Windstar Cruises has once again taken delivery of its Star Plus Class vessel Star Pride at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy.
The yacht is the third and final of the line’s Star Plus Class yachts to be stretched and transformed over a multi-year, $250 million project — the largest renovation project the line has ever undertaken.
“We are thrilled to have all three of our yachts completely reimagined, from the new, more environmentally-friendly engines to the gorgeous new restaurant spaces, spacious suites, and romantic spas,” said Windstar President Christopher Prelog. “We couldn’t be happier with the results. Our passengers who are already sailing with us on these transformed yachts are raving, giving us higher customer experience scores than we’ve ever received in our company’s history.”
Star Pride will stay in Italy until the yacht resumes guest operations in April in the Mediterranean. Sister yacht Star Breeze begins sailing in Tahiti next week, and Star Legend is completing a short Mediterranean season before heading to the Caribbean in November.
All three vessels increased in passenger capacity from 212 guests to 312, and provide more features including a new outdoor barbecue venue, a true spa and fitness center, an infinity pool, and more outdoor deck areas. The line also added a new suite category called Star Suites.
These three all-suite sailing yachts, together with Windstar Cruises’ three classic sailing yachts, remain small enough to continue visiting small ports and waterways of the world that larger cruise vessels cannot access.
In addition, due to the global pandemic, Star Pride and all of Windstar’s yachts received HVAC system updates, adding new hospital-grade high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters along with a UV-C air zapping process to clean the air on board.