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Windstar Cruises Hires New Director of Revenue Planning


U.S. headquartered Windstar Cruises has hired Cristienne (Cris) De Souza as the small ship cruise line’s director of revenue planning.  

The new position reports to Windstar’s Vice President of Revenue and Itinerary Planning Kristin Badgett and is based in Miami, Florida – Windstar’s official new headquarters beginning June of 2022. 

Cris De Souza, Foto: Windstar Cruises

De Souza will work with Badgett to determine strategy and implement pricing for the Windstar fleet, including all six yachts. She will collaborate closely with Windstar’s parent company, Xanterra Travel Collection, to review strategies for achieving optimal pricing on all of Windstar’s itineraries and for all on-board amenities. She also will assist with analytics and recommendations on new deployment for future Windstar sailing destinations and offerings. 

Most recently De Souza was head of business development at Advance Your Reach, a company that helps people grow their businesses and spread their message through stages. Before that, she was vice president of sales and marketing at Nexion Travel Group. Other notable positions/employers throughout her career include director of national account sales and marketing at Ama Waterways; 14 years at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd, including roles as director of national accounts for Celebrity and Azamara and senior revenue management analyst; and a financial analyst with Coca-Cola Enterprises. 

De Souza holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree of business administration from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a master of liberal arts in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is a three-time national barefoot waterski champion who was once ranked 8th in the world. Her Windstar colleagues can’t wait to see her waterski as part of the line’s unique activities available on the yachts’ Watersports Platform.

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Windstar Cruises Launches New Ad Campaign and Holiday Sale


12 Ways of Windstar holiday sale runs 12/14-28

U.S. headquartered Windstar Cruises launched its new ad campaign today touting that “The Wind and Stars Know the Way.”

The campaign advertises Windstar as a unique, small ship cruise product, more clearly conveying the two classes of small yachts the company operates under one definable brand experience. 

Guests can choose between Windstar’s classic sailing yachts (three Wind Class yachts) and luxury all-suite yachts (three newly renovated Star Plus Class yachts) – ergo, “The Stars Know the Way” and “The Wind Knows the Way” in the new campaign materials, together forming the brand name WindStar.  

“We believe in giving guests the power to choose how they sail and then delivering the benefits of small ship cruising in ways that boldly claim a competitive advantage,” says Windstar President Christopher Prelog. “With this new messaging, we have the opportunity to share the personalized approach and perspective each of our ship classes inspire, including visualizing key off-ship and onboard attributes of Windstar, such as feeling like you’re on your own private yacht with only 148 to 342 guests on board.”  

Prelog believes the messaging will resonate with existing guests who know the brand well and inspire new potential customers and convert them into first time cruisers on Windstar. Look for the new messaging in print and digital ads, social, and video, as well as a new landing page on Windstar’s website. 

And on the heels of a successful Black Friday/Cyber Monday “Book Your Bucket List” sale, Windstar is gearing up for its 12 Ways of Windstar holiday sale, running December 14-28. Cruise rates will be reduced on select departures with a lead rate of $1,499 per person, based on double occupancy. Travelers will find great deals on cruises in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Black Sea and Holy Lands, U.S. Coastal, Tahiti and Trans-Ocean.

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Windstar Cruises Signs Lease on New Miami Office Headquarters


Windstar Cruises has officially found its new home in Miami, the epicenter of the cruise industry, at 8400 NW 36 St. 

The small ship cruise line is moving its headquarters from Seattle to Miami by June of 2022 and has signed a lease on the 5th floor in the Doral Concourse. Work will begin outfitting the office to accommodate Windstar’s needs within the coming weeks.

Next door to the CityPlace Doral mixed-use project and with easy access to the Palmetto Expressway, Dolphin Expressway, Florida Turnpike, and minutes to Miami International Airport, the new office is an ideal location for the company. The office is in close proximity to many other cruise companies and associated services. 

“Miami is the center of the cruise industry in the U.S., and this new office will help us build industry relationships and attract new talent. It will also let operations employees in Miami be closer to our yachts and crew, as well as shorten our flight times to Europe and the Caribbean, where so much of our operations take place,” said Windstar President Christopher Prelog. 

