They'll embark the 310-passenger Wind Surf on July 7, 2019, in Lisbon and traverse the Mediterranean during high season, calling at popular ports and hidden harbors in Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Malta and Italy, to the farthest reaches of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey, and then doubling back to Monaco and France before landing in Barcelona on Aug. 27.
Wind Surf is the world’s largest sailing ship at 14,745gt and 617 feet in length, with 26,881 square feet of sails soaring 220 feet skyward.
All told, this eight-week odyssey spans nearly 9,500 nautical miles.
An 'incredible cruise' like this, on a sailing ship, is 'exactly what people who love to travel live for,' Windstar president John Delaney said.
Wind Surf will access the bustling ports for cosmopolitan cities like Rome and Athens, and glide into quaint harbors like Sanary-sur-Mer, France, and Rovinj, Croatia. Shore excursions provide hundreds of choices, from docent-led tours to the Picasso Museum in Málaga to ocean kayaking in Palma de Mallorca and pesto-making lessons in Portofino.
The captain will welcome explorers to Wind Surf's open bridge, and the ship’s water sports platform lets cruisers dive into the Mediterranean (when at anchor) to play with complimentary water toys, stand-up paddle boards and water skis.
The 'Grand Mediterranean' cruise encompasses six sailings of seven to 10 days and is part of the Star Collectors Voyages that combine shorter sailings and offer a free laundry package for each stateroom and suite throughout the voyage.