Windstar Cruises has added more overnights and late-night port calls to its itineraries. Now, more than 45 percent of Windstar’s cruises offer a late night (10 p.m. or later) or overnight in port that allows cruisers more time to explore each destination. Windstar offers a total of 299 ports in 79 countries, Signature Expeditions and a variety of newly curated cultural activities, entertainment and culinary experiences.
There are overnight and multi-night stays at popular destinations around the world including St. Petersburg, Quebec, Seville, Bordeaux, Venice, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. There are nearly 20 ports with overnight/multi-night stays currently offered on Windstar and an additional three “turn ports” with overnight stays, meaning guests embark or disembark there.
Some port calls like Portofino, Monte Carlo, Mykonos and Cadiz, among others, are not overnight, but have departures at 10 p.m. or later, which leaves time to seek out the local clubs and restaurants where other “yachties” and explorers congregate. In some places, special evening tours or events are arranged.
On Windstar’s itineraries, travelers can explore art, vineyards and historic sites by day and they can hike, bike or engage in active shore excursions before enjoying the evening’s entertainment on ship or in town. With overnight and late-night port calls, guests can explore new nightlife and dining experiences that would not be available on other itineraries.
On select itineraries (and more than 125 sailings in 2018-19), guests can enjoy Destination Discovery Events which are complimentary events scheduled in the evening to not disrupt shore excursions or other guest plans. For example, passengers seeking to explore ancient civilizations can do so through the Treasures of the Greek Isles, which sails from Athens and returns to the famous city seven days later. On this voyage, guests can dine in the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey. They walk the Marble Road to the Library before sitting down to a white-glove service dinner in the illuminated courtyard.