Windstar Cruises Completes Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative

By Windstar Cruises  ·  November 2021

Windstar Cruises offers a travel experience that is 180 degrees from ordinary. We invite you to step away from the crowds and enjoy an intimate, private yacht style experience where freedom is the order of the day and friendly and relaxing is the vibe onboard.

Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative is so much more than a paint job! Just like we’ve done with small ship cruising, Windstar is taking “renovation” in a different direction. We have just finished transforming our three all-suite Star Plus Class yachts—Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride—end-to-end to offer you more comfort in your suite, more delight on deck, and more surprises in store.

We have added 84 feet to each yacht after installing an all-new center section, which features 50 new suites with more open floor plans, and a lovely new pool with extra outdoor deck space. Plus, 100 percent of the suites throughout the yacht have brand new bathrooms.

The Star Plus Initiative isn’t just about making the yachts a little bigger, it’s about offering you more about what you love about Windstar. Each yacht serves only 312 guests, so even with additional suites we can still offer the world’s best small ship experience, now with more amenities that you have been asking for.

The Ship

Our perfectly sized all-suite Star Plus Class yachts, Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride, flip the script on cruising. Each yacht accommodates only 312 guests, and is large enough to pamper, yet small enough to go where big ships can’t.

Each yacht features a gorgeous new pool and open deck space with more access to the sea and the sky. In the aft section there is a fully equipped Watersports Platform, with complimentary use of all watersports equipment, including personally fitted snorkel gear. When it’s time to rejuvenate, head to World Spa by Windstar, where the treatments use traditional ingredients found in the very places you are exploring. Plus, the thermal suite and sauna are complimentary.

All suites offer ocean views and start at 277 square feet, many with French balconies. There are also 50 new mid-ship Star Plus Class suites with large picture windows and open floor plans. Plus, every bathroom is brand new throughout the vessel.

Guests aboard Star Plus Class yachts will choose among six casual dining options, including two brand new restaurants created by world-renowned chefs only available on Windstar Cruises. And as always, any reservations you make are complimentary.

Of all the things that make Windstar 180 degrees from ordinary, the most exceptional may be our crew. To them, hospitality is not just a job, it’s a calling, and their greatest reward is just to see you smile.

And behind the scenes we left no corner of the yachts untouched. Important improvements were made in health & safety, security, and efficiency & sustainability to both the Star Plus Class and Wind Class yachts.


Designed like private residences, our 277 foot minimum suites provide an oasis of relaxing indulgence in your home away from home. Windstar’s signature bowls of flowers and fresh fruit await you, along with soft seascape colors, beautiful upholstery and fine count Egyptian cotton linens. L’Occitane bath amenities and waffle-weave robes and slippers set the scene for relaxation. And we’ve got all the tech, too—Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and hundred of movies and TV series on demand, all with magnificent ocean views.

When you book a Premium Suite on Windstar, you don’t just get more space. You get premium space filled with premium amenities. And now, with our new Premium Suites Program, Owner’s Suites, Bridge Suites, Deluxe Suites, and all suites on Wind Surf include even more special touches to make your voyage memorable. And as always, any reservations you make are complimentary.

Premium Suites Include:

  • Unlimited Internet
  • Personal attention from the Hotel General Manager
  • Personalized wake-up call service with beverages
  • Preferred complimentary reservations at Candles, Stella Bistro and Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso
  • Preferred check-in
  • Chilled bottle of Maschio Prosecco upon arrival
  • Larger fruit basket with berries
  • Daily canape service
  • Premium Pure Pampering L’Occitane bath products
  • Illy capsule espresso machine
  • Buttery soft velour bathrobes and slippers
  • Binoculars


Windstar Cruises is the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation which nominates and chooses winners of the James Beard Awards, referred to as the “Oscar’s” of the restaurant industry. We’re able to work with some of the best chefs to create the extraordinary dishes on our nightly menu and in our culinary demos.

And now available just for Windstar on our newly reimagined Star Plus Class yachts there are two new restaurants we are very excited about. And as with all our dining choices, there are no reservations required and no additional charges.

You will find all the traditional grilled and barbecued favorites, and discover new dishes from around the globe, at Star Grill by Steven Raichlen. For Raichlen, a multi-award winning writer, lecturer and international TV host, barbecue isn’t a pastime, it’s a calling. Star Grill by Steven Raichlen offers alfresco dining with seating for 95, with two carving stations. 

