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Travel And Leisure Magazine Award

Windstar Cruises one of world's best small-ship cruise lines

eTN  Aug 12, 2008

SEATTLE, WA (August 12, 2008) - Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most-treasured destinations, has been recognized as one of "World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Lines" in 2008 by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized again by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in delivering exemplary small-ship cruise experiences aboard our luxurious ships," said Diane Moore, president of Windstar Cruises.

Windstar's commitment to providing guests with the most casually elegant, enriching and luxurious cruise vacation has consistently placed Windstar on the prestigious Travel + Leisure "World's Best" list year after year.

The readers of Travel + Leisure rated contenders in the small-ship cruise category on a variety of criteria including service, itineraries and destinations, food, cabins, activities, and value. The questionnaire, developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure in association with Harris Interactive, was made available to subscribers in the first quarter of 2008. Winners are featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure.

A leader in defining the small ship luxury cruise experience for more than 20 years, Windstar has won the allegiance of a new generation of contemporary travelers who appreciate the line's luxurious accommodations, alternative dining venues, diversity of shore excursions, complimentary water sports program and deluxe spa facilities. The recently completed multi-million dollar Degrees of Difference enhancements on all three ships focused on structural and technical operations along with upgrades to guest areas, remodeled bathrooms in staterooms and an expanded beauty salon and spa. In order to take the ship's comfort level to a new degree of luxury, Apple iPod Nanos and Bose SoundDock speakers, wireless Internet, flat screen televisions, luxury linens and mattresses as well as L'Occitane amenities were added in each stateroom across the fleet.

In addition to Travel + Leisure, Windstar has been recognized by other notable names in the travel world. Celebrated Living, American Airlines' prestigious publication for first class passengers, named Windstar Cruises "Best Small-Ship/Mid-Ship Cruise Line" on their 2008 Platinum List for the second time in a row. Readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine awarded Windstar "Most Romantic Cruise Line" and "Best Tall Ship" in the 9th Annual Readers' Choice Awards. Windstar was also lauded among "The World's Best Small Ships" by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2008.

Windstar Cruises one of world's best small-ship cruise lines

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