Windstar Cruises Renovates

Windstar Cruises Renovates

Windstar Cruises follows an $18 million refurbishment with $3 million more in renovations By: Marilyn Green
The new layout includes a comfy sitting area. // © 2013 Windstar Cruises
The new layout includes a comfy sitting area. // © 2013 Windstar Cruises

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Windstar Cruises, which has been steadily renovating its sailing ships, has announced another $3 million investment in stateroom upgrades for Wind Star and Wind Spirit, its smaller sailing yachts.

Wind Star’s 72 staterooms will be renovated in a drydock this November (one stateroom was already completed as a model showcase room). Wind Spirit is scheduled to have its 73 staterooms completed in April of 2015.

“We have a company-wide commitment to ensuring our yachts are constantly evolving in order to give our guests the best luxury experience possible,” said president and CEO Hans Birkholz. “These latest enhancements, along with renovations done in early 2012, will make our staterooms some of the best in the market.”

In 2012, accommodations and public rooms were enhanced as part of Windstar’s $18 million fleet-wide renovation. Staterooms and suites received features including leather headboards, new lighting features, elegant window coverings, plush wool carpeting, fresh artwork and stylish bed cushions.

The new layout will replace the previous desk and vanity configuration with a sofa; however, the middle section converts to a table, leaving two upholstered chairs for room service meals or for writing.

“Guests are staying in our model showcase stateroom on Wind Star, and the reviews so far have been outstanding,” said Birkholz. “The new layout really exemplifies yacht-style cruising.”

Windstar, which recently purchased Seabourn’s three smaller motor yachts, also is preparing to launch Star Pride in the Mediterranean in May of 2014.

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