Star Breeze has been extended and modernised
Shipbuilder Fincantieri has completed a project to extend and modernise Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze at its yard in Palermo, Italy.
The project was carried out as part of Windstar’s $250 million Star Plus Initiative and involved Fincantieri cutting Star Breeze in half to insert a new 25.6-metre-long section in the middle of the vessel. This increased the ship’s total length from 134 metres to 160 metres and boosted capacity from 212 to 312 guests.
Star Breeze now features 50 additional suites, an enlarged spa and fitness centre, a large pool and hot tub on an elevated top deck, expanded outdoor deck areas, and two new restaurants. They include an outdoor barbecue concept created in collaboration with culinary writer and TV host Steven Raichlen, and a Spanish restaurant developed with Anthony Sasso, one of the youngest chefs to be recognised by the Michelin Guide.
Fincantieri also carried out renovation work in existing public spaces and passenger cabins, as well as staff and crew areas. The team also installed more efficient engines and diesel generators, as well as a new elevator and a tender loading area mid-ship.
To prevent the spread of Covid-19 when the ship resumes service in 2021, Fincantieri also equipped Star Breeze with new HEPA filters and UV-C light technology to filter and disinfect the air, as well as electrostatic sprayers to sanitise all surfaces throughout the yacht.
“We’re delighted to take delivery of Star Breeze, the first ship completed as part of the Star Plus Initiative at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo,” said Chris Prelog, president of Windstar Cruises. “These three Star Plus Class yachts offer more amenities we know our guests want, while still being small enough to travel the narrow waterways and visit the small ports we’re known for.”
Fincantieri will now carry out similar upgrades to Windstar’s two remaining Star Plus ships, Star Pride and Star Legend.
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