Windstar recently hired Stijn Creupelandt as the new vice president of hotel operations and product development, while Paul Barrett was promoted to vice president of marine & technical operations. Both report to Prelog, and all will be based in the new office. As part of the headquarters transition, some Windstar corporate positions are moving to Denver, where the cruise line’s parent company is based, while others will be operating remotely primarily from the Seattle area.  

“The pandemic has taught us that with the right technology, many of our roles can be effective from anywhere, so we’re not requiring every Windstar employee to make this move to Miami,” Prelog explained. “However, most new hires will be based in the Miami office.” 

Prelog, as well as many key members of Windstar’s team, have already moved to Miami to assist with the logistics and coordination of the new office for Windstar. 

Five of the line’s six yachts are now back in the water cruising while requiring vaccines of all passengers and crew amongst a host of health and safety precautions including testing, social distancing, masks, and high-tech air filtration. 

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Twice the Tahiti: Windstar Cruises Now Has Two Yachts in French Polynesia


U.S. headquartered Windstar Cruises now has two of its six yachts in French Polynesia, making it the biggest small ship cruise line in the region. 

Windstar resumed cruising in French Polynesia and the Islands of Tahiti in July with vaccinated guests + crew aboard the line’s 148-passenger Wind Spirit sailing yacht, which was specifically designed for the region, capturing the South Pacific trade winds in its billowing sails. Windstar has established roots in Tahiti and amongst the local community while operating in the region for four decades. 


Wind Spirit typically sails year-round from Tahiti; however, Windstar’s reimagined, new all-suite Star Breeze yacht carrying 312 guests will begin sailings from Papeete on October 17, remaining on a limited engagement until the end of March, 2022. 

“It gives guests a unique chance to sail in Tahiti on the larger, more amenity-intensive yacht in spacious ocean-view suites,” explained Windstar President Christopher Prelog. “Tahiti and the local Tahitian community are a big part of Windstar’s family, and we are thrilled to have two ships in this amazingly beautiful part of the world for the first time in the company’s history. I am looking forward to a visit soon.

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“In addition, Star Breeze’s presence will allow Wind Spirit to receive some planned maintenance and updates from mid-November through February without interrupting options for our guests to celebrate milestones, rekindle a romance, or just spend time with friends and family in this spectacular location,” added Prelog.   

The line’s three all-suite Star Plus Class yachts (Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride) have been undergoing major transformations, with Star Breeze as the first to launch in June. It has two additional dining experiences (one is an outdoor barbecue concept with grilling guru Steven Raichlen and the other a Spanish small plates restaurant from Anthony Sasso, one of the youngest chefs to be recognized by the Michelin Guide), a true spa and fitness center, an elegant infinity pool, and more outdoor deck and dining areas. 

Windstar offers a complimentary private event on their Tahiti cruises: an exclusive beach party and locally sourced feast on one of Bora Bora’s tiny motus, followed by a kinetic fire-dancing performance. It is available on all sailings/both yachts. An aft Watersports Platform lowers into the water on both yachts to allow swimming from the yacht. Guests have free access to use all watersports activities including snorkeling gear, floating mats, kayaks, paddle boards, waterskiing and tubing. 

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Windstar Cruises Takes Delivery of Star Pride in Palermo, Italy

Pride is the third and final all-suite Star Plus Class yacht to emerge from a multi-year, $250 million renovation project


U.S. headquartered Windstar Cruises has taken delivery of its all-suite Star Plus Class Star Pride today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. The yacht is the third and final of the line’s Star Plus Class yachts to be stretched and transformed over a multi-year, $250 million project that is considered to be the most complex and comprehensive renovation project ever undertaken in small ship cruising.  

“We are thrilled to have all three of our yachts completely reimagined, from the new, more environmentally-friendly engines to the gorgeous new restaurant spaces, spacious suites, and romantic spas,” said Windstar President Christopher Prelog. “We couldn’t be happier with the results. Our passengers who are already sailing with us on these transformed yachts are raving, giving us higher customer experience scores than we’ve ever received in our company’s history.”  

