Once the load is perfectly balanced the section will be moved about 50 centimeters and then rechecked. At the time of writing, Star Breeze was alongside in the outer basin of the harbour adjacent the Fincantieri shipyard ahead of an expected departure on her sea trials. Mat Probasco. The World Spa by Windstar, developed in-house but operated by One Spa World, debuted on Wind Surf, which emerged from her separate renovation in December, 2019 and will be included aboard the trio of engine-only vessels. Star Breeze and Star Legend are setting sail for the first time after completion of their $250 million Star Plus transformations. The refurbishment was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted several cruise ship build and refurbishment programs, but Star Breeze is poised to debut in the Caribbean in January 2021, sailing from San Juan on a seven-day cruise program. "I actually walked under the ship today and I have to tell you it was a little creepy.". Gross tonnage went from about 10,000 to 13,000, and passenger capacity expanded from 212 to 312 with the addition of 50 suites. The Windstar Cruises ship Star Breeze was cut in half in a dry dock as part of a lengthening project. Windstar President John Delaney makes final cut in Star Breeze 106 Ships | 228,888 Berths | $62 Billion | View. In 2005, the 212-passenger vessel (back then named "Seabourn Spirit") was rated by Conde Nast "best small cruise ship". Overall, the lengthening operations began in a ceremony conducted in April 2019, when the company announced its plans on renovations. As part of Windtar’s $250m Star Plus Initiative, Star Breeze and sisters Star Legend and Star Pride are being lengthened, each in a stunningly short four-month stint. The Star Grill by Steven Raichlen will focus on grilled, smoked and rotisserie fare, including seafood, meats and vegetable dishes paired with craft side dishes and sauces in a casual alfresco environment, according to Windstar. Star Breeze is an extra large ship, carrying 212 passengers and 124 crew, and sails from Colon, Panama and Juneau, Alaska. The Windstar lengthening program will see an additional 50 suites added to each vessel, increasing the capacity to 312 guests. The US $250-million Million Star Plus Initiative is being carried out on Star Breeze, Star Pride and Star Legend, the trio of cruise ships Windstar acquired from Seabourn in 2015. The work on the first of the three ships begins on Star Breeze in October 2019 and shall end with the departure of the Star Pride from the yard in Novem… The three ships will all feature a revamped spa experience. Besides being cut in half to gain a new midsection, the vessel built in 1989 as Seabourn Spirit also got new engines, public rooms, suites and vastly expanded open deck space. The Star Breeze was lengthened and got 50 new suites, two restaurants, a reimagined spa/fitness center, enlarged pool and deck, new bathrooms in all suites, and new efficient engines. Although operations are still ceased, Seattle-based Windstar Cruises is celebrating the launch of the first of three ships to undergo a massive renovation – including cutting the ship in half and inserting an addition! The 212-passenger Star Breeze, which joined Windstar's fleet in May 2015, is a yacht-style small cruise ship -- not one of the sailing vessels for which the line is known. Cruise Industry: Why do cruise lines cut their ships in half? Sparking torch in hand, Windstar Cruises president John Delaney made the final cut to the hull of the Star Breeze at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo today as … In April 2015, the liner left Seabourn's fleet and in May joined Windstar's fleet as "Star Breeze". The expanded ship will also allow for more crew and maintain a 1.5:1 guest-to-service-staff ratio. The initial cut to Star Breeze was made in October, 2019 and her new engines were installed in February of this year. Board Star Breeze May 15, 2021 in St. Maarten for her inaugural cruise in the Caribbean. The work will add 50 suites per ship, re-do all accommodations and expand dining choices, the spa, fitness center and pool deck. The most complex cruise ship lengthening ever undertaken is clipping along at Fincantieri’s Palermo yard. Delaney praised the shipyard for its expertise as well as its speed. Windstar Cruises is to carry out multi-million dollar renovations and ship lengthening projects for Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride. RELATED: Windstar Cruises cuts steel for new mid-section of ‘stretched’ Star Legend, RELATED: Discovery of asbestos in refit of Windstar ships forces cruise cancellations. October 16, 2019. Windstar introduced the Star Breeze in April 2015. WHAT’S NEW BACK TO BACK INAUGURALS. The months-long drydock will add room for 100 more guests, but also a host of further upgrades: two new restaurants, a new pool, a new spa, and countless technical advancements, including complete engine replacements when the ship debuts early