After previously canceling cruise departures for the remainder of 2020, Windstar will now extending cancellations into next year.
The small ship cruise line is now canceling cruises for January and February 2021 for all yachts, and into March and April 2021 depending on the itinerary, citing “rising COVID-19 outbreaks around the world.”
“We are eager to return to sailing when we believe that the environment will support it,” Windstar said.
Windstar’s restart will now take place three months into 2021. The first yacht to set sail will be the Wind Spirit on March 25, 2021 in Tahiti.
Other starting dates include March 25 for Wind Spirit in Tahiti, March 27 for Star Breeze in the Caribbean, April 7 for Star Legend in the Mediterranean, April 13 for Wind Star in the Mediterranean, April 24 for Wind Surf in the Mediterranean, and July 6 for Star Pride in Northern Europe.
Windstar said it will take this time to review and update its health and safety practices, including enhanced sanitation protocols, health screenings, adding more medical staff on board, flexible dining, and crew training. The company launched its Beyond Ordinary Care program with key hospital-grade elements, such as HEPA filters and UV-C ultraviolet germicidal irradiation to filter and disinfect circulated air within yachts, plus electrostatic sprayers to sanitize all surfaces.