If the notion of cruising around Asia on a luxury yacht turns you on, Windstar Cruises has a deal for you. Deep discounts, free hotel-nights and free admittance to special events are among features of the company's introductory promotion for its new ships and new sailings to places like Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and lots of other exotic spots.
Sailings on the Star Pride, the first of three 106-suite power yachts set to enter the Windstar fleet, will debut on European voyages in May, and then switch to Asian ports this October. The latter voyages include:
- Singapore and the Malay Peninsula, a 10-day adventure starting in Singapore and stopping at the Malaysian ports of Penang, Langkawi, Pulau Pangkor, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca, plus Phuket and Ko Yao Noi in Thailand. The cruise ends back in Singapore.
- Treasures of Southeast Asia, a 14-day voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong with stops at the Vietnamese ports of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Hanoi (Haiphong) and Halong Bay.
- Vietnam Unveiled, a 10-day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong with stops along the way at Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Hanoi and Halong Bay.
- Pearls of the Indian Ocean, a 15-day voyage from the United Arab Emirate of Dubai to Singapore with stops at the Indian ports of Mumbai, Mangalore and Cochin, the beaches of the Thai island of Phuket and Penang in Malaysia.
Guests who book the Asian cruises on the Star Pride before March 28 can get discounted fares starting at $3,999 per person. The deal also includes two free hotel-nights and a spectacular event created exclusively for Windstar passengers (such as a colorful performance of “lion dances” and dinner at a famous restaurant on the Thu Bon River in Vietnam).
As an added benefit to previous guests, the line also offers an additional 10 percent fare cut to Windstar's Yacht Club members.
Windstar CEO Hans Birkholz notes the new voyages were selected “with the local experience in mind...our product managers toured the regions sampling cuisines, talking to locals and visiting the UNESCO sites to create the best itineraries possible. I think our guests will be impressed with the offerings.”
Windstar currently operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships carrying 148 to 310 guests and calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and Central America. Three new all-suite power yachts set to join the existing fleet will bring to 1,230 the total number of Windstar's berths. Windstar is part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, a diversified global travel and hospitality company.