By the Caribbean Journal staff
Small-ship cruise line Windstar Cruises is planning a new $250 million fleet upgrade project, the company said.
The multi-year “Star Plus Initiative” will “impact and enhance” all aspects of the experience on the brand’s Star-Class vessels.
That will include adding another 100 passengers on each ship, meaning a total capacity of 312 guests per ship; lengthening each ship by 25.6 meters, and adding 50 new suites.
Other changes include an expanded pool; a completely reimagined spa; new bathrooms for the suites; an expanded Veranda restaurant; two new dining concepts and the addition of two new Owner’s Suites.
“This exciting initiative is our solution to add new capacity and major enhancements to the guest experience in a very time efficient manner,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “The initiative not only creates beautiful new suites and public spaces, but we will also take the opportunity to re-engine the ships with a more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible propulsion system. This will be a true game changer for Windstar and our small ship cruise experience.”
Work will begin on the Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride cruise ships between October 2019 and November 2020 at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Sicily.
“This major investment is an efficient way to build on a winning brand that shows strong momentum and growth potential. Support for this exciting new initiative demonstrates our commitment to Windstar as an important part of the Xanterra portfolio,” said Andrew Todd, President and CEO of Xanterra Travel Collection.