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Windstar introduces sweepstakes, former Miss Tahiti as Private Events host

Windstar introduces sweepstakes, former Miss Tahiti as Private Events host
Windstar Cruises unveiled their newest Private Event Host, former Miss Tahiti Mareva Georges, and a new 'Take 10 Tahiti Sweepstakes.' Both were announced during a rooftop event Thursday at West Hollywood’s newest hotspot, E.P. & L.P.

Georges, who grew up in Punaauia just outside of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, was crowned Miss Tahiti in 1990, and went on to become Miss France in 1991. Today she is a Tahitian ambassador promoting Tahiti within the United States in addition to serving on the council for Miss France and the jury of the Miss Tahiti Committee. She returns often to Tahiti.

Georges will join the Aug. 17 'Dreams of Tahiti' voyage.

Windstar's 'Take 10 Tahiti Sweepstakes,' June 17 through July 19, offers the chance for a free Tahiti cruise for one winner and nine friends. After entering at, participants receive a referral link to share with friends.

The more friends who use that link to enter, the more entries participants chalk up. The winner of the sweepstakes will be revealed on July 31.  

The West Hollywood event also celebrated the start of Windstar’s year-round weekly voyages in the South Pacific, which began June 5 aboard Wind Spirit.

The 148-passenger ship recently completed a 17-day drydock in Panama, where its 73 staterooms were completely updated. The new rooms include a transformed seating area, new cabinetry and a more open layout. Other work included new teak decking, updated public bathrooms and new pool furniture.

The upgrades follow Windstar’s $18m fleetwide renovation project begun in 2012.

Hosting the West Hollywood event were Windstar ceo Hans Birkholz; Steve Simao, vp travel agency sales; and representatives from Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Tourisme.

The evening mirrored a Windstar Private Event on Bora Bora, with guests treated to cocktails such as the Windward Breeze (vodka, Kifer lime and coconut, served in a cracked coconut), passed bites such as soft shell crab buns with pickled carrot, daikon and spiced mayo, and a traditional Tahiti dance performance.

Birkholz gave away a cruise for two to Tahiti.