“I wonder if they made a mistake … we paid for a standard stateroom, and the one we're in looks like a suite.”
No, no one goofed. The folks at Windstar Cruises simply found a clever way to give a “suite-ish” feel to the 73 posh cabins on their two smallest sailing yachts. The line didn't actually make the staterooms larger – they still spread out over close to 200 square feet – they just look that way. What's more, the designers found a way to get a comfy sofa in there, too.
The cabins have three sections: a bedroom with a big picture window looking out at the ocean, a ritzy bathroom, and an area between them with cabinets, a chair, a desk and the like.
In the new layout, the bedroom and bath stay pretty much the same. What the designers did was … well, see for yourself on Windstar's before-and-after blog.
The cabins to be remodeled are on Windstar's Wind Spirit and Wind Star, both about as long as a football field. They each sleep up to 146 passengers as they slice through the waves under sails billowing off four 200-foot-high masts, backed by diesel engines below the deck.
The Wind Star is scheduled to debut the new cabin design this fall. Its sister ship will have the new look by early 2015.
The $3 million cabin renovation comes on the heels of an $18 million upgrade of everything from the decks to the dining rooms on the two ships as well as on the line's larger sailing yacht, the Wind Surf.
Windstar's voyages are known for their casual elegance and stops at small ports and hidden harbors around the world. The line's three sailing yachts currently call at some 100 ports in Europe, the Aegean, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America and starting next spring the South Pacific.
Next spring will also mark the introduction of the Star Pride, the first of three motorized yachts set to join Windstar's sailing fleet. About as long as a city block, the new, all-suite yachts will sleep 212 passengers in staterooms that give a whole new meaning to the word, “spacious.”