SEATTLE, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Windstar Cruises, a leader in defining the small-ship cruise experience, announces 2014 European voyages including four brand new itineraries, are now open for sale. The collection includes 15 unique voyages with nine new ports of call sailing through Italy and Malta; captivating stops along the Adriatic; breathtaking cities along Europe's west coast; enchanting islands of Greece and the Amalfi Coast, as well as the previously announced French Polynesia cruises, which are offered from March to November 2014.
"We continue to offer our guests an opportunity to explore the hidden coves, renowned ports, and legendary landmarks of the world that others can't reach," said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises' chief executive officer. "Our four new itineraries highlight that commitment, giving our guests an authentic perspective of each place they journey to."
The four all new voyages include:Sicilian Splendors Sail around the Isle of Sicily and discover wonders from the ruins of Pompeii and Capri's Blue Grotto to baroque marvels and the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast while on board the Wind Surf on this 10-day sailing round-trip from Rome, Italy departing October 29, 2014. This new voyage visits five new ports including Catania, Porto Empedocle, and Trapani, Italy; and Valletta and Gozo, Malta; as well as Lipari, Sorrento, and Capri, Italy and also spends one romantic night at sea. Highlights include: the ancient city of Syracuse in Catania; historic tapestries and armor in Valletta's Palace of the Grand Masters; and some of the world's best-preserved Greek ruins at the Valley of the Temples in Porto Empedocle. Gems of the Adriatic View the stunning Greek Isles, the Ionian Islands, and the Croatian Riviera as only privileged yachtsmen see them on this eight-day voyage on board Wind Surf departing from Venice, Italy on October 5, 2014 and Athens, Greece on October 13, 2014. This Odyssey across the Adriatic includes three new ports of call including Butrint, Albania; Brindisi, Italy; and Hvar, Croatia; as well as visits to Gythion, Greece; and Dubrovnik and Rovinj, Croatia along with one relaxing day at sea. Iconic sights await including the Parthenon; St. Mark's in Venice; and the richly layered history of Butrint; as well as breathtaking sunsets, relaxing moments in seaside tavernas, and mesmerizing views of Wind Surf from hilltop fortresses. Best of Europe's West Coast From the soulful strains of fado to a stout Irish Guinness, Galicia's famed seafood to the granite castles of Brittany, this eight-day voyage on board Wind Surf is full of fascinating discoveries. The cruise departs from Lisbon, Portugal on July 4, 2014 or from Dublin, Ireland on September 4, 2014 and visits Porto, Portugal; Vigo, and A Coruna, Spain; Brest, France; Isle of Scilly, Cornwall, England; and Waterford, Ireland. Highlights include: Lisbon's ancient Belem Tower; more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones of Carnac in Brest; the extraordinary Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly; the world's largest collection of Waterford Crystal, and the beautiful Bay of Biscay with its large population of whales, dolphins, and porpoises.