This Small Luxury Cruise Ship Just Added 2 Suites Inspired by Iconic Hotels
Windstar's Star Legend now has suites modeled after rooms at The Broadmoor in Colorado and Georgia's Sea Island resort.
It’s often said that cruise ships can feel like floating resorts. Now, Windstar Cruises has one-upped the cliché, by bringing the look and feel of two famed resorts to one of its newly refreshed ships.
The 312-passenger Star Legend, which will sail the Caribbean Sea in the coming months before heading to Portugal in April, now has two distinctively designed Classic Suites, one inspired by The Broadmoor and another by Sea Island resort. The Broadmoor is one of the top resorts in Colorado, according to Travel + Leisure readers, while Georgia’s Sea Island consistently rates among the top resort destinations in the South. Both the cruise line and the hotels share common ownership, which helped spur the partnership, Windstar president Christopher Prelog tells T+L.
“This is the first time we’ve partnered with a resort for hotel operations on board our fleet, but it’s important to note that both The Broadmoor and Sea Island are sister companies to Windstar and are both historic, five-diamond resorts,” Prelog explains. “This is a fun way to connect our brands and generate interest in visiting a sister property.”
While neither suite is a carbon copy of a particular room at one of the land-based resorts, the Star Legend accommodations draw on the design language of the sibling properties. For The Broadmoor suite, that means “classic furniture, floral motifs, white trim with gold finishes, and wide crown molding,” Prelog says, plus some “statement” wallpaper that recalls the pattern adorning The Broadmoor’s main building. The Sea Island suite, meanwhile, “is quite coastal and airy, with colors like sea-glass green,” Prelog notes. Both suites are on Deck 5, and each has a private veranda overlooking the bow of the ship.
The new suites are just the latest upgrade to the Star Legend, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar overhaul that added two dining venues, an improved spa, and other niceties around the ship. Another new addition? A mural called "First Light," painted by Miami artist Alex Nuñez during a recent transatlantic journey from Lisbon to South Florida.
Similar Broadmoor and Sea Island suites will be added to Windstar’s Star Breeze this spring and Star Pride in 2024. “The Star Legend suites have only been available since December 17, and our first guests are giving them rave reviews,” Prelog tells T+L. “Unlike hotel brands that have begun offering yacht-style cruises, this is a unique example of a cruise line bringing [the] land-based experience to sea.”
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