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Fincantieri's Palermo delivers the 'stretched' and transformed Star Breeze

Star Breeze now measures 160 meters/525 feet in length and 13,000gt with capacity for 100 more passengers or a total of 312
Fincantieri's Palermo shipyard handed over Star Breeze, the first of three ships in Windstar Cruises' $250m Star Plus program.

Work entailed the addition of a 25.6-meter/84-foot midsection, re-engining and extensively modernizing public areas, cabins and open decks. This challenging project was further complicated by asbestos removal and Italy's shutdown/mandated work stoppage during the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New capacity for 312 passengers

Built as Seabourn Spirit in 1989, Star Breeze measured 134 meters /440 feet in length and approximately 10,000gt, with capacity for 212 passengers. New dimensions are 160 meters/525 feet in length and 13,000gt, with capacity for 312 passengers.

Presidential tour

Windstar President Chris Prelog will be hosting a virtual tour and sail-away later today. Seatrade Cruise News will report on that.

The next ships undergoing the Star Plus transformation are Star Legend and Star Pride.

See also 'A look inside (and outside) the "new" Star Breeze'