Windstar Debuts New Signature Expeditions Program in Alaska
Seattle-based Windstar Cruises’ 212-passenger all-suite Star Legend is now sailing in Alaska through August, launching the small ship line’s first endeavor into expedition cruising, with a kick off in Kenai Fjords National Park on May 18, this cruise marks a return to Alaska for the award-winning travel company after a 20-year hiatus from the region.
“We are thrilled to finally be back in Alaska having just launched our Signature Expeditions that embraces the natural beauty of the region, and allow for the most authentic, destination-focused experiences for our guests,” commented Windstar President John Delaney.
Windstar offers a new, active and elegant choice for travelers, with its boutique brand of small ship cruising and experiential travel, including newly-announced Signature Expeditions, which take guests on zodiac and kayaking adventures along Alaska’s rugged natural coastline and gets guests closer, shows them more, and sends them home with once-in-a-lifetime photos and memories. The highly skilled and knowledgeable Windstar Signature Expeditions Team leads tours aboard rigid inflatable watercraft and expedition kayaks, as well as guiding guests on scenic hikes.
The Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, guests will delight in the abundance of local seafood specialties on board and on small group tours ashore.
In Alaska, cruisers can choose from more than 25 different Windstar cruise departure dates in 2018 and 2019 for small ship cruises and Cruise Tours that include Denali National Park.
The ship arrived at Seward (Anchorage) for its maiden cruise in Alaska on May 17 and is currently on a 14-day itinerary that visits Kenai Fjords National Park, Sitka, Juneau, Icy Strait Point (Hoohnah), Haines, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, Wrangell, Misty Fjords, Metlakatla, Ketchikan, and in British Columbia – Prince Rupert, scenic cruising of the Grenville Channel and Inside Passage, ending on May 31 in Vancouver, BC, marking its first arrival to that homeport for the season. Star Legend will sail on numerous cruises round trip from Vancouver and between Seward, AK and Vancouver, BC throughout the 2018 Alaska season.
The ship will also make a special one-day visit to Seattle on June 27 for a special event on Lake Union, including a Zodiac naming ceremony.