Windstar’s Star Legend Transits Ballard Locks, Visits SEA Headquarters
Open Jaw, Kerry Sharpe
On 27JUN, Windstar’s Star Legend became the largest cruise ship ever to transit the Ballard Locks and sail onto Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, marking the first time a Windstar ship has visited the Seattle-based cruise line’s headquarters in 27 years.
Star Legend called on Seattle as a special detour from its summer series of inaugural Alaska cruises, running from MAY through SEPT.
The ship – which carried Windstar employees, VIPs, travel partners and media on board for the day – had roughly 12 feet to spare as the 63-foot wide and 440-foot-long vessel made its way through the locks.
Beginning at Pier 66 in Seattle, Legend first took a scenic cruise of Elliott Bay before transiting through the Ballard Locks, as well as through the Lake Washington Ship Canal and under the Ballard and Fremont Bridges.
While on Lake Union, Zodiac rides were given to guests, highlighting the new fleet of six inflatable rugged boats that are a key part of Windstar’s new Signature Expeditions program in Alaska.
Kerry Sharpe Columnist
Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.