Windstar Opens Bookings on Post-Stretch Star Breeze, Star Legend Windstar Cruises has opened bookings for the first itineraries on Star Breeze and Star Legend after the ships go through a … The new stand-alone Spanish restaurant Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso is meant to showcase the coastal regions of Spain, as well as the flavors of Andalusia and Jerez in particular. Our waiter, Melkih, remembered us from previous cruises on the Breeze. They are to be replaced. Windstar Cruises to stretch Star-class cruise ships during refurbishments. The added deck space will also allow the line’s signature outdoor barbecue events to shine, Delaney said. RELATED: The Star Legend in the Sea Cortez before her Stretch. Let’s take a look at some current pictures of Star Breeze in Fincantieri’s Palermo, Italy shipyard. Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride will … This cruise had only one. Needless to say, spirits surrounding the initiative kick-off have been high these past few days in Palermo. (9:33 a.m. EDT) -- Windstar Cruises has kicked off one of the most ambitious refurbishment programs within cruising to date, beginning the process of “stretching” its three small cruise ships: Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride. Work on the ships begins in October 2019 and ends in November 2020. Windstar will take half of its fleet – Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride – and renovate each ship in succession. Once the project is done, the three ships will be remarkably different. Standing beside the dry dock I was struck by just how small Star Breeze is and, by contrast, the impressive size of the new section. A “maiden” celebratory cruise will begin on March 20, 2020, leaving Miami and sailing to Colon, Panama, after a re-christening on March 19, 2020 in Miami. Your Account Home Search Specials Cruises Shore Excursions Group Cruises About FAQ. Fincantieri's yard in Palermo, Italy has cut the Windstar Cruises vessel Star Breeze in half in preparation for inserting a new midsection, which will stretch the vessel by 84 feet. These suites will be configured differently than the cabins that were already on the ship, with beds near the windows. It’s a more complicated project.”. Star Breeze is the first of three Windstar cruise ships to receive the “stretch” treatment. Star Legend About Star Legend. Both of the new dining areas have been developed in partnership with Michelin-starred chefs. The service was excellent, and all staff were friendly, and enthusiastically helped in every way possible. Work on the ships begins in October 2019 and ends in November 2020. We had a great time. Star Breeze under construction for it's "stretching" process (Photo: Chris Gray Faust/Cruise Critic). Gloria Bohan, the CEO of Omega World Travel, rounds out the trio as the godmother of Star Legend. Ship is still beautiful. by Elysa Leonard. Certainly hope that there will be more shade areas on the stretched ship. Get expert advice, insider tips and more. The work will be done to Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride in succession between October 2019 and November 2020, and take place at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. The existing cabins on the three ships are not being ignored. The ports were mostly small islands where the big ships don’t go. Work on Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride will take place between October 2019 and November 2020 at Sicily’s Fincantieri Shipyard. We were told that the umbrellas blew away or broke. The Indian beauty got this dream opportunity in 2017. By Shaun Ebelthite on November 16, 2018 • ( Leave a comment) Premium small-ship cruise line Windstar has announced it’s trio of powered cruise ships that it purchased from Seabourn will undergo a major US $250-million refurbishment called the Star Plus initiative. While many ships have been ‘stretched’, the complex undertaking of Star Breeze and sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride in 2020 goes beyond cosmetic and experience-based. One very popular addition are the 50 new suites that have been built in the new midsection. Travel expert Wendy Perrin is the Star Breeze’s original godmother, while Nancy Anschutz, wife of the owner of Windstar’s parent company Xanterra Parks & Resorts Phillip Anschutz, is the godmother of Star Pride. Carrying only 312 guests, Star Legend still tucks into small ports like Sinop and Honfleur or … All Star Legend staterooms are comfortable and sedate suites with luxury linens, stocked mini-bar, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, fresh fruit and flowers. Star Pride will be completed in June 2021 and begin sailing in Northern Europe in July. He was excellent. Star Legend is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can't reach. 212. We enjoyed being close to the elevators. Passenger response to the new cabin choices has been favorable, said Prelog. “What we’ve worked hardest at is keeping the intimacy of these small ships.”, Silversea stretched Silver Spirit in 2018. Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped Or Taken Out of Service Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic? The furnishings were beautiful. Star Legend is a small luxury, all suite ship with all the amenities. The three ships have had many redos over the decades. Onboard Crew. It was mostly quiet. A cruise ship in miniature, it is easy to understand the appeal of this vessel and her two sister ships, Star Pride and Star Legend. And while the ships themselves will be bigger, they are still small ships, Delaney stressed -- and as such will still be able to sail to the small ports that are a Windstar trademark, such as the Kiel and Corinth canals and places like Sanary-sur-Mer. And an elevator is being added mid-ship, to make getting around onboard easier. Our cabin stewards were excellent. The largest aboard Star Legend is the Owner’s Suite (575 ft2). Balcony, in this case, means a French balcony; not one that you step out onto. We chose to sit at same table each night for dinner. The Grill is built to take advantage of the increase in deck space, which is perhaps one of the most welcome renovations to the small ship fleet, Delaney said. Sasso has worked with Windstar through the line’s partnership with the James Beard Foundation, appearing as a past guest chef on one of the themed culinary cruises. Star Plus Initiative STAR LEGEND ONBOARD SPACES 1 Yacht Club Café & Library 2 Star Bar 3 Star Barbecue 4 Bridge 5 WindSpa 6 Fitness Center & Motion Studio 7 Pool and whirlpool 8 Courtyard 9 Veranda/Candles 10 Signature Shop 11 Restaurant 12 Compass Rose 13 Reception 14 Lounge 15 Screening Room 16 AmphorA Restaurant 17 Watersports Platform 18 Whirlpool E = Elevator WC = … “The re-engineering is a big deal,” Delaney said. At the same time, it has expanded its shore offerings from 600 to more than 2,500 choices, with each excursion vetted by the line itself, as opposed to outside operators, Delaney said. The $250 million Star Class Initiative will take the three ships, currently with a passenger capacity of 212, and essentially pull them apart, inserting a section with 50 staterooms for another 100 passengers. She’ll carry up to 212 guests in intimate, all-suite accommodations, including ocean view and balcony suites, as well as the remarkable Owner’s Suites. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 guests. Windstar will take half of its fleet – Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride – and renovate each ship in succession. With ocean views and at least 277 square feet of suite comfort, Star Legend is the perfect ship for cruising the Dardanelles and into scenic fjords from the serenity of your suite. Grinch Delivers Holiday Cards to Carnival Cruise Ship Crew Around The World. Two years ago Windstar announced the plan to stretch the Star ships increasing the guest capacity from 210 guests to 310 guests. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen gave his offensive linemen Callaway golf clubs, lessons and more this Christmas. Windstar’s Star Legend will emerge from an in-depth refurbishment in 2015, ready to be christened as one of Windstar’s newest luxury yachts. New programming, such as the Windstar Signature Expedition sailings in Alaska, has garnered some of the highest passenger satisfaction rates, exceeding even those in customer favorite Tahiti and the South Pacific, said Chris Prelog, Windstar’s vice president of fleet operations. “We’re bringing back the original godmothers,” Delaney said. Windstar's "Star Plus" project increased the … Food was delicious. Star Legend will begin its stretching process in February 2020, and debut in Barcelona on July 2,2020. Windstar Cruises selected Gloria Bohan, CEO and Owner of Omega World Travel, to be Godmother of Star Legend, which was unveiled on May 25, 2015 at a Christening Ceremony in Rome. The yard in Sicily specializes in “stretching” projects; it’s where. Menu. The company’s Star Plus Initiative is worth $250 million and encompasses two more Star Plus-class cruise ships, Star Legend and Star Pride. Windstar bought the three Star-class ships from Seabourn and added them to their fleet in 2014 and 2015. Next up, Star Legend (built in 1992 as Seabourn Legend) has already got its new midsection and has been floated out of the dry dock, while Star Pride (1988’s Seabourn Pride) is standing by to enter the dock in January. Browse Windstar Cruise Ships Star Breeze Star Legend Star Pride Wind Spirit Wind Star Wind Surf. Finally, Star Pride will be the last to undergo the transformation, and resume service in Barcelona on November 20, 2020. The space will now have more indoor seating (which was at a premium in the old configuration). Beloved Cruise Ships Empress, Majesty of the Seas to Leave Royal Caribbean Fleet. Sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride will follow in 2020. “There’s not a port that we go to today that we can’t go to with these ships when they are done,” he said. Star Pride, the third and final ship, will be completed in fall 2020 when it sets sail from Barcelona on Nov. 20. By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s, Windstar Cruises Begins Ambitious Three Ship “Stretching” Renovation Program In Italy. Still, there’s no getting away from the fact that the trio was built in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The lengthening, which involves cutting the hull in two and inserting a new section, is being conducted at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy. Because the line goes into many small ports, tendering can be a pain point. We're here to help. After the mid-section is inserted today, Star Breeze’s renovation will continue for the next few months. Most annoying was the missing sun umbrellas on decks 7 and 8. The company plans to mark each ship with a ceremony. Feel like you are on your own private yacht that is small enough to take you to small harbors and also anchor in out-of-the-way coves, but large enough to delight you with its many fabulous amenities. The crew show was fun. Built In 