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Cruises and Sailing

 April 11, 2002
Windstar Cruises - Fly Free To Tahiti

 Windstar Cruises announces free airfare from ten North American cities on all seven May and June cruise departures aboard the 148-passenger Wind Song in Tahiti. "You can't get better than free!" stated Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. "Our competitive air deals and cruise pricing make this dream vacation as affordable as it's ever been. "Wind Song in Tahiti offers the consummate romantic getaway. The ship is small and intimate and the pristine beauty of the islands is
unspoiled by crowds," added Russell. Seven hours from Los Angeles by plane, flight schedules allow
cruisers to maximize their vacation time in Tahiti. Windstar partners with Los Angeles-based Air Tahiti Nui, the pre-eminent airline of Tahiti, offering convenient and comfortable non-stop service aboard their
state-of-the-art Airbus 340-200 series aircraft.

Free roundtrip airfare, a post-cruise hotel dayroom and all necessary transfers are included in the cruise price listed below for all bookings originating from the following cities: Los Angeles, Oklahoma City,
Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson, and Vancouver, B.C.

$199 - $299 Airfare From 26 Cities

The upscale line is also offering roundtrip airfare to Tahiti for either $199 or $299 from 26 other North American cities. The low-cost air rates include a post-cruise hotel dayroom and all necessary transfers and can be added on to the May/June cruise rates listed below. For $199 consumers can fly from these 15 cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New York, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Tampa. Airfare is just US$299 [Cdn$433] from the following 11 cities: Detroit, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto.

Discounted Cruise Rates

Seven-day cruise rates for the May 24 and 31, 2002 cruise start at US$2,695 [Cdn$3,906]. On June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2002 the seven-day cruise rate starts at US$2,795 [Cdn$4,051]. Prices start at US$3,895 [Cdn$5,645] for the 10-day Tahiti Maeva (welcome) cruise on May 14, 2002. Discounted rates save consumers up to 38 percent off the brochure fare of US$4,195 [Cdn$6,080].

Tahiti + Wind Song = 180 Degrees From Ordinary

The company promises a week of enriching and diverse activities in this dream destination. On Wind Song's seven-day cruise the ship stays overnight at four of the five islands, including Raiatea, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti. The cruise also calls at Huahine and cruises by Tahaa. A sampling of optional shore excursion tours include a Nature Safari by Land Rover, Shark's Breakfast Outrigger Adventure, Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin & Whale Watching Expedition, and Motu Beach Picnic & Ray Feeding Tour. Free water-sports are a favorite Windstar feature. Wind Song's aft "pop-down" marina offers complimentary snorkel gear, water-skis, wind-surfers, kayaks, sailboats, and the not-to-be-missed "banana boat rides." Scuba diving is available to both novice and expert divers for an additional fee.

During the Raiatea island call, the "Children of Raiatea" and traditional "Tahitian Drum Troupe" perform onboard - singing, dancing and teaching guests about their rich culture. The "Mamas of Raiatea" sell local
handicrafts onboard such as hand-dyed pareos, palm leaf crowns and gorgeous, fragrant leis. Also, Bill Kolans, a noted anthropologist discusses the mystical origins and religions of the Polynesian people.

While visiting Moorea, a local dance group entertains cruise guests with the show "Hirinaki" performing lovely traditional dances with several costume changes. Dr. Michael Poole, world-renowned marine mammal expert lectures on the fascinating underwater world that he has researched for over two decades. Dr. Poole relates his experience documenting dolphins, whales, and sharks for many prestigious research facilities as well as for the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC, Audubon Society, Nightline and Good Morning America - among others.