Iceland Cruise
August 2024

Iceland Cruise Map (1)

9 days/8 nights 

August 21 - 30, 2024

  • August 21: Depart US (flights not included)
  • August 22: Arrive in Reykjavik - Iceland Experiences
  • August 23-30: 'Around Iceland' Cruise
  • August 30: Disembark Cruise, Return to US    

Starting at $4,484 per person, double occupancy, for 8-night trip (see Inclusions tab for details).

  • Ocean View Suite: $4,484 per person dbl occpy
  • Star Ocean View Suite: $4,516 per person, dbl occpy
  • Balcony Suite: $5,389 per person, dbl occpy
  • Star Balcony Suite: $5,434 per person, dbl occpy
  • Classic Suite: $7,759 per person, dbl occpy
  • Deluxe Suite: Sold Out

Highlights

Highlights


  • Set out on a complete circumnavigation of one of the most diverse and dramatic island nations in the world
  • Taste authentic Icelandic cuisine on our Reykjavik Food Walk
  • Pamper yourself at the Sky Lagoon where you'll enjoy the Icelandic tradition of bathing in the geothermal waters and their Seven-Step ritual.
  • Experience an exclusive musical performance and traditional Icelandic storytelling at the famous Blue Church in Seydisfjordur
  • Explore tiny villages dating back to the 8th century 
  • Marvel at Iceland's natural beauty while on the lookout for humpback whales and Atlantic puffins
  • Witness the rainbow-colored beauty of Godafoss, "Waterfall of the Gods" outside Akureyri 
  • Sail past the youngest place on Earth, Surtsey Island, created by an eruption in 1963
  • Venture inshore to Iceland's untouched regions, including the Hranfoss Lava Falls, the thundering Barnafoss Waterfall and glowing blue ice caverns beneath the second largest glacier in Iceland

Inclusions

Inclusions


TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

  • Fully hosted by on-site Recess 4 Grownups event staff

  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 1 night in Reykjavik

  • Icelandic Experiences in Reykjavik
    • Sky Lagoon with Sky Pass Premium Package
      • Sky Lagoon Admission
      • One Journey Through the Seven-Step Ritual
      • Private changing facilities with signature Sky Body Lotion
    • Reykjavik Food Walking Tour
      • Visit 5 local favorite restaurants
      • Taste 8 amazing cuisine samples
  • 7 night ‘Around Iceland’ Cruise on Windstar Star Pride

    • Visit ports of Heimaey Island, Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Grundarfjordur

    • Choice of Ocean View Staterooms, Balcony (French) Staterooms, or Premium Suites

  • Gratuities on board the Windstar Star Pride for the week of cruising

  • $100 per person Shipboard Credit
  • Complimentary Windstar Destination Discovery Event in Seydisfjordur

  • Port fees

DINING

  • As the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation Windstar creates exceptional culinary experiences prepared with locally sourced, fresh ingredients by some of the most recognized culinary talent in the world, including chefs from the James Beard Foundation.

  • All meals on board, your choice of dining rooms

  • Fine dining in the Amphora Restaurant for dinner, with a world-class menu and elegant setting featuring dishes by James Beard Foundation chefs, with flexible seating times.

  • One complementary dining experience at specialty restaurant Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso, a new artful and eclectic Spanish restaurant.

  • One complementary dining experience at specialty restaurant Candles, dining outdoors under the stars at this grill featuring seafood and steak specialties.

  • Complementary In Room Dining - 24 hour room service, including the full Amphora menu during dinner hours.

  • The Veranda offers an inviting breakfast and lunch buffet with outdoor seating and a variety of options including many local ingredients.

  • Lunch and dinner dining option at the new Star Grill by Steven Raichlen, with classic barbecue and grilling with a new twist in a casual, outdoor atmosphere.

  • Specialty coffees and snacks at the Yacht Club Café, a chic lounge and all-day snack bar, the perfect place to relax, and enjoy an open layout that embraces the view.

  • Most non-alcoholic beverages, including specialty tea and coffee creations by our baristas and zero-proof cocktails

CRUISE AMENITIES

  • Leave the crowds and clichés behind on a small, elegant yacht that serves 342 travelers
  • Unfailingly heartfelt service with a guest to crew ratio of 1.5 to 1 who delight in seeing you smile
  • A casual and welcoming ambiance makes it easy to connect with your fellow travelers and crew
  • Champagne welcome reception
  • Windstar’s Signature Onboard Barbecue
  • Signature Sail Away event
  • Learn about navigation with the Captain or officers on our Open Bridge
  • Market tours with the Chef to select seasonal local ingredients for upcoming meals‡
  • Complimentary digital newsstand offering more than 50 premium daily newspapers and magazines to read on your phone or tablet
  • Watch hundreds of popular movies on demand from the comfort of your stateroom 
  • Star Boutique with duty-free, tax-free luxury shopping
  • On-board fitness center
  • Optional shore excursions available in some ports (additional cost)

STATEROOM AMENITIES

  • 277 square feet minimum
  • Spacious walk-in closets
  • Filtered water replenished daily
  • Luxurious bathrooms
  • L’Occitane en Provence® bath products
  • Fresh flowers
  • Fruit baskets
  • Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens
  • Comfy waffle weave robe and slippers
  • Complimentary shoe polishing service

Itinerary

Itinerary

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21, 2024 DEPART US FOR ICELAND

Depart your hometown and take an international flight to Iceland (flight price not included). 


