Suites will be refreshed with new soft goods during the upcoming renovation period. // © 2015 Windstar Cruises
Feature image (above): The new Amphora restaurant will serve Windstar specialties and dishes inspired by destinations on the ship’s itinerary. // © 2015 Windstar Cruises
Spring will be an important season for Windstar Cruises. The luxury line will take possession of the two ships it purchased from Seabourn in April, and each will receive an $8.5 million, three-week renovation before debuting in Europe in May. The 212-guest yachts will be christened Star Breeze and Star Legend, and they complete the trio of former Seabourn ships with Star Pride.
“Star Breeze and Star Legend will receive a full stem-to-stern transformation, more than doubling the investment that was spent on Star Pride’s original enhancements,” said Hans Birkholz, CEO for Windstar Cruises. “We learned a lot about our guests’ preferences with the debut of Star Pride last year. We are taking their feedback and giving them what they want with the launch of these two all-suite yachts.”
Upgrades on Star Legend and Star Breeze include a transformed entertainment lounge with new floor and furnishings. The Veranda restaurant in the stern will have a larger outdoor area with a garden wall, and the Star Deck will be larger by 4 feet on each side of the ship to provide additional space for guests to relax on lounge chairs. The former card room will become a screening room where guests can watch movies or play video games.
Public areas will also receive updated decor, complete with fresh upholstery, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments and floors. The top deck Observation Lounge, offering a coffee bar and snacks, gets a more open layout and new flooring and furniture. The club space will become Windstar’s signature Compass Rose, with new furnishings and comfortable chairs for enjoying the nightly live music performances.
All restaurants are open seating and complimentary. The main dining room will be redesigned as Amphora Restaurant with a new ambiance and seating layout, and Candles, Veranda’s nighttime face, will offer table service under the stars.
In addition, all suites will be refreshed with new soft goods. The Owner’s Suites (each refurbished ship has two) will reflect special exotic destinations where Windstar sails.