Windstar Cruises has added 11 new Private Events for its 2016 Europe sailing season. Launched in 2015, Windstar’s Private Events are in-depth local experiences available in each port and exclusive to Windstar guests.
For 2016 Windstar has added six new Private Events in the Mediterranean and five new private Events in Northern Europe, bringing it to a total of 20 for all of Europe. The Private Events program stemmed from the cruise line’s Grand Prix of Monaco sailing, now turned themed cruise, where guests receive a special Grand Prix themed cocktail reception and dinner as well as K Section seats for Grand Prix of Monaco for Saturday’s qualifying race and Sunday’s final.
New in the Mediterranean on the eight-day Treasures of Southern Spain & Morocco itinerary aboard the Wind Star and Wind Surf is the Giants, Big-Heads & Human Towers Private Event in Tarragona, Spain. This event is held at the Roman Amphitheater of Tarragona, built in the first century A.D. and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The event begins with the building of a castell, a tower of people standing one on top of the other, often ranging a story or more high. This festival tradition was first documented in 1712 and is now on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List. Windstar guests watch as the castell is built and dismantled. Throughout the Private Event guests get sangria Catalan tapas, including Iberian ham, while entertained by Catalan Giants (larger than life papier-maché figures), and Big-Heads (festival figures with huge heads that are worn on the head and shoulders of a normal sized person).
New in Northern Europe on the 11-day Lands of the Midnight Sun itinerary aboard the Star Legend is Molde: The Magnificent Caves Bergtatt Private Event. The day begins with a scenic drive north to the marble caves of Bergtatt, where guests take a boat deep into the glistening caves, traversing an underground lake aboard a comfortable barge. These caves are not navigated in total darkness – light from chandeliers installed within the caverns reflects on the clear water to illuminate the journey. After leaving the boats and entering into the main hall, guests enjoy traditional Norwegian fare like lefse, a soft Norwegian flatbread made with potatoes, flour, butter, and milk, and drink sparkling wine while being entertained by local singers and dancers. Also in Northern Europe is the St. Petersburg: Artistry in Ballet at Musical Comedy Theatre on the Baltic Delights itinerary during which Windstar guests are treated to an exclusive ballet performance in the ballet capitol of Russia at the Musical Comedy Theatre.
Windstar’s nine other new European Private Events include:
Bergen: Romantic Inspiration - Lands of the Midnight Sun
Seydisfjordur: Natural Splendor & Quirky Charm - Around Iceland
St. Petersburg: Artistry in Ballet at Musical Comedy Theatre - Baltic Delights
Porto: Unique Riverboat Cruising with Songs & Spirits of Portugal - Best of Europe’s West Coast
Agadir: Moroccan Meal & Entertainment in a Desert Tent - Morocco & The Canary Islands
Dubrovnik: Spectacular View, Wine Tasting & Folklore Show at Park Orsula - Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast
Tangier: Mystery, Romance and Espionage - Treasures of Southern Spain & Morocco
Katakolon: Magna Grecia - The Spirit of Greece Itself - Venetian Passages
Portofino: Beloved Villa Durazzo, Pesto Demo & Tastings -Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras