msy Wind Spirit Receives Latest Degrees of Difference Enhancements

    Upgrades planned for public areas, staterooms and technical operations

    SEATTLE, March 12 /CNW/ -- Windstar Cruises' second of three ships to
undergo the latest phase of Degrees of Difference upgrades, the 148-guest
motor sailing yacht Wind Spirit, begins a five-week work period on March 17,
2007.  Guest upgrades include remodeled bathrooms in all staterooms, an
expanded beauty salon and a refurbished lounge.
    All stateroom bathrooms will be remodeled for a more contemporary look
with new fixtures, open glass shelves, new cabinets, granite countertops,
porcelain sinks, and a magnifying mirror. Refinished teak floors retain the
popular nautical style. In staterooms, full length mirrors and slippers will
be added, and cell phone service will be available at sea.
    In the Lounge, the bar will be relocated to a central and visible
location near the back of the room.  The Lounge will be refreshed with
reupholstered furniture, new carpet, ceiling, lighting, and wall coverings.
    The Salon will move from deck one to deck three by the Lounge providing a
more serene spa experience with space for relaxation. Expanding into the area
vacated by the bar, salon space doubles with a new waiting area, two separate
massage rooms, an area for facials and hair/nail treatments, and pedicure
chair.  The number of massage appointments available for guests will double
and new spa treatments will be added including La Therapie Hydralift Facial,
Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage, and Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction Program.
The expanded spa menu turns the former salon into a complete spa facility.
    Other additions in guest areas include new tables and chairs in the
Veranda, a new couch and ceiling in the Lobby and upgrades to public
bathrooms. In the Pool Bar, a new bottle display area will freshen the look of
the bar along with new lighting, and wall and ceiling coverings.  Upgrades are
also planned for technical operations of the ship.
    In 2006, Windstar invested in luxury amenities on board all three ships.
Wireless internet is available throughout the ship along with Bose SoundDock
speakers in all staterooms, Apple iPod Nanos pre-loaded with music for
complimentary check-out and laptops for rent.  Plush Euro-Top mattresses,
luxury bedding, Egyptian cotton towels and bath amenities by L'Occitane were
added to staterooms as well. Other additions include hammocks built for two on
deck, and lemon-scented iced towels and orange sorbet served on warm days.
    In The Restaurant, enhancements include Riedel stemware and Rosenthal
china, new menus by acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal; an "Amuse Bouche," or
"little bite" at dinner; a new wine list featuring more boutique labels plus
the flexibility to purchase wine in ports along the ships' itineraries; and
Petit-fours, trays of delicate sweet treats, to be served with coffee at the
end of dinner.
    The two-week wetdock begins on March 17 when the ship sails from St.
Thomas (without guests) on its Transatlantic crossing to Portugal. It will
then spend three weeks in Lisnave Mitrena shipyard in Portugal. The ship will
welcome guests back on its April 21 cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona.
    The four-masted Wind Spirit will sail the Greek Isles from May to
September along with a few Mediterranean itineraries in early spring and late
    The 312-guest Wind Surf sailed with all Degrees of Difference upgrades
completed on December 16, 2006.  The 148-guest msy Wind Star is scheduled to
begin its work period in October 2007.

    About Windstar Cruises
    Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for
their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors
and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations.  Carrying just
148 to 312 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50
nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the
Americas. For more information including brochures, rates and itineraries
contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit
Windstar Cruises online at

    CONTACT:  Sarah Scoltock, +1-206-301-5445, or

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