Shipbuilder Fincantieri has cut the first section of steel for Windstar Cruises‘ second star-class ship extension as part of the small ship cruise line’s US$250 million Star Plus initiative.
Last Friday [6 September, 2019] Christopher Prelog, Vice President of Fleet Operations for Windstar Cruises, pushed the button which activated the torch to make the first cut in the steel that will become the newly constructed mid-section of MS Star Legend.
“This is a momentous day for Windstar as we reach another major milestone. A project of this magnitude takes time to realise and unfold,” said Prelog. “We’ve accomplished so much already on the first ship, Star Breeze, along with our partners at Fincantieri, that it makes the excitement for Star Legend that much greater.
“Today is an especially proud moment for me personally, as Star Legend was the first ship I ever worked on in the cruise industry, two decades ago. She is a beauty and the coming transformations are going to be truly amazing, for our guests and all fans of Windstar to see.”
Star Legend is the second of three Star Class vessels that will undergo the transformation from a 212-passenger ship to 312 passengers by installing a new section of ship. The transformation of the three Star Class ships will increase capacity by 100 with the addition of 50 new suites, the majority of which are to be housed in the new mid-sections being built at Fincantieri shipyards.
In addition, the transformed ships will boast two new restaurants including the eclectic, Spanish-styled Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso and a modern, alfresco Star Grill by Steven Raichlen, capitalising on the ships’ increase in deck space. Guests will also enjoy a new pool and whirlpool, a re-imagined world-class spa and fitness centre, new retail shops and more.