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A Windstar Holiday is Beyond the Ordinary

A Windstar cruise is always a special occasion, but join us at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s and you’ll find us at our festive best. We decorate the ship as befits the season, from gingerbread villages to a flameless menorah, and toast the season with eggnog, themed cocktails, and champagne. Plus, you’ll find all your favorite holiday menu items like roast turkey, prime rib, and pumpkin pie, sometimes with the kind of unique twist you’d expect from the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation. (Christmas pudding soufflé, anyone?) When you’re not playing holiday trivia or watching holiday movies, you can join our New Year’s Eve deck party or the chef’s Christmas High Tea. And to top it all off, attend a Windstar Crew Show that puts Santa’s magic bag of tricks to shame.
Stress-Free Holidays
Make this the year that your family enjoys a care-free holiday season, free from all the cooking, cleaning, and entertaining. With our relaxed and casual style, you don’t even have to dress up, and everywhere on the ship will be decorated so the magic of the season truly shines.
On-Board Family
We’ll spoil you with our crew who will make this a holiday you’ll remember and strive to make it a part of your yearly tradition. They’ll share their traditions with your family as well.
Something in Your Stocking
On Christmas sailings, anticipate special welcome treats in your suite or stateroom, like Christmas cookies and candy canes, mandarin oranges, roasted peanuts and chocolate candies.
Windstar Traditions
We have a few holiday traditions of our own we like to share, like the Captain reading The Night Before Christmas, the crew leading a sing-along of Christmas carols, and a guest-led Hanukkah menorah lighting. On New Year’s Eve, get your camera ready for a seafaring tradition as our oldest crew member rings out the previous year, and the youngest rings in the new one.
Festive Feasts
We’ll serve all your holiday favorites with classic trimmings, along with decadent options like butter-poached lobster tail. We make sure that vegetarians don’t miss out on the fun either, with delicious creations like Roasted Pumpkin Squash Soup and Beetroot, Broccoli & Goat Cheese Tart.
Christmas High Tea
A true holiday highlight is Windstar’s Christmas High Tea, featuring Christmas Cake and Stollen. Served in Compass Rose, the Lounge, or even on open deck if weather allows, this elegant affair is often accompanied by a local band.
Crew Talent Show
Cheer on your favorite crew members as they display a wide range of talents beyond their uncanny ability to read your mind and deliver top-notch service. From the cultural to the kitschy, they’ll keep you entertained in an evening full of warmth and good humor.
Warm Your Feet by the Beach
While everyone else might be shivering in the snow, you’ll spend your days frolicking on the beach, sunning yourself on the teak decks, or hiking in the cloud forests. With voyages to the Caribbean, Costa Rica & the Panama Canal, Tahiti, and more, you won’t have to worry about shoveling your driveway or packing your puffer jacket.

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