Windstar Appoints James Griffiths as New Expedition Captain


Windstar Cruises has announced the appointment of veteran Captain James Griffiths as Expedition Captain. In this new capacity, Griffiths is overseeing the holistic creation, development and implementation of the line’s newly-announced Signature Expeditions program.

Griffiths joined Windstar in 2014 as Captain of the MSY Wind Spirit, prior to that he worked for many years in the expedition industry operating expedition ships at senior management levels in some of the most remote areas of the world. He was made captain of the 212-passenger MV Star Legend during her 2015 inaugural season, the same ship that will debut the Signature Expeditions program in Alaska in May of 2018.

Designed to deliver destination authenticity, Signature Expeditions will be featured on all sailings from 11-14 days, with itineraries sailing between Seward (Anchorage), Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia. As a key part of the program, Griffiths has personally assembled an expedition team of naturalists who will guide guests on their Alaskan journeys.


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Griffith’s has held a variety of roles at sea, notably as captain of the National Geographic Explorer and senior master of the National Geographic Orion during her maiden Arctic Peninsula season. He has sailed on board well-known passenger ships, including 11 years working aboard the ships of Cunard Line, where he was appointed chief officer at age 25 on board the RMS Queen Mary 2.

Griffiths holds multiple degrees and designations from the Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton, Middlesex University and the Nautical Institute in London, and Lloyds Maritime Academy in Kent.

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