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Windstar Cruises Will Require Covid-19 Vaccination to Sail

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Until further notice, Windstar Cruises will require proof of a current COVID-19 vaccination for all guests sailing aboard Windstar's yachts. The cruise line arrived at the decision in the best health and wellness interests of its guests, crew, and the places the yachts visit. Many Windstar destinations and some airlines have announced or are considering vaccine mandates, providing further support for the new Windstar policy. Windstar is a leader in small-ship cruising with six, boutique all-suite and sailing yachts (carrying fewer than 350 guests each) that access the smaller ports, waterways, and destinations the large cruise ships cannot.

"Looking at the science behind the virus, we see consistent recommendations for wearing masks, social distancing, testing, and enhanced cleaning. In response, Windstar developed a new Beyond Ordinary Care program, which is a multi-layered strategy with key hospital-grade elements: HEPA filters and UV-C germicidal irradiation to filter and disinfect the air, plus backpack sprayers to sanitize all surfaces throughout our yachts," said Xanterra and Windstar Cruises CEO Andrew Todd.

"Vaccination is another layer of safety for all of us, and it's the responsible course of action as our yachts resume cruising and our guests travel the world," said Christopher Prelog, President of Windstar Cruises.

Current government and news reports about increased vaccine availability in the United States and abroad give Windstar confidence that guests who wish to sail with the line will have time to be vaccinated before travel. Crew members will be required to be vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them. This Windstar standard is subject to change as CDC guidelines change. Windstar will periodically review this and all other COVID-19 policies for updates as the pandemic evolves.

Windstar will restart operations in June 2021 in a phased manner, with initial cruises at a reduced guest occupancy, some modified itineraries, and with enhanced health and safety protocols. To provide guests with greater flexibility, Windstar has moved the final payment date from 120 days to 60 days prior to cruise departure.

The timeline for resumption of operations is:

Star Breeze - June 19, 2021 - Caribbean
Wind Star - June 19, 2021 - Mediterranean
Wind Spirit - July 15, 2021 - Tahiti
Wind Surf - August 8, 2021 - Mediterranean
Star Legend - Sept 4, 2021 - Northern Europe
Star Pride - November 3, 2021 - Caribbean

At the cruise terminal prior to embarkation, guests will be required to provide proof of a completed current vaccine course (one or two shots, depending on the brand) finished at least 14 days prior to the guest's embarkation date. Negative COVID-19 test results will also be required prior to embarkation.

For updated information, reservations, and itineraries, visit http://www.windstarcruises.com/.

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Sarah Scoltock, Director of Public Relations, Windstar Cruises / sarah.scoltock@windstarcruises.com

Sally Spaulding, Account Director, Percepture / sspaulding@percepture.com

About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of six boutique all-suite and sailing yachts carrying 148-342 guests. Small ship cruises sail throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada and New England, Tahiti and the South Pacific, Mexico and U.S. Coastal and Australia. Windstar launched the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to transform the three Star Class ships with new suites, restaurants, and a world-class spa and fitness center. The award-winning line is known for immersive experiences, destination authenticity, port-intensive itineraries, exceptional service, and an innovative culinary program. Windstar Cruises is part of the Xanterra Travel Collection, a group of global hospitality and travel companies, one of which traces its history back over a hundred years of operating our country's iconic national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier, Death Valley, and many others. Xanterra Travel Collection is owned by The Anschutz Corporation, the ultimate owner of the Broadmoor, Sea Island, and entertainment giant AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group.

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Now That’s Just Grand: Introducing the Rail Baron Charter – Your Own Private Train

WILLIAMS, Ariz. -- Something special and truly unique just rolled onto the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona: The Rail Baron Charter, a private train comprised of three ultra-luxurious 1940s and 1950s railcars. The train set, consisting of a rear open-aired observation car ("The Kansas"); a parlor/cafe and lounge car ("The Utah"); and a coveted vista dome/sleeper car ("The California") will be available for charters for the first time ever from Williams to one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon, beginning November 1, 2019.

In addition, two other historic rail cars will be made available for charters: "The Santa Fe," a luxury parlor/lounge/cafe car; and "the Max Biegert," also a luxury parlor car with an open-air rear platform. Charters even have a choice of engines - a traditional diesel engine or a magnificent steam engine.

It's perfect for corporate events, wedding parties, groups of families and friends, civic organizations, birthdays, anniversaries, retirement parties, class reunions, or other milestone moments. The five cars can accommodate 200 guests because there is lots of "living room" and full-on bedrooms and galleys (kitchens) on this train set.

Grand Canyon Railway is not a tourist railroad or heritage museum - it's an everyday working passenger railroad that runs 65 miles from Williams (itself on historic Route 66) to within steps of the South Rim of Grand Canyon.

Charters include an engineer, brakeman, conductor, and passenger service attendant to provide for every need. It's possible to add stops along the way (on sidings) for a Chuck Wagon dinner, bar service, live entertainment, custom food service (these passenger cars have kitchens) a personal chef, or even to have a sleepover in the private sleeping cars.

These fully restored historic train cars feature fine fabrics, hand-crafted teak and fine wood interiors, china and real silverware, televisions and satellite radio.

While there are a variety of options when it comes to chartering a train (time, number of passenger cars food, sleepover options, etc.), prices for a full charter with 200 people can cost less than $160 per person.

So, if you ever wanted your very own train, call 928-635-5700 or visit https://www.thetrain.com/charters/.

For more information about the Grand Canyon Railway, visit https://www.thetrain.com/ or call 1-800-THE-TRAIN (843-8724).

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*Photo caption: Interior parlor of The Kansas, a rear open-aired observation rail car. Credit: Xanterra Travel Collection / Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel.

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