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Number of ships: 3
Ship capacity: 148 to 312 passengers
Price range: Expensive
The audience: Windstar's four-masted ships—which use both motor and wind power to get around—offer a blend of traditional cruising and sailing and attract folks who love the romance of sailboats but don't want to deal with the cramped quarters and instability of smaller vessels.
Strengths: A casual, active vibe: The back of the ship has a platform that lowers to let passengers dive, water-ski, kayak, and wind-sail easily. The staterooms have been updated to include amenities such as Bose sound docks and flat-screen TVs.
Weaknesses: The sailboat theme extends to some of the cabins, which can be undersized, with porthole-style windows that limit natural light.
Insider tip: Because these ships are smaller, they can visit ports that can't accommodate larger vessels, such as Jost Van Dyke in the BVI and Capri.
Itineraries: The ships spend time in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe, with a special focus on the Greek islands. A seven-day cruise of the Aegean Sea embarks from Athens and stops in Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, and Istanbul (from $3400 per person).
Tel: 800 258 7245