On Windstar's culinary themed cruises, you can sail with a James Beard Foundation chef and experience...
Welcome to the world of luxury small-ship cruising – to Windstar's graceful boutique yachts, each one welcoming fewer than 300 lucky guests visiting hidden harbors, iconic islands and secluded coves larger ships can't reach.
Windstar is an unparalleled way to experience other lands and off-the-beaten-path locales. You'll see the world from a new perspective as you immerse yourself in local culture to create unique, once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
Enjoy fresh, local, seasonal ingredients sourced from each port along the journey, always-changing regionally inspired menus, a la minute dining from world-class chefs, and the James Beard Foundation's culinary themed cruises.
Whether it's a sailing yacht or luxury small-ship, Windstar features only 148 to 310 guests on each vessel. Every ship is intimate and inviting, designed to be enjoyed by like-minded travelers as you explore the world together in laid-back luxury.
Are alcoholic beverages included in the cruise fare?
While all non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary, you may want to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail under the setting sun, a champagne toast at the evening or late-night drink. Windstar's beverage packages for wine, beer, cocktails and more are as follows:
Voyager’s Adventure Beer & Wine Package—$32 per person per day Choose from all domestic and imported beers and a superb selection of 20 fine wines by the glass, up to $8.50/glass
Topmast Discoveries Beer & Wine Package—$42 per person per day More to explore – choose from all domestic and imported beers and 33 premium wines by the glass, up to $11.50/glass
Captain's Exclusive Beverage Package—$52 per person per day Includes wines, beers, cordials, liqueurs and apertifs, AND cocktails … even mini bar items. (Cocktails based on house & select brands)
Beverage Packages can be purchased in advance by speaking with a CruiseInsider expert or must be purchased within the first two days or the voyage and will be charged from the day of purchase onwards. Prices do not include the standard 15% beverage service charge. For all packages a 30% savings on all bottles of wine with retail values of up to $100 per bottle. Please note the minimum drinking age aboard Windstar Cruises is 21 years old.
What is the dress code on Windstar?
The less you bring the better. We suggest clothes that are light, cool, and made of natural fabrics like cotton and silk. You may wish to bring warmer clothing (layers are best), if you are traveling on an Ocean Crossing or an autumn Mediterranean cruise.
The atmosphere aboard is one of "casual elegance." Imaginative, yet relaxed. Stylish, yet comfortable. Just as you would dress on your own private yacht. For ladies, sundresses, slacks, and informal cocktail dresses are appropriate. For men, we suggest slacks and collared shirts or polos. There are no formal nights, no costume parties, no requirements for suits and ties. However, if your cruise takes you to Monte Carlo, please note that casinos require men to wear both a jacket and tie. The only restriction is that shorts, jeans, flip-flops, hats, and t-shirts not be worn in AmphorA, Stella Bistro, or public rooms during the evening. Country Club Casual is acceptable for Candles.
Are children welcome on Windstar Cruises?
Windstar Cruises is unable to accommodate children under eight (8) years of age. Guests under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone in their stateroom or suite who is at least 25 years old; one adult (age 25 or older) chaperone is required for every five (5) people under 21.
What is the dining experience on Windstar?
The cuisine is exquisite—a unique creation of light and savory entrees using fresh native foods and tropical accents.
Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. in the morning as you wake to hear the gentle trade winds, and smell the freshly brewed Colombian coffee and buttery croissants that lure you topside to Veranda. It's breakfast alfresco, full service or buffet-style, anytime till 9:30 a.m. No need to hurry. Or if you prefer, linger over a continental breakfast served in the privacy of your stateroom or suite.
Lunch choices are many in Veranda. Choose the sumptuous, seemingly endless buffet. Or, order from the lunch menu.
In the evening, the spotlight turns to the elegant AmphorA restaurant. Here, the dining room manager seats you, but where is your decision. There are no pre-assigned tables or first or second seatings. Or try the romantic candelight atmosphere of Candles. When you dine and with whom are entirely up to you. Reservations are required for Candles and can be made on board. Dinner times change and will be printed in the ship's daily program.
