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The Windstar Cruises story began in 1984 when it was founded in New York by Karl-Andren. The company built high-end sailing ships with computer-controlled sails and a luxury but contemporary feel about them. The first ship in the fleet was Wind Star which debuted in 1986 and followed by Wind Spirit in 1988 and Wind Surf in 1990.
These three ships have gorgeous white sails that are used as frequently as possible, though the ship’s diesel propulsion is used as appropriate to the conditions to maintain itineraries. Each of these ships was given a dramatic makeover between 2012 and 2013.
Windstar was sold to Holland America Line in 1988 and subsequently in 2007 sold to the Ambassadors Cruise Group. It was purchased again in 2011 by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.
In 2013, Windstar purchased three luxury cruise ships from Seabourn Cruises: Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Pride and Seabourn Spirit. Renamed Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride, they were delivered to Windstar Cruises between 2014 and 2015, and each underwent a substantial refurbishment intended to bring them in-line with the line’s existing fleet.
In 2019 Windstar announced the $250M Star Plus Initiative to enhance and stretch the 3 small ships.
The current Windstar Class comprises three elegant sailing ships, Wind Star, entered service in 1986, followed by the Wind in 2010 and the Seabourn Quest in 2011. These stylish and sophisticated ships have more than a resemblance to the original Seabourn trio of sister ships Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend.
Wind Star • Wind Spirit
148 Guests • 88 Crew • Gross Tonnage 5,350 • Crew/Passenger Ratio 1.69 • Passenger/Space Ratio 36.15
312 Guests • 163 Crew • Gross Tonnage 14,745 • Crew-to-Passenger Ratio 1.92 • Passenger-to-Space Ratio 47.26
STAR CLASS SHIPS
The three Star Class ships were acquired from Seabourn Cruise line and underwent significant upgrading before going into service with Windstar. These small ships are very comfortable with a high level of service and cuisine. Each of the Star Class ships also features a water sports platform. Starting in 2019, the three Star Class ship begin their $250M Star Plus Initiative to further enhance these stunning sisters.
Star Legend • Star Pride • Star Breeze
212 Guests • 151 Crew • Gross Tonnage 9,975 • Crew/Passenger Ratio 1.38 • Passenger-Space ratio = 66.80