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Windstar's new Star Seeker will cruise Alaska and Japan in 2026

The 224-passenger Star Seeker is scheduled for delivery to Windstar in December 2025, enabling the line's return to Alaska and Japan in 2026
Windstar Cruises will deploy Star Seeker to Alaska and Japan when it joins the fleet in 2026.

The line last sailed in those areas in 2023 before it redeployed Star Breeze to year-round Tahiti operations.

Windstar President Christopher Prelog said many people have asked the line to return to Alaska and Japan.

Seven-, 10- and 11-day Alaska cruises

Star Seeker will sail in Alaska from May through August on seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises between Juneau or Seward and Vancouver, BC. Pre- and post-cruise land tours to Denali will be available.

10-day 'Grand Japan' cruises

After departing Alaska in late August, Star Seeker will sail to Japan to begin 10-day 'Grand Japan' cruises sailing between Tokyo and Osaka. The ship remains in Japan through November.

Windstar plans to have Star Seeker’s itinerary details online and bookable in early August this year.

Expedition programming in Alaska

In Alaska, Windstar will employ expedition leaders as it did for previous Alaska deployments. To explore remote wilderness areas such as Misty Fjords, passengers can book hiking, kayaking and skiff expeditions. Expedition leaders will also give presentations about Alaska's history, culture, flora and fauna.

The 224-passenger Star Seeker is scheduled for delivery from WestSea Viana to Windstar in December 2025, while sister Star Explorer will transfer into the fleet in December 2026.