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The $250 Million Star Plus Initiative

So Much More Than A Paint Job. This $250 Million Initiative Transforms Our Star Class Room For Stretching Out.

“They just don’t build ships like this anymore. We are keeping the best elements and designs from these iconic vessels and re-envisioning them for the modern guest.”
Ray Chung, Director Of Design, The Johnson Studio At Cooper Carry

WHEN OUR GUESTS TELL US they want more of what they love on Windstar, we take it as seriously as captain’s orders. That’s why we’ve embarked on a comprehensive renovation of our three all-suite Star Class ships — Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride. So you get even more suites to choose from, more delight on deck, and more to explore on board.

You’ll love our beautiful new teak sundeck and iconic, cascading pool, 50 new impeccably-designed suites, gorgeous new bathrooms in all suites, and exciting menus at our new dining venues. There are also improvements behind the scenes that will help our crew serve you even better and make our Star Class ships more environmentally friendly than ever.

Like all of our small ships, our Star Class, holding only 312 guests, will continue to call at some of the world’s smallest and most interesting ports. And you’ll still enjoy the intimate environment and highly-personalized service that Windstar offers with our enviable ratio of crew to guests.

“The Initiative is not about getting bigger, it’s about offering our guests more of what they love about Windstar. Each ship will carry 312 guests total which nearly matches the capacity for Wind Surf.

The additional capacity keeps us squarely in the under 350 category. We will continue to offer the world’s best small ship experience but with more amenities that our guests have been asking us for like additional dining and an expanded spa and fitness center. We are making these improvements to ensure these beloved ships may continue to operate well into the future.”
John Delaney, President, Windstar Cruises


  • Fifty new suites with new configurations and new 1,374 square-foot Grand Owner’s Suite
  • All existing suites will receive all-new bathrooms with new modern design touches
  • New artful and eclectic Spanish restaurant, Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso
  • New casual outdoor grill venue, Star Grill by Steven Raichlen
  • Expanded spa and more spacious fitness center with new motion studio
  • Beautiful new elevated pool and whirlpool
  • Expanded public spaces and open deck areas
  • New enlarged Veranda restaurant with enhanced interior seating
  • Interactive TV system in all suites with hundreds of movie choices
  • Enhanced shopping experience with high-end jewelry gallery
  • Refreshed and updated public restrooms


Want to snuggle up to the sea with a bed beside the window? Or combine a new Owner’s Suite Midship to create a three-bedroom, two-balcony floor plan? With the addition of 50 new stunning, comfortable suites, new furnishings, open living spaces for entertaining and relaxing, and welcoming ambience, your private retreat and home base for your travels awaits.


We’ve configured the layout to give you more of what you want — space, style, views and convenience.
  • Grand Owner’s Suite
  • Owner’s Suite Midship
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Star Balcony Suite
  • Star Ocean View Suite
  • Star Porthole Suite


Nothing beats the start of a new day in a new port, so we’ve taken a renewed approach to getting ready with redesigned bathrooms in ALL suites on the ship. With new sinks, new mirrors, new tile, modern touches, and many with new walk-in showers, it’s sure to start your day off with a smile.

While other cruise lines might use a transformation as an opportunity to add a few water slides, we chose to enhance your experience of the sea and sky with a gorgeous elevated pool and whirlpool.

We’ve expanded the sundeck so you have more room to sunbathe and relax. What’s more, you can also explore the brand new Star Grill by Steven Raichlen, or sip on a Star Bar cocktail.

After an exhilarating day of hiking, watersports, or exploring the world’s most interesting ports like a local, you can retreat to our beautiful new spa with serene treatment rooms, fitness center, motion studio, and salon.

Want to indulge in a massage with techniques from around the world? Take an invigorating yoga class? Jump on a treadmill for a quick run with a view of the pool? Get spruced up for a night out? This is your haven on board.


Amphora restaurant remains just the way our guests love it, still in its prime mid-ship location. Veranda restaurant will offer a new, expanded buffet with additional indoor seating. The Watersports Platform is untouched and as fun as ever. The Lounge, Compass Rose, Yacht Club Café, and Atrium continue to offer spaces to convene and relax that are as inviting as ever.


“I’ve spent my life traveling the world’s barbecue trail to bring my readers and viewers the ultimate in global grilling. What better way to share my discoveries than on a Windstar cruise ship bound for new adventures?””
— Steven Raichlen


You can tell a lot about a culture by the way it grills. You’ll find all your traditional grilled and barbecued favorites (and discover new dishes from around the globe) at Star Grill by Steven Raichlen — our new casual outdoor restaurant brought to you in partnership with the man who reinvented barbecue.

For Raichlen, a multi-award-winning writer, lecturer, and international TV host, barbecue isn’t a pastime, it’s a calling. The founder of Barbecue University and Barbecue Hall of Famer hosts the popular Project Fire and Project Smoke shows on Public Television. His 31 books — many of them New York Times bestsellers — have won five James Beard Awards, three IACP / Julia Child Awards, and have been translated into 17 languages.

Now you can taste for yourself where Raichlen’s curiosity for world barbecue takes him. Just steps away from the popular Star Bar, the Star Grill by Steven Raichlen offers alfresco dining with seating for 95, with two carving stations. Experience traditional and world barbecue with a modern twist, from maple sriracha chicken wings to Danish smoked shrimp, from Hill Country brisket to lemongrass pork — or on sea days, enjoy a mid-morning Frühschoppen with artisanal grilled sausage and pretzel rolls. Served with a sea view!


“I’ve spent a lifetime studying Spanish food and culture, working in several Catalan kitchens, traveling the Iberian landscape and learning from and getting inspired by the masters: everyone from the Roca Brothers of El Celler de Can Roca to the unmatchable Pablo Picasso. This new venture with Windstar will be the perfect vehicle to showcase the universally enticing flavors of Spain and its coastal seas. I’m extremely excited and honored to be involved with this innovative company.”
— Anthony Sasso

YOU WON’T HAVE TO travel any further than Deck 6 to find a little bit (or bite) of Spain with our new specialty restaurant, Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso. A 13- year veteran of Casa Mono in New York City, where he earned the restaurant a Michelin star ten times, and an alumni of Windstar’s culinary-themed cruise program, Sasso knows his way around the kitchen and the galley. His newest creation is an inventive take on modern Spanish cuisine just for Windstar.

Savor flavors of Spanish local culture as you dine family style in intimate surroundings that encourage sharing and camaraderie. Sit at a cozy chef’s counter or communal table and pass around regional dishes like jamon iberico de bellota (24 month aged pork leg raised solely on acorns), or a favorite dessert of Madrid, churros y chocolate, cinnamon and sugar fritters served with spicy hot chocolate and fresh seasonal fruit.

It’s a delicious way to experience the best coastal regions of Spain — no matter where your Windstar cruise is headed.




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