Windstar Cruises ranked #3 with an overall score of 92.0, a notable achievement in a year where the publication noted “when you set sail, smaller is often better. River and small ship cruise lines dominate this year’s list.”
Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Gold List identifies the best of the best - the gold standard of hotels, resorts, and cruise lines. Nearly 80,000 of the world’s most discerning travelers (a record-setting number) produced a final selection of the very best places in the world, by participating in the annual Readers’ Choice survey.
“We are honored to be recognized as #3 overall cruise line in the world, in both big and small cruise ship categories, by Condé Nast Traveler readers,” said Hans Birkholz, chief executive officer and president of Windstar Cruises. “We will continue our commitment to providing our guests with the best small ship cruise experience possible through our unique itineraries, personalized service and private yacht style cruising.”
It’s been a banner year for Windstar Cruises, the small ship line doubled its fleet with the expansion of three all suite, power yachts and introduced new global itineraries to places such as Southeast Asia and Arabia. These changes are being recognized among guests and travel industry alike. The line’s new Singapore & the Malay Peninsula voyage was recognized as one of the 10 Best New Cruise Itineraries for 2014 by Fodor’s Travel. Additionally, Windstar was named #2 Small Ship Cruise Line in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. The line also garnered #1 placement in the Small Ship Cruise Line Service, Itineraries, and Design categories in the same survey.