Why Cruise Lines Keep Cutting thier Ships in Half

The economics of cruising are as fascinating as they are counterintuitive. A few weeks ago, John Delaney, president of Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, stood on a scaffold at a historic shipyard in Palermo, Italy, and took a blowtorch to the Star Breeze, a 30-year-old, 212-passenger motor yacht. With sparks flying, and shipyard workers and guests cheering him on,...

4 years ago

Star Breeze New Midsection Fitted

A pensive Salvatore Savarese leaned over the railing. Forty feet below the Star Breeze sat with 40 meters of Sicilian sunlight blazing through her hull. Overnight, Shipyard Director Savarese’s crews at Fincantieri Palermo had carefully split the ship, pulling the 4,000-ton bow forward centimetre by centimetre while a new 25.6-meter midsection waited on shiny black...

4 years ago

Windstar Star Breeze Stretch Pictures

Windstar President John Delaney makes the final cut to the hull of Star Breeze. The ship is now split apart for the new 25.6-meter mid section to be installed at Fincantieri’s Palermo yard as part of Windstar Cruises 250 Million Dollar WindstarPlus project to lengthen + re-engine the 3 ex Seabourn  ships.

4 years ago

Windstar Announces New 'Star Grill by Steven Raichlen'

Windstar Cruises has announced a new modern, casual outdoor restaurant in partnership with Steven Raichlen. Star Grill by Steven Raichlen, currently in development, will be a modern, casual, alfresco restaurant that serves up grilled, smoked and rotisserie specialties, including seafood, meats and vegetables cooked with global flavours and techniques, alongside craft side dishes and sauces],...

4 years ago

Windstar to Roll Out New Spanish Restaurant with Anthony Sasso

Windstar Cruises has announced its latest partnership: a new specialty restaurant named Cuadro 44 in partnership with chef Anthony Sasso. One of the youngest chefs to be recognized by the Michelin Guide and guest chef at the James Beard House, Sasso promises a menu of modern and inventive Spanish cuisine inspired by his own travels...

4 years ago

Windstar goes "All Inclusive" with Deluxe Cruises

Deluxe Cruises is pleased to announce on all new bookings for Windstar Cruises, a comprehensive “All Inclusive” option is now included. Guests with the “All-Inclusive Package” from Deluxe Cruises will receive unlimited Wi-Fi access, unlimited laundry service, hotel and beverage gratuities, and the top shelf Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package featuring all wines by the glass,...

4 years ago

Windstar Launches New All-Inclusive Package

Windstar Cruises has announced a new all-inclusive onboard package. Guests who purchase Windstar’s new “All-In Package” receive unlimited Wi-Fi access, unlimited laundry service, hotel and beverage gratuities, and the top shelf Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package featuring all wines by the glass, all beer selections, all mini-bar beverages, and a broad assortment of cocktails. The “All-In...

5 years ago

Windstar Cuts Steel for Stretch Project

At Fincantieri’s shipyard in Trieste, Italy, John Gunner, Vice President of Expansion Projects for Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, ,pushed the button which activated the torch to make the first cut in the new steel that will become the first of three new ships sections as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative. “This is not...

5 years ago

Windstar Announces Details of Ship Stretch Project

Windstar Cruises revealed more news about the its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative. At a press conference today, the Seattle-based cruise line’s President John Delaney, revealed 360-degree “views” and renderings of what guests will experience on the line’s three renovated vessels, Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride.   Delaney was joined by Giorgio Rizzo...

5 years ago