Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2024

PLANNER PERSPECTIVE Small ships, big adventures Windstar Cruises’ Kristin Badgett explains to Rebecca Gibson why the brand’s boutique-sized vessels make it possible to deliver unique cruise experiences around the world Luxury small-ship cruise brand Windstar Cruises aims to “imagine and deliver personalised and immersive experiences 180 degrees from ordinary” and “enrich people’s perspectives through inspired travel”. To do this, the brand “scours the world for amazing places just this side of unreachable” and seeks out the most authentic ways for guests to experience them. “Windstar offers travellers unique itineraries filled with legendary places and access to smaller ports,” says Kristin Badgett, the brand’s vice president of revenue and itinerary planning. “Our itineraries allow guests to explore destinations with old-world villages, hidden coves and harbours that are off the beaten path.” Finding the ideal destinations and curating compelling itineraries is difficult, says Badgett. “It can be challenging if you are looking at regions or ports that you have not personally visited, so we consult all departments and ship management when planning itineraries,” she explains. “The process is made even more difficult by the ever-evolving global landscape. It’s more important than ever for us to remain flexible, open to change and willing to assess our options or adjust our itineraries if necessary. “At Windstar, we have an experienced team that is committed to providing engaging and scenic cruises while ensuring the safety of all aboard. Guest satisfaction is always our highest priority. Of course, “ Windstar offers travellers unique itineraries filled with legendary places and access to smaller ports” 60 Nafplion in Greece is one of six destinations on the ‘Treasures of the Greek Isles’ itinerary, which is one of Windstar’s most popular voyages