Small Ship Line Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze yacht makes its first-ever Australian call on November 22 in Sydney.
The 312-passenger yacht will embark on a 13-day private cruise to Melbourne and arrive on December 4. This is the first time Windstar has sailed long routes in the region, including the first ports of Mooloolaba and Phillip Island. Windstar will depart Australia on February 7, 2023 and return in December 2023.
“In addition to expected Australian tourist attractions like the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef, Windstar strives to take its guests on the road less traveled to immerse them in history, traditional culture and the amazing wine region in the region,” says Windstar President Christopher Prelog.
“Windstar visits small, seldom-visited ports like Thursday Island and Middle Percy, and offers a series of carefully curated shore excursions from meeting researchers at the Lizard Island Research Station to tasting the finest produce from Tasmania. Our goal is to take our guests away from the crowds, get closer to wildlife and taste the best flavors of the region.
Windstar’s next Australian itinerary, Treasures of the Tasman Sea: New Zealand Fjords and South Australia, departs Melbourne on December 4 and sails to Auckland for 14 days. On December 18, Wildlife & Wines of New Zealand sails from Auckland to Christchurch, followed by the reverse on December 30. Another Tasman Sea Treasures departs January 10 from Auckland to Melbourne, followed by a trip from Melbourne to Cairns on January 25 called Deep Dive Down Under: The Great Barrier Reef and Beyond (including an overnight stay in Sydney) . On February 4, Windstar left Cairns for Benoa on Hidden Indonesia & the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to the above, there are also options to combine itineraries into bigger/longer trips (dubbed Star Collectors by Windstar).
All sailings take place on Windstar’s newly refurbished Star Breeze. The all-suite yacht has been cut in half/extended with 50 new suites and features two new restaurants, a proper spa/fitness center, and more efficient engines, among other upgrades.
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