There are certain sailings that daring travelers dare not miss. Sailings that go above and beyond, with enhanced itineraries so deliberately designed and carefully constructed that they stand out as the best of the best. These are those sailings. No detail or opportunity is overlooked. You’ll explore the most unique UNESCO Heritage sites, enjoy the most unusual regional delicacies, and discover the most story-worthy cultural insights. These are singular voyages for all those who feel they’ve “been there and done that,” designed by the Windstar destination experts who have themselves, “been there and done that,” in every corner of the world, on every sea. Designed for true citizens of the world, these Select Sailings are Windstar’s must-do voyages to must-see destinations.
Benoa to Singapore - 14 Days
Begin your voyage in Benoa and be instantly entranced by Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters, small village atmosphere and Batik artistry. Bali Volcano is the first of four, followed by Gunung Rinjani on Lombok, Java’s Mount Bromo and the famous Krakatoa. In the rarely visited port of Lembar, experience true island life and savor a satay cooked over coals and topped with peanut sauce. Celukan Bawang offers the volcanic black sand Lovina Beach and Puri Agung Beleleng Compound, the home of the first king of Beleleng Regency. Java’s Probolinggo is home to Mount Bromo and the ethnic minority Tengger people who have held onto their traditions for centuries. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the private island feel of remote Pulau Menyawakan, where white-sand beaches, rainforests, coastal mangroves and a biodiverse reef system welcomes snorkelers and divers with 35 types of corals and sponges. In Semarang, sample the fantastic Chinese food and climb to enlightenment at the 8th century Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. In the small port of Kepulauan Seribu, visit the secluded unspoiled beaches of Pantara Island featuring white-sand surrounded by emerald-green waters. Conclude your Indonesian adventure upon arriving in the world’s second busiest port of Singapore. After a day of exploring the Botanic Gardens, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and shopping on Orchard Road, toast a Singapore Sling to the trip of a lifetime at the Raffles Hotel.
Reykjavik to Edinburgh - 10 Days
Cruise beneath the Midnight Sun to sparkling Norwegian fjords, steaming Icelandic geysers, ancient Scottish standing stones, and the bucolic Faroe Islands. Hear the echoes of Old Norse tongues, see lands once lauded in ancient Viking sagas, and witness sights that will stir your soul. As a Windstar guest you experience it all from a uniquely thrilling perspective.
Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver - 11 Days
Set sail on an Alaskan adventure of a lifetime. This 11-day cruise departs from Seward, and explores natural and remote settings throughout Prince William Sound inaccessible to larger cruise ships. It’s a journey optimized for small ship cruising, with stops in quaint and uncrowded small harbors like Valdez and Wrangell, along with isolated coastlines rich in waterfalls, lofty peaks, and roaming wildlife. Board a helicopter for coastal or inland flightseeing around Valdez. Cast a line for Chinook or sockeye salmon in the legendary Copper River. Master your ‘Gee’ and ‘Haw’ calls as you guide a dogsled team across the Mendelhall Glacier near Juneau. This journey explores Point Adolphus near Glacier Bay, one of the most highly regarded whale watching destinations on the planet, where you’ll observe humpback whales engaging in bubble-net feeding, a learned group behavior in which whales work as a team to hunt and trap schools of fish near the surface. In British Columbia’s Inside Passage, there will be countless opportunities to spot seals, whales, seabirds, and roving shoreline moose and bears before your memorable journey concludes at Vancouver’s cosmopolitan waterfront. Browse specialty shops and galleries in Gastown, take a walk along the breakwater trail surrounding Stanley Park, or if you’re not ready to return to your urban surroundings, escape on a gondola to the scenic alpine expanses surrounding nearby Grouse Mountain.
Athens to Athens - 10 Days
Enjoy a cruise worthy of Greek gods as you visit the land of myth and legend on your own white chariot. Feast your eyes on Santorini’s raven-black cliffs draped in Cyclades-blue and white homes. Inhale the scent of heather and pines on the sacred island of Patmos, where the book of Revelation was penned. Walk on cobblestones worn smooth by peasants and knights in the living medieval cities of Rhodes and Monemvasia. Stray off the beaten path to Ermoupoli where the strains of rebetiko (Greek blues) flow from open-air tavernas, and to Agios Nikolaus, to swim in the lagoon where the goddess Athena was said to bathe. Blur the lines between dreams and reality as you dine in the shadow of Ephesus’ Celsus Library at a complimentary Destination Discovery Event. Each day adds a new page as you write your own legend
Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus
Venice to Athens - 9 Days
The timeless grandeur of the Acropolis and the volcanic vistas from Santorini’s blue-domed villages are perfect preludes to this detailed 8-day exploration of Greece and the Adriatic. Wander the elegant gardens surrounding the white-pillared Achilleion Palace in Corfu, an expansive summer home built by the former empress of Austria prior to World War I. Admire Monopoli’s 4,500-year-old urns and ancient artifacts, then stroll along the formidable walls of Castle of Carlo V, a pentagon-shaped fortification built to counter an emerging age of cannons and sails. Wander the uncrowded streets of tiny Komiza, then board a small boat and experience the azure and emerald iridescent magic within the limestone walls of the Blue and Green Grottos. Sit, sip and listen as Zadar’s shoreline waves create a concert of random music along the waterfront. This memorable journey culminates among Venetian gondolas and glass-blowers, where you can stroll with the pigeons in the Piazza San Marco or browse one-of-a-kind artisan shops featuring intricate jewelry or ornamental handmade masks.
Athens to Athens - 11 Days
Anticipate the unforgettable and immerse yourself in a distinctly different Eastern Mediterranean cruise that explores the Peloponnese in ways inaccessible to large-ship cruise lines. Walk among weathered marble blocks and the faded echoes of ancient athletic glory during the first Olympic Games nearly 3,000 years ago near Katakolon. Step inside the restored stone arches of Meryemama Evi—the House of the Virgin Mary—a Catholic and Muslim shrine situated near the steep, stony slopes of Mount Koressos, before making your way to a delicious and exclusive Turkish dinner among the towering walls and columns of Ephesus. Wander the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and the majestic Blue Mosque before taking in the endless parade of busy Bosporus shipping lights during an overnight stay in Istanbul. Your journey circumnavigates the Peloponnese Peninsula by slipping through the narrow, high-walled Corinth Canal, an ancient engineering dream that wasn’t completed until the late 1800s, but remains inaccessible to large freighters and cruise liners. You eventually end up back where you started in Piraeus, adjacent to Athens and a perfect culinary jumping-off point for sampling the countless tavernas and psistarias serving up savory grilled Greek meats paired with tart wines and chilled beers within the shadow of the Parthenon.
Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus
Vancouver to San Diego - 10 Days
Ten days fly by as you take inventory of the West Coast’s most intriguing ports of call and cuisines. Small ship-only moorages in places like Portland alternate with grand dames like Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego. Go wine tasting in Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Take a cable car to lunch in San Francisco’s Chinatown and taste wild California sardines at Monterey’s famous Cannery Row. From food trucks to fine dining, farmers’ markets to cooking classes that put you at the heart of the action, this is a cruise for people who have a taste for life and a thirst for adventure.