next year. disrupted several cruise ship build and refurbishment programs, New mid-section inserted for Star Breeze after Windstar president makes final cut, Newly-stretched and refurbished Star Breeze delivered to Windstar, Why major cruise lines are cancelling voyages a month past the CDC No Sail Deadline », Holland America releases pictures of new ship Rotterdam under construction, Carnival Cruise Line takes delivery of new LNG mega ship Mardi Gras, Royal Caribbean sells Empress and Majesty of the Seas, but apparently not for scrap. RELATED: Cruise Industry: Why do cruise lines cut their ships in half? Windstar Cruises is to carry out multi-million dollar renovations and ship lengthening projects for Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride. The US$250 million Star Plus initiative, which will take place between October 2019 and November 2020 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, will improve every aspect of the onboard experience. Star Breeze entered service in 1989 as Seabourn Spirit and was sold in 2015 to Windstar.During the current lengthening and refit, the ship’s four Bergen main engines and three Bergen auxiliary engines were replaced by two V12 Wärtsilä 26 engines and a pair of eight-cylinder inline versions of the Wärtsilä 26 giving an extra 4kt speed and extending the range of the ship. “Fincantieri, I can honestly say I don't think we'd have done this with anybody else. All bathrooms were renovated on the Star Breeze. The US$250 million Star Plus initiative, which will take place between October 2019 and November 2020 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, will improve every aspect of the onboard experience. “The $250 Million Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement and renovation project undertaken in cruising” stated Windstar Cruises President John Delaney. Star Breeze Stretched And Transformed. Running in succession between October 2019 and November 2020 Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride will all be lengthen by approximately 26m / 85ft to a new length of 156 m / 520 ft. Star Breeze has gone from a length of 134 meters and a weight of around 10,000 tons with capacity for 212 passengers to a new length of 160 meters, a weight of around 13,000 tons and a capacity to host 312 guests on board. Details für das Schiff Star Breeze, IMO 8807997, Passenger ship, Position Italy mit aktueller AIS-Schiffsposition und Schiffsfotos von vesseltracker.com. Each ship will be cut in half and a new section will be installed in the middle, lengthening each vessel by approximately 82 feet. With the new section, Star Breeze will now be able to accommodate 312 passengers (previously the ship accommodated 212 guests). The 312-passenger cruise ship Star Breeze is German-built luxury liner completed in 1989 and drydock stretched/enlarged in 2020. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 guests. Details: Star Breeze sister-ship Star Legend has been waiting alongside the Fincantieri yard in Italy for Star Breeze to vacate the drydock. Star Breeze has departed the Fincantieri shipyard in Palmero for the first set of sea trials following her refit and refurbishment that included a lengthening to ‘stretch’ the ship by 25.6-metres. Sign up. Sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride will follow in 2020. The project is scheduled to begin with work on Star Breeze in October 2019 and end with the departure of the Star Pride from the yard in November 2020. Get the latest breaking cruise news. Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze has just emerged from what was heralded as the most challenging cruise ship lengthening ever undertaken. Windstar will take half of its entire fleet – Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride – and renovate each ship in succession. Crews were working in three shifts around the clock to meet the massive scope of work. Sparking torch in hand, Windstar Cruises president John Delaney made the final cut to the hull of the Star Breeze at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo today as Windstar's lengthening project gets into full swing. Star Breeze was lengthened from 134 meters /440 feet to 160 meters/525 feet. Star Breeze (built 1989 as "Seabourn Spirit", acquired / last refurbished in 2020/stretched) is the second of all three identical-design new Windstar cruise ships - together with Star Pride (Seabourn Pride) and Star Legend (Seabourn Legend).These three vessels are the biggest in Windstar's fleet - a luxury brand famous with its computerized tall sailing cruise vessels. The new midsection includes 50 new suites, new engines, and additional upgrades to public spaces. The larger Star Breeze will be able to hold 312 passengers, an increase of 100 passengers, along with more crew. The second ship to undergo the transformation, Star Legend, will re … Board Star Legend in Athens, Greece May 1, 2021 on the new Greece, Israel and Egypt: