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Global Windstar creates a new front-runner in the small-ship cruise market

The project is named name Global Windstar, and under it Windstar Cruises are doubling the size of their fleet with the addition of three Seabourn ships: Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Legend, and Seabourn Spirit, purchased by their owner, Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

In one ambitious stroke, Windstar Cruises now become the leader in the small-ship cruise market with six vessels of 300 or fewer passengers - and a total of 1,230 berths altogether.

Seabourn Legend
Seabourn Legend will join Windstar in April 2015

They will take possession of Seabourn’s all-suite ships, which hold 208 passengers each, over the next two years.

Seabourn Pride will be the first ship to enter into the luxury fleet in April of 2014. Following a Windstar-branded renovation, Pride will set sail a month later in the Mediterranean. Voyages are expected to go on sale in May of this year.

Then Windstar will take possession of Seabourn Legend in April 2015 and Seabourn Spirit a month later.  The yachts will start sailing immdeiately after their dry-dock period.

A company statement to agents said: “Windstar is proud of its heritage in sailing and will continue to offer voyages on all three sailing yachts. What their guests continue to be enthusiastic about is the intimate, yacht style of cruising. This style is the core of the Windstar brand experience and the new ships are a perfect fit to build on that foundation.

“Global Windstar will also allow them to service new regions of the world such as Asia and South America, in addition to the fifty countries they already sail to.

“They will continue to focus on the unique destinations that larger ships cannot call on. The opportunities of Global Windstar are already evident with the recent announcement of Windstar’s return to Tahiti in May of 2014. Tahiti has been one of the top destinations requested by their guests and travel partners.

“In the coming months we will reveal additional details, including the new ship names, itineraries, onboard experiences, and renovation details. Windstar offers you an intimate, unique, and engaging cruise vacation.”

Posted on 22nd February 2013 at 07:43 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Windstar Cruises |

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