Windstar Cruises have revealed more details about its $250 million project to lengthen its fleet of three cruise ships to increase capacity and refurbish existing venues and accommodation on board.
Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride will all undergo renovation and each ship will be lengthened by 25.6 metres. Each of the three ships will also have their 7280kW main engines replaced by new 8160kW engines.
The new engines will exceed new global International Maritime Organization (IMO) limits. The new engines to be installed will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, helping to reduce the cruise line’s environmental footprint.
John Delaney, President, Windstar, said: “The investment of a quarter of a billion dollars ensures to our loyal and future guests, and industry partners, that these ships will continue to sail for generations and deliver on their promise of visiting the smaller ports and waters of the world that our brand is known for. We are all proud to be part of this historic event in the small ship cruise industry."
Work is expected to begin on lengthening the three ships in October 2019 and the project is expected to be fully completed by November 2020. The cruise line’s capacity will increase by 312 guests.
A total of 50 new suites will be added to the three ships, with the bed adjacent to the window or balcony. The new Grand Owner’s Suite which will be located mid-ships will comprise of three connecting suites, creating a 3-bedroom suite, with multiple bathrooms, separate dining room, living rooms areas, bar and a large spacious balcony.
Further enhancements will include a new infinity swimming pool, refurbished Veranda restaurant with a new layout design and additional seating for the ships increased capacity. All bathrooms on board will be complete renovated and the ships will each have two new, larger tenders installed to reduce wait times when heading ashore. A new more convenient and easily accessible tender platform will also be added to each ship.
Additional details from Windstar Cruises are expected to be released in the coming months and will included more details about new dining spaces and concepts and the on board spa and fitness centre.