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26 new ports of call as Windstar doubles European programme to 40 cruises in 2018

Windstar Cruises had added eight new itineraries in Northern Europe and 12 new Mediterranean itineraries to raise its total unique itineraries in Europe for 2018 to 40.

The addition of 26 new European ports increases the company’s global number of maiden visits in 2018 to 93.

star pride of Windstar Cruises
Star Pride is perfectly suited to sailing into smaller harbours and fjords, and scenic coastal cruising

The sailings, running from April to October, include a wide range of unique “small ship-only” experiences, like cruising the impossibly narrow Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands; docking near the Tower of London,
where guests can marvel at Tower Bridge as they sail underneath the iconic structure; or tucking into exclusive San Remo on the Riviera of Flowers, known as Italy’s own Monte Carlo.

“These 20 new itineraries are just the latest development in response to our growing customer demand,” said Windstar president John Delaney. “We constantly seek out new experiences, lesser known ports and harbours everywhere we sail - hidden treasures that only true small ships can access.”

Windstar’s three all-suite power yachts, Star Pride, Star Breeze and Star Legend, have opened up new places for the company to explore, including more ports in Northern Europe and smaller, charming ports in the Mediterranean. The yachts are perfectly suited to sailing into smaller harbours and fjords, scenic coastal cruising, and traversing larger distances at higher speeds.

Europe 2018 cruises offer shorter week-long sailings to epic multi-week voyages. Here are a few notable highlights.

Secrets of the Faroe, Shetland & Orkney Islands – The remote islands of the North Atlantic are perfectly suited to exploration by small ship. Most cruise ships merely stop briefly on their way to Iceland, but Windstar is the only cruise line to offer a seven-day journey (round trip from Edinburgh) to these wild landscapes, with access to Shetland ponies,
Atlantic Puffins, and the opportunity to meet the laird of a castle.

Norway’s Famous Fjords – This eight-day round-trip journey from Copenhagen puts guests into ports like Geirangerfjord and Sognafjord, which are stunning from every angle. Windstar will ensure guests can take advantage of the region’s hiking, kayaking, and fishing opportunities, as well as immerse them in the traditional mountain lifestyle with visits to local sheep farms.

Sailing Southern Italy & Croatia – Windstar’s new 11-day exploration of both coasts of Italy and the Croatian Riviera lets guests take in medieval walled cities, glittering resort towns, and some of the finest cuisine in the Mediterranean. From Rome to Venice, the itinerary includes two stops in trendy Puglia’s whitewashed villages: Bari and Brindisi.

Hidden Harbours of the Côte d’Azur – From Nice to Barcelona over eight days, this sailing visits less-frequented ports of call along the famous coastline. With stops in Bastia, Corsica; Le Lavandou, Marseille, and Sanary-surMer in France; as well as Palamos in Spain, guests can enjoy plenty of palm-lined promenades, local delicacies like Provençal bouillabaisse, and an eclectic mix of art and architecture.

Posted on 2nd October 2017 at 11:27 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Windstar Cruises |

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