2015 | Registry Bahamas | Total Staterooms 106. Star Legend Itineraries. “The Silver Spirit was only deck lengthening,” said Giorgio Pollina, project manager at Fincantieri. Today, the shipyard begins the second part of the process, by carefully moving the already constructed midsection block into place. By Cruise Line. Windstar Cruises ushers in a new era as the leader in small ship cruising by making the final cut to the hull of Star Breeze to “stretch” the first of its three ships and begin the process of inserting a new 84-foot mid-section (25.6 meters) that will help evolve and transform the Windstar experience. we enjoyed the yacht club. Get expert advice, insider tips and more. In the past few years, Windstar has doubled down on its culinary offerings by teaming up with the James Beard Foundation on its menus. (The Candles alternative dining experience was held in the ship’s Veranda buffet area at night). The renovation is adding a new tender boarding area in the mid-ship section, along with two new 90-passenger tender boats. The ship will be having its first sailing after the project, cruising from Barcelona to Lisbon, on February 20, 2020, followed by a transatlantic cruise. “This will make us so much more fuel efficient.” Having extra fuel capacity has made the line comfortable with adding far-flung ports such as New Zealand to its roster, he said. Cruises Last Minute Destinations Cruise Lines Luxury & River Cruises Promotions. We looked forward to another small ship experience before the scheduled stretch. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. The restaurant will be able to seat 95 at lunch and dinner, with two carving stations. The Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride all will be bound for the shipyard between October and November 2020 to be cut in half and lengthened about … On Wednesday, Delaney cut the final inch of steel with a blowtorch, at a sunset ceremony at the shipyard (before cutting, the Seattle-based executive spent the afternoon practicing with the torch so he could get it right). Star Legend. and several other vessels have had similar work done there. We did hear noise from the next cabin when they had their tv on. More evening entertainment on the deck will also be possible now there’s more space. The "Star Plus" drydocking project includes enlarging (stretching) and engine upgrades for fleet's three Star-Class vessels (in brackets - completion dates) - Star Breeze (February 20, 2020), Star Legend (July 2, 2020) and Star Pride (November 20, 2020). Work has already begun aboard Star Legend and her completion date is late January 2021; she will begin cruising in the Mediterranean in March. A; A-Rosa; Abercrombie & Kent; Adventure Canada; AdventureSmith Explorations (Tour Operator) Albatros Expeditions; Alaska Marine Highway On previous cruises, there were lots of umbrellas to provide shade. 1-800-861-8007. Star Breeze is the first ship to begin what Windstar Cruises President John Delaney called “the metamorphosis.” The ship entered the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo on October 7, where the delicate process of dismantling all of the pipes, cables and lines started. We chose this cabin because it had a walk-in shower. Still wish that the yacht club would serve coffee/tea after dinner. Star Legend will begin its stretching process in February 2020, and debut in Barcelona on July 2,2020. Line Reviews. By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s. There are some signs of wear. Home Cruises Lines Windstar Cruises Star Legend. But Windstar’s continued focus on small ship sailing, and unusual itineraries, has won over any detractors. Bollywood actress Disha Patani worked with international action movie star Jackie Chan in Kung Fu Yoga. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 guests. The second restaurant, Star Grill by Steven Raichlen, will be an outdoor restaurant on the pool deck. There wasn’t any big shows. The Windstar project is more complicated, however, because Windstar is not only adding a section to its ships, it is installing completely new engines, with a new fuel-efficient propulsion system replacing the current engines. Following Star Breeze, Star Legend will debut in Barcelona on July 2, 2020. Windstar also operates three motor-sail ships—the 148-guest Wind Star and Wind Spirit, and the 310-passenger Wind Surf. The gorgeous woodwork, marble bathrooms, and spacious suites are exquisite. The new pool, in particular, should wow returning guests. “It’s five times the size,” he said. Would book it again. Star Legend made a spectacular debut to much acclaim in 2015, joining Windstar's beautiful Star Class fleet along with her 9,975-ton, 212-guest sister ships, Star Pride and Star Breeze. Cuadro 44 will have 38 seats and include a chef’s counter and a communal table. The extra 84 feet being added will also allow the ships to add two specialty restaurants, a larger buffet area, a larger spa and fitness area, a new elevator onboard, a new tender boarding area and -- perhaps most important on ships that often sail in warm climates -- a new pool that will be five times as large as what the ships currently have. Work on the ships begins in October 2019 and ends in November 2020. We enjoyed the BBQs, beach parties, music by the duos, excursions, etc. Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze is getting an 84ft (25.6m) stretch, as part of the cruise line’s US$250m (€223.6m) Star Plus Initiative to augment three of its ships. 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