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Cruises and Sailing

 March 20, 2002
Windstar To Tahiti

 Heralding the return of the Wind Song to Tahiti and her islands in Spring 2002, Windstar Cruises has just released the new "Tahiti and Her Islands" brochure. The first person account of Windstar's Tahiti is employed to lure travelers to open this colorful 12-page brochure, with promises of "blue lagoons, dramatic harbors, ancient temples, and deck-side sunsets." Inside, potential guests and travel agents will find details on itineraries, dates and pricing for Windstar's 2002 Tahiti program. "The reunion of the Wind Song with her Tahitian home has been greatly anticipated by many. The pampering Wind Song staff and crew is more than ready to renew this award-winning program with the ship that was built to sail it," said Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises.

"The new brochure is only a taste of what awaits travelers on one of our exclusive Tahitian cruises," Russell added. The adventure begins on May 1, 2002, when the 148-passenger Wind Song sets sail on a 14-day repositioning voyage from Auckland, New Zealand to Papeete, Tahiti. After eight days of exploring the course charted by Captain James Cook across the South Pacific, the Wind Song visits Cook's namesake; Islands of Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and Atiu. She then continues on course for her final destination, Papeete, Tahiti. Next, the Wind Song sets sail on May 14, 2002 with a 10-day "Tahiti Maeva" welcome back sailing, accompanied by Windstar's 2002 brochure artist Christopher Corr and local dignitaries. This extravagant voyage celebrates Wind Song's return to her native islands sailing round trip from Papeete, Tahiti, with stops in Rangiroa, Arutua, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Moorea.

On May 24, 2002 the Wind Song begins its regularly scheduled seven-day cruises departing every Friday through December of 2002. A total of 32 cruises round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti explore the favorite islands of Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Moorea. Itinerary highlights of Windstar's 7-day cruises include overnight port calls at four of the five destination islands, including Raiatea, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti. This will provide cruise guests with the opportunity to indulge themselves and truly experience all the islands have to offer. Guests can do as much or as little as they like, going on adventures such as a four-wheel drive jeep tour or relaxing in their own private over-water bungalow. Windstar's Tahiti brochure tempts cruise guests with the following descriptive island adventures: On Tahiti, "warm smiles and tiare-flowered leis welcome you to paradise".

At Raiatea, "learn about the mystical origins of the Polynesian peoples, or ride into the lush picturesque mountains on horseback." Huahine offers the chance to "make your acquaintance with the amazing undersea life while snorkeling at the Coral Gardens." Bora Bora invites vacationers to "picnic on a palm-fringed motu, or go for an underwater walk in the world's most famous lagoon." On Moorea, "hike past towering waterfalls through unspoiled rainforest trails to Belvedere Overlook with its dramatic view of Moorea's twin bays."

Twenty-two diverse shore excursions will offer cruisers a variety of activities ranging from educational, such as the Huahine Culture and History Tour, to adventurous, such as the Deep Sea Fishing Tour. Shore excursions are priced from US$26 [CDN$38] per person. Another high point of the week-long Polynesian adventure will be Windstar's signature afternoon beach barbecue on Motu Tapu off Bora Bora, and a gala deck barbecue onboard Wind Song the evening of Moorea's port call.

Special early booking rates are available on all 2002 Tahiti voyages. Starting rates for the May 1, 2002 14-day repositioning cruise are US$3,595 [CDN$5,210]. Prices for the 10-day "Tahiti Maeva" cruise start at US$3,895 [CDN$5,645]. Rates for the seven-day voyages start at US$2,695 [CDN$3,906]. All rates are based on per person, double occupancy and include port taxes and charges. Windstar is offering cruise passengers who book the seven-day itinerary an optional package including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, California, post-cruise hotel dayroom, and all necessary transfers for US$495 [CDN$717] per person. Cruise passengers sailing on the 10-day itinerary can purchase a package including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, California, pre-cruise hotel, post-cruise hotel dayroom, and all necessary transfers for US$695 [CDN$1007] per person. Windstar is partnering with Air Tahiti Nui, the preeminent airline of Tahiti, providing passengers with the convenience of flying in and out of Tahiti on embarkation and debarkation days. Reasonable air add-ons are available from most major gateways. Windstar also offers a trip cancellation protection program that provides cash back for cancellation for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure.