Themed Cruises



Each of Windstar’s unique themed voyages offers you intimate access to some of the world's most exclusive destinations and events. Experience the exhilaration of watching Monte Carlo’s Grand Prix from a premier grandstand seat.  For the epicureans who want an expert’s tips on molecular gastronomy and recommendations on riojas in Spain, sail on a culinary-themed cruise with a James Beard Foundation chef and sommelier. These packages and voyages are custom made for exploration. Discover it all in Windstar's signature style.

Discover the Croatia that empires have coveted for centuries aboard a small cruise ship. Experience the amazing rainbow colors of Plitvice Lakes National Park and Lake Bled’s fairytale island. Wonder at the tenacity of Dubrovnik’s charming Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace. Relax on perfect pebble beaches, explore Piran’s Venetian legacy, and savor the taste of fine Croatian wine and wild truffles.

Rome to Rome - 7 Days

Surrounded by glitterati on the glistening white Star Pride you fit right in; your insider’s experience at Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix the jewel in the crown of this exceptional cruise. Visit some of the world’s most glamorous ports — Portofino, St. Tropez, Sanary-sur-Mer, Monte Carlo — strolling famous promenades, shopping elite boutiques, and taking in world-renown beaches. Then during your overnight in Monte Carlo, enjoy exclusive access to special Windstar private Grand Prix events and two days of world-class Formula One® time trials and racing. It’s the ultimate expression of Windstar’s style, and open to only a very limited number of guests.

Discover the hidden coastlines and the overlooked charms of lesser-known small ports during this extraordinary 11-day crossing of Europe’s Atlantic shores. Sip Devonshire Cream tea and nibble on decadent cakes as you discover Dartmouth’s 400-year-old connection to Mayflower pilgrims. Explore the century-old halls inside the Britannia Royal Naval College, the UK’s naval academy for the British Royal Navy officers and former school of several princes in the royal family. Attend a French cuisine cooking class or stroll among the vineyard rows in Médoc or St. Émilion during a delicious stop that blends storied red wines with briny French cheeses near the outskirts of Bordeaux. Follow the painted or sculpted scallop shells leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the ultimate destination of pilgrims for more than 1,000 years. Linger over dark, rich, and fiery red port wines as you float past the tall, tiled-roof port houses lining Porto’s waterfront on the Douro River. Run your fingers along the sculpted stone knots commemorating Portugal’s bold maritime history at Belém Tower on the banks of Lisbon’s Tagus River. It’s a perfect vista for watching sunsets on the Atlantic while sharing dreams and plans for your next European adventure.

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.

Abundant in outdoor excursions to small ports and uncrowded destinations, this two-week cruise features stops in China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. And what better way to experience this lovely region than with the people who know it best – the Windstar crew who hail from the Philippines and Indonesia. Snorkel among colorful fish and vibrant coral off Busuanga Island near Coron. Drift silently among shadowy limestone deposits and sleeping bats in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the Philippines. Observe recuperating orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center near Sandakan. Uncover the remnants and relics cast off from centuries of Dutch colonialism around Ujung Padang, and discover Fort Rotterdam’s influences on trade and contemporary culture. Watch Komodo dragons lumber along sandy beaches in search of prey or venture inland for glimpses of koalas among the dense foliage of the Komodo National Park near Loh Liang. Relax on small reclusive beaches on Lombok or sample spicy nasi goreng, fried rice paired with egg, prawns or chicken and served with crunchy, cracker-like kerupuk at a local Lembar restaurant.

Edinburgh to Tilbury - 8 Days

Surround yourself in the pageantry and majesty of parading tall-mast sailing ships at Sail Amsterdam, a special event that only occurs once every five years and is the largest nautical event of its kind in the world. This special cruise spends three days in Amsterdam among the splendor of this global event, anchored in the company of legendary sailing ships. You’ll have plenty to see, sample and celebrate along storied waterfronts, but make time to follow the countless canals past tall and tilting timbered shops and flats to verdant old world parks and stately museums housing shadowy masterpieces by Dutch Masters and vibrant, impressionist pieces immortalized by Van Gogh’s bold brushstrokes. This one-of-a-kind cruise also explores historic ports and hallmark cuisine throughout Scotland, England, and Belgium. Stroll in the footsteps of Roman sentries on Hadrian’s Wall Path, the largest Roman artifact in the world.  Discover the ancient engineering secrets of improvised fortifications made from turf, timbers, limestone, and sandstone along the longest line of defense in ancient Western Civilization. Sip and savor the citrus and spice notes in Belgian ales, the sweet richness of local chocolates and the rustic charm of Flemish farmhouses surrounding Ghent and Bruges. Your memorable journey concludes on the River Thames near London, where you should plan on making time for riding double-decker buses, eating fish and chips, and sipping countless malty, fruity caramel-colored iterations of classic English brown ales.

Few Mediterranean cruises offer the unique combination of romance and racing like this Star Collector adventure from the canals of Venice to the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. Along the way you’ll explore the art, architecture, and cultural customs and cuisines throughout Italy, Croatia, Monetengro, and France. Taste local wines paired with homemade cheese in an intimate Croatian family wine cellar outside of Rovinj. Kayak together on Kotor Bay in Montenegro. Glide inside the glowing azure chambers of the fabled Blue Grotto near Giardini Naxos. Sip sweet limoncello liqueur together at a sidewalk café in Sorrento. Witness Saturday qualifying for the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix prior to an exclusive tour of the storied pits. After evening festivities and an overnight stay in Monte Carlo, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the track on race day, along with a gift package that includes ear plugs, high-definition binoculars and seat cushion.

Few Mediterranean cruises offer the unique combination of romance and racing like this Star Collector adventure from the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo to the canals of Venice. Along the way you’ll explore the art, architecture, and cultural customs and cuisines throughout Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, and France. Taste local wines paired with homemade cheese in an intimate Croatian family wine cellar outside of Rovinj. Kayak together on Kotor Bay in Montenegro. Glide inside the glowing azure chambers of the fabled Blue Grotto near Giardini Naxos. Sip sweet limoncello liqueur together at a sidewalk café in Sorrento. Witness Saturday qualifying for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix prior to an exclusive tour of the storied pits. After evening festivities and an overnight stay in Monte Carlo, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the track on race day, along with a gift package that includes ear plugs, high-definition binoculars and seat cushion.

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