Windstar Star Breeze

This ship just underwent an $8.5 million stem-to-stern transformation with brand-new interiors and left for its inaugural voyage from Nice earlier this month. All 106 accommodations are suites and have a modern, maritime esthetic. Even though the ship is on the smaller side, it features three restaurants, a screening room, a pool and whirlpools, a water sports platform for water-skiing, windsurfing and diving, a fitness center, spa and casino.

Great for
Someone looking for a casual, elegant yachting experience with a partner where you will probably get to know everyone traveling with you within a short period of time.

With whom
With all accommodations for up to 2 people and limited child-friendly activities, you should take this cruise with a partner and leave the kids at home.

Memorable moment
I really look forward to going on the Panama/Costa Rica cruise in December when I will also be given the opportunity to visit Isla de Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is accessible only by special permit, which Windstar was able to get.

Best time to go
That really depends on where in the world you want to go. Star Breeze sails around the Mediterranean in the spring through fall and the Dutch Caribbean, Panama and Costa Rica in the winter months through early spring.

Be aware
With a capacity of 212 guests, the ship is fairly small. While most will enjoy such an intimate experience, this is probably not the right ship for you if you’re looking for lots of different things to do.

Rates vary by itinerary, room category and departure date, and don’t include port charges, taxes, airfare and other fees or savings offers.

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USA Today: First look - Windstar Cruises’ new Star Breeze

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