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Windstar Cruises celebrates steel-cutting for ship renovations
Windstar Cruises celebrated the steel-cutting for a renovation project of three of its existing ships on 2 April at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Trieste, Italy. The task comes as part of the line’s US$250 Million Star Plus Initiative to extend Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride by around 25 metres each. Star Breeze will be the first to undergo the renovation in October 2019 and all three are expected to be complete by November 2020. Each ship will be cut in half to allow the installation of a new mid-body section. The enhanced ships will be able to accommodate 100 more passengers and Windstar will hire additional staff to maintain its generous guest-to-staff ratio.
Windstar Cruises to renovate and extend Star Class ships
Windstar Cruises is to carry out multi-million dollar renovations and ship lengthening projects for Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride. The US$250 million Star Plus initiative, which will take place between October 2019 and November 2020 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, will improve every aspect of the onboard experience. In addition, Windstar will replace the seven engines on each ship with four more environmentally friendly engines that will use cleaner fuel to reduce emissions.
Passenger who went over board was rescued
In the night of Nov 8, 2015, a 43 year old passenger went overboard from the "Star Breeze" in Italian waters but she was rescued when the cruise ship which came from Portofarreio turned around.The U.S. woman went overboard when the cruise ship was between Civitivecchia and Portoferraio. She was traveling with her boyfriend and a group of friends. While it was unknown how the passenger went overboard, she had an argument before she went into the water. The Master of the cruise ship mentioned that the woman consumed alcohol. The cruise ship had just left the island of Giglio. As soon as learning that a passenger went overboard, the captain triggered the man overboard procedures and reversed course, warning the maritime authorities of what was happening. The passenger was found in the water after approximately an hour. The ship berthed in La Spezia on Nov 9.News schreiben