Star Pride will remain in Italy until the yacht resumes guest operations in April in the Mediterranean. Sister yacht Star Breeze begins sailing in Tahiti next week, while Star Legend is completing a short season in the Mediterranean before sailing to the Caribbean in November. 

All three yachts increased in maximum capacity from 212 guests to 312 and now provide more of what Windstar’s customers want, like additional dining experiences (one is an outdoor barbecue concept with grilling guru Steven Raichlen and the other a Spanish small plates restaurant from Anthony Sasso, one of the youngest chefs to be recognized by the Michelin Guide), a true spa and fitness center, an elegant infinity pool, and more outdoor deck areas. These three all-suite yachts, together with Windstar’s three classic sailing yachts, remain small enough to continue to visit the special small ports and waterways of the world. 

In addition, due to the pandemic, Star Pride and all of Windstar’s yachts received renovations to update HVAC systems, adding new hospital grade high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters along with a UV-C air zapping process (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) to clean the air on board. 

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„Star Breeze“ nach Großumbau in Palermo zurückgeliefert

Gut ein Jahr nach ihrem Eintreffen beim Fincantieri-Werftbetrieb in Palermo konnte die Star Breeze nach einem komplexen Umbau mit rd. neunmonatiger Verspätung am 17. November an Windstar Cruises zurückgeliefert werden. Das sich mit neuer Motorisierung in frischem Glanz präsentierende Schiff leitet das von der Reederei initiierte Star Plus-Programm ein, in dessen Rahmen auch die Schwesterschiffe Star Legend und Star Pride für insgesamt 250 Mio. Dollar verlängert und modernisiert werden. Die drei zwischen 1988 und 1992 in Bremerhaven für Seabourn Cruise Lines erbauten Schiffe waren 2015 von Windstar Cruises übernommen worden. Durch die Einfügung eines 25,6 m langen vorgefertigten Mittelteils hat sich die Länge der 1989 erbauten Star Breeze (ex Seabourn Spirit) auf 159,6 m vergrössert, die Vermessung von ca. 9975 auf 12969 BRZ und die Passagierkapazität um 100 auf nunmehr 312 Gäste erhöht.

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Der gegenüber seinem Vorgänger fünffach grössere neue Pool wurde auf einem erhöhten Deck mit freier Aussicht platziert, das auch zusätzliche Bereiche zum Entspannen und Sonnenbaden bietet. Ebenfalls neu sind ein Grill-Restaurant im Freien und ein spanisches Restaurant für maximal 38 Gäste. Zu den 50 neuen Suiten der Star-Kategorie gehören zwei „Owner Suites“ mit jeweils drei Schlafräumen und zwei Balkonen – nach Reedereiangaben die ersten ihrer Art in der Kreuzfahrtbranche. In den vorhandenen Kabinen bzw. Suiten wurden 156 neue Bäder installiert.

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Zudem gibt es ein neu gestaltetes und erweitertes Spa- und Fitnesscenter mit Produkten von Elemis. Außerdem wurde die Werftzeit genutzt, effizientere Motoren und Dieselgeneratoren, 79 neue HEPA-Filter für die Klimaanlage mit UV-C-Lichttechnologie gegen Corona-Viren, einen neuen Aufzug in der Mitte des Schiffes zu installieren. Zudem gibt es einen neuen Tender-Zugangsbereich einschließlich zweier neuer Tender für jeweils 90 Passagieren. Auch der Crew-Bereich wurde erweitert und aufgewertet.

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Die Star Breeze war im Oktober letzten Jahres in Palermo eingetroffen, wo nach der Trockenstellung im Dock zunächst die Trennung des Schiffskörpers erfolgte. Da im Dezember 2019 während der Arbeiten Asbest entdeckt worden war, konnte die für Februar dieses Jahres geplante Rücklieferung nicht mehr garantiert werden, so dass man 20 Reisen absagen musste. Die zu nächst auf Mai dieses Jahre verschobene Wiederinfahrtsetzung war dann wegen der zwischenzeitlich ausgebrochenen Covid-19-Pandemie nicht möglich. JPM

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