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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Make 2017 “Nautical and Nice” by giving the gift of cruise travel – 180 Degrees from Ordinary

Seattle, WA, December 16, 2016 Windstar Cruises tempts travelers to treat a loved one to a luxurious cruise on a sleek sailing yacht with tall sails or an elegant yacht with all-suite accommodations.

Cruisers will enjoy the best savings of the season during the “Nautical and Nice” Holiday Event through Dec. 23. Featuring more than 100 cruises sailing January through September 2017, each guest also receives a bonus gift of $100 shipboard credit to spend on a variety of indulgences, from spa treatments to a bottle of fine wine.
Cruise into Christmas: Windstar’s Nautical and Nice Holiday Event offers the
Best Savings of the Season in the Caribbean, Costa Rica & Panama Canal,
Europe, Transatlantic, and Tahiti
A number of voyages on the promotion feature a spectacular Destination Discovery Event, immersing guests in authentic cultural and culinary delights of the region. Created exclusively for Windstar guests, these complimentary events are crafted to give guests a taste of local life on each cruise.

Popular events include Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus, a once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining under the stars at the Celsus Library on the Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise; and Bora Bora Celebration Festival, a traditional Tahitian feast complete with fire dancers when sailing the Dreams of Tahiti or the Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands itinerary.

A sampling of “Nautical & Nice” voyages include:
Costa Rica & Panama Canal – Journey from Colón, Panama to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  (or vice versa) and enjoy a daylight transit of the Panama Canal with expert narration and a deck side celebration serving tropical treats and local libations. 7 days from $1,779 per guest.
Classic Caribbean – Broad pink beaches that match the sunsets, glittering aquamarine lagoons by day, and star-studded skies by night make this Caribbean fantasy real. Sail 7 days round trip St. Maarten from $1,279 per guest
Best of the ABC Islands – Explore the Colonial Caribbean with an exotic flair from “Little England” Barbados to the very-Dutch ABCs - Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Days ashore include underground river caves in Barbados, a chocolate farm on Grenada, an artist colony on Curaçao, and an unmatched signature Island Experience on the pristine beach of tiny Mayreau, a true tropical getaway. Sail between Aruba and Barbados for 7 days from $1,579 per guest.
Dreams of Tahiti – Experience paradise on the ultimate romantic adventure aboard a sleek yacht with sails billowing. Say “Ia Orana” to deserted motus, shallow lagoons, tiare flowers, and the silky sands of Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine and other exotic Islands of Tahiti on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage. Sail 7 days round trip from Papeete, Tahiti from $1,479 per guest.
Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras – The ultimate Mediterranean voyage sails between Barcelona and Rome featuring casinos and castles, shopping and celebrity sightings, every moment glitters with glamorous excitement. Cruise 7 days from $1,379 per guest.
Gaelic Explorers – From the pubs of Dublin to the castles of Edinburgh, this journey takes cruise guests through hills and highlands, idyllic islands, and lyrical landscapes on an 8-day journey from $2,279 per guest.
Treasures of the Greek Isles – Embark on a quintessential sailing odyssey through the Greek Isles. Featured ports of call include serene Santorini, marvelous Mykonos, and historic Patmos, a UNESCO site known worldwide as the sacred island where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. Cruise 7 days round trip Athens, Greece from $2,179 per guest.
Scandinavian Tapestry – Discover the stunning beauty of Norway beyond the fjords to charming villages and quiet country lanes, sparkling Scandinavian capitals, and the canals and copper spires of Copenhagen. Enjoy an 11-day sailing from Edinburgh to Stockholm (or reverse) with stops in Oslo, Copenhagen, and a shore excursion option to Berlin, from $3,079 per guest.
Marvels of the Croatian Coast & Greece – An array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites awaits: the layer-cake terraces of Plitvice Lakes, Kotor’s wondrous bay, and the Acropolis and Plaka in Athens. Dine on Italian pasta and Croatian seafood in the same dish with a splash of Greek ouzo to finish. Sail Athens to Venice (or reverse) for 12 days from $3,279 per guest.

A complete list is available here: http://www.windstarcruises.com/specials/holidaysale2016/
For more information on the Nautical & Nice Holiday Event running through Dec. 23, 2016, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit www.windstarcruises.com.

Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small boutique sailing and all-suite yachts visiting 170 ports throughout Northern Europe, Transatlantic Ocean Crossing, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, sailing year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific, and adding newly-announced Asia and Arabia. The boutique cruise ships are known for an intimate yacht-style experience, unique itineraries and exclusive access to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in boutique small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths. All ships in the fleet have recently undergone multi-million dollar transformations to embody casually elegant yacht travel. The all-suite yachts Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride serve 212 guests in all-suite accommodations; while sailing yachts Wind Spirit and Wind Star sail with up to 148 guests, and Wind Surf serves 310 guests. The yachts cruise to 59 nations worldwide. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies. More information: www.windstarcruises.com.

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