Redefine Your Bucket List

By Windstar Cruises  ·  September 2021

Windstar’s private yacht style cruises take you beyond the standard bucket lists highlights to places and moments that are 180 degrees from ordinary.

Writing our bucket lists is one of those things that gives us something to start planning for and to look forward to in the future. Maybe it’s a trip to Tahiti or a visit to Rome that you have on your bucket list? But have you considered Sorrento, Italy as a gateway to the famously preserved ruins of Pompeii? Or diving for your own pearl in Raiatea, French Polynesia to set in your own custom-made piece of jewelry? Or dining in the shadow of the Celsus Library accompanied by the Aegean Chamber Orchestra? It’s the perfect time to redefine your bucket list and explore places beyond the ordinary.

Here’s a few of Windstar’s bucket list items – places that a Windstar yacht can take you and deliver unforgettable experiences you haven’t even dreamed of as you redefine your bucket list with us.

ALASKA

  • Get insider tips on the best places to see wildlife in Alaska from Windstar’s onboard experts
  • Learn the language of totems and uncover the lore of Alaska’s Glacier Bay’s tribal traditions
  • Watch hungry bears catch spawning salmon outside the rural backyards of a tiny Alaskan town
  • Join experienced expedition staff in Alaska on small group excursions in Zodiacs or kayaks getting up-close to glaciers paddling through fjords
  • Try Alaskan specialties: king crab bisque, halibut dumplings, and panko-crusted salmon all made by renowned local chefs in Juneau
  • Catch salmon, halibut, or rock fish on a chartered boat in the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska’s coastline

CANADA & NEW ENGLAND

  • Explore the remote Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site located in Newfoundland, Canada
  • Saunter the Seawall, the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path, and take in the breathtaking beauty of world-renowned Stanley Park, Vancouver’s very own green oasis, merely steps away from where Star Breeze docks at Canada Place
  • Explore the only walled city in North America, Old Quebec

THE CARIBBEAN

  • Bathe in the world famous Baths in Virgin Gorda – massive granite boulders that stand out against powdery white sand and crystal clear waters
  • Visit the Buried City In Montserrat with very knowledgeable guides who will share their personal stories about how a very small island state lived with and through explosive and very active volcanic episodes
  • Revel in beach luxury at its finest with a snorkeling, champagne and lobster cruise in Grenada
  • Sail to the four most remote islands of the Les Saintes archipelago: Grand Ilêt, La Coche, Les Augustins, and the Virgin Rock by catamaran

COSTA RICA & PANAMA CANAL

  • Transit one of the wonders of the Modern World, the Panama Canal with a canal expert narrating the experience and really understand the scale of the canal from a small ship
  • Hang around with a few monkeys and sloths while learning all about the rehabilitation efforts to help preserve Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife at Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center in Quepos, Costa Rica
  • Listen to the chatter of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park’s rainforest inhabitants
  • Walk across the eight hanging bridges in the canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
  • Attempt to capture the green flash, an optical phenomenon that might appear shortly after sunset or before sunrise in Costa Rica

GREECE

  • Climb up to Meteora, one of the most impenetrable monasteries in Greece
  • Slip into the armored sabatons of knights tasked to protect Rhodes, Greece five centuries ago
  • Decipher the future from the ancient world’s most important seer at Delphi, Greece
  • Transit the Corinth Canal, exclusive to small vessels and a dream of ancient emperors
  • Sail out of the Santorini Caldera with the sunset and watch the white top hillside light up at night
  • Explore Knossos Palace on the island of Crete, the oldest known civilization of Minoans, which existed from 3000 BC to 1100 BC

THE HOLY LANDS

  • Tell time beneath the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Stand at the manger where Christ was born in Bethlehem and trace his footsteps to his death and resurrection

THE MEDITERRANEAN

  • Photograph Petra’s Royal Tombs carved of sandstone turning pink at sunset
  • Kayak around the Dubrovnik Old City Walls and City Ramparts, a unique opportunity to get acquainted with Dubrovnik from the seaside
  • Explore Saint Tropez, one of the most popular resorts in Europe known for its variety of yachts, luxury boutiques, cafes and antique shops
  • Shop the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul – one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops
  • Climb the circular stairway for a close-up view of the cloister at Mont St. Michel, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cruise the Douro River on a traditional Rabelo boat and taste local Portuguese Port wines

NORTHERN EUROPE

  • Ride away on an Icelandic horse breed introduced by Vikings over a thousand years ago
  • Soak and relax in the remote Arctic wilderness hot spring of Uunartoq while admiring the passing icebergs drifting by
  • Imagine Finn McCool throwing stones across the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland, a UNESCO site, at the Scottish giant Benandonner
  • Pretend you are royalty as you walk the Royal Mile up to Edinburgh Castle
  • Journey to the center of the earth and visit the 8,000-year-old cave Vatnshellir in Grundarfjordur, Iceland
  • Make it an artful adventure with a leisurely kayak through the Art Nouveau district in Alesund, Norway

MEXICO & THE COASTAL UNITED STATES

  • Catch the largest fish in your life in the Sea of Cortez, home to marlin, sail fish, mahi-mahi and big tuna
  • Swim and snorkel among sea lions at Balandra Bay, located in the Sea of Cortez near La Paz

TAHITI & THE SOUTH PACIFIC

  • Swim, snorkel, snack and sunbathe on an exclusive Taha’a motu at our Signature Beach Party
  • Learn Ori Tahiti (AKA-Tahitian Hula) from a 93-yearold Polynesian woman who has never left Tahiti, while eating lunch plated on a banana leaf, under a hut on a private motu
  • Drink freshly machete-chopped coconut water from the top of Belvedere Lookout on Moorea, French Polynesia
  • Enjoy a specially prepared feast and see expert fire dancers perform on your own private Tahitian motu
  • Explore the caldera of the Tahiti-Nui volcano on a 4×4 excursion through the jungles and waterfall-lined rock faces
  • Let the currents carry you effortlessly through coral gardens filled with tropical fish in Tahiti

LIFE ON WINDSTAR CRUISES

  • Live the romantic, seafaring life in the Officer’s Suite—just steps from the Bridge
  • Renew and rekindle honeymoon magic with an onboard vow renewal celebration
  • Read ship charts and master navigation skills in the company of Windstar’s bridge officers
  • Stand in awe beneath unfurling sails during a performance unique to Windstar’s sailing yachts

 

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