Saturday, 18 January 2014

Windstar Reveal Pride Transformation

Windstar Cruises have announced the first new design changes to their Star Pride, which joins the fleet in May after sailing as the Seabourn Pride of Seabourn Cruises for 25 years
The arrival will be the first of three 10,000-ton vessels being added to the tall-ship style of Windstar, who are re-making the ultra-luxury ships in a more casual style, starting with the Pride.

The renovations for the ship's public spaces, suites and dining venues
will take place in Barcelona from April 17, immediately following handover, ready for the inaugural voyage on May 5. The other two 208-passenger vessels will join Windstar in 2015.

The company's chief executive officer Hans Birkholz explained: “The planning for Star Pride’s transformation to Windstar’s unique private yacht style is nearly complete. Our enhancements include significant style changes and stem-to-stern upgrades. The main theme is a casual elegant ambiance, with a warm contemporary style. The look and feel of the renovations will align with our sailing fleet.”

Here's how the renovation will shape up:

Public Spaces: the majority of areas will receive updated d├ęcor, complete with new furnishings, upholstery, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments and floor coverings. The enhanced colour palette combines sand and marine shades to contrast with the warmth of wood finishes, elevating the look and feel to casual elegance.
Yacht Club (above): the indoor observation area on the top deck will become a chic coffee bar and lounge where guests enjoy espresso, sandwiches and pastries while relaxing with a good book, exploring their iPads with wifi or just watching the coastline as they sail to the next destination. The area will receive a complete overhaul, with new Amtico® flooring, furniture, and an open layout that embraces the view.

Compass Rose: the club space will turn into Windstar’s popular Compass Rose, redesigned with all new contemporary furnishings, including rich new flooring finishes, plantation shutters, and comfortable chairs and bar stools designed for socializing. Live music can be found here nightly.

Reception: this area will be refreshed with new panelling, light fixtures and wall coverings. An additional desk for guests to consult with the destination manager and guest service manager will also be added.
Star Bar: the outdoor deck bar will offer casual drinks during the day and a venue for star-gazing by night. The bar area will be expanded with teak decking, new stools, and lighting.

Dining Venues: all restaurants will be transformed to embrace Windstar’s casual elegance, where guests are free to eat when, where, and with whom they please (no jackets or ties required). All dining experiences are complimentary.

AmphorA: Windstar’s formal dining experience will be introduced as AmphorA Restaurant. The main dining room will be redesigned, featuring mirror panels with Murano glass, new soft lighting, wall coverings and artwork. The room will feature a new seating layout; setting the stage for Windstar’s signature dining experience featuring contemporary, international menus and fresh, local dishes.

Veranda/Candles: the restaurant in the aft of the yacht will be an inviting buffet during the day, with plentiful outdoor seating highlighting Veranda’s new look – the perfect spot for breakfast and lunch alfresco. At night, the venue will transform to Candles Grill, a favourite Windstar romantic experience where guests can dine with table service under the stars.

Suites: all 106 will be renovated to showcase new furnishings, leather headboards, plush sofas and chairs, curtains, new lighting features, plush carpeting, new artwork, stylish bed cushions and luxurious bed throws. The suites will feature a warm colour palette that embraces comfort and relaxation.

Destination Suites: the Owner’s Suites will now showcase different, unique Windstar destinations, such as the Bora Bora Suite. Guests can get a taste of one of the hidden harbours that Windstar sails to, all in the comfort of their suite.
More info: call 020 7399 7669 (Cruise Portfolio, London) or visit
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