Picture the scene. You’re anchored in a tiny crystal blue cove just along the coastline from Portofino. The sun on the water makes the bow of your Windstar yacht sparkle, but the atmosphere on board is blissfully unpretentious. The waiter has just placed a glass of crisp rosé at your table, where you’re patiently waiting for lunch after a day with your toes in the sand of a hidden cove beyond the reach of most. After lunch, you’ll snorkel in those ocean blues from the ship’s private watersports platform. Or perhaps the only thing you’ll dive into is your holiday read. Dinner will be in Amphora tonight, your chef having spent the day ashore collecting fresh ingredients at the local market to recreate the dishes the area is famed for, so that you don’t just visit a destination but taste it too. With your Windstar ship spending the night in port, as the uber-luxurious cruise line does on so many occasions, you’ll spend the rest of the evening watching the world go by outside a rustic Italian taverna with a glass of red or two, before ambling back to port for a serene night’s sleep.
Most days look like this when you holiday with Windstar. Others might see you sail the peacock lagoons of the South Pacific, sails billowing overhead, or cruising to the carved pink stones of the Holy Lands. You might dabble in island hops and ancient city sites in Greece, cross the Labrador Sea from Greenland, discover a whole new meaning to the term ‘wild’ in Australasia and South Africa, or simply see treasures on our home shores from beneath tall sails that turn heads. With just 148 to 342 fellow travellers to share you ship, once-in-a-lifetime shore excursions and stunning ships that hold their own in a marine bristling with billion-dollar yachts, Windstar are taking small ship cruising in a different direction.
Sail away with Windstar, the cruise line that’s 180 degrees from ordinary.