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You've never been one to follow the herd. You’ve always forged your own path, your own way, with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind – offering expansive views and wider perspectives. A cruise where your vision leads the way, with nothing to follow but your heart.

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No licenses or experience are required to operate our boats.  And, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your cruise destination, boat, length of holiday and price.

Discovering the beauty of Europe's stunning lakes, rivers, and canals and their surrounding villages and countryside, from the unique perspective of your sundeck is unbeatable!

Stopping whenever and wherever you want is all part of the fun on a boating holiday. Enjoy visiting ancient castles, playing golf, cooling off in an outdoor swimming pool, or biking to pick up your morning baguette.




Wind Star Overview
The Wind Star is a sleek, four-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,350, Wind Star feels like your own private yacht.

Wind Star features wide open, teak decks quite unusual for small ships. With over 10,000 square feet of open deck space, guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private veranda.

All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV with DVD player and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. The Owners Suite includes a sitting area.

Wind Star offers two primary dining venues. AmphorA Restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and the Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating. And, for dining under the stars, make a reservation for Candles which features steaks and skewers.

Wind Star amenities WindSpa, casino and entertainment lounge, water-sports platform, library, pool and hot tub.



Wind Star Amenities:
Windstars award-winning service and style gives you the luxury of choice to enjoy what you like, when you like and with whom you like.

Indulge in a fabulous five-star dinner and great bottle of wine in AmphorA or Candles. Treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage at WindSpa. Work out on state-of-the-art equipment in the gym. Enjoy live music and cocktails at the Pool Bar. Take a refreshing dip in the pool. Read your favorite book on our comfortable chaise lounges on deck. Test your luck in the casino. Try kayaking, waterskiing and windsurfing from our Watersports Platform.

On a Windstar cruise, you're as free as the wind to experience the smallest of wonders and the greatest of joys.


Other Information:

Capacity 148 guests
Statesrooms 73 deluxe oceanview staterooms
Owner's suite 1 oceanview owners suite
Decks 4 decks with a total of 10,200 square feet
Crew 90 International Staff
Ship's Registry Bahamas
Lenght 360 feet (110 meters) at waterline; 440 feet (134 meters) including bowsprit
Draft 14 ft (4.1 m)
Tonnage (GRT) 5,703
Beam 52.1 ft (15.8 m)
Sails 6 triangular, self-furling, computer-operated sails with 21,500 square feet (or 2,200 square meters) of Dacron surface area
Masts 4 at 204 ft (62 m)
Engines 3 diesel electric generating sets, 1 electrical propulsion motor
Speed 11 knots with engines only; up to 15.8 knots wind only
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At nearly three times the size of her sister ships, the Wind Surf carries just 308 pampered guests in 154 total staterooms: 31 ocean-view suites and 123 deluxe ocean-view staterooms. What that means in real terms is wide-open deck spaces; new services and lots of little extras that make a Windstar cruise remarkable.

Self-improvement and life enhancement have become the new dogma, and the WindSpa is the destination of choice. With a staff of 10 massage therapists, technicians and instructors, the WindSpa's treatments and therapies range from traditional massage and aromatherapy to comprehensive hydro and synergistic therapy, as well as yoga, fitness and wellness programs.

Passenger Capacity: 308 passengers (based on double occupancy).

Suites: 31 deluxe, ocean-view suites, with queen beds (converts to 2 twins). All suites offer 2 bathrooms, a separate dining/sitting area and a 3rd berth.

Staterooms: 123 deluxe, ocean-view staterooms, with queen beds (converts to 2 twins), and a sitting area. Some offer a 3rd berth.

Cabin Amenities: Closed circuit color television, videocassette and CD players, personal safe, refrigerator, mini-bar, international direct-dial phones, private bathrooms with shower toiletries, hair dryer, vanity and plush robes. Each stateroom is equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt (converter recommended), 60 cycle AC electric outlets.



Public Areas: Wind Surf Lounge, Casino, Video/CD/Games/Books Library, Compass Rose, Pool Bar, Water Sports Platform (aft), 2 Salt-Water Pools, 2 Hot Tubs, WindSpa, Fitness Center and Workout Studio, 24-hour open Bridge, Business/Internet Center, The Bistro, The Restaurant, Reception, Signature Shop and Photo Gallery.

