Star Breeze makes its Australian debut

Windstar Cruises' extended yacht arrives for Australia-centric sailings

Star Breeze Sydney Sunset | Credit: Facebook

Windstar Cruises’ all-suite Star Breeze yacht made its first-ever call in Australia last week when it arrived at Sydney.

The 312-passenger ship is currently operating a 13-day private charter cruise to Melbourne, via Tasmania, arriving on 4 December in the Victorian capital. The charter cruise kicks off several weeks of Australia-centric consumer sailings for the small-ship cruise line. It’s the first time Windstar has sailed extensive itineraries in the region, including first-time ports in Mooloolaba and Phillip Island.

Windstar will leave Australia on 7 February 2023, before returning in December 2023.

Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay

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“In addition to expected Australian tourist highlights like the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef, Windstar strives to take its guests down the road less travelled to immerse them in the region’s history, traditional culture, and incredible wine country,” said Christopher Prelog, Windstar President.

“Windstar goes to rarely visited small ports like Thursday and Middle Percy islands, and offers a series of thoughtfully curated shore excursions ranging from meeting with researchers at the Lizard Island Research Station to sampling Tasmania’s finest produce.

“We are all about getting our guests away from the crowds, up close with wildlife, and tasting the best flavours of the region.”

Windstar’s next Australian itinerary, Tasman Sea Treasures: New Zealand Fjords & Southern Australia, departs Melbourne on 4 December, sailing to Auckland over 14 days.

Credit: Windstar Cruises Australia/Facebook

On 18 December, Wildlife & Wines of New Zealand sails from Auckland to Christchurch, followed by the reverse on 30 December.

Another Tasman Sea Treasures departs on 10 January from Auckland to Melbourne, followed by a Melbourne to Cairns journey on 25 January called Deep Dive Down Under: the Great Barrier Reef & Beyond (including an overnight in Sydney). On 4 February, Windstar departs Cairns for Benoa on Hidden Indonesia & the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to the above, there are also options to combine itineraries into larger/longer voyages (dubbed Star Collectors by Windstar).

All sailings take place on Windstar’s newly renovated Star Breeze. The all-suite yacht was cut in half/lengthened with 50 new suites and has two new restaurants, a true spa/fitness centre, and more efficient engines, among other improvements.

Learn more about Windstar’s Australia and New Zealand itineraries at

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