Footsteps of Faith in the Holy Lands itinerary. All Rights Reserved | View Non-AMP Version, refit and refurbishment that included a lengthening, Windstar Cruises cuts steel for new mid-section of ‘stretched’ Star Legend, Discovery of asbestos in refit of Windstar ships forces cruise cancellations, MSC to ‘stretch’ Magnifica ahead of 2021 UK cruise season. Lengthening and re-engining of STAR BREEZE begins in Palermo Oct 17 2019 Cruise One of the more complex and technical demanding cruise ship lengthening and re-engining projects yet undertaken started on 16 October when Windstar Cruises’ STAR BREEZE was cut in two at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard. This is a momentous undertaking for Windstar and a major milestone. © Cruise Industry News 1996-2020. The refurbishment of the ships will see all three modernised and refreshed with new staterooms and public areas (Owner’s Suite pictured), RELATED: MSC to ‘stretch’ Magnifica ahead of 2021 UK cruise season. Windstar’s lengthening 3 of its ships, boosting capacity by 24%. Star Grill by Steven Raichlin will be introduced aboard the stretched ships. Star Breeze has departed the Fincantieri shipyard in Palmero for the first set of sea trials following her refit and refurbishment that included a lengthening to ‘stretch’ the ship by 25.6-metres. After the cut, Fincantieri crews were balancing the 4,000 ton fore section on 12 skid plates. Overnight it will be moved forward to make room for the new 25.6-meter-long mid-section, Delaney said. by Anne Kalosh. The ships will also feature revamped state rooms and suites. In another change, the new balcony suites will have French balconies (rather than full balconies) like the existing suites, providing guests with more space within the cabin itself. The new suites will borrow an idea from river cruises, positioning the bed by the window and the living area closer to the door (a flip from the current suite configuration on most cruise ships). Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has cut Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze in half as part of a process that will see the cruise ship lengthened by a total of 25.6 meters. Star Breeze Lengthening Underway in Palermo for Windstar. "It was real darn impressive to see how much they'd done," he said. (Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises) Indeed, recent sea trials for the revamped vessel showed that it can go even faster than the line anticipated, Prelog said. The restaurant will occupy newly created space thanks to the ships’ refurbishments. The lengthening, which involves cutting the hull in two and inserting a new section, is being conducted at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy. John Gunner, who had come out of retirement to oversee the lengthening of the Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride, joyfully ribbed his Fincantieri counterparts: “Looks like it fits!” Gunner and everyone from Windstar praised the yard. All Rights Reserved. As part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, we’re adding 84 feet to our Star Class ships to make room for more of what our guests love. The all-suite yacht, formerly the Seabourn Spirit, offers its 212 passengers an array of high-end amenities, food and service. The initiative will expand guest accommodations on the line’s three all-suite vessels increasing capacity from 212 passengers to 312 guests per ship, following the lengthening. The vessel Star Breeze was the one to be firstly renovated. Star Breeze will resume service with a Barcelona to Lisbon sailing on 20 February, 2020.. There will also be two new restaurants onboard, including The Star Grill by Steven Raichlen. Star Breeze is the firstRead More A tour of Windstar Cruises Star Breeze cruise ship with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. The units ships would be cut in half to allow the installation of a new stepped mid-body section that will lengthen each vessel by approximately 25 meters to 160 meters. Star Breeze - Passenger ship, IMO 8807997, MMSI 311083000, Rufzeichen C6FR4, Flagge Bahamas - vesseltracker.com Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze is getting an 84ft (25.6m) stretch, as part of the cruise line’s US$250m (€223.6m) Star Plus Initiative to augment three of its ships. Capacity increased from 212 guests to 312, although the ship won’t welcome passengers until 2021. The restaurant will sit on the upper deck of all three ships, just steps away from the popular Star Bar, which offers ocean views. Windstar's $250 million Star Plus Initiative will see the Seattle-based company lengthen its three Star-class ships, placing a new midsection in each of them. Overview. The $250 Million Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and renovation project undertaken in cruising. Star Breeze is the first of three Windstar cruise ships to receive the “stretch” treatment. 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