With so much beautiful water off its coastline, Italy was made for cruising and as Jules Lund discovered, there could be no way better than aboard Wind Star
, a multimillion-dollar sailing vessel. It is a wonderful blend of a 19th-century sailing ship with the luxury of an ultramodern yacht.
Windstar Cruise Line's ships are officially motor-sail-yachts but the designation belies the vessels' rigging. Unfurling in two minutes at the push of a button, billowing white sails reach to the sky. Functions are operated from a bridge kitted out with computer microchips and navigational devices.
The line's catchphrase is "180 degrees from ordinary".
Wind Star carries just 312 passengers who are provided with two pools, three restaurants, two bars and several lounges. It's all about comfort and relaxation from the word "go". There are 10 massage therapists aboard, and for the more active, an entire team of sports instructors to keep you busy.
Unpack just once and visit half a dozen destinations. There are no formal-wear occasions; by day, shorts and light shirts are the norm. For dinner, women typically wear casual sundresses or pants-suits and men generally wear light-weight slacks and a polo or button-up shirt. Dinner is served within one open seating.
There are three Windstar vessels: Wind Star, Wind Spirit and Wind Surf.
Italy's Amalfi coast.
offers a 7-day Amalfi cruise from Rome to Venice, which starts at $1791 per person twin share, including all meals and activities. 14-day Rome to Lisbon cruises start at $9906 per person twin share. It leaves Rome on October 24, 2009. Wind Spirit
leaves on a similar cruise on October 31, 2009. All meals and activities and cruise non-discountable amounts and taxes are included.
Prices correct at June 11, 2009.
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