Travel Tip of the Day: Pre-Cruise Dinner Parties

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Pre-Cruise Dinner Parties While cruising with Windstar last month, I met a woman named Janet from Mississauga, Canada who told me about a great tradition that she and her friends started when they began traveling on cruises together: Before a cruise, they have two dinners. The first one is to assign a different destination or destinations to a […]

Travel Style: Hans Birkholz

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Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Hans Birkholz Occupation: CEO and President of Windstar Cruises  Residence: Seattle, WA College: University of Minnesota for undergrad, University […]

20 Reasons to Sail on Windstar’s New Star Pride Ship

Windstar's Star Pride Christening in Barcelona, Spain on May 5

Buenos días! I’m back from Europe after sailing on Windstar’s newest ship, Star Pride. I was invited on the inaugural cruise along with several other journalists, travel agents, executives and paid guests who had to have sailed on Windstar previously to be part of this exclusive trip. Windstar took over the 438-foot Pride from Seabourn in […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 5 (Portoferraio, Italy on the Island of Elba)

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Our last stop on Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise was to Portoferraio, Italy on the Island of Elba. I woke up early and was able to watch us dock right next to town. I had a quick breakfast and then asked the nice tourism people who set up a stand just outside of the ship […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 5 (Portofino, Italy)

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Day 5 of Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise took us to Portofino, Italy. I was most excited for this port since I’ve heard so much about it but had never had the pleasure of visiting. Unfortunately, my expectations were too high and I was really disappointed. The tiny Italian town felt like Disneyland minus the […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 4 (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

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Day four on Windstar’s Star Pride took us to my dad’s favorite port, Monte Carlo! Monaco is located on the French Riviera in western Europe. It’s bordered by France on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its center is about 16 kilometers from Italy and is only 13 kilometers northeast of Nice, […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 3 (Sanary-sur-Mer, France)

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Day three of Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise brought us to Sanary-sur-Mer in France. This was my favorite port of the trip since we arrived on a beautiful sunny Wednesday and that’s when they have their massive outdoor market that has everything you can possibly imagine from local fresh produce to mattresses! Get up early […]