Afficionados of Windstar Cruises’ original three classic sailing yachts – 148-guest Wind Star and Wind Spirit and 342-guest Wind Surf – will be happy to learn the award-winning small ship cruise line is embarking on a multi-million dollar initiative to redesign and update all three yachts.

Two of Windstar Cruises' gorgeous sailing ships
Two of Windstar Cruises’ gorgeous sailing ships

The multi-year initiative kicks off today, with Wind Star completing phase one of her renovations. 

“Our sailing ships are beloved by Windstar guests,” says Windstar’s President Christopher Prelog. “Being on the ship under sail is unforgettable and brings an element of freedom and romance to every voyage.”

Wind Star is the first sailing ship to start the process and is currently in Lisbon, readying to welcome guests onboard.

A second phase will include remaining staterooms and dining venues in 2026.

Wind Spirit will be fully re-modelled and complete her renovations in 2025, while Wind Surf will be in two phases – 2024 and 2026.


The project encompasses a full redesign of all public spaces with new layouts, furniture, wall and floor coverings, lighting and custom art.

Guest staterooms, Premium Suites and Owner’s Suites will be fully refurbished including new furniture, interactive televisions and décor.

“This multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative is all about providing guests with updated spaces that inspire relaxation, foster connection and offer multifunctional needs of an intimate sized sailing yacht,” says Stijn Creupelandt, Windstar’s vice president of hotel operations and product development. “Spending time on our yachts is all about moments of connection, whether that be guest to guest or guest to crew, and we want to make sure our spaces reflect that desire.”

Bar - Rendering
Bar – Rendering

Project Highlights for Wind Star, Autumn 2023

  • Lobby – Opening up the space creates a more expansive reception area with added seating and expanded retail space.
  • Lounge – A redesign of the layout is meant to foster connections between people with a living room-like ambiance. New furniture, lighting and finishes enhance the area for daytime relaxation and evening entertainment. 
  • Spa and Fitness Centre – The World Spa by Windstar and gym have been thoughtfully designed with wellness and respite in mind. Both areas have all new finishes, colour palettes and new state-of-the-art equipment. 
  • Pool Deck – A focal point on every voyage, the pool deck has been expanded with removal of the skylight, adding in a new pool and jacuzzi and extending the pool bar. New furniture includes sofas for lounging and colourful poufs, ottomans and chairs around the pool. New speakers, lighting and finishes add to the fun of parties on the pool deck. New fauna and greenery around the pool bar add a pop of colour.
  • Artwork – Through its partnership with Fountainhead Arts in Miami, the line is sourcing a curated collection of artwork for all three yachts. All are specially commissioned for Windstar with a common theme around the convergence of nature, organic materials and the essence of yachting. 
  • Technology – New, larger televisions in every cabin will be fully loaded with curated content and movies and the line’s Wayfinder application. Additional WiFi access points will provide a better connection to Starlink internet.

Updates planned for guest staterooms, the main dining room Amphora and lunch/breakfast restaurant Veranda will occur in phase 2.


“The design inspiration really developed from the yachts themselves,” explains Jessica Payne, Windstar’s manager of interior design. “I studied classic and modern yacht architecture to develop the sophisticated design foundation, and then went on to add pops of fun and peeks of relief inspired by our sails, the sea, the cities we visit and our guests. Stepping into the lobby as you embark is about feeling a sense of stepping onto your own private yacht but experiencing the service of a luxury boutique hotel.”

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Source: Kate Selley PR

Images: © 2023 Windstar Cruises. All rights reserved.

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