Star Breeze

Star Breeze Review and Specifications

Specifications of Star Breeze

Year built1989  /  Age : 30
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderSchichau Seebeckwerft (Bremerhaven, Germany)
ClassMega Yacht
Building costUSD 87 million
OwnerXanterra Parks & Resorts Inc
OperatorWindstar Cruises
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)134 m / 440 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage9975 gt
Passengers212 - 254
Crew140
Passengers-to-space ratio39
Decks8
Cabins106
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2018-2020
Former namesSeabourn Spirit
Christened byWendy Perrin

Current itinerary of Star Breeze

Star Breeze current cruise is 18 days, one-way from Lisbon to Stockholm. The itinerary starts on 06 May, 2019 and ends on 24 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
06 May 16:00    Departing from Lisbon, Portugal hotels
07 May 09:00 - 15:00    Porto-Leixoes, Portugal
08 May 10:00 - 18:00    Ferrol, Spain
10 May 10:00 - 21:30    Saint-Malo, France
11 May 08:00 - 22:00    Cherbourg, France
12 May 07:00 - 12:00    Jersey Island, St Helier, Channel Islands
13 May 12:00 - 19:00    Zeebrugge, Bruges, Belgium
14 May 09:00 - 17:00    Amsterdam, Holland
15 May 07:00 - 14:00    Harlingen, Holland
16 May 09:00 - 17:00    Kiel Canal, Germany
17 May 07:00 - 16:00    Copenhagen, Denmark
19 May 10:00 - 16:00    Tallinn, Estonia
20 May 09:00 - 21 May 18:00    Saint Petersburg, Russia
22 May 11:00 - 18:00    Helsinki, Finland
23 May 11:00 - 19:00    Mariehamn, Aland, Finland
24 May 07:00    Arriving in Stockholm, Sweden hotels

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 brand operating a fleet of smaller-sized ships (mega-yachts) with capacity up to 310 passengers. The company call at 150 ports throughout 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 Condé 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’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.

Seabourn has a praised shore excursion program. On each cruise, at one port of call, there is one free shore-side activity to which all travelers are invited. Those events are usually a highlight of the sailing, and have included such 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.

Cabins

All Star Breeze staterooms are comfortable and sedate suites with luxury linens, stocked mini-bar, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, fresh fruit and flowers. There are a total of 106 staterooms (all of which Suites, 42 Balcony, 64 Oceanview) in 8 categories. The largest aboard Star Breeze are the Owner’s Suites (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 travelers 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 dining room, open-seating; offers 5-course gourmet dinner menu which is changed daily; along with onboard-made breads, in all ports of call the executive chef goes to the local markets to shop for fresh ingredients)
  • Candles Cafe & 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 transformes 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 company’s product development initiative – intimate access to call ports, themed sailings and active interaction with villagers. Activities on board are very limited and range from food market purchases to performances by local musicians. Public areas include the casino, library, computer center, WindSpa, fitness center, pool and three whirlpool tubs. 

Windstar Star Breeze cruise ship

Various bars and lounges, scaled for sociability, invite travelers 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 cozy seating in the sun or shade. Seabourn’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 snorkeling right from 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, wind surfing, snorkeling, kayaking; the ship provides water rafts, wakeboards, paddle boards 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
  • Computer Center (discount Internet packages and rates per minute)
  • Lounge (ship’s theater/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 social lounge with its own bar and grand piano)
  • The Wellness Centre (Spa, Gym and Beauty Salon; The WindSpa has treatment rooms, Saunas, Steam Rooms; operated by Steiner)
  • The Fitness Center (with floor-ceiling windows; has free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines; offers complimentary excercise classes)
  • 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).

Star Breeze wiki

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 Bahamas. In 2005, the vessel was ranked 1st in Conde Nast "best small cruise ship" ranking chart. The vessel was purchased by Windstar in Fenruary 2013, and was leased by Seabourn Cruises 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.

During ship's week-long drydock 2018 refurbishment (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.

Star-Class ship refurbishments 2019-2020

On November 15, 2018, Windstar announced company's "Star Plus Initiative" - drydock refurbishment program budgeted USD 250 million. The project includes enlarging (stretching) and engine changes for fleet's three Star-Slass ships - Star Breeze, Star Legend, Star Pride.

