Your elegant yacht with its sleek lines and sophisticated technology takes you through lands as old as time and as new as tomorrow. The pharaohs themselves would envy your luxurious passage along ancient spice routes and the treasures you encounter in your journey. Golden trinkets from the tombs, golden beaches of the Red Sea, golden sands and sparkling spires of Arabia. Follow the frankincense train to the ancient city of Zafar, traverse the narrow Sig to the Lost City of Petra, marvel at the modern miracles of Dubai. And keep the promise you made to yourself to live life to the fullest.
The stunning Star Pride maneuvers gracefully past heavenly karst islands, ancient Cham temples, and tranquil monasteries nestled into the bosom of emerald mountains. UNESCO World Heritage Sites crowd the way, overlooking sublime hidden vistas at every bend. Bow to the splendor of India’s Gothic Revival masterpieces, sail Cochin’s backwaters to quaint villages, watch fishermen in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta cast their nets in an ancient tradition. Savor George Town’s signature blend of Chinese, Malay, and Nyonya cuisines. Then dive into azure waters from the Watersports Platform of your own private yacht.
Candy-colored cocktails sipped in seaside watering holes. Carefree days followed by calypso-flavored nights. These are the siren songs that lure anyone with a yacht and a yearning to escape to the incomparable Caribbean Islands. Whether you’re sailing through turquoise waters, lazing on powdery white beaches, the glamorous harbors and unknown coves of this area remain a hidden treasure.
Greek Isles, Turkey & The Black Sea
The Acropolis at sunset. A moonlight supper at the ancient Celsus Library in Ephesus. The Minoan eruption of Thira, where some say the ruins of Atlantis are hidden. Like arms joined in a syrtakis dance, one incomparable experience follows another across the Aegean and the Black Sea, and your white yacht gives you a front row seat to it all. Compare the rich blue of Santorini with that of the Iznik tiles in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque. Get deliciously lost in the labyrinthine lanes of medieval Rhodes. Cross the Dardanelles and Bosporus like the voyagers of old, waving first to one continent and then the other.
What can you make of a nation that can turn cold marble and cowhide into unbelievably lifelike statues and fabulously fashionable footwear? Imagine then, what Italy can add to an already exquisite voyage on a Windstar yacht – that work of art floating in the harbor. There are so many wonders here it’s hard to know where to look. They appear on every street corner, in every roundabout, on ceilings, in floors, in the landscapes of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. Even the place names – Gulf of Poets, Coast of Flowers – are lovely.
A different set of rules applies in the Mediterranean. Time is measured in centuries, not minutes. The moon bathes in the canals of Venice. And Greek gods live on in a sky full of constellations. Surrounded by wonders like the Pietá and David, the magnificence of Cinque Terre, the culturally transcendent Alhambra, it is easy to believe there is something magical at work here. Something that kisses grapes and transforms them into divine wine, turns Riviera beaches to gold in the last light of day, and gifts you with a beautiful white yacht to see it all.
Words like moor, fjord, crag, and tundra were born in this land, because no existing vocabulary could adequately describe these extraordinary landscapes. These regions could just as easily have coined a term for ambrosial summer evenings at seaside cafés, Fabergé palaces of amber and gold, and storybook cities crisscrossed by canals and flower markets, all of which are here in abundance. But as your elegant yacht traces its way through enchanting fjords and forgotten archipelagos, you won’t need words. You are speechless.
Panama Canal & Costa Rica
Natural and man-made wonders combine in this exotic region. Learn more about area history, flora and fauna from a local Naturalist on board your yacht. The waters of Corcovado National Park are teeming with diverse undersea life, while Golfo Dulce boasts a rainforest high above the clouds. Dive into the waters surrounding Isla de Coiba to view one of the Pacific Coast’s most amazing coral reefs. And transit the massive Panama Canal, one of the world’s most stunning feats of engineering in a sailing yacht that lets you see it all.
It’s a match made in heaven, this. You on your pristine white ship, sails billowing, and these islands, so impossibly colorful, like a box of crayons gone mad. Wind Spirit is as at-home among Tahiti’s deserted motus and shallow lagoons as a tiare flower, and just as beautiful, furled or unfurled. Bliss knows no bounds. The sand massages your feet, warm water welcomes you like an old friend, ambition falls away as you watch the sun etch palm fronds on the beach. This is a place that is easy to love, difficult to leave, as so many before you have discovered. Come. Keep the promise you made to yourself so long ago.