Windstar Cruises, a Seattle-based cruise ship company, is doubling its fleet by acquiring three small, high-end cruise ships from Seabourn Cruises.
The three ships will be delivered to Windstar over a two-year period. The first, the Seabourn Pride will be renovated and will be rechristened with a new name and begin sailing in May 2014. The company will take possession of the Legend in April 2015 and the Spirit in May 2015.
Seabourn said it is soliciting bids from shipyards to build somewhat larger ships to replace the three vessels being sold to Windstar. Until 2007, Windstar was a division of Miami-based Carnival Corp. Windstar is now owned by Xanterra Parks and Resorts. Seabourn, a premium-priced cruise line, is stil owned by Carnival.
Each of the ships accommodates 208 passengers.