You don’t have to travel any farther than Deck 6 to find a bit, or a bite, of Spain at Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso. A 13-year veteran of Casa Mono in New York City, he earned the restaurant a Michelin star ten times. Savor flavors of Spanish local culture with options of sitting at a cozy chef’s counter or communal table. It’s a delicious way to experience the best coastal regions of Spain, no matter where your Windstar cruise is headed.

On Windstar Cruises, the restaurants are just one part of the many delicious culinary experiences you can enjoy as you are immersed in fascinating cultures around the world. To really be part of the destinations, you are invited to join in complimentary demos with seasoned chefs, culinary shore excursions and fresh, locally inspired cuisine using local ingredients that provide a taste of the destination’s heart and soul.


Windstar Cruises has become known for the Signature Onboard Barbecue, a highlight of every cruise. At these renowned parties on board, you enjoy sumptuous food, dancing under the stars, impromptu performances and live music into the wee hours of the morning. You will find an amazing spread of grilled entrees, ranging from roast suckling pig and grilled lamb chops to lobster tails, crab legs and jumbo shrimp cocktails, along with delicious salads and sides, and decadent desserts.

There’s no better way to dive into a destination than through experiencing its food markets—and Windstar makes that easy with complimentary Market Tours with the Chef. In select ports, you are invited to join the Chef to select the local ingredients that will be part of the meal that evening. The markets are an experience for the senses, where you can see, smell, touch and taste local staples and delicacies, from artisanal cheeses and local wines to the freshest fruits and vegetables—all under the guidance of one of our expert chefs.

What better way to really become immersed in the sailing experience than to chat with the Captain and the officers’s Windstar’s unique Open Bridge fosters just that, encouraging you to visit the Bridge when open for visitors, no reservations or pre-planning necessary. You can learn about the equipment, ask the Captain questions, explore a starry night from a perfect vantage point or just chat with the crew while enjoying the beautiful view.

One of Windstar’s most unique amenities it the Watersports Platform, a creative use of a space on all six yachts that encourages you to make the most of the ocean around you. From here you can enjoy unlimited complimentary use of all water sports equipment to try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, water skiing and windsurfing. Too much work? A large foam flotation island is often unfurled into the sea, allowing you to lounge casually, swim and simply bask in the view around you. And don’t forget, there’s no need to bring snorkel equipment on any Windstar cruise. We provide complimentary masks, fins and snorkels for use on the local beaches, group shore excursions and individual explorations.

When it’s time to relax and rejuvenate, head to World Spa by Windstar, where the spa treatments have recently been expanded with authentic rituals and time-honored therapies from cultures around the globe using traditional ingredients found in the very places you are exploring. Here you can indulge in a relaxing massage, soothing facial, aromatherapy spa bath, find new hairstyling or a fresh manicure. For those who want to maintain your fitness routines while aboard ship, the Fitness Center is open 24/7 and fully equipped for all levels of workouts. Join complimentary fitness classes all with a backdrop of stunning ocean views.


Windstar offers you the ability to customize your vacation inclusions to your taste. On all Windstar Cruises, the following are complimentary:

  • All meals in all dining venues, with premium products available for a surcharge
  • Non-alcoholic beverages, including sodas, tea, coffee zero-proof cocktails and bottled water
  • Champagne welcome reception
  • Market Tours with the Chef on select itineraries
  • Port lectures and briefings
  • Cooking demonstrations and tastings
  • Signature Onboard Barbecue
  • Onboard entertainment, including local performances in most regions
  • Fully equipped Watersports Platform and use of all watersports equipment
  • Use of the fitness facility
  • Fresh flowers and fruit in all staterooms and suites
  • Access to the Open Bridge to chat with the Captain and officers
  • All ocean view staterooms and suites, many with French balconies on Star Plus yachts
  • Shoe polishing service
  • Thermal suite and sauna at World Spa by Windstar

Choose to make your Windstar Cruises vacation all-inclusive with unlimited alcoholic beverages, unlimited Wi-Fi for the length of the voyage, and all gratuities. It’s a great value and convenience, and offers you more of the carefree environment you seek on board.

Windstar Cruises Welcoming Culture – 180 Degrees from Ordinary

For anyone yearning for a more authentic and personalized travel experience, your yacht has arrived.


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