Seattle-based Windstar Cruises' 212-passenger all-suite Star Legend is now sailing in Alaska through August, launching the small ship line’s first endeavor into expedition cruising with a kick off in Kenai Fjords National Park on May 18. This cruise marks a return to Alaska for the company after a 20-year hiatus from the region.
Windstar offers a new choice for travelers going to Alaska, with its brand of small ship cruising and experiential travel, including newly announced Signature Expeditions, which take guests on zodiac and kayaking adventures along Alaska’s natural coastline. The Windstar Signature Expeditions Team leads tours aboard inflatable watercraft and expedition kayaks, as well as guiding guests on scenic hikes.
In Alaska, cruisers can choose from more than 25 different Windstar cruise departure dates in 2018 and 2019 for small ship cruises and Cruise Tours that include Denali National Park.
The ship arrived at Seward (Anchorage) for its maiden cruise in Alaska on May 17 and is currently on a 14-day itinerary that visits Kenai Fjords National Park, Sitka, Juneau, Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Haines, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, Wrangell, Misty Fjords, Metlakatla, Ketchikan, and British Columbia's Prince Rupert. Travelers will also enjoy scenic cruising of the Grenville Channel and Inside Passage, ending the itinerary on May 31 in Vancouver, marking its first arrival to that homeport for the season.
Star Legend will sail on numerous cruises round trip from Vancouver and between Seward and Vancouver throughout the 2018 Alaska season. The ship will also make a special one-day visit to Seattle on June 27 for a special event on Lake Union, including a Zodiac naming ceremony.