Windstar Cruises has introduced an all-inclusive pricing option “to be more in line with other luxury offerings in the cruise industry”.
Previously, the small ship line had a base cruise fare with the option to add alcohol, gratuities, and other onboard services on top.
Windstar president Christopher Prelog, said: “In an effort to be more in line with other luxury offerings in the cruise industry, particularly with the rollout of our newly transformed all-suite Star Plus Class yachts, we’re now giving the option of an all-inclusive price for all of our sailings.”
He added: “We didn’t want to take away the à la carte option from guests who enjoy going that way. We want our guests to have the choice based on their preference, what they need on board, and their general vacation philosophy.”
The all-inclusive prices are now listed on Windstar’s website and all sales materials, along with the base cruise fares, which are listed per person in U.S. dollars based on double occupancy.
Windstar’s all-inclusive fare includes unlimited wine, beer, and cocktails; wifi; all gratuities; as well as the cruise fare. The new fare is also available on the line’s Wind Class yachts.
“We thought about only offering the all-inclusive fare on the newly transformed Star Plus Class yachts,” said Prelog. “But after talking and listening to our repeat guests and valued travel advisors, we found some like to go à la carte and only purchase amenities as they go. After discussing internally, we all came to the same conclusion – why not offer both on all our yachts? We offer a choice between sailing yachts and all-suite yachts, and now a la carte or all-inclusive. That seems to fit the Windstar brand.”