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Cruises and Sailing

 May 29, 2002
Windstar Extends Tahiti Air Offers

 Windstar Cruises is extending its free and low-cost airfare deals on 31 Tahiti cruises through the end of 2002. "If you have ever dreamed of a totally romantic getaway, Windstar's unique ships are unlike any other vacation experience in the world. Our Tahiti promotions add extra value that will peak the interest of consumers who are looking for an affordable, out of the ordinary luxury vacation," said Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. "Tahiti and her beautiful islands are the perfect match for Wind Song, an intimate sailing yacht carrying just 74 couples," Russell added.

On 17 cruises beginning May 31 through September 20, 2002 Windstar is featuring free roundtrip airfare to Tahiti on all reservations originating from: Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson, and Vancouver, B.C.

On those same dates, the luxury line is also offering roundtrip airfare to Tahiti for either $199 or $299 from 26 other North American cities listed below.

For $199 consumers can fly from roundtrip to Tahiti from these 15 cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New York, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Tampa.

And Roundtrip airfare to Tahiti 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.

On 14 cruises beginning September 27 through December 27, 2002 the company is offering roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles and Tahiti for $495 on all reservations.

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.

Both air deals include a post-cruise hotel dayroom and all necessary transfers, and are in addition to cruise rates listed below.

Seven-day cruise rates range from US$2,495 [Cdn$3,616] to US$2,795 [Cdn$4,051] for "B" category cabins on the 29 sailings between May 31 and December 13, 2002. Rates for the holiday cruises on December 20 and 27, 2002 start at US$3,172 [Cdn$4,597].

Discounted cruise rates are up to 40 percent off the brochure fare of US$4,195 [Cdn$6,080].

All cruise prices are listed per person, double-occupancy, in category B, including port charges and taxes. Airfare rates are also per person. An optional trip cancellation protection program provides cash back when you cancel for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure.

The 148-passenger Wind Song sails weekly from Tahiti to her exotic sister islands of Raiatea, Huahine, Bora Bora, and Moorea.

The Windstar credo of "180 degrees from ordinary" suits Tahiti and her islands perfectly. The pairing of an intimate sailing yacht and the South Pacific's cerulean waters and lush landscape create a romance-inspiring holiday for lovers of all ages.

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.

Cruise guests can enjoy the 80-degree water from the Wind Song's aft "pop-down" marina offering 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.

Tahiti's tropical topography indulges all of the senses. Luscious fresh papayas and mangos, colorful pareos, delicate coral and sea shells, precious black pearls, native artwork and handicrafts, and fragrant tiare leis are just a touch of what's in store for visitors to this idyllic destination.

The tall-mast sailing yacht Wind Song and her attentive crew, award-winning service, cuisine and accommodations provide the ideal way to experience the colorful culture of Tahiti and her islands.