People who expect high-caliber service and very high-quality cuisine, but dislike the formality of most of the luxe ships (as well as the mass mentality of the megaships) are thrilled with Windstar. Most passengers are couples in their late 30s to early 60s, with the average around 50. Overall, an amazing 60% to 70% of passengers are repeaters, back for their annual or semiannual dose of Windstar. There is also usually a handful of honeymoon couples aboard any given sailing -- a good choice on their part, as Windstar ranks high on our list of most romantic cruise lines. The line gets very few families with young kids -- rarely more than six or seven on any sailing, and usually only during school holiday periods. Children who do sail are usually in the 10-plus age range.
Overall, Windstar's sophisticated and well-traveled passengers are more down to earth than guests on the luxury lines, but not as nature- and learning-focused as guests on most of the other small-ship lines. Most want something different from the regular cruise experience, eschew the "bigger is better" philosophy of conventional cruising, and want their vacation to focus more on the ports than on onboard activities. These cruises are for those who are seeking a romantic escape and like to visit ports not often touched by regular cruise ships.
Windstar caters to corporate groups, too, with about 25% of its annual cruises booked as full charters or hosting affinity groups.
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