Windstar has announced plans to sail to Alaska in spring/summer 2018, bringing its style of luxury small-ship cruising to one of the world’s most popular and scenic cruise destinations.
“We are bringing our guests right to the heart of what makes Alaska and the Great Pacific Northwest such an amazing destination and magical place to visit,” says Windstar President John Delaney. “Sailing closer to pristine deciduous shorelines, delving deeper into all-enveloping fjords, kayaking in icy straits right off the ship’s Watersports Platform, and viewing an endless wilderness from sea level..”
Windstar’s Alaska itineraries will be longer than most, starting at 11 days. Park rangers, scientists, glaciologists, geologists and other experts will be aboard each cruise to provide education and perspective to guests.
Highlights of Windstar’s inaugural Alaska season with the 212-guest Star Legend yacht include:
Every cruise features Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords.
Optional kayaking and scenic cruising by Zodiac directly from the ship.
Destination immersion with 7 to 8 Southeast Alaska and BC ports each cruise.
Due to its smaller size, Star Legend will sail right into Misty Fjords and Kenai Fjords.
Longer itineraries of 11- to 14-days let the yacht move slower and get closer to shore.
The news comes on the heels of Windstar’s recent announcement of its return to Asia in 2017/18, with the 212-guest, all-suite Star Legend yacht sailing from Tokyo to Seward (Anchorage), Alaska over a 14-day trans-Pacific cruise, which also stops in Miyako, Hakodate, and Kushiro in Japan.
Once in Alaska, the elegant Star Legend will embark on 3 new itineraries with 8 sailing dates, departing May to August, including a 14-day Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver option; 12-day Vancouver round-trip itinerary, and 11- or 12-day Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) voyages. Windstar also plans to offer pre- and post-cruise land excursions, allowing guests more time to explore Alaska’s interior.