Inside Windstar Cruises' Revamped Star Breeze, Part of $250 Million Star Plus Initiative

Author: Isabella Sullivan

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Fresh from her renovation, Star Breeze is shining brighter than ever...

When a cruise ship has ‘star’ in her name, one can only hope that she lives up to expectations. Fortunately, Windstar CruisesStar Breeze does just that.

Carrying just 312 guests in spacious surroundings, she’s fresh from a complete renovation under the cruise line’s $250 million Star Plus Initiative, with new public areas including a spa, infinity pool and fitness area, as well as new bathrooms in every suite.

But the ship’s greatest attraction in the current climate is that her compact size allows access to exclusive small ports that larger ships can’t reach – places such as Le Lavandou on the Côte d’Azur, and Wrangell, Alaska – offering a more intimate cruising experience without the crowds.

Star Breeze facts

  • 6 passenger decks
  • 156 cabins
  • 1 pool
  • 312 passengers
  • 190 crew


Star Breeze has an impressive array of dining options. As well as the main Amphora restaurant, the Yacht Club, Veranda and Candles, the ship now offers Star Grill by Steven Raichlen – a modern al fresco eaterie – and Spanish-themed Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso (above).


Star Breeze has three lounges and bars where passengers can relax and enjoy a casual cocktail or nightcap. Located on the ship’s top deck, the Star Bar (above) is the place for watching the world go by, while indoor Compass Rose is great for entertainment after dinner.


Post-makeover, there’s a new spa – the World Spa by Windstar – offering destination-themed treatments such as a Northern Lights Manicure and Pedicure, with a soak in Baltic seaweed. The well- equipped fitness centre has also been redesigned.


Sultry bar Compass Rose is the place to catch acoustic duos and musicians after dinner, and the stylish main lounge (above) also hosts performances. Cruises include a deck barbecue with music, and a watersports platform allows access to sea toys throughout the day.


All 156 cabins are suites, from the elegant Balcony (above) and Ocean View grades to the grand Owner’s Suites, which are more like villas at sea. All feature modern interiors with a mini bar, L’Occitane toiletries, fresh flowers, walk-in wardrobes and a full-sized bathtub.


Star Breeze now boasts an inviting infinity pool aft on Deck 7 (above), which offers unrivalled views of the ocean. There are also two whirlpools, along with an onboard marina with complimentary watersports, including windsurfing, board sailing and water-skiing.

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