Don’t want to travel with a floating city? Ditch the hordes of passengers from larger cruise ships with an excursion on Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride — a luxury yacht that fits just 200 passengers. There’s no waiting in line for meals, there’s always room on the deck, and your suite isn’t teeny-tiny. And unlike some of the more intimate river cruises, this ship boasts extra amenities like onboard pools and an extendable platform for water sports, complete with a set of water toys for loan. Better yet, now through February 10, you can find a few spring sailing discounts for a good bargain.
The nine-night Palaces & Pagodas itinerary starts and ends in Singapore, and travels to destinations in Malaysia and Thailand: Penang, Langkawi, Ko Ya Noi, Ko Phi Phi, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. An exclusive Windstar experience in included in Phuket that features a Long Drum Parade, dinner at the award-winning restaurant Sala Bua, and a private performance of Thai dance. Departures for Palaces & Pagodas are available March 10, 20 and 30, with prices starting at $2,399 — a savings of nearly $1,000 off.
The 14-night Pearls of the Indian Ocean itinerary travels from Singapore to Dubai, stopping along the way in Penang, Cochin, Mangalore and Mumbai. You’ll get to view the breathtaking islands and bays of the Andaman Sea, and get involved in local daily life, from cooking with curry and cumin to shopping at the “Thieves Market” in Mumbai. The Pearls of the Indian Ocean cruise is available departing on April 9 with prices starting at $3,799, around $400 less than similar sailings on the market.
For more Windstar discounts, check out the rest of their Wave Season deals for other itineraries and ships — plus specials for Europe and Tahiti sailings (book by February 20 and March 6 respectively).