Windstar Cruises announced more details about the line’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative at Seatrade Cruise Global. At the cruise industry event, the cruise line’s president, John Delaney, revealed 360-degree views and renderings of what guests will experience on the line’s three renovated vessels, Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride.
Delaney walked attendees through the vision for the new spaces. Guest got a look at the 50 new suites configured with the bed by the window or balcony, as well as the Grand Owner’s Suite, which is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath suite that includes separate dining room and living room areas, an entertainment bar, a central balcony, and an additional balcony in one of the bedrooms. The Grand Owner's Suite is a total of 1,374 square feet and can accommodate up to seven guests. In addition to the new suites, all bathrooms in existing suites will also be renovated in the same design. A new infinity pool was also revealed, along with the Veranda restaurant with an all-new layout and more seating. Ray Chung, director of design at The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and his team, have been tasked with creating the new public spaces and suites.
The Star Plus Initiative will see Windstar take half of its fleet – Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride – and lengthen and renovate each ship in succession. The renovations will begin in October 2019 and end in November 2020. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 guests, with additional staff hired to maintain the line’s 1.5 to 1 guest-to-staff ratio. The ships will also receive new engines that are designed to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. Windstar also said that more news and reveals will be announced in the coming months, including two new dining spaces and new dining concepts onboard, a spa and fitness center and an enhanced “living room-esque” deck space.
The renovated ships will chart courses to destinations including Iceland, Northern Europe, the British Isles, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Crete, Israel, Egypt, Malta, the Cote D’Azur, Alaska, the Panama Canal, Mexico, Baja, the West Coast of the U.S., and the Caribbean.