Small ship cruise line Windstar has released its new brochure for the 2023-24 season, including the line’s newest offering: its first cruises to the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.
"With impressive UNESCO sights, beautiful beaches and wildlife, top-rated golf courses, amazing snorkeling and diving, and of course, great shopping, Windstar is excited to introduce our guests to the Red Sea and Persian Gulf with new itineraries in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar,” explained Windstar Cruises President Christopher Prelog.
Cruises begin NOV 2023, on the all-suite, 312-guest Star Legend.
The 18-day Wonders of Arabia sails from Athens to Dubai, transiting the Suez Canal and spending five days in Egypt and Jordan, including an overnight in Luxor to take in the majestic Karnak and Luxor temples, followed by two days in Oman.
The 10-day Sparkling Sands & Cities of the Persian Gulf will sail on 11 dates from Dubai to Muscat, Oman (and the reverse). Highlights are overnights in Doha and Abu Dhabi; a late night in Ras Al-Khaimah; stops in quieter cities like Fujairah or Khasab; as well as time on Sir Bani Yas, an island known for its pristine nature and wildlife conservation.
The 9-day Arabian Nights & Egyptian Days will sail on two dates (one in each direction) from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Aqaba, Jordan – and the reverse. Highlights include an overnight in Sharm el-Sheikh and in Safaga with the opportunity to visit Luxor, and the chance to soak in the turquoise waters of the resort ports of Ain Sokhna and Hurghada.
There is only one Red Sea Revelries via the Suez Canal, a 12-day voyage from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Athens. Highlights include an overnight in Luxor; a later night in Ain Sokhna, Egypt; a transit through the Suez Canal; and a day in Heraklion, Crete.
Guests can choose to sail aboard the line’s Wind Class sailing yachts – 148-guest Wind Star and Wind Spirit and 342-guest Wind Surf – or the newly transformed Star Plus Class all-suite yachts – 312-guest Star Breeze, Star Pride and Star Legend.
Windstar notes that it is the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation and provides an elevated dining experience aboard its yachts.
For more information on Windstar Cruises and all of its itineraries, visit www.windstarcruises.com.