Windstar Cruises has announced a new 79-day Grand European Bucket List Adventure. It is the longest itinerary ever offered by the award-winning small-scale cruise ship.
This major European cruise departs from Stockholm, Sweden on July 25, 2023 and embarks on a new voyage that spans 22 countries sailing through the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of six boutique all-suite and sailboats with between 148-342 guests on itineraries throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada and New England, Tahiti and the South Pacific, Mexico and the US Coastal and Australia. However, this long European itinerary is the first for them.
Think of it as a cruise to make up for the travel time lost to the pandemic, a journey that lasts more than two months and allows you to explore a number of European cities and towns while trapped in a floating luxury suite. Unpack once and you are ready to go as daily laundry service is included in the ticket price.
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The ship is the all-suite Star Legend, which holds only 312 guests and has a staff-guest ratio of 1: 1.5. Star Legend has undergone a complete renovation as part of the company’s $ 250 million Star Plus Initiative. New public areas, including two new eateries, a new spa, elevated pool and fitness area have been furnished. The ship also has all new bathrooms in each suite and a new category of star suites with a new layout. Even the smallest suites have at least 277 square meters, while the owner’s suite is 575 square meters.
It is the small ship experience, Windstar Cruises’ signature, that appeals in these times. Windstar refers to them as “cruise-free cruises”, and they have gained renewed popularity.
“We attribute to our reservations a fictitious demand for travel after most of the world has been set aside for a year,” says Windstar president Christopher Prelog. “It creates a rapid recovery for us, so much so that my advice is to book early as increased demand is real.”
Grand European Bucket List Adventure is a very port-demanding itinerary with a total of 71 days in port, leaving only eight days at sea. It is a chance to visit different places like Santorini, Gibraltar, Bilbao, Bergen, Helsinki and Odessa on the same journey.
There are also 11 nights in the harbor, which gives guests the opportunity to dine out and enjoy the nightlife at destinations such as St. Petersburg, Hamburg, Bordeaux, Seville, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The ship is small enough to navigate the borders of the Kiel and Corinth canals and dock at small ports such as Sinop, Turkey and Honfleur, France.
It is clearly designed for those who want to visit old favorites again and see new sights. There are two first time Windstar ports in Hamburg and Binz, and the cruise calls at a new Norwegian port, Arendal. The journey ends on October 12 in Istanbul, Turkey.
There are several dining options on board, from Amphora, the formal dining room, to Star Grill by Steven Raichlen and Candles, the signature outdoor dining room. The trip includes all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, fitness classes and the use of water sports equipment such as kayaks and sailing boards from the water sports platform afterwards.
Prices for the Grand European Bucket List Adventure start at $ 39,999 per person. Person.