Windstar Christens Third Power Yacht Star Legend
PHOTO: A champagne bottle smashes against the hull of the newly christened Star Legend. (Courtesy of Windstar Cruises)
Windstar Cruises officially has a fleet of six small ships now that it’s christened its third “power yacht,” the Star Legend, in Rome on May 25.
Gloria Bohan, president and CEO of Omega World Travel and Cruise.com, served as godmother, successfully breaking a bottle of champagne over the bow in front of 250 guests, media, and trade partners.
The 212-passenger Star Legend follows the May 6 christening of the Star Breeze. The two are sister ships to the Star Pride, which entered service for Windstar in May 2015. Windstar bought the three ships from luxury line Seabourn. Windstar now has the three power yachts and three sailing ships, making it a leader in small-ship cruising with a total of 1,242 berths.
The Star Legend received an $8.5 million, three-week renovation in Genoa, Italy. The stem-to-stern transformation overhauled virtually every public space, dining venue, and suite.
The outdoor Star Deck was expanded by 4 feet on each side to provide more space for lounging. It also got a new counter-current pool and whirlpool.
The observation lounge on the top deck was transformed into Windstar’s signature Yacht Club, a coffee bar and lounge. The club space was turned into Compass Rose, which was redesigned with new contemporary furnishings, new flooring, and plantation shutters.
The card room was turned into a screening room for showing current movies. The main restaurant, AmphorA, got updated lighting, wall coverings, artwork and seating layouts, while additional outdoor seating was added to the more casual eatery Veranda.
Star Legend will cruise in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe for the summer season. Following an ocean crossing in the fall, Star Breeze will spend the winter sailing in the Caribbean, operating a new itinerary, “San Juan and the Virgin Islands.”
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