast and lunch, as well as a la carte menu through the wait staff; its indoor area is called "Candles Cafe" and features floor-ceiling panoramic windows; the outdoor seating area is called "Veranda" - in the evenings, it transforms into "Candles Grill" al-fresco steakhouse)
  • Sky Bar & Grill / Star Bar (serves the top deck open-air-area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

While Star Breeze offers the signature Windstar experiences (as the famous deck barbecue), she also promotes the company’s product development initiative – intimate access to call ports, themed sailings and active interaction with villagers. Activities onboard are very limited and range from food market purchases to performances by local musicians. Public areas include the casino, library, computer centre, WindSpa, fitness centre, pool and three whirlpool tubs.

Windstar Star Breeze cruise ship

Various bars and lounges, scaled for sociability, invite travellers to get to know one other. The complimentary fine wines and spirits service contributes to the club-like atmosphere inside and on the open decks, where passengers can find plenty of cosy seating in the sun or shade. Windstar's attentive service includes full bar service, mineral water spritzes fresh fruit sherbets and smoothies, frozen towels and sun lotion. A pair of whirlpool spas grace sun deck, and the third one is forward on Deck 5. In warm water cruise destinations on certain days, the captain anchors off a stretch of beach and deploys ship's watersports fold-out Marina, creating private island resort for water-skiing, sailing, swimming or snorkelling right from the ship.

Follows the complete list of Star Breeze lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Marina (retractable water sports platform for water skiing, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking; the ship provides water rafts, wakeboards, paddleboards and a water trampoline island; the steel cage forms a swimming pool in the sea)
  • A Whirlpool (with sunbathing area and lounge chairs)
  • Card Room (bridge and board games); Library; Screening Room
  • Computer Center (discount Internet packages and rates per minute)
  • Lounge (ship's theatre/main show lounge for live evening entertainment)
  • The Boutique Shop (sells duty-free luxury fashion clothing and accessories)
  • The Casino (with blackjack/roulette gambling tables, slot machines)
  • Compass Rose (ship's main bar lounge with grand piano)
  • The Wellness Centre (WindSpa, Beauty Salon, Gym). WindSpa (operated by Steiner) has treatment rooms (for massages), Saunas, Steam Rooms.
  • The Fitness Center (with floor-ceiling windows; has free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines; offers complimentary exercise classes); Courtyard
  • Pool Area (with one rectangular swimming pool, two whirlpools on platforms and a 3rd whirlpool at the ship's bow, sunbathing and shaded areas)
  • The Yacht Club (Constellation Lounge with floor-ceiling windows for 270-degree views)
  • The Sun Deck (with luxury lounge chairs).

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Star Breeze was originally built for Seabourn as "Seabourn Spirit". The liner was christened In November 1989 by godmother Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014, US actress, singer, dancer). In 2001, Seabourn Spirit changed its flag-state from Norway to the Bahamas. In 2005, the vessel was ranked 1st in Conde Nast "best small cruise ship" ranking chart. The vessel was purchased by Windstar in February 2013 and was leased by Seabourn until handed to Windstar in May 2015.

Star Breeze's christening ceremony was on May 6, 2015, held pier-side in Nice France, Ship's godmother is Wendy Perrin - independent vacation travel expert, former Conde Nast Traveler employee. The naming ceremony was attended by Hans Birkholz (Windstar's CEO) and around 250 VIP guests.

Ship's namesake is the Carnival Cruise Line-operated liner Carnival Breeze (2012-built).

During Star Breeze's drydock 2018 (April, in Lisbon Portugal) was installed Transas A-Suite (e-navigation system) and Navi-Radar 4000 (by DP Marine) with incorporated JRC sensors. The system consists of 2 radars (X-band and S-band), Dual ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information) system, K-Nav ECDIS (route planning station (by Kongsberg Maritime) and PilotStar NX (autopilot by Anschutz). Also were modified all consoles and the ship's antenna.

WINDSTAR cruise ship reconstructions 2019-2020 drydock refurbishments review

On November 15, 2018, Windstar Cruises announced company's "Star Plus Initiative" - drydock refit and refurbishment program budgeted USD 250 million. The project was partially financed through Export Credit facility guaranteed by SACE Italy (financial and insurance products and services). The "Star Plus" drydocking project includes enlarging (stretching) and engine upgrades for fleet's three Star-Class vessels (in brackets - completion dates) - Star Breeze (February 20, 2020), Star Legend (July 2, 2020) and Star Pride (November 20, 2020).

Windstar's "Star Plus" project increased the fleet's capacity by 24%. When completed, the project will result in bigger capacity (254 to 320 passengers, 140 to 190 crew), increased GT tonnage/volume (9975 to 12995 tons), increased length (134 to 159 m), more staterooms (106 to 156), adding new venues and public spaces, machinery upgrades (new Wartsila marine diesel engines). The project was scheduled for the period October 2019 through November 2020, at Fincantieri's shipyards in Palermo (Sicily Island, Italy) and Trieste (Italy).

The ships' drydock lengthening included cutting each vessel in two and installing a new (prefabricated) midship section with length 25 m (83 ft). Vessel's LOA length will be increased from 134 m (439 ft) to 159 m (522). The midship section has an additional elevator. These sections were built (pre-fabricated and assembled) in Trieste, then barged to Palermo to be inserted into the vessels.

 

Following the drydocks, each ship will have 2 new dining venues (Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso, Star Grill by Steven Raichlen), new / expanded retail shopping space (Signature Shop), enlarged Gym (Fitness Center with Motion Studio for classes), expanded wellness complex (WindSpa by Steiner), new bar lounge (deck 5), larger sundeck and swimming pool (deck 7), new tender loading area (deck 3 midship), two new tender boats (90-seat each), new whirlpool and enlarged swimming pool (on deck 8), expanded and upgraded staff-crew areas and crew cabins. The two new dining venues are a specialty restaurant (Cuadro 44, aft-portside on deck 6, the former Casino area) and a casual outdoor BBQ restaurant (Star Grill, adjacent to Star Bar on deck 8).

Cruise ship's powerplant will be upgraded from the current four Bergen diesel engines (model B33:45, combined power output 7,3 MW) to 4 Wartsila engines (model Wartsila 46F, combined output 5 MW) running on the cleaner ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel) fuel.

Each liner received 50 new cabins (to a total of 156), which (based on the total investment) means shipbuilding cost per berth USD 267,000. Among the new cabins are two Midship Owner Suites and two enlarged Forward Grand Owner Suites - all located on Deck 6. All existing staterooms will be completely refurbished, including bathrooms, balconies, sliding doors, furniture, equipment. The new public spaces and staterooms were designed by the NYC-based "The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry".

The vessel's cutting started in October 2019. The new engines were installed in February 2020. Following the stretching, Star Breeze started sea trials on October 4, 2020, out of Palermo.

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