Windstar Cruises has unveiled two new themed suites and a mural aboard Star Legend. The two specialty suites are inspired by Windstar’s Forbes Five-Star sister companies The Broadmoor and Sea Island and will also be introduced aboard Windstar’s two Star Plus class yachts: Star Breeze in the first half of this year and Star Pride in 2024.
The new mural from Miami-based artist Alex Nuñez is the third to be added on board Windstar’s Star Plus Class yachts as part of a collaboration with Fountainhead Arts to bring new works to sea.
Windstar’s Star Plus Class yachts have two Classic Suites located on Deck 5 forward. The Classic Suites on Star Legend have been transformed, inspired by the unique, luxury properties they take their name from.
The Broadmoor, located in Colorado Springs, is known for its adventures and European elegance paired with Western charm and mountain vistas. Situated on the coast of Georgia, Sea Island exudes Southern charm while providing the perfect backdrop for an exceptional array of outdoor activities.
“Unlike hotel brands that have begun offering yacht-style cruises, this is a unique example of a cruise line bringing a separate land-based experience to sea,” said Christopher Prelog, President of Windstar Cruises. “It connects and cross-sells a diverse and seemingly unrelated set of travel experiences that have shared ownership.’
In the Sea Island Suite (pictured below), guests find elegant touches that evoke the property’s Addison Mizner design including curved arches, light walls, and sophisticated wood furnishings. “The overall look is quite coastal and airy – colours like sea-glass green are used throughout,” Prelog said. “In The Broadmoor Suite, you’ll find a traditional space with classic furniture, floral motifs, white trim with gold finishes, and wide crown molding.”
Several clever design workarounds had to be made to honour the resorts’ designs while also meeting International Maritime Organization rules and accounting for general safety at sea (like replacing resort throw rugs with inset carpet). For the wallcoverings, Windstar designed custom wallpapers for both suites on International Maritime Organization-certified paper. For The Broadmoor Suite a striking wallpaper adorns the suite’s bedroom and walk-in closet. It is an exact replica of the wallpaper used at The Broadmoor Main Building designed by Julie Penrose (wife of resort founder Spencer).
Both specialty suites include small details that help bring the overall Sea Island and Broadmoor experiences to life. Guests can flip through the pages of each property’s resort magazine or view historic black and white photography that punctuate the suites’ designs.
Meanwhile, artist Alex Nuñez sailed aboard Star Legend from Lisbon to Miami in order to create the latest mural for Windstar. Titled “First Light”, it is inspired by the artist awakening to the sun rising on the horizon while at sea.
Nuñez is a Cuban-American mixed media painter from Miami whose work alternates between the floor and the wall, using spontaneous mark-making and bold splashes of colour, she layers acrylic paint, glitter, crystals, ink and collaged imagery. Earlier Windstar mural installations include works from artist Magnus Sodamin on Star Pride, and we are nice’n easy on Star Breeze. All muralists were selected by Fountainhead Arts, a Miami-based arts organization dedicated to elevating and supporting artists.