When completed, the project will result in bigger passenger capacity, adding new staterooms, venues and public spaces, also new, more efficient engines. Ship's capacity will be increased by 68% (from 212 to 312 passengers). The project is scheduled for the period October 2019 through November 2020, at Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo.

When completed, the Star Plus project will increase Windstar fleet's capacity by 24%. Star Plus Initiative is partially financed through Export Credit facility guaranteed by SACE Italy (financial and insurance products and services).

The drydock lengthening includes cutting each vessel in two and installing a new (prefabricated) midship section with length 25,6 m (84 ft). Vessel's LOA length will be increased from 135 m (443 ft) to 161 m (528).

Following drydock, each ship will have two new dining venues, new shop, new retail space; enlarged fitness, new Spa, larger swimming pool, new tender loading area (midship), two new tender boats (90-seat each), expanded and upgraded staff-crew areas and cabins. The two new dining venues are an alternative (specialty) restaurant and a casual BBQ space (adjacent to Star Bar). The midship section has an additional elevator.

Ship's current diesel engines (7 per ship) will be replaced with 4 new engines running on cleaner (ultra-low sulfur) diesel fuel, thus reducing SO emissions.

Each ship will receive 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 larger Owner Suites. All existing staterooms will be completely refurbished, including their bathrooms, balconies, sliding doors. The new public spaces and cabins were designed by the NYC-based "The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry".

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Star Breeze Itineraries

The below listed Star Breeze cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Windstar fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Apr 14 22 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Lisbon Bridgetown
2019 Apr 26 18 days, one-way from Lisbon to Amsterdam Lisbon
2019 May 06 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Amsterdam Lisbon
2019 May 06 18 days, one-way from Lisbon to Stockholm Lisbon
2019 May 14 10 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Stockholm Amsterdam
2019 Jun 08 7 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm
2019 Jun 08 17 days, one-way from Stockholm to Reykjavik Stockholm
2019 Jun 15 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Reykjavik Copenhagen $2499
2019 Jun 15 17 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Reykjavik Copenhagen
2019 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Around Iceland Reykjavik $3099
2019 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Around Iceland Reykjavik $3299
2019 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Around Iceland Reykjavik $2799
2019 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Olivia Discover Alaska Cruise Reykjavik
2019 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Around Iceland Reykjavik $2999
2019 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Around Iceland Reykjavik $2699
2019 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Around Iceland Reykjavik $2999
2019 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Around Iceland Reykjavik $2999
2019 Aug 13 17 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Leith-Edinburgh Reykjavik $5199
2019 Aug 20 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Leith-Edinburgh Reykjavik $2699
2019 Aug 20 18 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Dublin Reykjavik
2019 Aug 30 8 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Dublin Leith-Edinburgh
2019 Sep 15 10 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Portsmouth UK Leith-Edinburgh $4899
2019 Sep 15 18 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Lisbon Leith-Edinburgh $6199
2019 Sep 25 8 days, one-way from Portsmouth UK to Lisbon Portsmouth UK $2799
2020 Feb 20 8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $3699
2020 Feb 28 15 days, one-way from Lisbon to Miami Lisbon $1499
2020 Mar 14 5 days, round-trip Key West & Bahamas Getaway Miami $1599
2020 Mar 20 10 days, one-way from Miami to Colon Miami $2199
2020 Mar 30 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon $2699
2020 Apr 06 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas $2699
2020 Apr 13 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon $2699
2020 Apr 13 15 days, one-way from Colon to Puerto Vallarta Colon $3999
2020 Apr 20 8 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Puerto Vallarta Puntarenas $2399
2020 Apr 20 15 days, one-way from Puntarenas to San Diego Puntarenas $3699
2020 Apr 20 25 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Vancouver Puntarenas $5999
2020 Apr 28 7 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego Puerto Vallarta $2299
2020 May 05 10 days, one-way from San Diego to Vancouver San Diego $2999
2020 May 16 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $3199
2020 May 27 12 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $2999
2020 Jun 08 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $3699
2020 Jun 19 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $3999
2020 Jun 30 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $3699
2020 Jul 11 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $3699
2020 Jul 22 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $3699
2020 Aug 02 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $3999
2020 Aug 13 12 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $3899
2020 Aug 25 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $3699
2020 Sep 05 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $3499