Wind Star

Wind Star Review and Specifications

Specifications of Wind Star

Year built1986  /  Age : 32
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderAteliers et chantiers du Havre (Le Havre, France)
Class4-masted motor sailing ship
Building costUSD 65 million
OwnerXanterra Parks & Resorts Inc
OperatorWindstar Cruises
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)134 m / 440 ft
Beam (width)16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage5397 gt
Passengers148 - 178
Crew84
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks5
Cabins74
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2018

Review of Wind Star

Launched in 1986, Wind Star is the first and oldest of the three Windstar sailing yachts, together with Wind Surf and Wind Spirit. The three four-masted vessels are uniquely designed for tall sailing ship cruises. The ship was last refurbished in 2012.

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 Wind Star cruise ship

Windstar's namesake vessel, the 5,703-ton, 167-passenger cruise ship Wind Star, is a sleek, 4-masted, motorized sailing yacht which is the first of three in the casual-yet-upscale line's fleet. Yet, continuous maintenance and recent repair have kept it fresh and youthful. In the staterooms, scratchy old bathrooms have been spruced up with granite countertops, high-piled towels and nice shower sprayers; and new combination DVD/CD/iPod Nano players have upped the ante in the department of tech toys. Public places and dining venues have been updated, too.

Cruise itinerary program

Wind Star itinerary program is based on Caribbean cruises from Barbados and Mediterranean Sea voyages with departures from Turkey and Greece. The ship offers Transatlantic repositioning crossings between Europe and Caribbean.

Cabins

Windstar Star yacht features one oceanview owner’s suite and 73 oceanview deluxe staterooms in 5 grades. All staterooms are with queen beds, DVD player, flat-screen TV and speakers Bose SoundDock for Apple iPods. The Owner’s Suite (220 ft2) has a sitting area. 

Windstar Wind Star ship 2012 renovations included full update of public rooms decor. The staterooms are newly enhanced with leather headboards, linen wall coverings, arm chairs, new lighting features, carpeting, window coverings, new art work, stylish bed cushions and throws. With large windows and skylight, ship's lounge is full of natural light the whole day.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Wind Star ship has two primary dining venues, both open seating: the AmphorA Restaurant in the evenings which offers course-by-course gourmet cuisine and Veranda restaurant with casual full-service and buffet dining (breakfast and lunch). A reservation is needed for Candles if you choose dining under the stars. In 2012 The Restaurant was redesigned, renamed Amphora and a new menu was launched. The Pool Bar also was redesigned to make additional al fresco seating for sunset dining at Candles Grill with a new awning and deck furniture. 

Follows the complete list of Wind Star 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).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

With teak wide open decks of over 10,000 sq.feet of space, generous for this size ship, and 21,500 sq.ft new sail overhead, Wind Star guests may find hidden nooks for their private moments with the feeling of their own veranda. Be sure you'll benefit from small Star ship's access to unreachable otherwise ports of call. On board amenities are the WindSpa, Casino, Library, Lounge, Pool, Watersports Platform, and Hot Tub. During 2012 renovation The Reception Zone received a make-over, as did The Lounge with new hardwood flooring and a new AV system.

Windstar Wind Star cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Wind Star 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 a banana boat, waterski boat, sea kayaks, sunfish sailboats, wakeboards, boards for windsurfing, paddle boards, scuba diving and snorkeling equipment, plus four Zodiacs; the steel cage forms a swimming pool in the sea)
  • Lounge (ship’s theater/main show lounge for live evening entertainment); Library
  • The Signature Shop/Boutique Shop (sells duty-free luxury fashion clothing and accessories)
  • The Casino (with blackjack/roulette gambling tables, slot machines)
  • WindSpa (operated by Steiner; has a treatment room, Sauna and Beauty Salon. “Spa Under the Stars” program offers spa treatments out on deck)
  • The Fitness Center (with free weights, exercycles and treadmills; offers complimentary excercise classes)
  • Pool Area (with one swimming pool, a waterfall cascading from the whirlpool, sunbathing area served by the Pool Bar)
  • The Flying Bridge deck is designed to resemble the traditional navigation point.

