Windstar Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as a "Top Small-Ship Cruise Line"

In 2011 Annual Reader's Choice Awards

Oct 12, 2011, 17:09 ET from Windstar Cruises

SEATTLE, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Windstar Cruises, which operates a fleet of three luxury sailing yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, was voted a "Top Small-Ship Cruise Line" in Conde Nast Traveler magazine's annual Reader's Choice Awards for 2011 ranking the best cruise lines, cities, islands, airlines, hotels and resorts worldwide.

Windstar's commitment to providing guests with a luxurious, unique, boutique yacht vacation has consistently placed Windstar on the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler list year after year.

"We are honored that the readers of Conde Nast Traveler selected Windstar Cruises again as one of the top small-ship cruise lines in the world," said Hans Birkholz, President and CEO, Windstar Cruises. "This is a testament to our talented Windstar team who deliver a vacation experience to our guests that is 180 Degrees from Ordinary. We look forward to taking our yachts to the next level with our recently announced $18 million fleet refurbishment plan, which will enable us to provide an unparalleled guest experience."

Windstar's fleet refurbishment plan will be completed in phases beginning this fall with each yacht receiving new furniture, upholstery, art, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments, and floor coverings, elevating the look and feel to ultimate luxury at sea.

In the 2011 Annual Reader's Choice Awards, more than 8 million votes were cast by 28,876 Conde Nast Traveler readers which were tabulated by Global Market Insite, Inc. of Boston, Mass. A full list of winners in every category can be found on Conde Nast Traveler's website. Winners will also be featured in the November 2011 issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine on newsstands October 18, 2011.

In addition to the Conde Nast Traveler honor, Windstar Cruises has been recognized by some of the most notable names in the travel and lifestyle world in 2011. Celebrated Living, American Airlines' prestigious publication for first class passengers, named Windstar Cruises "Top Small-Ship/Midsize Cruise Line" on their Platinum List for the fifth time in a row. Earlier this year, Windstar Cruises was listed on Conde Nast Traveler's Annual Gold List of "Best Cruise Lines" and all three Windstar yachts were recognized in Conde Nast Traveler's "Best Small Ships" Reader's Poll. Windstar was also selected by Travel + Leisure as one of the top five "World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Lines."

About Windstar Cruises

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 yachts of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information including rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245.  Visit Windstar Cruises online at Windstar Cruises can also be followed on Windstar's Facebook and Twitter fan pages.

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