Windstar Cruises will operate a series of sailings to Australia and New Zealand for the 2020/21 winter-spring season, offered aboard the newly renovated Star Breeze.
The all-suite ship with balcony and ocean views has a capacity of 312 guests and will visit a collection of hand-picked ports on six unique itineraries down under.
Options include the 13-day Penguin Parades to Pinot Noir on 10 December, the 15-day Walkabout with Tassies, Aussies and Kiwis on 23 December 2020 and the 14-day Kiwis, Koalas and Kangaroos on 22 January 2021.
“In our concerted and ongoing effort to be the small ship leader in destination delivery, I’m thrilled to introduce a completely different sailing region that further expands Windstar’s global footprint. Australia and New Zealand cruises will allow us to present these destinations in the most authentic way possible,” says Windstar President John Delaney.
The Australia and New Zealand cruises will be the second region where Windstar launches its Signature Expeditions. The program delivers intimate, expedition-style adventures and active enrichment, with kayaks and Zodiacs launched right from the ship in remote bays and hidden harbours. The rugged coastlines of the region will provide the perfect backdrop for the adventurous Signature Expeditions, which are currently available on Windstar’s Alaska itineraries. In Australasia, expedition leaders will show guests the beauty of Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, one of the island’s most spectacular locations, on a guided hike to scenic Wineglass Bay.
“Our cruises in Australia will deliver both the wild and sophisticated sides, exploring remote reaches like Middle Percy Island, as well as offering an overnight in cosmopolitan Sydney with time to see the famous sites there including the UNESCO-World-Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach,” said Melissa Witsoe, Product Manager.
Witsoe and team scouted many of the new ports personally to hand-craft customised excursions and experiences. “Cairns to Melbourne is really rare as an itinerary — it’s a unique offering in the cruise world, and one of the ways Windstar will approach sailing in this region differently.”
Windstar’s return to New Zealand cruising includes a round trip Auckland sailing. Star Breeze will offer two trans-Tasman cruises visiting between Auckland and Sydney, visiting the likes of Melbourne and the Great Barrier Reef.
Star Breeze is scheduled to undergo a comprehensive renovation as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Dollar Star Plus Initiative, a transformation of all three Star Class ships.
Bookings are now open for Windstar’s Australia and New Zealand sailings in 2020 and 2021 with a total of nine departure dates available. Six new cruises Down Under set sail aboard Star Breeze and run from November 2020 through February 2021 beginning at $6,763*pp twin share.
Additionally, the 148-passenger Wind Spirit is offering the rare opportunity to experience the South Pacific trade winds on one of the world’s most iconic sailing ships. Currently based year-round in Tahiti, Wind Spirit is expanding its South Pacific reach in winter/spring 2020 and will also visit Australia.
Reservations are open for Wind Spirit’s two seven-day ocean crossings with plenty of time to enjoy the open seas from New Caledonia to Australia and a 16-day voyage from Australia to Indonesia, featuring visits to Cairns, Port Douglas, Thursday Island, Yirrkala, and Darwin along Australia’s northern coast. Cruises are available as soon as February 2020 on Wind Spirit starting at $2,322*pp twin share for the Coral Sea Crossing.
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