Windstar to sail Asia and Arabia

Windstar Cruises will make its debut in Southeast Asia and Arabia next year.

The ship’s brand new yacht, Star Pride will be used on the inaugural Southeast Asia and Arabia season. It will commence on 30 October 2014 and feature five itineraries in the region.

Voyages include the Wonders of Arabia itinerary. It takes guests on an 18-day voyage from Athens, Greece to Dubai, UAE; Suez Canal, Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh, Luxor, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; and Salalah and Khasab, Oman.

The Pearls of the Indian Ocean is a 15-day voyage from Dubai, UAE to Singapore. It includes visits in Mumbai, Phuket, Penang and Cochin.

Windstar Cruises chief executive Hans Birkholz said it will be the line’s first journey outside of Europe, the Caribbean and South Pacific.

He said: “There are tremendous experiences to be had from the ancient cliff city of Petra to the colourful Ho Chi Minh City.”

Earlier this month cruisers worldwide voted Windstar Cruises as one of the Top Small Ship Cruise Lines in the Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The cruise line landed second place behind Seabourn. It was followed by four other small ship lines; SeaDream Yacht Club; Silversea; Lindblad Expeditions; and Star Clippers.

Additionally, the cruise line also garnered the top spot in the Small Ship Cruise Line Service, Itineraries and Design categories.

Windstar says cruisers are recognizing the company’s commitment to product adjustment, which over the past few years included the introduction of new power yachts, fleet-wide renovations and new global itineraries.

The line’s chief executive Hans Birkholz said:“We are proud to have our unique itineraries, personalised service, and private yacht style cruising recognised by our loyal cruisers.

“Our teams both onboard and onshore continually strive to create the best small ship experience for our guests.

As part of the line’s product changes, Windstar Cruises announced its two smallest yachts, Wind Star and Wind Spirit will undergo $3 million renovations.

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