STAR BREEZE Christened!

Peter Knego attends the christening of Windstar Cruises new STAR BREEZE, the former SEABOURN SPIRIT, at Nice.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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MV STAR BREEZE at Nice this morning.

In a pierside ceremony at Nice this afternoon, Windstar Cruises christened its newest acquisition, the 9,975-gt, yacht-like, 212-guest STAR BREEZE.

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L ti R: Captain Krasimir Ivanov; Wendy Perrin, Father Jean Marie and Hans Birkholz.

Travel journalist Wendy Perrin served as godmother, doing the honors by naming the ship and cutting a black ribbon that sent a magnum of Veuve Clicquot champagne into the ship’s bow. After the first attempt did not succeed, dexterous crew members on the bow of the ship grabbed the ribbon, slamming the bottle into the hull directly above the word BREEZE, finally breaking it on their second try.

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Built in 1989, the handsome vessel is the former SEABOURN SPIRIT, the second of three former Seabourn ships to join Windstar’s fleet, following the SEABOURN PRIDE (now STAR PRIDE) in 2014 and soon-to-be-joined by the SEABOURN LEGEND, which will become the STAR LEGEND next month.

Delivered to Windstar on April 15, the STAR BREEZE has spent the past three weeks undergoing an $8.5 million refit at Genoa’s San Giorgio del Porto shipyard.

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MV STAR BREEZE midships Star Bar area.
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STAR BREEZE Yacht Club, facing fwd.
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MV STAR BREEZE, Classic Suite 302, facing aft.

Improvements to the ship include: the widening of Star Deck by four feet on each side to provide more deck space; the transformation of the observation lounge into a coffee bar called the Yacht Club; new furnishings and soft fittings in most public spaces and all accommodation; the conversion of a card room into the Star Screening Room and the complete restyling of the restaurant into the AmphorA Restaurant.

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STAR BREEZE’s godmother Wendy Perrin on deck shortly after the ship departed Nice for Monaco.

Immediately after the christening, the STAR BREEZE departed Nice for Monaco, beginning a four night inaugural cruise that will also call at Portofino and Portoferraio before ending at Civitavecchia on Sunday, May 10.

A full Sea Treks report will follow.

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