Windstar Cruises has debuted the second of the fleet’s three new all-suite power yachts, Star Breeze, during a naming ceremony held in Nice, France.
The ceremony represents the introduction of the 212-passenger yacht to the company’s fleet and the start of its inaugural voyage through France, Monaco and Italy. The ship will then continue to cruise in the Mediterranean for the summer season.
Windstar Cruises CEO Hans Birkholz said: "Our ships are small, our ambience: casually elegant, our service: personal."
Prior to joining the fleet, Star Breeze underwent an $8.5m transformation for three weeks in Genoa, Italy.
As part of the renovation, the outdoor star deck was expanded by 4ft on each side to increase space for lounge and to add a new counter-current pool and whirlpool.
The top deck’s observation lounge was modernised to a Windstar’s Yacht Club, a chic coffee bar and lounge.
New flooring, lighting and furniture has been added to the entertainment lounge and the club space has been redesigned with new furnishings, flooring finishes and plantation shutters, to convert it into the Compass Rose.
The yacht’s card room has been converted to the Star Screening Room, a place where guests can watch modern movies.
The redesigned AmphorA Restaurant features updated lighting, wall coverings, art work and seating layouts, and a veranda at the aft of the ship offers expanded outdoor seating.
Prior to continuing on its journey in Panama and Costa Rica for the winter season, Star Breeze will embark on Windstar’s new Caribbean journey, Icons of the Dutch Caribbean.
Image: The 212-passenger Star Breeze underwent a $8.5m renovation in Genoa, Italy. Photo: courtesy of Ivan T.