Windstar Cruises is currently offering an exclusive offer for the line’s recently introduced Asia sailings. Guests can receive two-for-one cruise fares on any of the new Asia itineraries, two free hotel nights pre- or post- cruise and a free exclusive private event on shore during each voyage. As an added benefit to previous guests, the line also offers an additional 10 percent off the cruise fare to Yacht Club Members. Star Pride, Windstar’s all new, all suite power yacht will set sail for the Far East in Oct., 2014. Windstar’s Asia voyages start at $3,999, cruises must be booked by March 28, 2014 to receive this special offer.
Windstar showcases the local Asian culture and cuisine through new free exclusive Private Events such as A Feast for the Senses, a Private Event held in Phuket on the Singapore & Malay Peninsula voyage. Guests are welcomed with a traditional flower garland and a Long Drum Parade and dancers. Thai dishes are served at dinner at the Sala Bua (Pavilion of Lotus) restaurant. The night ends with a private Thai dance performance. Additionally there are expert guest lecturers and local entertainers on each voyage.
Star Pride’s Asia voyages include:
Singapore & the Malay Peninsula
Visit Malaysia and Thailand on this 10-day round trip voyage from Singapore. This voyage visits Penang, Langkawi, Pulau Pangkor, Kuala Lumpur, and Malacca, Malaysia; as well as Phuket, and Ko Yao Noi, Thailand. The free exclusive private event, Phuket: A Feast for the Senses, gives guests the opportunity to enjoy local culture with a Long Drum Parade and a private dinner at the Sala Bua (Pavilion of Lotus) restaurant.
Treasures of Southeast Asia
This 14-day voyage sails from Singapore’s Orchard Road to French-flavored Ho Chi Minh City (the former Saigon) and the monuments of Hanoi. The voyage starts in Singapore and visits Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Hanoi (Haiphong), and Halong Bay, Vietnam before ending in Hong Kong. The free exclusive private event, Hoi An: Dreams of Floating Lanterns, includes arts, crafts, culture and cuisine with a private performance of lion dances and dinner at Nam Long, a restaurant on the Thu Bon River.
Sail Vietnam on Windstar’s 10-day voyage from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Hong Kong. Ports of call include Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Hanoi (Haiphong) and Halong Bay. The free exclusive private event, Hoi An: Dreams of Floating Lanterns, allows guests to enjoy local culture and practice skills like Vietnamese letter drawing, lantern-making and wood-engraving interactive workshops.
For guests who are looking to extend their cruise vacation with a land experience, The Wonders of Angkor Wat can be added on to this itinerary. The three-day journey explores the ancient temples of Cambodia with visits to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the Angkor Temple of Ta Prohm. The package starts at $1,535 and includes airfare to or from Ho Chi Minh City, two nights accommodation at the Le Meridien Angkor and a gourmet dinner with traditional Cambodian entertainment and dance performance.
Pearls of the Indian Ocean
Sail through some of the Andaman Sea’s islands and bays and explore the colonial Old Towns, ancient cave temples and melting pot cities on this 15-day voyage from Dubai, UAE to Singapore. Star Pride visits Mumbai, Mangalore, and Cochin, India; Phuket, Thailand; and Penang, Malaysia.
Launching from Barcelona in May of 2014, the 9,975-ton Star Pride is the first of three new power yachts to join Windstar’s fleet. With a guest capacity of 212, the all suite yacht allows special access of small ship cruising. The yacht will undergo a transformation of design and décor to align with Windstar’s casual contemporary style.
For more information, visit www.WindstarCruises.com.