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Old 07-28-2004, 11:48 AM
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Windstar Cruises sets its sails on a new tropical itinerary in 2005 with voyages to the Mayan Riviera of Mexico, Belize and Honduras. The voyages on a luxurious, five-masted motor sailing yacht promise to be the ultimate in escaping “180 Degrees From Ordinary” as guests can experience a spectacular combination of island scenery, soft adventure excursions, water sports -- including some of the finest snorkeling and diving in the world -- and explorations of the great ruins of the Mayan civilization.

The Wind Surf, which accommodates 308 passengers, will conduct eleven cruises to the Mayan Riviera from January 16 to April 3, 2005. Each voyage will be a seven-day, roundtrip journey from the island of Cozumel, Mexico, with calls at the Honduran Bay Islands of Isla de Utila and West End (Roatan Island); stops on the Honduran mainland at Puerto Cortez and Omoa; a visit to Belize City, Belize; and a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico before returning to Cozumel.

Trained naturalists will be on board every voyage to interpret and help guests discover the vast array of flora and fauna of the region. Special presentations will be offered and the naturalist will be on hand throughout the cruise to chat with guests, answer questions and point out interesting facts and features about the current destination.

“Our Mayan Riviera voyages are packed with exciting options for our guests,” says Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. “Guests can immerse themselves in the nature and history of this region, or simply enjoy it from the spacious deck of the ship. A host of shore excursions and guided diving tours are available in addition to our complimentary water sports program, allowing guests the opportunity to tailor their trip precisely to their desires.”

EXCEPTIONAL DIVING, SNORKELING AND WATER SPORTS
Each Mayan Riviera cruise will feature the ultimate in water sports and recreation both atop and under the water, as guests can go “180 Degrees From Ordinary” in one of the most magnificent marine environments on the planet. Every cruise will feature a full range of diving excursions led by PADI-certified divers. With day-long stops in most ports, the opportunities for diving promise to be nothing short of sensational. Guests can dive into crystal-clear waters that boast hundreds of feet of visibility and some of the best reef and wall diving in the world.

Excursions visit world-class diving destinations in Cozumel and Belize along with the Honduran Bay Islands of Utila and Roatan, which sit alongside the second largest coral reef system in the world. Highlights include a close-up encounter with friendly Caribbean reef sharks and dolphins in Roatan, diving amongst whale sharks and turtles off Utila and a visit to Blue Hole out of Belize City—a dive site made famous by Jacques Cousteau. For guests interested in learning how to dive, a Discover Scuba Diving program is available.

Snorkelers can enjoy brilliant reefs packed with colorful fish, and paddlers can take one of the ship’s kayaks out for a tour of turquoise waters. At the Chinchorro Reef outside of Costa Maya, for example, snorkelers can explore the placid waters of a 30-mile long coral atoll with water depths of just ten to twenty feet. All equipment for snorkeling and paddling is provided complimentary by the ship.

After a dive, a paddle or a swim, guests return to the luxurious appointments of the yacht and the attentive service of an expert staff, with world-class cuisine and beautifully decorated cabins that make the Wind Surf the most lavishly appointed “live-aboard” at sea. At the full-service WindSpa, guests may relax and enjoy pampering treatments ranging from a Swedish Massage or Aromaspa Ocean Wrap to hair upstyles and manicures. Two pools, two Jacuzzis and open deck space with comfortable new lounge chairs invite guests to relax and make the Wind Surf their own private yacht.

ADVENTURE ASHORE
Shore excursions include “shrimps and rum” snorkeling tours from Roatan; a flightseeing tour of Belize’s famous “Blue Hole” dive site; and a unique treetop tour of Belize’s Jaguar Paw Resort where guests can literally fly between treetop platforms along zipline cables.

MAYAN RUINS AND HISTORIC PORTS
Guests will have many opportunities to explore historic ports and several magnificent ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization. Many of the ruins are among the most intact and least-visited Mayan sites in the region.

Shore excursion highlights include:
In Costa Maya, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, visit one of the most important sites of the lower Peten region at Kohunlich, dating back to 300 AD. Off the beaten path of most tour operators, the site has one of the finest combinations of architecture and natural beauty of any Mayan ruin.

In Honduras, the ancient civilization of Copan comes to life on a 12-hour guided tour that leads guests deep into the heart of the country to the ancient Maya City of Copan, which has been the site of numerous archaeological investigations of Mayan culture.

A short trip from the port of Belize City to Guatemala transports guests to the ancient and majestic Mayan ruins of Tikal. Nestled in the unspoiled, dense jungles of Peten, the site was the capital of the Mayan empire in its heyday ca 700 AD. Tikal’s five temples poking above the forest canopy are a spectacular sight and have made this a premier tourist attraction.

The intimate sailing yachts of Windstar visit smaller ports that are off the beaten path of most cruise lines. Rates for the 7-day Mayan Riviera itinerary start at $1,811 per person, based on double occupancy, for bookings made by October 31, 2004.

