Boutique cruise line Windstar Cruises is sailing to Arabia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia in winter/spring 2017 – 18. The elegant, all – suite yacht Star Legend embarks just 212 guests on new itineraries with 12 sailing dates from 10 to 18 days in length departing Oct. to April and including dozens of maiden ports of calls, many off the tourist path. These small ship cruises are designed to immerse travelers into the heart of local cultures, indulging guests with the exclusive comforts and culinary delights of a private yacht.
Windstar’s Asia and Arabia cruises offer larger-than-life adventures and exceptional experiences only possible on a small ship. Star Legend will proudly sail into the hub of must-see Asian cities where larger ships typically dock on the outskirts. The agile yacht sails on routes less traveled, visiting out-of-the-way islands, and charming harbors that big ships skip. Itineraries are carefully crafted with scenic cruising and active exploration in mind.
The new itineraries span cosmopolitan marvels like Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo but also explore the smaller ports and villages, unspoiled islands, and exotic shores of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Borneo and the Philippines.“
Planning the perfect voyage for guests is a passion of the tram at Windstar Cruises and they are thrilled to introduce a remarkably diverse collection of cruises to Asia and Arabia. Guest will experience firsthand the wonderful people and compelling cultures of this incredible region, all in Windstar’s true small ship style. Windstar is my favorite cruise line for the relaxing style on the ships.
By day, the yacht may anchor at hidden harbors and tropical islands in the South China Sea where cruisers can swim, snorkel, water ski and stand up paddle board all right from the ships Watersports platform. By night guests can gaze at star filled skies from the unique Open Bridge learning from the Captain where the yacht will navigate to next.
Adventures include sailing the majestic Yangtze River, “selfies” set off by glimmering skylines, tasting authentic Asian cuisine, chasing Japanese cherry blossoms, and kayaking amidst towering limestone pillars in Halong Bay. New journeys of discovery center on the romantic, the exotic and the cultural wonders of Arabia.
Two one-time-only repositioning sailings visit Egypt, Arabia and the Indian Ocean in fall of 2017. Choose Athens to Dubai via the Suez Canal with a chance to see Petra and Luxor; or Dubai to Singapore via India and Malaysia with a visit to the beautiful beaches of Phuket. Combine the two for an incredible 34-day cruise without repeating ports. Windstar’s 6 destination-centric Asian itineraries offer a choice of 10 departure dates and include a roundtrip Singapore cruise to Malaysia and Thailand; three cruises between Singapore and Hong Kong via Malaysian Borneo, Brunei and the Philippines; two Hong Kong to Bagkok (or reverse) cruises via Vietnam; one Hong Kong to Beijing cruise via Taiwan, the islands of Japan and mainland China; a Beijing to Tokyo sailing via South Korea and two Tokyo to Osaka (or reverse) cruises. Guests can combine cruises for an extended voyage of up to 43 days.
All Windstar sailings in Arabia and Asia in 2017 and 2018 will take place aboard the 212 passenger Star Legend, boasting all suite accommodations and beautifully-appointed public spaces such as the elegant AmphorA restaurant, The delightful Veranda restaurant doubles in the evening as romantic Candles with an eclectic menu and open air dining. The marquis Yacht Club lounge located on the top guest deck is a favorite spot for cruises to relax, mid and mingle while enjoying 270 degree indoor/outdoor viewing opportunities from a comfortable living-room-style venue. WiFi hotspots, specialty coffee/tea bar and á la carte light bites refreshed throughout the day, draw in cruisers, and the full-service open-air Star Bar is close by.
Guests may choose from 106 suites, including 36 popular Balcony Suites with French balconies that invite cruisers to step out and enjoy ocean scenery up close; or choose one of 64 Ocean View Suites with large pictures windows. Windstar suites offer more than many hotels, with stylish décor, walk-in-closets, marble bathrooms with tub of shower, top-of-the-line L’Occitane® toiletries, and a tranquil seating area with a view. Splurge on one of two luxurious Owner’s Suites just below the yacht’s Open Bridge, with a stunning view from the private veranda, living/dining room, separate bedroom, walk-in closet and marble bath. Or, engage one of four spacious Classic Suites, two forward with sweeping views and two located near the Atrium, both with private verandas.
Tailored (optional) shore excursions offer numerous chances to experience awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and learn about the local history, cuisine, and art of both ancient and modern ports. Specialized programming onboard by expert guest lecturers expounds on the individuality of the cultures and intricacies of the history of the region.
On board Star Legend, yacht guests will enjoy regionally-themed cuisine, exotic libations, entertainment and activities with a local flair, and always gracious and attentive service.
For additional information on Star Legend, Star Perks and new Asia and Arabia cruises contact any of the agents at Dynamic Travel & Cruises at 817 481-8631 / 800 766-2911
We also offer exclusive hotel discounts for pre and post cruises when you book with us. Ask our agents for details.