Culinary & Wine Experiences with Windstar

Embark on a Cruise Vacation with a Culinary Superstar.


Fine dining has always been one of the pillars of the Windstar Experience, and the secret recipe is respect and adoration for the places they sail, tastefully reflected in the meals you enjoy. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients, often selected by the yacht’s Chef on a trip to the local market, go into many dishes. It’s just one way they help you to fully savor local life and community and whet your appetite for travel on the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation.


Windstar Cruises & The James Beard Foundation are committed to celebrating, nurturing, and honoring chefs and other leaders who make America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. Nearly three dozen chefs have sailed on these specially designated culinary-themed cruises, such as Hugh Acheson, Renee Erickson, Duskie Estes, Judy Ni, Andy Rocker, and more.

Upcoming James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruises

Legendary Mediterranean | February 4, 2024

Chef Omar Anani - Saffron De Twah (Detroit, Michigan)


Cuisines & Cultures of Spain, Portugal & France | May 28, 2024

Chef Tanya Holland - Brown Sugar Kitchens (San Francisco, California)


Adriatic Archipelagos & Greek Goddesses | August 28, 2024

Chef Loryn Nalic - Balkan Treat Box (St. Louis, Missouri)


James Beard Foundation cruises include:

• Chef-hosted dinner with wine pairing

• 2 cooking demonstrations on board - recipes included

• Market tour with the Chef


The Experience

Go on a grocery trip with your favorite chef to pick out ingredients for dinner at a local market and then learn techniques that they use to create a perfectly seasoned dish, where the flavors sing in harmony and notes of spices spark off your tongue. Listen to their stories and ask for their recommendations on their favorite restaurants and recipes. 


It’s not just about the food and wine, but also getting to know these epicurean experts on a personal level. This is Windstar’s James Beard Foundation Culinary Themed Cruise experience, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to taste dishes from some of the most sought-after James Beard Foundation chefs.


Onboard Dining at Windstar

Windstar has upped the onboard dining game with its culinary program, featuring an array of fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from each port along the journey. The menu is crafted to highlight the spectacular flavors of the regional cuisine.


Dining Choices

Every meal is just what you'd expect on your private yacht - perfect. You're free to dine when, where, and with whomever you please.


Wine Tasting

Whether you're sipping a glass on the deck of one of their elegant sailing yachts while the sea breeze gently ruffles your hair or enjoying a carefully curated wine-tasting event, Windstar Cruises offers a journey for the senses. Their sommeliers are dedicated to guiding you through a diverse selection of world-class wines, perfectly complementing the exquisite cuisine served onboard.


Signature Onboard Barbecue

On the highlights of your cruise will be the spectacular onboard barbecue. Your attentive crew will serve an amazing meal of international cuisines accompanied by their own special brand of entertainment for an evening under the stars.



It’s breakfast alfresco, full service or buffet-style, anytime till 9:30 AM. No need to hurry. Choose the sumptuous, seemingly buffet. Or, order from the lunch menu between noon and 2:30 PM


Introducing Two New Restaurants

With two brand-new restaurants on Star Class Ships, you will be able to taste a variety of cuisines from around the globe. Whether you are looking for afternoon tapas or barbecue grilled by a master, the option to relax and enjoy delicious meals is always a guarantee.


Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso

Savor flavors of Spanish local culture as you dine in intimate surroundings that encourage sharing and camaraderie by ten-time Michelin-starred Chef Anthony Sasso. With seating for 38 including a chef’s counter and communal table, it’s an inventive take on modern Spanish cuisine.


Star Grill by Steven Raichlen

You’ll find all your traditional grilled and barbecued favorites (and discover new dishes from around the world) in our new casual outdoor restaurant brought to you in partnership with global grilling authority, Steven Raichlen.


A Culinary Adventure is on the Way

Don't miss this opportunity to satisfy your epicurean cravings and create lasting memories. Book your Windstar cruise today and embark on a culinary journey you'll cherish forever.

Discover the unspoiled and unfamiliar in a style that will completely transform the way you cruise.  Windstar knows the way to experience a different kind of cruise — intimate, authentic and unscripted. 180 degrees from ordinary.

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