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Windstar adds Croatia cruises, second ship to around Iceland route

Windstar adds Croatia cruises, second ship to around Iceland route
Two new 2017 itineraries for Windstar Cruises feature Croatia's picturesque ports and, due to popular demand, the line is deploying a second yacht to sail around Iceland next summer. Plus, there are new departures from Scotland and a new port in Costa Rica.

In addition, Windstar is expanding its curated Private Events in 2017, with cultural and culinary events included on every cruise. Plus, the 2017 schedule has more port overnights and late night stays, giving more time in destinations like Bora Bora, Bordeaux, Monte Carlo, Portofino and St. Petersburg, among others.

'Quintessential Croatia,' a new eight-day cruise aboard the 148-passenger Wind Star, is offered on four summer departure dates and features several new ports for Windstar. Destinations on the round-trip Venice program include Opatija, Korcula and Zadar in Croatia, as well as Piran in Slovenia.

'Marvels of the Croatian Coast & Greece,' 12 days, sails Venice-Piraeus aboard Wind Star and provides access to 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to history and stunning views, such as Kotor, Montenegro's fjord-like bay, the itinerary enables passengers to experience culinary delights like Italian pasta, Croatian seafood and Greek mezze. Two departures are offered.

Windstar began circumnavigating Iceland this year and, responding to demand, in 2017 both Star Legend and Star Pride will cruise around the country. The seven-day round-trips sail from Reykjavik.

Also new next year is a Scotland departure for 'Lands of the Midnight Sun' sailings. Passengers can depart from Edinburgh to Reykjavik (and reverse) on two dates, in addition to a set of Dublin to Reykjavik (and reverse) options.

In the Americas, new for the 2016/17 winter-spring season are daylight transits of the Panama Canal. Each sailing will celebrate the continental divide with a captain’s toast, live narration by a naturalist, and local music and cuisine at a new Private Event.

Two eight-day 'Costa Rica and Panama Canal' cruises aboard Star Pride and Star Breeze span the 2016/17 New Year’s holiday and feature an unusual call at Bahia Herradura, known as the fishing capital of Costa Rica and close to famous surf mecca Jaco Beach.