Windstar Cruises has cancelled its scheduled cruises in Asia for autumn 2022, citing continued uncertainty regarding ports reopening in the region.
The move will affect seven itineraries on Star Breeze, including a crossing of the Pacific from Alaska to Japan, two Grand Japan sailings, Island Hopping through Japan, Windstar Crew Hometowns: Philippines and Indonesia, Hidden Indonesia & the Great Barrier Reef, and Edge of the Outback.
Instead, Star Breeze will extend its Alaska season with an additional itinerary, Alaskan Splendor, in late August, followed by West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza voyage down the coast of the US, a transocean voyage from San Diego to Tahiti, and five sailings in French Polynesia.
During October 2022, Windstar Cruises will celebrate its 35th anniversary of operating cruises in Tahiti.
All sailings on Wind Spirit and Star Breeze in Tahiti will “join in the celebration with special events planned during the cruise”, the line said in a statement.
On 11 November, Star Breeze will depart for a transocean journey to Sydney, arriving on 22 November for a scheduled charter cruise.
This shift will make the 4 December Tasman Sea Treasures: New Zealand Fjords & South Australia itinerary Windstar’s first commercial cruise offered in the region.
Windstar Cruises president Christopher Prelog said: “As Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and South Korea are all currently still closed to cruising, Windstar joins several other cruise lines in making this decision to cancel cruises in Asia for the autumn.
“We hope our guests rebook on these same fantastic itineraries for next year.”
Earlier in May, Windstar appointed The Cruise Line as its new general sales agent in the UK.