Windstar Cruises has taken back possession of Star Breeze following a near 12-month-long extension and modernisation of the vessel by shipbuilder Fincantieri.
Star Breeze is one of three ‘Star Class’ ships operated by Windstar to undergo the enhancement as part of the $250-million Star Plus overhaul.
At its shipyard in Palermo, Italy, Fincaniteri inserted a 25.6-metre mid-body section to the ship, increasing the vessel’s length to approximately 160 metres, and boosting capacity by 50 suites (to a total passenger count of 312 guests).
New bathrooms were added in every suite, and a new category of Star suites, featuring a fresh layout, were also completed.
The project included the installation of two new restaurants, a new pool and whirlpool, reimagined spa and fitness centre, and new retail outlets.
The ship’s engines and diesel generators were overhauled to more environmentally friendly options.
“This is a such a momentous occasion after all of the hard work, on one of the most complex ship projects ever completed,” Windstar exclaimed on social media.
Star Breeze is scheduled to return to service in March 2021, with a weeklong voyage around Tahiti commencing on 10 March from Papeete.
The second ship to undergo the ‘stretching’ project, Star Legend, was floated out of dry dock in Palermo last week, while Star Pride has arrived at the same shipyard where it will undergo the same enhancement.
Lead image: Star Breeze restaurant