Windstar opens sales for epic 79-day European trip
Windstar Cruises has created a new 79-day trip across Europe, departing from Stockholm, Sweden on July 25, 2023.
The “Grand European Bucket List Adventure” – which will be operated by the Star Legend, consisting of only 312 guests, is the longest itinerary ever offered by the small ship cruise line. The company also announced other new cruises until 2023.
The “Grand European” cruise will cross 22 countries across the Baltic, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. With 71 days in port (and just eight at sea), the itinerary also includes 11 nights in port, so guests can dine and sample the nightlife of destinations like Bordeaux, Seville, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
The cruise ends on October 12, 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey. The yacht is small enough to navigate through the narrow canals of Kiel and Corinth.
In fashion now
The epic itinerary – along with other longer crossings like the 60-day “Grand South Pacific” and the 56-day “Grand Caribbean Adventure” – are part of a growing trend of extravagant trips to satisfy a cruising audience. hungry for travel ready to book a unique trip.
Windstar has recorded a record number of bookings for its cruises and expects immediate sales of the newly advertised itineraries, now listed online and in a printed brochure.
“We attribute our bookings to pent-up demand for travel after most of the world was confined for a year,” Windstar Chairman Christopher Prelog said. “It creates a quick recovery for us, so much so that my advice is to book early because the increased demand is real.”
Cruises in the 2021-23 Travel Collection include new regions like Australia and New Zealand (from remote islands to the Great Barrier Reef), rural villages in the Black Sea, the Holy Land and much of from Turkey, from Istanbul to Cappadocia.
The new brochure also describes the differences between Windstar’s six-yacht fleet – explaining the romance of the three classic Wind-class sailing yachts as well as the newly transformed Star Plus-class yachts.