Windstar Cruises has cancelled its scheduled cruises in Asia for autumn 2022, citing the “continued uncertainty” regarding ports reopening in the region.
The move will affect seven scheduled itineraries on Star Breeze, including a crossing of the Pacific from Alaska to Japan; two Grand Japan sailings; Island Hopping through Japan; Windstar Crew Hometowns: Philippines and Indonesia; Hidden Indonesia & the Great Barrier Reef and Edge of the Outback.
Instead, Star Breeze will extend its Alaska season with the addition of the Alaskan Splendors itinerary in late August, followed by its West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza down the coast of the US, a trans-ocean voyage from San Diego to Tahiti and five sailings in French Polynesia.
The line’s president Christopher Prelog said: “As Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and South Korea are all currently still closed to cruising, Windstar joins several other cruise lines in making this decision to cancel cruises in Asia for the autumn. We hope our guests rebook on these same fantastic itineraries for next year.”
During October 2022, Windstar will celebrate its 35th anniversary of operating cruises in Tahiti, where it offers overnight cruises in the region. All sailings on Wind Spirit and Star Breeze in Tahiti will join in the celebration with events planned during the cruises.
On November 11, Star Breeze departs for a trans-ocean journey to Sydney, arriving on 22nd November for a scheduled charter cruise. It will then offer the Tasman Sea Treasures: New Zealand Fjords & South Australia sailing from December 4, which will be Windstar’s first commercial cruise in the region.
The small ship cruise line is running a fam trip for agents on Star Breeze‘s sister vessel, Star Pride, this June.