Windstar Cruises offers new itineraries including the Marquesas IslandsThis week, Windstar Cruises launched the 312-guest Star Breeze to replace the 148-guest Wind Spirit in Tahiti. This effectively doubles the cruise line’s capacity in this area of the South Pacific. Meanwhile, Star Breeze isn’t only bigger than Wind Spirit, it can also sail much faster. This allows Windstar to take their guests on longer journeys to more remote places in French Polynesia, including the Marquesas.
Having launched Star Breeze, Windstar Cruises is now rolling out new itineraries to take guests to remote and beautiful locales.
‘Tahitian Treasures & Magnificent Marquesas’From July, Windstar Cruises is offering a new, 14-day itinerary on Star Breeze dubbed “Tahitian Treasures & Magnificent Marquesas.” Moreover, the same cruise will also be available in September, as well as March, June, and September 2025, as well as March 2026.
Star Breeze will head out from Papeete, the French Polynesian capital, before heading to Fakarava, an atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. From there, the ship will head northeast to the Marquesas Islands, stopping at Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, and Nuku Hiva Islands.
Guests will spend three glorious days in the Marquesas before the Star Breeze heads back to the Tuamotus and Rangiroa. From there, the ship will explore the Society Islands, including Bora Bora, Moorea and Taha’a, before heading home to Papeete.
About the Marquesas IslandsLocated around 740 miles northeast of Tahiti, the Marquesas are a group of volcanic islands. Flying from Papeete by plane would take around three-and-a-half hours. Meanwhile, the islands are located farther from a continental landmass than any other island in the world. They are so remote that they even have their own time zone.
The islands’ landscapes feature craggy mountains, magnificent bays and beautiful waterfalls. Moreover, the Marquesas features many fascinating archeological sites. While not overdeveloped like many destinations in the world, the Marquesas do offer hotels and other traveler amenities. However, it is the landscapes that truly catch visitors’ attention.
Other cruises on Star Breeze
Besides the Marquesas, Star Breeze will also offer more cruises in the area. Among them is the 7-day “Dreams of Tahiti” itinerary, the 10-day “Tahiti & Moorea Foodie” and the 11-day “Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands.”
While on board the newly renovated Star Breeze, guests will be able to visit Tahiti’s out-of-the-way harbors, pristine beaches and secluded lagoons in the signature, small ship style of Windstar Cruises.For those fascinated to learn about other cultures, Windstar is also launching new cultural experiences on board, as well as informative excursions. On each sailing, a French Polynesian cultural ambassador will organize onboard activities such as Tahitian dance, language and craft lessons, and Ukulele performances. Meanwhile, the Star Breeze is decorated with local artwork and during their vacation, guests will enjoy Tahitian movies, books, music and board games.
Among the new shore excursions, guests can experience a cultural catamaran cruise in Raiate, and a scuba diving certification program in Papeete before the cruise. Moreover, travelers will learn about the importance of preserving and protecting the coral reefs in two new excursions in partnership with Coral Gardeners. Based in Mo’orea, the organization is growing and replanting corals to revive coral reef ecosystems and has, to date, planted 30,980 corals.
Speaking of the cultural experiences, Windstar’s president, Chris Prelog, Windstar’s president, said, “We have dialed in our itineraries and curated cultural experiences on and off the ship,” adding, “We can’t wait to share it with more travelers.”
Find out more about Windstar Cruises, their itineraries and experiences on the cruise line’s website here.