In late 1986, the first commercial sailing vessel built in 60 years slipped out of a French dry-dock in Le Havre. Although the towering sails echoed a bygone era of explorers, the msy Wind Star, with its sleek lines and computerized controls, was revolutionary in concept and design.
Windstar's ships are officially masted-sail-yachts (msy), but the designation belies the vessels unique rigging. Unfurling in two minutes at the push of a button, billowing white sails reach to the sky. All functions are operated from the bridge by computer micro-chips and navigational devices. The unusual "open-bridge" operation allows guests to drop by and acquaint themselves with the veteran captains and officers who demonstrate the ship's intriguing capabilities to modern day explorers.
Windstar's unique concept of sailing has lead the cruise industry in the luxury small ship, casual attire, and alternative dining arenas. Pioneering and refining these concepts has earned Windstar an excellent reputation and market niche, winning the allegiance of a new generation of contemporary cruise vacationers, one-third of whom are first-time cruisers.
Teak decking, rich wood interiors, an attentive service staff, intimate surroundings, eclectic artwork, exceptional signature cuisine featuring both light and vegetarian menu selections, and an extensive wine list are some of the extraordinary elements which have become synonymous with Windstar.
Passengers are cradled in comfort as all staterooms and suites offer ocean views, sitting area, TV, VCR, CD player, safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, international direct- dial phones, bathroom with toiletries, hair dryer, plush robes, and plenty of closet space. The library on board stocks an array of international newspapers, books and games, as well as a multi-media selection of more than 500 video titles and compact discs available for complimentary check-out.
Carrying just 148 guests, the Wind Star exude's a private yacht-like atmosphere creating camaraderie and lasting friendships between fellow sailors. Every day aboard the Wind Star brings the promise of new horizons and harbors to explore.
Imagine appetizers of seared scallops or chilled papaya soup that make your taste buds dance. Grilled king salmon in a creamy horseradish sauce, or rack of lamb Provencal with succulent roasted potatoes. Followed by a warm chocolate torte with hazelnut sauce that melts on your tongue. Yum. And of course, fine wines and champagnes as well as cognac and whiskey served under the canopy of stars.
Joy unleashed. On the upper deck, take a dip in the outdoor pool, stretch out in the sun, or come back and night to linger in the hot tub. Aft, find the open-air sports platform, complete with snorkeling and scuba gear, sailboards, water skis, kayaks and sailboats along with a helpful staff.
We drop anchor and the reefs and caves are yours to explore, or swim in a tranquil cove. Or go ashore and shop for treasures, join an excursion deep into a rainforest or wander a medieval city.