Small ship cruise operator Windstar will look to restart its operations in September 2020, the company announced on Tuesday.
Windstar will restart first with Wind Spirit, its 148-guest ship, in Tahiti on Sept. 3 and will follow it with the 312-guest Star Breeze in the Mediterranean on Oct. 27; the 342-guest Wind Surf on Nov. 29; the 148-guest Wind Star on Jan 16, 2021 in Costa Rica and the Panama Canal; the 312-guest Star Legend on March 1, 2021 in the Mediterranean; and then the 312-guest Star Pride on July 5, 2021 in Northern Europe.
All sailings prior to those dates will be cancelled and guests will be able to opt for either a future cruise credit (FCC) of 125% the value of the booking or a refund for the amount paid for the booking. Guests on sailings that are still scheduled can also cancel up to 15-days prior to sailing and receive a 100% FCC under Windstar’s Travel Assurance Booking Policy.
Windstar will also protect advisor commissions on the affected bookings following the normal policy for cancelled bookings.
“We have taken extraordinary measures to operate our yachts safely,” said Xanterra and Windstar Cruises CEO Andrew Todd. “While we look forward to welcoming guests aboard again, we believe this further suspension of operations is the responsible action to take. We have laid plans for a resumption of small ship cruising beginning in September.”