Summer 2018 sees the Star Breeze in Northern Europe

Windstar Cruises made a big deployment announcement on Monday, introducing eight new itineraries in Northern Europe and 12 new Mediterranean itineraries.

Overall the company will offer 40 different itineraries in Europe for the 2018 cruise season.This includes 26 new ports, part of a 2018 season that sees the cruise line visiting 93 new ports.

The Europe sailings, running April through October, include a number of what Windstar calls small ship-only experiences, like cruising the narrow Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands; and docking in downtown London.

“These 20 new itineraries are just the latest development in response to our growing customer demand, we’re keenly focused on offering more and varied sailings that effectively leverage our fleet of six small ships,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “Our team constantly seeks out new experiences, lesser known ports and harbors everywhere we sail — hidden treasures that only true small ships can access. Unveiling these new itineraries further demonstrates our commitment to destination authenticity – delivering incredible experiences in a highly customized way.” 

Also new for 2018 is deployment in Asia (Japan), Alaska and Canada/New England. 

Europe deployment ranges from week-long voyages to multi-week sailings, the Seattle-based company said.

Among new options: Secrets of the Faroe, Shetland & Orkney IslandsNorway’s Famous Fjords and Sailing Southern Italy & Croatia.