Windstar Cruises parent acquires three Seabourn ships

By Danny King

Windstar Cruises parent Xanterra Parks & Resorts has acquired three yachts from Seabourn Cruises, doubling Windstar’s fleet.

Xanterra also acquired the Grand Canyon-area Grand Hotel and Vermont Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

The Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend will be integrated into Windstar’s fleet over a two-year period beginning in the spring of 2014. Each of the three ships accommodates 208 passengers.

Following a renovation, the Pride will get a new name and set sail for Windstar in May 2014, Xanterra said. Voyages are expected to go on sale in May of this year.

Windstar will take possession of the Legend in April 2015 and the Spirit in May 2015, and those yachts are scheduled to start sailing for Windstar in May of 2015, following renovations.

Seabourn said, "There will be no disruption in service or changes in operations on any currently published Seabourn voyages."

Seabourn is a unit of Carnival Corp., which had also owned Windstar until 2007. The three Seabourn ships will be the first in Windstar's history not to have any sails.

The 121-room Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz., was built in 1998. Vermont Bicycling and Walking Vacations was founded in 1971 and operates tours in North America, Europe, Central America and Asia.

“These businesses build on our existing portfolio as well as expand our operations into adventure vacations throughout the world, further diversifying our leisure travel holdings,” said Xanterra CEO Andrew Todd in a statement.

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