• Tom Drake

Windstar Cruises will restart in June but not from any U.S. port

Four ships will start sailing in June.

Windstar cruise has released a statement outlining their planned restart.

“We are carefully assessing multiple factors impacting our timing to resume operations,” the company said in a press statement. “With the information we have today on COVID transmission rates, travel restrictions and government regulations, many uncertainties remain. We have made the decision to postpone our resumption of operations from May to June 2021. We will re-start cruise operations in a phased manner with the initial cruises having reduced guest occupancy, some modified itineraries, and enhanced health and safety protocols.

“In our preparations to return to sailing, we continue to review and update our health and safety practices including enhanced sanitation protocols, health screenings, additional medical staff on board, flexible indoor and outdoor dining, and crew training,” the company said. “Our new ‘Beyond Ordinary Care’ program is a multi-layered strategy with key hospital-grade elements: HEPA filters and UV-C ultraviolet germicidal irradiation to filter and disinfect circulated air, plus electrostatic sprayers to sanitize all surfaces throughout our yachts.

None of the ships will into or out of U.S. Ports. The Star Breeze will sail the Caribbean from St. Maarten.

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