Phenomenal Momentum at Windstar - Cruise Industry News

Star Legend | Photo: Gerolf Drebes

We entered this year up 40 percent on bookings, said John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises. Our wave pricing is up 30 percent year over year. Its phenomenal, people see the value.

Since taking over the Seattle-based operation in 2016, Delaney has put a new executive team under him, entered the expedition market, re-done the lines deployment and expanded international distribution.

Star Legend in Asia

In early January Delaney spent two weeks aboard the Star Legend on a new Southeast Asia itinerary. He brought along other senior executives, who spent time listening to the crew, officers and guests and also inspecting the ship.

In July he plans to visit four ships in nine days.

You cant run a cruise line sitting in Seattle, Delaney added.

With the Star Legend making calls in the Philippines, the company let crew invite their families aboard. There was also a celebration lunch for crew and their families at a hotel in Manila.

Expedition Expansion

This summer the Star Legend launches the company's Signature Expeditions program in Alaska, offering guests zodiac landings, kayaking and in-depth hikes ashore.

That is a strength for Windstar the size of our ships is part of our ability to deliver a destination in a special way, Delaney said.

Expect the program to be rolled out worldwide on the lines other ships as well, as the other five vessels all sport aft marinas making launching possibilities relatively easy.

Deployment Changed

Windstar has put some 150 new ports on its deployment.

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