On Monday, May 25, Windstar Cruises welcomed its third power yacht, the 212-guest STAR LEGEND, with a christening ceremony at Civitavecchia, Italy. The addition of the former SEABOURN LEGEND completes the line’s recent acquisition of Seabourn’s original trio of all-suite cruise ships, doubling its fleet to six ships within the past year.
Godmother Gloria Bohan, president and CEO of Omega World Travel and Cruise.com inducted the STAR LEGEND with the release of a champagne bottle into her bow. Just three weeks prior, cruise journalist Wendy Perrin christened the nearly identical STAR BREEZE (ex SEABOURN SPIRIT) at Nice, France. The two ships have been given $8.5 million refits that have expanded their outdoor Star Deck by four feet on each side, added a new counter-current pool and completely transformed all suites and interior spaces with new lighting, artwork, soft fittings and layouts. They join the STAR PRIDE (ex SEABOURN PRIDE), which was partially refitted when it began sailing for Windstar last year. In May of 2016, the STAR PRIDE will be given an additional $3 million in refurbishments to bring the ship in line with her two sisters.
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."