Windstar Cruises has added more overnights and late-night port calls to its itineraries. Now, more than 45 percent of Windstar’s cruises offer a late night (10 p.m. or later) or overnight in port that allows cruisers more time to explore each destination. (travelagentcentral.com)
Windstar Cruises has doubled its number of Concierge Collection shore excursions in 2018, increasing the total number of these tours to 90. The Concierge Collection excursions are small-group experiences that range in size from just four to 16 guests—with most under 10. (travelagentcentral.com)
Star Clippers have launched the Mamma Mia itinerary exploring the Greek Islands where the first film was shot. There are four dates with departures from Piraeus on 18 May, June 8, June 29, 17 August 2019. The experience will take passengers to a range of Greek island destinations aboard the Star Flyer including the islands of Skiathos and Skopelos. (etbtravelnews.global)
Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has hired a team of sommeliers to serve guests on sailings in 270 ports around the world. These new wine experts provide a major guest enhancement as the summer cruise season begins and builds on the trend for ongoing, fleet-wide enhancements to the line’s wine, beverage and culinary programs in 2018.
Wild Earth Travel is later this year embarking on an exclusive small ship cruise timed to commemorate the centenary of the First World War Armistice on the Eastern Front, accompanied by prominent historian Jay Winter.
Sea Cloud Cruises announced it has promoted Kathryn Whittaker to captain of the 94-passenger Sea Cloud II. Whittaker is the first female Canadian captain of a passenger cruise ship, the company said, and the first female captain for Sea Cloud. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Following the announcement that Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation have extended their partnership to explore the world through expert-led, locally inspired cruise cuisine through early 2021, the line reveals the latest chef and sommelier team in its series of culinary themed cruises setting sail this year, as well as the addition of a star sommelier to a previously announced sailing in Norway.
Cruise guests on Windstar’s 51-day Grand Mediterranean adventure will embark the 310-passenger MSY Wind Surf on July 7, 2019, in Europe’s Westernmost port of Lisbon, Portugal, prepared for an epic adventure visiting the best ports in central Europe sailing across the culturally-rich Mediterranean, one of the world’s most beautiful seas.
Sea Cloud Cruises, the Hamburg operator of small, fine sailing cruises has published its sailing trips previews for 2019. Bookings are now open for the 2019 itineraries. The fleet of Sea Cloud Cruises consists of two sailing ships, the Sea Cloud, welcoming 64 guests on board and the Sea Cloud II, with 94 guests.
Windstar and the James Beard Foundation have been expanding their relationship since the line hosted a couple of theme cruises in 2016. Today, the cruise line announced the partnership will continue at least through early 2021 and revealed the 2018 line-up of culinary-themed sailings hosted by James Beard-recognized chefs. (cruisecritic.com)
Leading adventure company Expedition Cruise Specialists has announced North Sailing, an expedition cruise operator in Iceland and Greenland, has been added to their portfolio of the world’s best small ship and adventure cruises.
Culinary travel reaches a new zenith now that the James Beard Foundation has launched its Culinary Collection series of eight 2017-2018 cruises onboard Windstar’s small luxury cruise line. (thedailymeal.com)