Dining: 2 restaurants; The Restaurant and The Bistro can accommodate all passengers at one sitting with no assigned seating. The Bistro seats 118 in an alternative casual setting. The renowned chef Joachim Splichal of the Patina Group in Los Angeles creates all menus. Jeanne Jones develops sail Light and vegetarian cuisine. The Veranda and Terrace serves breakfast and lunch, while continental breakfast and afternoon tea are served in the Compass Rose.

Services: Reception, Signature Shop, Sports Program, 24-hour Room Service, WindSpa, Salon, Infirmary with full-time physician and nurse, Laundry Service, Internet and E-mail. Videos, compact discs, games and books available for checkout.

Meeting Space: The Business/Internet Center accommodates up to 60 guests in theater-style seating. Available equipment includes audio-visual, display boards, photocopying, overhead slide and video projection.

Water Sports: Complimentary water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, sail boating, banana boating, snorkeling and snorkel gear. Scuba diving is available for a fee, (see water sports sheet).


Other Information:

Shipyard Societe Nouvelle de Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre, France
Ships Registry Bahamas
Interior Design Archiform Design, Paris, France.
Year Built 1990 as the Club Med 1. Extensively renovated in 1998 and 2000.
Crew 163 international staff. The Captain and nautical staff are European. Hotel senior staff is American and European. Stewards and service personnel are Filipino and Indonesian.
Outdoor Passenger Deck Area 7 decks with a total of 22,090 square feet
Sails 7 triangular, self-furling, computer operated sails with 26,881 square feet of Dacron surface area.
Masts 5 at 164 feet or 50 meters
Beam 66 feet or 20 meter
Lenght 535 feet or 162 meters at water line, 617 feet or 187 meters, including bowsprit.
Tonnage (GRT) 14,745
Draft 16.5 feet or 5 meters
Speed 10 to 12 knots with engines only, up to 15 knots wind and engine assisted.
Stabilizers 2 sets of ACH Engineering stabilizers, sails control system and 266,814 gallon/1010 CBM sea water hydraulic ballast system to limit heel when sailing.
Engines 4 diesel electric generating sets, 2 electrical propulsion motors
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Our newest star is the graceful, suite-only Star Pride will set sail in May 2014 as the first of Windstar's three new power yachts.

With only 212 guests, you begin to feel like it's your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard.

The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view; making it a welcome retreat.

When you're ready to make an appearance, the lounges, club, casino and library are waiting to be explored. Take some "you" time in the tranquil WindSpa . . . enjoy a dip in the pool . . . work off that decadent dessert in the Fitness Center . . . and, of course, you are always welcome to visit the Bridge to examine navigation charts with the Captain.

Star Pride is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can't reach.


It's your yacht to enjoy as you choose; with just the right amount of pampering, always indulgent, never intrusive.

Each day, each hour, is yours to relish. Got some energy to burn? Rev it up in the state-of-the-art Fitness Center or choose your sport from the onboard Marina where use of watersports equipment is complimentary. Hungry? Your choices are limitless -- from fine-dining in AmphorA to a great sandwich at The Yacht Club. Feeling lucky? The Casino offers almost any game of chance you'd like to try. Whether it's time to yourself on the sun-drenched deck or fun with friends in Compass Rose, you can be sure every moment is filled with magic.

AmphorA Restaurant



The Yacht Club

Compass Rose

The Lounge

Fitness Center


Sky Bar & Grill



Computer Center


The Marina


Three Whirlpools

The Bridge


Other Information:

Capacity 212 guests
Suites 106 suites, all outised with ocean views
Owner's Suites 4, with private verandas
Classic Suites 2, with private verandas
Balcony Suites 36, with French-style balconies
Ocean View Suites 64, with picture windows
Decks 6 guest decks
Crew 124 Inernational Staff
Ship's Registry Bahamas
Lenght 438 ft (133.4 m)
Draft 17 ft (5.2 m)
Beam 67 ft (20.5 m)
Tonnage (GRT) 9,975
Propulsion Twin propeller, driven by four Bergen marine diesel engines
Speed 15 knots
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