Wind Star wiki

  • Wind Star cruise ship was built as the first tall sailing ship in the fleet of Windstar Cruises. She is a member of a very specific class of three sister vessels - Wind Star, Wind Spirit and Wind Song. Wind Song had fire in the engine room in 2002, and the ship was scuttled. Windstar sailing yachts have modern design, but still feature 6 sails on 4 masts, that are handled via a sophisticated computer program.
  • Yacht's design is based on smaller 5,350-ton motor sailing yachts constructed by the French shipbuilding company "Societe Nouvelle des Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre". Among those are the Windstar sail ships Wind Surf and Wind Spirit, and also Club Med 2.
  • In 2012, Windstar Cruises completed an extensive (18-month long) ship refurbishment project for renovations of company's all three sail yachts – Wind Star, Wind Spirit and Wind Surf. Works included overhauls of all passenger staterooms, dining venues, public spaces, as well as new sails.
  • Wind Star ship has fleet's first female Captain - Belinda Bennett (born on St Helena Island - a British Overseas Territory in South Atlantic Ocean). At age 17, she started as deck cadet on the cargo-passenger ship RMS St Helena. In September 2005, she joined Windstar as Second Officer and was named captain of Wind Star in January 2016.

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Wind Star Itineraries

The below listed Wind Star 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
2018 Nov 20 21 days, one-way from Lisbon to Oranjestad Lisbon
2018 Nov 20 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Bridgetown Lisbon
2018 Dec 04 18 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Puntarenas Bridgetown
2018 Dec 04 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Oranjestad Bridgetown
2018 Dec 11 11 days, one-way from Oranjestad to Puntarenas Oranjestad$1999
2018 Dec 22 11 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas
2019 Jan 02 10 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2899
2019 Jan 12 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas
2019 Jan 19 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$3199
2019 Jan 26 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas
2019 Feb 02 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2899
2019 Feb 16 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$3599
2019 Mar 02 10 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$4099
2019 Mar 12 18 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Bridgetown Puntarenas$4699
2019 Mar 12 11 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Oranjestad Puntarenas$3199
2019 Mar 23 22 days, one-way from Oranjestad to Lisbon Oranjestad$3199
2019 Mar 23 7 days, one-way from Oranjestad to Bridgetown Oranjestad$2299
2019 Mar 30 23 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Barcelona Bridgetown$4099
2019 Mar 30 15 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Lisbon Bridgetown$1399
2019 Apr 14 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Civitavecchia Lisbon$5599
2019 Apr 14 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon$3499
2019 Apr 22 13 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$5399
2019 Apr 22 6 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$2799
2019 Apr 28 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$3599
2019 May 05 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus
2019 May 12 10 days, round-trip Ancient Wonders of Greece & Ephesus Piraeus$7199
2019 May 22 10 days, round-trip Ancient Wonders of Greece & Ephesus Piraeus$7799
2019 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$5499
2019 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$5199
2019 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$5899
2019 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2019 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4799
2019 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2019 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2019 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2019 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2019 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$5199
2019 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2019 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus
2019 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2019 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$5199
2019 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$5599
2019 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$5599
2019 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4799
2019 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4799
2019 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4799
2019 Oct 19 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$4599
2019 Oct 19 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$3199
2019 Oct 26 17 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon Civitavecchia$4399
2019 Oct 26 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2599
2019 Nov 02 24 days, one-way from Barcelona to Philipsburg Barcelona$3199
2019 Nov 02 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$3299
2019 Nov 12 25 days, one-way from Lisbon to Colon Lisbon$2899
2019 Nov 12 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Philipsburg Lisbon$1399
2019 Nov 26 18 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Puntarenas Philipsburg$3699
2019 Nov 26 11 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Colon Philipsburg$2199
2019 Dec 07 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2499
2019 Dec 14 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas$2499
2019 Dec 21 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2999
2019 Dec 28 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas$2999
2020 Jan 04 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2499
2020 Jan 11 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas$2499
2020 Jan 18 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2699
2020 Jan 25 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas$2699
2020 Feb 01 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2699
2020 Feb 08 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas$2699
2020 Feb 15 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2899
2020 Feb 22 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas$2899
2020 Feb 29 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon$2899
2020 Mar 07 18 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Philipsburg Puntarenas$3999
2020 Mar 07 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas$2899
2020 Mar 14 26 days, one-way from Colon to Lisbon Colon$2799
2020 Mar 14 11 days, one-way from Colon to Philipsburg Colon$2374
2020 Mar 25 25 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Barcelona Philipsburg$3599
2020 Mar 25 15 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Lisbon Philipsburg$1499
2020 Apr 09 17 days, one-way from Lisbon to Civitavecchia Lisbon$4599
2020 Apr 09 10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon$3199
2020 Apr 19 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$4604
2020 Apr 19 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$2499
2020 Apr 26 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$2899
2020 May 03 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 May 10 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 May 17 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4499
2020 Aug 02 10 days, round-trip Ancient Wonders of Greece & Ephesus Piraeus$5999
2020 Aug 12 11 days, round-trip Ancient Wonders of Greece & Ephesus Piraeus$6199
2020 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2020 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2020 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699
2020 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles Piraeus$4699