COMPANY DOUBLES SIZE, BECOMES THE MARKET LEADER IN SMALL-SHIP CRUISING
WINDSTAR CRUISES announced that its owner, XANTERRA PARKS & RESORTS®, has reached an agreement with SEABOURN, a cruise company that operates six luxury cruise ships, to purchase three of their ships: SEABOURN PRIDE, SEABOURN LEGEND, and SEABOURN SPIRIT. WINDSTAR CRUISES operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for their intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Under the project name GLOBAL WINDSTAR, the expansion will double the size of Windstar’s recently renovated, three luxury sailing yacht fleet, making the company the market leader in small-ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,230 berths. The purchase on February 15, 2013, is one of several recent Xanterra Parks & Resorts® acquisitions, including VBT, an adventure travel company, and THE GRAND HOTEL in Tusayan, AZ, adjoining the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. No financial terms were disclosed regarding the deal.