Cruises and Sailing
|May 02, 2001|
Windstar Cruises Announces 2002 Sailing Schedule
|Windstar has issued a new mini-brochure, the "Windstar Cruises 2002 Voyage Planner," announcing all 2002 cruise itineraries for the luxury line's sailing fleet. Reservations are now being taken on all cruises. Newly announced destinations for 2002 include the Far East, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Bahamas and Florida Keys, and Malta. The four sailing yachts of Windstar will journey around the globe visiting 47 countries including 17 island nations/territories in the Caribbean. Well known for cruising off the beaten path, the 2002 itinerary offerings are no exception as the casually elegant cruise line celebrates its 15th anniversary year of sailing to exotic locales and hidden harbors that larger ships cannot access. The new itineraries complement tried and true Windstar favorites such as the Greek and Turkish Isles, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Virgin Islands, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, and Trans-Atlantic crossings.|
Consumers gain multiple advantages by shopping early for their Windstar cruise, due in large part to the intimate ship size (148-308 passengers.) Cruise guests who book early get the best choice of cruise fares, staterooms, sailing dates, and desired itineraries. Additionally, an early booking discount of up to 50% off the brochure rate is available through Windstar's "ASAP" (Advanced Savings Advantage Program) fares. The ASAP savings decrease as the cruises reach capacity, and new destinations traditionally sell out first. Current ASAP fares listed in the 2002 Voyage Planner range from US$1,593 [CDN$2,413] to US$5,695 [CDN$8,629]. All ASAP fares are per person based on double occupancy, include port charges and taxes, and are subject to change based on availability. The 2002 Voyage Planner is being sent to travel agencies across the U.S. and Canada. Consumers can request a brochure by calling 1-87-STAR-SAIL (1-877-827-7245.)
New 2002 Cruise Highlights
New Zealand kicks-off a year of new itineraries onboard the 148-passenger Wind Song. The ship will operate 10-day cruises from Christchurch to Auckland, New Zealand (and reverse) between January and March, and again in December 2002. Three 7-day cruises round-trip from Auckland are also offered in April 2002. The New Zealand cruise promises an action-packed adventure amongst the scenic beauty and splendor of both the north and south islands. Wine-tasting, cultural, architectural and pre/post-cruise tours will balance out excursions such as a thrilling "Black Water Rafting" adventure to the Waitomo Glowworm Cave or memorable whale watching and dolphin outings.
Australia & Indonesia
Australia and Indonesia will entice cruisers on a series of 12- and 14-day spring and fall repositioning cruises as the Wind Song moves from New Zealand to exotic Far East cruises. These repositioning cruises boast high-tech sailing through the exotic South Pacific Seas combined with the rare opportunity to visit the Bay of Islands, New Zealand; Whitsunday Island, and Darwin, Australia; Komodo Island, Semarang, and the Krakatoa Volcano in Indonesia.
The Far East
Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand will unravel the marvels of their ancient lands and exotic cultures to Windstar guests on a series of 18 cruises next summer. The Wind Song offers four 12-day cruises from Singapore, to Bangkok, Thailand (or reverse) in June and October 2002. The ship will sail on fourteen 7-day cruises from Singapore, to Phuket, Thailand (or reverse) from July 3, through October 2, 2002.
Bahamas & Florida Keys
After over a decade of sailing exclusively to international ports, Windstar is proud to be bringing the 308-passenger mega-sailing yacht Wind Surf to mainland U.S.A. in 2002. She will cruise to the Bahamas and Florida Keys, on ten 7-day cruises in March, April, and December of 2002 from her newest homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Malta Added to Mediterranean Maneuvers
Malta adds a new intriguing element to European cruises as the Wind Surf will be spreading her sails from one end of the Mediterranean to the other in summer 2002. Wind Surf will offer twenty-eight 7-day cruises with turn-around stops every Sunday at the following home ports: Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Nice, France; Rome, Italy; Grand Harbour, Malta; and Venice, Italy. Cruises are also available in reverse order.
Traversing the Mediterranean shores from Portugal to Italy six times on the above itinerary rotation, the 7-day Wind Surf cruises may be combined to create a longer voyage between April 28, and November 17, 2002.
Venice Overnight Onboard Wind Surf
Another 2002 European highlight will give cruise guests the opportunity to really indulge and explore the magical city of Venice. Their own personal yacht, the Wind Surf, is scheduled to enjoy a "floating hotel" overnight stay during each visit to the city of endless islands, canals and bridges.
Popular Favorites Revisited
Wind Star and Wind Spirit will maintain quintessential cruising across the azure Aegean next summer. Luxury sailing Windstar-style throughout the idyllic Greek and Turkish Isles is hard to beat. The Wind Spirit will split its winter season between eco-cruising in Costa Rica, and the yachting harbors of the Virgin Islands. A Panama Canal transit will be offered on either end. Popular Barbados and the Lesser Antilles will still delight cruisers in early 2002. The Wind Surf cruises on alternating north and southbound itineraries prior to repositioning via St. Thomas to Florida. Cruises to Belize and the Mayan Riviera from Cancun, Mexico will continue to offer a fascinating mix of sun, history and archeology. Offshore, the views underwater will be appreciated by dive and snorkel buffs from the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest reef in the Western Hemisphere.