No Worries If You’re Booked on Windstar, It’s Business As Usual


Windstar in Costa Rica by Glenn Bozarth, passenger

Booked on a Windstar Cruise, no worries. The small, upscale fleet of computer-operated, 440-foot four-masted sailing ships is still alive thanks to  TAC Cruise LC  that bought it in a bankruptcy auction which was just approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware .

The court transferred  all  of Ambassadors’ assets, including its principal operating unit, Windstar Cruises, to TAC Cruise LLC, an affiliate of Xanterra Holding Corporation. The sale is expected to close next week.

No probs for pax holding tickets on any of three ships, the company says sailings are on scheduled.  

TAC Cruise LLC is a division of billionaire Philip Anschutz Corp. which also owns Hans Birkholz, CEO of Ambassadors and Windstar, said, “Windstar is very pleased with the successful outcome of this sale process and expects to complete it by early next week. Windstar is excited to have its new owner join in building Windstar’s world class brand.

Windstar will be well-positioned for long-term profitability and success under new ownership and we will continue to provide exceptional service and extraordinary luxury travel experiences for our guests.” About Ambassadors International, Inc. Ambassadors International, Inc. is primarily a cruise company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

 Wistful Windstar Cruises comprises a trio of computer-operated, 4 mast sailing vessels with capacity for 148 to 312 passengers–which attract adventurous seafarers who enjoy exploring hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most sought-after destinations.

Xanterra Holding Corporation Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of several entities owned by Xanterra Holding Corporation) operates lodges, restaurants, tours and activities at national parks, state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country’s largest park concessioner. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the following locations: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley, Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia and eight Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona.


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