The ‘boutique hotel’ of the seas
The trend might be to build increasingly bigger and more ostentatious cruise ships, but Windstar Cruises reminds us that size isn’t everything. The operator has decided to use a fleet of ‘small’ yachts to create a more intimate ambience and make passengers feel almost as though they were aboard a ship of their own. All the vessels have a wide selection of amenities, with the one major advantage that guests only have to share them with another 148 or 310 people, depending on the model of the ship. Additionally, the yachts are small enough to berth in ports where huge cruise ships cannot call.
Wind Star and Wind Spirit are the smallest yachts in the family, each with room for 148 guests. Both vessels are equipped with a spa, pool, casino and whirlpool bath; plus each yacht has 73 deluxe staterooms with ocean views, as well as a suite with its own dining room. A ‘boutique cruise’ with the same luxuries found on a traditional cruise liner; paradise in miniature.