Windstar Cruises has announced its 2017 Voyage Collection, which including offerings ranging from Dreams of Tahiti cruises offered year-round to summer sailings in Europe such as Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast and Lands of the Midnight Sun voyages. Two new 2017 itineraries in the Mediterranean call at ports in Croatia, and the line is deploying a second all-suite yacht to sail Around Iceland next summer.
The line has doubled its fleet in the last two years, adding three all-suite yachts to complement its three sailing ships, with capacities ranging from 148 to 310 guests.
New 2017 Itineraries and Highlights
Quintessential Croatia: A new eight-day sailing aboard the 148-guest sailing ship Wind Star provides four summer departure dates and several new port calls for Windstar, cruising roundtrip from Venice. Guests will visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, as well as Dubrovnik’s city walls and Old Town. Visits to the ports of Opatija, Korcula, and Zadar in Croatia, as well as Piran in Slovenia, are also on the agenda.
Marvels of the Croatian Coast & Greece: Two new 12-day cruise departures sail on a Venice to Athens itinerary aboard Wind Star. The voyage offers access to 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Highlights include Kotor’s fjord-like bay, as well as the chance to sample Italian pasta, Croatian seafood, and mezze from Greece.
New Panama Canal Private Event & Costa Rica Maiden Port: New for the 2016-17 winter-spring season, daylight transits of the Panama Canal allow guests to learn about the inner workings of this modern engineering marvel. In addition, each sailing will celebrate the historic continental divide with a Captain’s Toast, live narration by a naturalist, and local music and cuisine as part of Windstar’s newest complimentary Private Event. Two eight-day Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruises aboard the all-suite Star Pride and Star Breeze span the 2016-17 New Year’s holiday and include an unusual call to Bahia Herradura, known as the fishing capital of Costa Rica, close to famous surf mecca Jaco Beach.
Two All-Suite Yachts Sail Around Iceland: The 2017 Around Iceland sailings will be offered on the all-suite Star Legend and Star Pride, expanding date options available for guests. The itinerary sails roundtrip from Reykjavik on seven-day cruises while vacationers enjoy scenic cruising of remote fjords, raging waterfalls, and visits to small fishing villages as they circumnavigate this country.
New Scotland Departure: Also in Northern Europe, the Lands of the Midnight Sun sailings in 2017 will offer a new homeport departure from Edinburgh sailing to Reykjavik (and reverse) on two separate dates, in addition to a set of Dublin to Reykjavik (and reverse) options.
Enhancements to Year-Round Tahiti Cruises: Vacationers will have more date choices in the South Pacific for Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands sailings aboard the 148-guest sailing yacht Wind Spirit. Starting in June 2017, the ship will switch to Thursday departure dates for year-round Dreams of Tahiti cruises. New Thursday departures will allow more flight options for departure and arrival for those planning tropical honeymoons and beach-oriented vacations.