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first_imgThe project includes new floor plans and will increase the current passenger capacity from 148 guests-212 guests (depending on whether the yacht has a motorised or sail capability) to more than 320 passengers, an increase in capacity of 24 per cent.Mr Simao said the re-engineering aspect of the project would focus on “sustainability of engines”, in alignment with Windstar’s policy to reduce its carbon footprint, and also to provide economic efficiency. Star Plus expansion highlights include:Expanded veranda restaurant to offer significantly more oceanview seating, and upgraded dining areaTwo new dining experiences – including an intimate alternative dining restaurant and a casual barbecue space50 new suitesAll new bathroomsElevated pool and whirlpoolSpa and Fitness CentreA new elevator mid-ship making access to all decks easy from anywhere onboardAdditional crew will be hired and the increase will maintain the line’s impressive 1.5 to 1 guest to crew ratioAll new environmentally friendlier engines that will run on cleaner fuel, be more fuel efficient and reduce impact on sailing regionsExplore Star Plus via 360° video sneak peeks HERE. IMAGE: Mr Steven Kona Simao, Vice President of Sales, Windstar Cruises (right) and Mr Andrew Millmore, Chairman, Travel the World, at Spice Temple, Sydney.At an intimate lunch for media and trade representatives last Friday (3 May), at Sydney’s elegant Spice Temple in Bligh Street, Windstar Cruises’ Vice President of Sales, Steven Kona Simao, currently visiting Australia from head office in Seattle, Washington, reiterated the company’s commitment to providing personalised and immersive experiences.In 2018 Windstar Cruises visited approximately 260 ports sailing throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska, Canada and New England, and year-round in Tahiti. Mr Simao noted that Australia remains the largest market for its three Star Class yachts – Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride – adding that Windstar’s guests are mostly in the 40-70 year old demographic, and primarily comprised of couples and small groups, interested in food and wine, the arts, culture and soft adventure.“Authenticity is the key word for our cruises,” Mr Simao said. “With a minimum of 10 cruises per year, our unique and specialised itineraries are a big driver for our guests on board.“Our personalised and immersive approach brings you closer to each destination and every port, [and] an intimate and welcoming ambience makes it easy to connect with fellow travellers and crew on our small elegant ships.” Between October 2019 and November 2020, the three Star Class Yachts will each be lengthened, in turn, at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Italy, and renovated – all part of Windstar’s USD$250 million Star Plus initiative – a major expansion project to enhance each vessel, with all new suites and public spaces. center_img cruiseWindstar Cruisesyachtslast_img

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