Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has partnered with the Coral Gardeners. The organization based in Mo’orea, French Polynesia, focuses on revolutionizing ocean conservation and creating a global movement to save the coral reefs through reef restoration, awareness activities and innovative solutions. The team works to grow, plant, and monitor thousands of heat-resilient corals with the goal of bringing life back to the ocean.
The three-year partnership begins with Windstar’s $35,000 donation to Coral Gardeners to adopt coral for all guests sailing with Windstar in French Polynesia for the remainder of 2022, which is the line’s 35th anniversary of sailing in Tahiti/French Polynesia. It’s the only destination where the U.S.-based cruise line offers year-round cruises.
With two ships sailing French Polynesia throughout October, Windstar is celebrating its 35th season with month-long special events, integration with local dignitaries and artists, and an infusion of local culture both onboard and ashore.
“We’ve been focused on reducing our carbon footprint via updating our fleet’s engines and operations, and this next step in climate action at sea is to partner with Coral Gardeners to protect the environment in French Polynesia and beyond,” said Windstar President Christopher Prelog.
Guests on the remaining 2022 sailings will receive a small card in their room, alerting them to the adoption of coral in their name. In 2023 and 2024, each guest booked on a Windstar cruise in French Polynesia will be presented with the option to adopt a coral for a donation of $35 per person. Coral adoption cards for those participating will be placed in their room onboard.
Prelog is confident the majority of guests will choose to donate to help save the reef they are enjoying on their Tahiti cruise.
For more information, visit www.windstarcruises.com.