Windstar’s Reborn Seabourn: STAR PRIDE Previewed

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Windstar Cruises reveals its plans in anticipation of the debut of its STAR PRIDE, soon to be the former SEABOURN PRIDE, this May.

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Artists’ rendering of STAR PRIDE in Windstar colors. Courtesy Windstar Cruises.

The three original ships in the Seabourn fleet will be sailing into a very bright future after last year’s purchase by Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, hitherto operator of a trio of elegant combination diesel-and-sail-powered ships.  The 1988-built, 9.975-gt SEABOURN PRIDE will be the first to join Windstar, taking on the name STAR PRIDE on April 17.  Her sisters, the 1989-built SEABOURN SPIRIT and and 1990-built SEABOURN LEGEND will follow in April and May of 2015.  STAR PRIDE will be handed over in Barcelona and then head directly into drydock where she will be transformed for her maiden Windstar voyage on May 5.

Alan McVitty and Trimline Interiors will helm the renovation of all public spaces, dining areas and accommodation on the heels of their recent $18 million transformation of the WIND STAR, WIND SPIRIT and WIND SURF.

Public areas will receive updated furnishings, upholstery, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments, and floor coverings in a palette of beige and blue.

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STAR PRIDE Yacht Club, courtesy of Windstar Cruises.

An indoor observation area on the top deck will become The Yacht Club, a chic coffee bar and lounge and will be fitted new Amtico® flooring, furniture and an open layout that enhances the view.

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STAR PRIDE’s Compass Rose rendering, courtesy of Windstar Cruises.

The current club space will turn into Windstar’s Compass Rose, redesigned with all new contemporary furnishings, including rich new flooring finishes, plantation shutters, and comfortable chairs and bar stools designed for socializing.

The reception area will be refreshed with new paneling, light fixtures, and wall coverings. An additional desk for guests to consult with the destination manager and guest service manager will also be added.

The outdoor deck bar will be renamed Star Bar and expanded with teak decking, new stools, and lighting.

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STAR PRIDE AmphorA, rendering courtesy of Windstar Cruises.

The main dining room will be redesigned as the AmphorA, featuring mirror panels with Murano glass, new soft lighting, wall coverings, and art work. The room will feature a new seating layout, as well.

The stern-situated al fresco restaurant will be renamed Veranda/Candles, to be used as a buffet by day and as Candles Grill by night.

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STAR PRIDE Classic Suite, rendering courtesy of Windstar Cruises.

All 106 suites will be renovated to showcase new furnishings, leather headboards, plush sofas and chairs, drapes, new lighting features, window coverings, plush carpeting, new art work, stylish bed cushions, and luxurious bed throws. The suites will feature a warm color palette.

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STAR PRIDE Owner’s Suite, rendering courtesy of Windstar Cruises.

The Owner’s Suites will now showcase different, unique Windstar destinations, such as the Bora Bora Suite.

“The planning for Star Pride’s transformation to Windstar’s unique private yacht style is nearly complete. Our enhancements include significant style changes and stem-to-stern upgrades,” said Hans Birkholz, chief executive officer of Windstar Cruises. “The main theme is a casual elegant ambiance, with a warm contemporary style. The look and feel of the renovations will align with our sailing fleet.”

For more information about the transformation of STAR PRIDE, please visit Windstar Cruises
website.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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