Windstar Cruises was all set to begin its inaugural season in the Middle East next month, but unrest in the region has forced a change of plans.
"Given the current environment and uncertainty of what is developing in the region, we've made the difficult decision to postpone the inaugural season until fall 2024," said Windstar Cruises' president Christopher Prelog. "We understand the impact this change has on our guests' vacation plans, especially over holidays, so we are making this decision now to allow time for people to change plans."
The line's inaugural Middle East itineraries were set to begin November 23, 2023, with the season concluding in April 2024. Now, the inaugural season will begin November 24, 2024 with a 10-day "Sparkling Sands" itinerary traveling between Dubai, UAE and Muscat, Oman.
Windstar is contacting all booked guests with an offer to move their sailing to a 2024 date or switching to an itinerary in the Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Star Legend will be redeployed and the cruise line is actively working on its new schedule.