Windstar Cruises

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Windstar Cruises is a cruise ship line noted for its modern computer-controlled sailing ships.


The line was established as Windstar Sail Cruises in 1984, and its first ship, the Wind Star, launched in 1986, was followed by the Wind Song and Wind Spirit. Two additional ships were ordered from the French "Sociéte Nouvelle de Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre" shipyard: the Wind Surf and the Wind Saga. These two ships were to be larger than the originals, holding over twice the amount of passengers and reaching a length of 660 ft compared to the smaller vessels of 440 ft in length.

Purchase by Holland America Line[edit]

Holland America Line purchased 50% of Windstar Sail Cruises in 1987 and purchased the balance of the company in 1988. HAL became a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc in 1989. The option to continue building the Wind Surf and the Wind Saga was passed up by HAL. With assistance from the French Government the two larger ships were built for Club Med as Club Med I and Club Med II, with HAL / Carnival retaining rights of first refusal for purchase.

Windstar was unable to purchase Club Med I and Club Med II and rename them to Wind Surf and the Wind Saga because they don't have enough money to purchase both ships, They can only purchase 1 ship.[citation needed]

msy Wind Surf

In 1998, Windstar acquired the sail cruiser Club Med I from Club Med Cruises, and rechristened her to her original name Wind Surf.

In 2002, the Wind Song was damaged by an engine room fire in Tahiti causing great damage to the vessel. Subsequently classed as a total loss, with permission of the Tahitian Government the ship was cleaned and later scuttled in Tahitian waters between Moorea and Tahiti in approximately 3,000 meters of water.

In the summer months the Windstar fleet sails the Mediterranean shores and in the Winter months the company sails the Caribbean and the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Windstar is considered a high-end cruise line, with its ships typically getting a four-star (out of five) rating. The ships are relatively small, with the Wind Surf having a capacity for about 300 passengers, and the others about 150.

The ships are registered in the Bahamas. Under this flag they are some of the few cruise ships in the world where passengers are still allowed on the bridge (though not when entering or leaving port). Given their small size the service is very personal, and interaction with the ship's officers is easy. With a shallow draft of only 14' the ships can enter ports that are inaccessible to larger cruise liners. In some cases passengers need to take smaller boats into port (such as to Lipari) when the ship is at anchor, but access on and off a shipboard ramp is easily made.

Sale of Windstar to Ambassadors International[edit]

In March 2007, Carnival sold Windstar to Ambassadors International for $100 million.[1]

On April 1 2011, Windstar's parent company Ambassadors International filled for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and Windstar was planned to be sold to a company in White Plains, New York known as Whippoorwill Associates, Inc.[2] But through a Bankruptcy court in Delaware, a two day bid was held and Anschutz Corporation won Windstar Cruises which had the best bid of $39 Million. Subsidiary Xanterra Parks and Resorts is now the parent company.[3]

Recent History[edit]

It was announced on February 19, 2013 that Windstar completed the purchase of Seabourn Cruise Line's Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Spirit. The Seabourn Pride will enter service in May 2014, sisters Seabourn Legend & Seabourn Spirit will enter service in May 2015 following a dry dock period. [4]


Name Built Builder Entered
Gross Tonnage Flag IMO Notes Image
Wind Star 1986 Sociéte Nouvelle de Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre 1986 - present 5,350 tons  Bahamas 9034494 Wind Star at Kusadasi 2012 DSCF1907bearb..jpg
Wind Spirit 1988 Sociéte Nouvelle de Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre 1988 - present 5,350 tons  Bahamas 8603509 Le voilier de croisière Wind Spirit (1).JPG
Wind Surf 1989 Sociéte Nouvelle de Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre 1998 - present 14,745 tons  Bahamas 8700785 Previously Club Med I Motor-sail ship.jpg

Former Fleet[edit]

Name Built Builder Entered
Gross Tonnage Flag IMO Notes Image
Wind Song 1987 Sociéte Nouvelle de Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre 1987 - 2002 5,350 tons  Bahamas 8420880 Ship was scuttled and sunk by line in 2003 after an engine room fire in 2002. WindSong.jpg

Future Fleet[edit]

Name Built Builder Entering
Gross Tonnage Planned Flag Notes Image
Star Pride 1988 Schichau Seebeckwerft April 2014 10,000 tons  Bahamas Seabourn Pride Has Departed The Seabourn fleet on April 2014. [4] Currently In refit, She will sail for Windstar on May. Seabourn Pride 01.JPG
Star Breeze 1988 Schichau Seebeckwerft April 2015 10,000 tons  Bahamas Seabourn Spirit Will Depart The Seabourn fleet in April 2015 [4] Seabourn Spirit (ship, 1989) IMO 8807997; in Split, 2011-10-25 (2).jpg
Star Legend 1990 Schichau Seebeckwerft May 2015 10,000 tons  Bahamas Seabourn Legend Will Depart The Seabourn fleet in May 2015 [4] Le paquebot de croisière MS Seabourn Legend (1).jpg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Windstar sold to Ambassadors International
  2. ^
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  4. ^ a b c d

External links[edit]

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