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Windstar Announces $250 Million Star Plus Initiative: Major Investment Engages Fincantieri to Renovate & Lengthen Three Star-Class Ships beginning Fall 2019

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Seattle, WA, November 15, 2018 — Windstar Cruises today announces the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, a major investment and expansion for the innovative cruise company. The multi-million dollar, multi-year undertaking will impact and enhance all aspects of the guest experience for the highly awarded small ship cruise line’s three Star Class vessels featuring a sleek, modern design configuration and expansion to include the creation of 50 new suites and all-new guest experiences including new dining and spa venues.

“We are thrilled to announce the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, a significant investment in the future of Windstar Cruises. This exciting initiative is our 180 degree from ordinary solution to add new capacity and major enhancements to the guest experience in a very time efficient manner,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “The initiative not only creates beautiful new suites and public spaces, but we will also take the opportunity to re-engine the ships with a more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible propulsion system. This will be a true game changer for Windstar and our small ship cruise experience.”

The initiative will expand guest accommodations on the boutique line’s three all-suite vessels increasing capacity from 212 passengers to 312 guests per ship, following the lengthening. The work will be done to Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride in succession between October 2019 and November 2020, and take place at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

The project represents an overall capacity increase of 24% for the small ship line. The project is expected to be partially financed through an export credit facility guaranteed by SACE, Italy’s export credit agency.

Omega World Travel, Inc. President and CEO (Godmother of the Star Breeze), congratulates Windstar “Kudos to President John Delany and Windstar Cruises for their breathing new life into their three Star Class vessels. These ship have been received more reviews from their many repeat customers for years now, they will entertain for many years to come.” Bohan has been a Godmother since 2015.

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About Omega World Travel
Omega World Travel is a woman-owned, diversity supplier, and one of the largest travel management companies in the US. With worldwide headquarters in Fairfax, VA, Omega serves corporate, government, meeting, and leisure clients throughout the US., Europe, and the Middle East. Omega World Travel also owns, one of the largest sellers of cruises on the Internet, and TravTech, a software development company and Omega Meetings and Conference services.

About Windstar Cruises
Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for its intimate yacht-style experience and unique voyages to the world's best small ports and hidden harbors. Its yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. Windstar expands their fleet from four ships to six in May 2015 with the addition of two small luxury yachts, with 212 guests aboard each. The inclusion of Star Breeze and Star Legend to the fleet makes the company a market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths. Windstar was recently named Conde Nast Traveler's #1 small ship cruise line in the world.