Windstar Fleet Dominates “Best Small Ships” Cruise Travel Honors Earning 20 Awards & Placing First for Service, Public Rooms, Cabins and Fitness

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Annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards draws from reviews of experienced cruise travelers who recently sailed aboard Windstar’s six small ships

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From the time we boarded the Wind Spirit until we disembarked 7 days later, we thoroughly enjoyed everything about this experience. The islands, the sky and the ocean, of course, are beautiful. But the ship, our cabin, the food, all of the service and most importantly the crew, were outstanding.

Windstar Cruises sails into 2018 on a high note with a host of 20 travel awards in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards, including first place in the following categories that focused exclusively on small ship cruising — Best Service: Wind Star; Best Public Rooms: Star Legend; Best Cabins: Star Pride; and Best for Fitness: Wind Spirit.

“In addition to four first place wins, our ships took three of the top five spots in five of nine categories. Coming from the experienced cruisers of Cruise Critic, that speaks volumes and we are very proud of our wonderful staff and crew who enrich the lives of our guests every day,” commented President John Delaney. “We invite travelers to discover what makes Windstar 180 degrees from any other travel experience.”

Windstar dominated the Best Small Ship Dining category taking three of the top five spots with Star Legend, Star Breeze and Wind Surf named second, third and fifth respectively. Windstar’s ongoing partnership as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation presents travelers with the perfect pairing for dining at sea, with six new culinary themed cruises just announced for 2018, and exclusive dishes from James Beard-recognized chefs served every evening on every sailing.

Cruise Critic cruisers also ranked three of Windstar’s ships in the top five for Best Service on a Small Ship, adding Star Legend and Wind Spirit to Wind Star’s first place. With fewer than 310 passengers per ship, and a staff-to-guest ratio of 1-to-1.5 Windstar’s intimate ships and attentive crew provide personalized service with a smile and know guests’ names, beverage, food and other preferences from day one of each cruise.

Cruise Critic Reviewer A.S. noted on a recent ship review, “From the time we boarded the Wind Spirit until we disembarked 7 days later, we thoroughly enjoyed everything about this experience. The islands, the sky and the ocean, of course, are beautiful. But the ship, our cabin, the food, all of the service and most importantly the crew, were outstanding.”

Windstar’s unique Water Sports Marina that opens from the aft of each Windstar ship to provide hours of water play on stand-up paddleboards, water skis, water trampolines and more is just one of the reasons that Wind Spirit and Wind Surf ranked at the top for Best Small Ship Fitness. In addition, in the Best Overall and Best Value for Small Ships categories Wind Surf, Wind Spirit, and Star Legend all placed in the top five. When it comes to accommodations, Star Pride, Star Legend, Star Breeze and Wind Star all were recognized as having Best Cabins and Best Public Rooms, while four ships were awarded Best for Small Ship Embarkation and Entertainment including Star Legend, Wind Surf, Wind Sprit, and Wind Star.

The 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards are based solely on thousands of reviews from actual cruisers, are not chosen by Cruise Critic staff, and don't have a voting component. People who submit a cruise review on Cruise Critic include ratings based on their experience, and these ratings determine the rankings in the Cruisers' Choice awards.

To learn more about authentic small ship cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, email info(at)windstarcruises(dot)com or visit http://www.windstarcruises.com.

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