Windstar Cruises’ New ‘Easy Stays’ Make It Effortless to Extend the Windstar Experience Beyond the Ship

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Easy Stays Gives Windstar Guests Access to Hand-Selected Accommodations & Local Experts Paired with Perks Including Luggage Transfers & Breakfast

In Athens, Windstar’s Easy Stays program partners with the classic and elegant Grand Bretagne (above),
centrally located and renowned for Greek hospitality.

In Athens, Windstar’s Easy Stays program partners with the classic and elegant Grand Bretagne (above), centrally located and renowned for Greek hospitality.

We think of Windstar as a travel company that goes beyond cruising inspiring new perspectives. Our new Easy Stays program reflects that attitude by giving guests a convenient, simple way to lengthen their vacation at our hand-selected hotels around the world. ~ Windstar President John Delaney

This fall Windstar Cruises expands its curated offerings to include newly launched Easy Stays. The program was designed in partnership with select hotels and destination management companies across the world to create a seamless cruise-hotel-transfer package. Guests can select from hotels in more than 30 cities where the cruises embark and disembark. The variety of properties allows guests to select the hotel that best suits their travel style – whether a quaint, boutique hotel or stunning modernist accommodations.

Easy Stays makes it simple and enjoyable for guests to lengthen their stay on either end of their cruise at properties such as The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel in Bali, The Kyoto Granvia, Mandarin Oriental in Singapore, Hotel Grande Bretagne or St. George Lycabettus Hotel in Athens, Hotel Borg or Hilton Nordica Reykjavik, Ambasciatori Palace in Rome, Bristol Hotel Panama, and Sheraton Puerto Rico.

“We think of Windstar as a travel company that goes beyond cruising and inspires our guests to discover new perspectives on the regions we visit. Our new Easy Stays program reflects that attitude by giving guests a convenient, simple way to lengthen their vacation at our hand-selected hotels around the world,” explained Windstar President John Delaney.

Easy Stays offers one convenient package and includes a hotel stay with breakfast; transfers between hotel and ship or ship and hotel; complimentary Wi-Fi; and a Hospitality Desk at most properties.

Guests booking Easy Stays can trust that all hotels in the program have been fully vetted with site visits by Windstar’s team of travel experts. Hotel properties are chosen for characteristics like prime location for sight-seeing as well as local charm.

Local culinary specialties are another bonus of booking Easy Stays. A complimentary daily breakfast at the hotel of choice is included with every overnight stay. Guests may enjoy a taste of the town including regional breakfast specialties such as poisson cru, fresh baked croissants, and vanilla honey in Tahiti; dolmades, yoghurt, and goat cheese in Greece; and in the U.K. a traditional British breakfast with bangers, mushrooms and grilled tomato.

As an extension of the Windstar experience, with Easy Stays the cruise line handles all transportation details and luggage porterage between hotel and ship whether pre- or post-cruise or both. Another Easy Stays program perk guarantees preferred category rooms and upgrades when available.

Most Easy Stays properties also feature an onsite Windstar Hospitality Desk staffed by knowledgeable and friendly locals who can recommend restaurants, shops and attractions; map out a walking or jogging route for guests; or share a bit of local lore. All taxes and resort fees are included and most hotels in the program offer complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Easy Stays program also offers unique hotel experiences in non-turn ports as well, such as the world-famous overwater bungalows of the Tahitian Islands on both Moorea and Bora Bora. These locations were strategically selected to offer guests an enhanced on-land experience in a desirable destination already included in a Windstar itinerary but not located at the beginning or end of the itinerary.

For a complete list of resort partners please visit http://www.windstarcruises.com
To learn more about authentic small ship cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit http://www.windstarcruises.com.

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