Star Breeze Review and Specifications
Specifications of Star Breeze
|Year built||1989 / Age : 30|
|Builder||Schichau Seebeckwerft (Bremerhaven, Germany)|
|Class||Star Ship megayacht|
|Building cost||USD 87 million (2020 drydock ~USD 84 million / EUR 75 million)|
|Owner||Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc|
|Speed||15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph|
|Length (LOA)||159 m / 522 ft|
|Beam (width)||19 m / 62 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||12995 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||Star Pride (Seabourn Pride), Star Legend (Seabourn Legend)|
|Former names||Seabourn Spirit|
|Christened by||Wendy Perrin|
Review of Star Breeze
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).
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 travellers 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.
All of the 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 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 dining room, open-seating, dinner-only - 7:00-9:00 p.m.; 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 & 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.
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. 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 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 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 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 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 includes 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 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 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".
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Feb 20||8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon||Barcelona|
|2020 Feb 28||15 days, one-way from Lisbon to Miami||Lisbon|
|2020 Mar 14||5 days, round-trip Key West & Bahamas Getaway||Miami|
|2020 Mar 20||10 days, one-way from Miami to Colon||Miami||$2599|
|2020 Mar 20||17 days, one-way from Miami to Puntarenas||Miami||$3999|
|2020 Mar 30||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$3999|
|2020 Apr 06||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$1599|
|2020 Apr 13||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$1599|
|2020 Apr 13||15 days, one-way from Colon to Puerto Vallarta||Colon||$1999|
|2020 Apr 20||8 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Puerto Vallarta||Puntarenas||$999|
|2020 Apr 20||15 days, one-way from Puntarenas to San Diego||Puntarenas||$1999|
|2020 Apr 20||25 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Vancouver||Puntarenas||$4199|
|2020 Apr 28||7 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego||Puerto Vallarta||$1499|
|2020 Apr 28||17 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to Vancouver||Puerto Vallarta||$3399|
|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|
|2020 May 27||12 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver||Seward||$3199|
|2020 Jun 08||11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward||Vancouver|
|2020 Jun 19||11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver||Seward|
|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 13||28 days, one-way from Vancouver to Yokohama||Vancouver||$4399|
|2020 Aug 25||16 days, one-way from Seward to Yokohama||Seward||$1799|
|2020 Aug 25||26 days, one-way from Seward to Kobe||Seward||$4299|
|2020 Sep 10||10 days, one-way from Yokohama to Kobe||Yokohama||$3499|
|2020 Sep 20||11 days, one-way from Kobe to Tokyo||Kobe||$3599|
|2020 Oct 11||10 days, one-way from Kobe to Tokyo||Kobe||$3599|
|2020 Oct 11||22 days, one-way from Kobe to Hong Kong||Kobe||$6699|
|2020 Oct 11||36 days, one-way from Kobe to Benoa||Kobe||$9999|
|2020 Oct 11||73 days, one-way from Kobe to Sydney||Kobe|
|2020 Oct 21||12 days, one-way from Tokyo to Hong Kong||Tokyo||$4599|
|2020 Oct 21||26 days, one-way from Tokyo to Benoa||Tokyo||$6699|
|2020 Oct 21||39 days, one-way from Tokyo to Cairns||Tokyo||$9999|
|2020 Nov 02||14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Benoa||Hong Kong||$3899|
|2020 Nov 02||27 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Cairns||Hong Kong||$6599|
|2020 Nov 16||13 days, one-way from Benoa to Cairns||Benoa||$4299|
|2020 Dec 10||13 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney||Melbourne||$3999|
|2020 Dec 23||15 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland||Sydney||$5899|
|2021 Jan 07||15 days, round-trip Comprehensive New Zealand||Auckland||$8999|
|2021 Jan 22||14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$5299|
|2021 Feb 17||11 days, one-way from Melbourne to Cairns||Melbourne||$4599|
|2021 Feb 17||23 days, one-way from Melbourne to Benoa||Melbourne||$6699|
|2021 Feb 17||39 days, one-way from Melbourne to Hong Kong||Melbourne||$9999|
|2021 Feb 28||12 days, one-way from Cairns to Benoa||Cairns||$4299|
|2021 Feb 28||28 days, one-way from Cairns to Hong Kong||Cairns||$7399|
|2021 Mar 12||16 days, one-way from Benoa to Hong Kong||Benoa||$4699|
|2021 Mar 12||28 days, one-way from Benoa to Tokyo||Benoa||$6999|
|2021 Mar 12||38 days, one-way from Benoa to Kobe||Benoa||$10299|
|2021 Mar 28||12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo||Hong Kong||$4599|
|2021 Mar 28||22 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Kobe||Hong Kong||$6899|
|2021 Apr 09||10 days, one-way from Tokyo to Kobe||Tokyo||$3999|
|2021 Apr 19||10 days, one-way from Kobe to Tokyo||Kobe||$3799|
|2021 Apr 19||21 days, one-way from Kobe to Maizuru||Kobe||$6799|
|2021 Apr 29||11 days, one-way from Tokyo to Maizuru||Tokyo||$4199|
|2021 Apr 29||21 days, one-way from Tokyo to Kobe||Tokyo||$6999|
|2021 May 10||10 days, one-way from Maizuru to Kobe||Maizuru||$3999|
|2021 May 10||20 days, one-way from Maizuru to Tokyo||Maizuru||$6799|
|2021 May 20||10 days, one-way from Kobe to Tokyo||Kobe||$3999|
|2021 May 20||24 days, one-way from Kobe to Seward||Kobe||$5399|
|2021 May 30||25 days, one-way from Tokyo to Vancouver||Tokyo||$5599|
|2021 May 30||14 days, one-way from Tokyo to Seward||Tokyo||$2699|
|2021 Jun 13||11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver||Seward||$4299|
|2021 Jun 24||11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward||Vancouver||$4299|
|2021 Jul 05||11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver||Seward||$4499|
|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||$4299|
|2021 Aug 10||11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver||Seward||$4499|
|2021 Aug 21||11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward||Vancouver||$4299|
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