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Specifications of Star Breeze
|Year built||1989 / Age: 32|
|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||4|
|Sister-ships||Star Pride (Seabourn Pride), Star Legend (Seabourn Legend)|
|Former names||Seabourn Spirit|
|Christened by||Atle Brynestad (for Seabourn), Wendy Perrin (for Windstar)|
Star Breeze Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Mar 27||7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf Sunsets||San Juan|
|2021 Apr 03||9 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami||San Juan|
|2021 Apr 12||10 days, round-trip Jungles Jewels of the Central American Coast||Miami|
|2021 Apr 22||10 days, one-way from Miami to Colon||Miami|
|2021 May 02||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon|
|2021 May 09||8 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Puerto Vallarta||Puntarenas|
|2021 May 15||7 days, round-trip Beach Fun Sun A Remote Caribbean Getaway||Philipsburg||$1999|
|2021 May 22||7 days, round-trip Beach Fun Sun A Remote Caribbean Getaway||Philipsburg||$1999|
|2021 May 29||7 days, round-trip Beach Fun Sun A Remote Caribbean Getaway||Philipsburg||$1999|
|2021 Jun 05||7 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Bridgetown||Philipsburg||$1999|
|2021 Jun 12||7 days, round-trip Jewels of the Windward Islands||Bridgetown||$1999|
|2021 Jun 19||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Oranjestad||Bridgetown||$1999|
|2021 Jun 26||7 days, one-way from Oranjestad to Bridgetown||Oranjestad||$1999|
|2021 Jul 03||7 days, round-trip Jewels of the Windward Islands||Bridgetown||$1999|
|2021 Jul 10||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Philipsburg||Bridgetown||$1999|
|2021 Jul 17||7 days, round-trip Yachtsmans Caribbean||Philipsburg||$1999|
|2021 Jul 24||7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean||Philipsburg||$1999|
|2021 Jul 31||7 days, round-trip Yachtsmans Caribbean||Philipsburg||$1999|
|2021 Aug 07||7 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Bridgetown||Philipsburg||$1999|
|2021 Aug 14||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Oranjestad||Bridgetown||$1999|
|2021 Aug 21||7 days, one-way from Oranjestad to Colon||Oranjestad||$1999|
|2021 Aug 28||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2499|
|2021 Sep 04||15 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Papeete||Puntarenas||$1799|
|2021 Sep 19||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2599|
|2021 Sep 26||10 days, round-trip Tahiti the Tuamotu Islands||Papeete||$4199|
|2021 Oct 06||11 days, round-trip Tahiti the Tuamotu Islands||Papeete||$4599|
|2021 Oct 17||11 days, round-trip Tahiti the Tuamotu Islands||Papeete||$4599|
|2021 Oct 28||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2599|
|2021 Nov 04||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2599|
|2021 Nov 11||11 days, round-trip Tahiti the Tuamotu Islands||Papeete||$4199|
|2021 Nov 22||17 days, round-trip Star Collector Twice the Tahiti||Papeete||$5399|
|2021 Nov 22||10 days, round-trip Tahiti the Tuamotu Islands||Papeete||$3799|
|2021 Dec 02||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2399|
|2021 Dec 09||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2399|
|2021 Dec 16||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2399|
|2021 Dec 23||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2399|
|2021 Dec 30||17 days, round-trip Star Collector Twice the Tahiti||Papeete||$4899|
|2021 Dec 30||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2399|
|2022 Jan 06||10 days, round-trip Tahiti the Tuamotu Islands||Papeete||$3799|
|2022 Jan 16||18 days, round-trip Star Collector Twice the Tahiti||Papeete||$5989|
|2022 Jan 16||11 days, round-trip Tahiti the Tuamotu Islands||Papeete||$4199|
|2022 Jan 27||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2999|
|2022 Feb 03||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2999|
|2022 Feb 10||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2999|
|2022 Feb 17||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2599|
|2022 Feb 24||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2999|
|2022 Mar 03||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2999|
|2022 Mar 10||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2999|
|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||20 days, one-way from Papeete to San Diego||Papeete||$3699|
|2022 Mar 31||7 days, round-trip Dreams of Tahiti||Papeete||$2999|
|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|
|2022 Sep 12||10 days, one-way from Tokyo to Kobe||Tokyo||$3799|
|2022 Sep 22||10 days, one-way from Kobe to Tokyo||Kobe||$3799|
|2022 Oct 02||12 days, one-way from Tokyo to Hong Kong||Tokyo||$4399|
|2022 Oct 14||14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Benoa||Hong Kong||$4099|
|2022 Oct 28||13 days, one-way from Benoa to Cairns||Benoa||$3899|
|2022 Nov 10||12 days, one-way from Cairns to Sydney||Cairns||$3999|
|2022 Dec 04||14 days, one-way from Melbourne to Auckland||Melbourne||$5899|
|2022 Dec 18||12 days, one-way from Auckland to Lyttelton-Christchurch||Auckland||$5699|
|2022 Dec 30||11 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Auckland||Lyttelton-Christchurch||$5699|
|2023 Jan 10||14 days, one-way from Auckland to Melbourne||Auckland||$5899|
|2023 Jan 24||11 days, one-way from Melbourne to Cairns||Melbourne||$4599|
|2023 Feb 04||13 days, one-way from Cairns to Benoa||Cairns||$4299|
|2023 Feb 17||11 days, one-way from Benoa to Singapore||Benoa||$2899|
|2023 Mar 21||14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$4699|
|2023 Apr 04||12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo||Hong Kong||$4599|
|2023 Apr 16||10 days, one-way from Tokyo to Kobe||Tokyo||$4599|
|2023 Apr 26||10 days, one-way from Kobe to Tokyo||Kobe||$4599|
|2023 May 06||10 days, one-way from Tokyo to Kobe||Tokyo||$4599|
|2023 May 16||10 days, one-way from Kobe to Tokyo||Kobe||$4599|
Star Breeze Review
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 312-passenger cruise ship Star Breeze is German-built luxury liner completed in 1989 and drydock stretched/enlarged in 2020. In 2005, the 212-passenger vessel (back then named "Seabourn Spirit") was rated by Conde Nast "best small cruise ship". In April 2015, the liner left Seabourn's fleet and in May joined Windstar's fleet as "Star Breeze". The ship was built at Schichau Seebeckwerft (shipyard in Bremerhaven Germany) and christened (as Seabourn Spirit) by Aagot Brynestad - the mother of Seabourn's founder Atle Brynestad.
In 2020, the 134-m long Star Breeze was enlarged (to the current 159 m LOA length) by cutting in two and inserting a 26-m long prebuilt midship section. The project was conducted at Fincantieri's shipyard in Port Palermo Sicily.
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).
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.
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.
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 has 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 was upgraded from 4x Bergen diesel engines (model B33:45, combined power output 7,3 MW) to 4x 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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