The compact size of the yachts (from 148-312 guests) not only creates an intimate, relaxed atmosphere but also allows access to many places larger ships cannot reach, such as Capri (Italy), Patmos (Greece) and Kotor (Montenegro).

Among the highlights are overnight stops for the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival, but there are also new itineraries, including a 7-night Jewels of the Adriatic cruise on Wind Surf and Wind Star (from Venice to Dubrovnik, including Koper in Slovenia and Rijeka and Zadar in Croatia) and an 8-night Wind Spirit voyage from Malaga to Barcelona, including Gibraltar, Oran (Algeria) and Tarragona.

For more information, call (in the UK) 020 7292 2369 or visit www.windstarcruises.com