If you decide you'd like to dine in your stateroom or suite menus are available 24 hours a day. Breakfast menu from 6–11 a.m., lunch from 12–10 p.m., dinner menu from AmphorA served during their open hours and an overnight menu available 10 p.m.–6 a.m.
Is Windstar able to accomodate special dietary requirements?
Windstar is committed to offering guests healthy food selections. As such, they offer vegetarian selections and lighter fare options, seeking to provide the freshest, top quality foods handled with the utmost care. If you have food allergies or special dietary needs, you'll need to notify CruiseInsider when you book your cruise to help us work with Windstar to plan and prepare for your meals.
Special request dietary needs include:
Unfortunately Windstar is unable to accommodate Kosher or Halal meals at this time.
How does Windstar accomodate guests with disabilities?
Windstar does not discriminate against persons on the basis of disability. We seek, to the extent feasible, to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities. There are no elevators on Wind Star and Wind Spirit nor were the ships originally constructed to be wheelchair accessible. As a result, these ships may be unsuitable for people relying solely on wheelchairs. The other yachts are equipped with elevators, but staterooms on Wind Surf are not wheelchair accessible. Also note, there is no elevator access to board the ship. Star Pride, Star Breeze, and Star Legend have modified wheelchair accessible suites available.
Certain ports require the ship to anchor; in this case guests must be ferried into port. Service Dogs are permitted onboard ships if prior arrangements have been made at time of booking. In limited situations where an individual with a disability would be unable to satisfy certain specified safety and other criteria, even when provided with appropriate auxiliary aids and services, Windstar may find it necessary to ask the individual to make alternative travel arrangements. It is essential that Windstar is notified of any special medical, physical or other requirements you may have at the time of booking.
What activities can be found on Windstar?
Activities are a world apart from those offered on other cruise ships. On board you may wish to participate in a scheduled activity or just relax; the choice is yours. In port you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most intriguing places in the world.
Windstar has selected custom-designed tours to help you explore each port to the fullest extent (not included in the cruise fare). In Europe, each port beckons you to discover its history and culture: explore ancient ruins, view masterful art, tour grand architecture or sample wines from the finest vineyards.
In the Caribbean and Costa Rica adventure awaits: snorkeling or SCUBA diving, helicopter flight-seeing, a catamaran or boat cruise, walks along secluded beaches, and rainforest hikes. In the South Pacific you can see the islands by 4x4, check out a black pearl farm, or kayak the river.
You may also want to take advantage of our Watersports Platform from which you may enjoy various scheduled activities such as windsurfing or water skiing while at anchor. In certain ports SCUBA diving is offered for an additional fee through local dive operators.
What is the cell phone policy on board Windstar ships?
In order to maintain Windstar's atmosphere of casual elegance and intimate retreat, guests are asked to consider the following cell phone courtesy guidelines.
Cell phone service is intended primarily for guests' use in the privacy of their own stateroom or suite. Talking on cell phones is discouraged in public areas such as dining areas or lounges. And guests are asked to set their phone's ringer on vibrate when in public areas.
What enrichment programs are availble on board?
Windstar doesn’t just take you to fascinating destinations, they take you into them, giving you unique access to knowledge and activities that enhance your understanding of the places you visit.
Complimentary Destination Discovery Events treat you to iconic experiences that capture the essence of your locale.
Windstar Signature Expeditions is an immersive program that features half a dozen expert guides who stay on board throughout the voyage, giving informative talks and taking guests on optional adventures by foot, by kayak, or by Zodiac boat—sometimes launching straight from the ship in remote places like Alaska's Misty Fjords and Kenai Fjords.
Guest Lecturers intrigue you with regional topics, adding new dimensions to your voyage.
Culinary Demonstrations abound as chefs delight your palette with onboard cooking demonstrations featuring James Beard Foundation chef recipes. For a special tantalizing treat, join Windstar on one of the voyages in the James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection, where a James Beard Foundation chef will show you how to elevate your own culinary skills. It’s a taste of enrichment you’ll never forget.
And opt for small group excursions that take you to meet locals who are delighted to share their homes, cuisines, and cultures with you.