About Windstar Cruises
Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 308 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at more than 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Windstar’s trademark “casual elegance” delivers a sophisticated yet relaxed experience with all-view staterooms and suites, innovative cuisine and wine selections, open dining, pleasant and pampering service, enchanting ports of call, complimentary water sports and resort-style dress. Guests will appreciate recent ship enhancements which range from flat screen LCD TVs and DVD players in staterooms to new fabrics, décor and window treatments throughout the ship.
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Old 07-28-2004, 11:48 AM
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Windstar Cruises sets its sails on a new tropical itinerary in 2005 with voyages to the Mayan Riviera of Mexico, Belize and Honduras. The voyages on a luxurious, five-masted motor sailing yacht promise to be the ultimate in escaping “180 Degrees From Ordinary” as guests can experience a spectacular combination of island scenery, soft adventure excursions, water sports -- including some of the finest snorkeling and diving in the world -- and explorations of the great ruins of the Mayan civilization.

The Wind Surf, which accommodates 308 passengers, will conduct eleven cruises to the Mayan Riviera from January 16 to April 3, 2005. Each voyage will be a seven-day, roundtrip journey from the island of Cozumel, Mexico, with calls at the Honduran Bay Islands of Isla de Utila and West End (Roatan Island); stops on the Honduran mainland at Puerto Cortez and Omoa; a visit to Belize City, Belize; and a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico before returning to Cozumel.

Trained naturalists will be on board every voyage to interpret and help guests discover the vast array of flora and fauna of the region. Special presentations will be offered and the naturalist will be on hand throughout the cruise to chat with guests, answer questions and point out interesting facts and features about the current destination.

“Our Mayan Riviera voyages are packed with exciting options for our guests,” says Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. “Guests can immerse themselves in the nature and history of this region, or simply enjoy it from the spacious deck of the ship. A host of shore excursions and guided diving tours are available in addition to our complimentary water sports program, allowing guests the opportunity to tailor their trip precisely to their desires.”

EXCEPTIONAL DIVING, SNORKELING AND WATER SPORTS
Each Mayan Riviera cruise will feature the ultimate in water sports and recreation both atop and under the water, as guests can go “180 Degrees From Ordinary” in one of the most magnificent marine environments on the planet. Every cruise will feature a full range of diving excursions led by PADI-certified divers. With day-long stops in most ports, the opportunities for diving promise to be nothing short of sensational. Guests can dive into crystal-clear waters that boast hundreds of feet of visibility and some of the best reef and wall diving in the world.

Excursions visit world-class diving destinations in Cozumel and Belize along with the Honduran Bay Islands of Utila and Roatan, which sit alongside the second largest coral reef system in the world. Highlights include a close-up encounter with friendly Caribbean reef sharks and dolphins in Roatan, diving amongst whale sharks and turtles off Utila and a visit to Blue Hole out of Belize City—a dive site made famous by Jacques Cousteau. For guests interested in learning how to dive, a Discover Scuba Diving program is available.

Snorkelers can enjoy brilliant reefs packed with colorful fish, and paddlers can take one of the ship’s kayaks out for a tour of turquoise waters. At the Chinchorro Reef outside of Costa Maya, for example, snorkelers can explore the placid waters of a 30-mile long coral atoll with water depths of just ten to twenty feet. All equipment for snorkeling and paddling is provided complimentary by the ship.

After a dive, a paddle or a swim, guests return to the luxurious appointments of the yacht and the attentive service of an expert staff, with world-class cuisine and beautifully decorated cabins that make the Wind Surf the most lavishly appointed “live-aboard” at sea. At the full-service WindSpa, guests may relax and enjoy pampering treatments ranging from a Swedish Massage or Aromaspa Ocean Wrap to hair upstyles and manicures. Two pools, two Jacuzzis and open deck space with comfortable new lounge chairs invite guests to relax and make the Wind Surf their own private yacht.

ADVENTURE ASHORE
Shore excursions include “shrimps and rum” snorkeling tours from Roatan; a flightseeing tour of Belize’s famous “Blue Hole” dive site; and a unique treetop tour of Belize’s Jaguar Paw Resort where guests can literally fly between treetop platforms along zipline cables.

MAYAN RUINS AND HISTORIC PORTS
Guests will have many opportunities to explore historic ports and several magnificent ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization. Many of the ruins are among the most intact and least-visited Mayan sites in the region.

Shore excursion highlights include:
In Costa Maya, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, visit one of the most important sites of the lower Peten region at Kohunlich, dating back to 300 AD. Off the beaten path of most tour operators, the site has one of the finest combinations of architecture and natural beauty of any Mayan ruin.

In Honduras, the ancient civilization of Copan comes to life on a 12-hour guided tour that leads guests deep into the heart of the country to the ancient Maya City of Copan, which has been the site of numerous archaeological investigations of Mayan culture.

A short trip from the port of Belize City to Guatemala transports guests to the ancient and majestic Mayan ruins of Tikal. Nestled in the unspoiled, dense jungles of Peten, the site was the capital of the Mayan empire in its heyday ca 700 AD. Tikal’s five temples poking above the forest canopy are a spectacular sight and have made this a premier tourist attraction.

The intimate sailing yachts of Windstar visit smaller ports that are off the beaten path of most cruise lines. Rates for the 7-day Mayan Riviera itinerary start at $1,811 per person, based on double occupancy, for bookings made by October 31, 2004.

About Windstar Cruises
Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 308 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at more than 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Windstar’s trademark “casual elegance” delivers a sophisticated yet relaxed experience with all-view staterooms and suites, innovative cuisine and wine selections, open dining, pleasant and pampering service, enchanting ports of call, complimentary water sports and resort-style dress. Guests will appreciate recent ship enhancements which range from flat screen LCD TVs and DVD players in staterooms to new fabrics, décor and window treatments throughout the ship.
 
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