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Windstar returns to Barbuda this cruise season

Windstar returns to Barbuda this cruise season
The Wind Surf, pictured here in St. Lucia, has returned to Barbuda

Windstar Cruises is returning to Barbuda, the first cruise line to return to the island following the devastation of Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism officials celebrated the anchoring of Windstar’s Wind Surf on Nov. 25, which comes less than one month after the re-opening of the luxurious Barbuda Belle boutique hotel. 

The Barbuda Council’s Chair of Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs for the Barbuda Council Asha Frank was present at the Barbuda dock to greet cruise executives from the vessel.

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“Windstar’s return is the result of a lot of lobbying by the Ministry of Tourism, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and our cruise partners who have been attending major cruise conferences since 2017, encouraging the smaller cruise lines to return to Barbuda,” said Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism & Investment, The Honourable Charles Fernandez. This is a vote of confidence in Barbuda, and the services and tours that will be available for guests of the ship to enjoy.”

The largest ship in the Windstar fleet, the Wind Surf is a five-masted motor-sail yacht that accommodates 310 guests. Wind Surf will make nine calls to Barbuda this season, calling bi-weekly.