THURSDAY AUGUST 22, 2024: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

The world's most northerly capital enjoys almost 24-hour sunlight in summer, all the better to show off the city’s eclectic architecture and dazzling natural wonders.

This afternoon, start your Iceland experience with a Reykjavik Food Walk, as we have a fun local guide show you all the best of Reykjavik’s cuisine. Enjoy the landmarks of Reykjavik, hear fun stories & enjoy amazing local food as your introduction to Icelandic’s favorite dishes.

OVERNIGHT: Reykjavik Hotel TBD


FRIDAY AUGUST 23, 2024: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND | EMBARKATION 

Sky Lagoon, baðlón á ysta odda Kársnessins.This morning we head out for the ultimate Iceland experience, a geothermal spa, as we visit the Sky Lagoon, with an upgraded premium package including admission, the Seven-Step Ritual, and private changing facilities. Immerse yourself in warmth at the oceanside geothermal lagoon, as the dramatic North Atlantic Ocean stretches out before you. Feel yourself relax and unwind with the Ritual, a unique seven-step experience. Over the centuries, Icelanders have developed a way to combine the healing powers of warm water, cold water, warm steam, dry heat and fresh air. The Ritual uses these traditions to integrate the natural elements to promote wellbeing, inside and out.

This afternoon we will embark our ship and settle in. After a sumptuous lunch in Veranda, maybe sun yourself on deck, take a dip in the whirlpool, or order a cheese plate for your stateroom or suite. Perhaps you’ll begin your trip with a relaxing massage in World Spa by Windstar. Or maybe an invigorating workout in the Fitness Center. Even better, why not both? After dinner, dance to live music in the Lounge. This is your yacht, so of course you’re welcome on the Bridge, where the Captain and officers are delighted to share charts, routes, and vistas with you. 

OVERNIGHT: Windstar Star Pride


SATURDAY AUGUST 24, 2024: SURTSEY ISLAND | HEIMAEY ISLAND

Take a boat tour to view Surtsey Island, which only rose from the sea in the 1960s and has been a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site since its birth. The other big attraction here is seabirds. Zodiac tours provide close up views of seabird populated sea cliffs including the largest colony of Atlantic Puffins. 

Witness a world still in transition. Next up, Heimaey, where a volcanic eruption created a modern-day Pompeii in 1973. 

OVERNIGHT: Windstar Star Pride


SUNDAY AUGUST 25, 2024: SEYDISFJORDUR

Rugged and remote East Iceland is feathered with fjords and fishing villages, but few are as beautiful as Seydisfjordur. During our complimentary Destination Discovery Event, you’ll get a rare insider’s look at both local landmarks and the culture of this small Icelandic community.

Located in the East Fjords between steep mountains, the settlement grew up in the late 1800s around the Norwegian herring fishery. Many of the colorful old timbered houses were imported from Norway by wealthy merchants and whalers. Perhaps the most remarkable building, though, is the Blue Church.

With clean, Scandinavian lines and a beautiful glacier blue color, the church is one of Iceland’s most recognizable landmarks. It was moved or rebuilt a few times over the years before finding its permanent home in Seydisfjordur in 1922. (Sometimes intentionally and sometimes at the whim of Mother Nature, through storms and fire.) Leading up to the church is the vibrantly colored Rainbow Street presenting a scene worthy of a fairytale.

During your exclusive Destination Discovery Event, you’ll enter the church to find it’s as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. In this idyllic setting you’ll be treated to an exclusive cultural performance by local entertainers. The singer and guitarist are natives of East Iceland and they’ll entertain you with stories and songs they grew up with. From tales of ghosts, elves and trolls to joyful songs and ballads about lost sailors, you’ll get a feel for the real Iceland and its people.

OVERNIGHT: Windstar Star Pride


MONDAY AUGUST 26, 2024: SEYDISFJORDUR

Seydisfjord is 11 miles of long, narrow, beautiful waterway surrounded by high mountains that ends at the town of Seydisfjordur, known for its old multi-colored wooden buildings and cascading waterfalls even in the town. This is the home of Skalanes Nature Reserve with its wide variety of wildlife including more than 45 bird species. The first high-voltage electricity in Iceland was opened here in 1913 and is still in operation today. A popular hiking path starts at the town center, following the east bank of the Fjardara River that flows through the center of town. 

OVERNIGHT: Windstar Star Pride


TUESDAY AUGUST 27, 2024: AKUREYRI

Akureyri is an important port and fisheries center especially because of its ice-free harbor so close to the Arctic Circle. It lies at the end of Iceland's longest fjord, which is 37 miles long, and sits at the base of snowcapped peaks that offer some of Iceland's best skiing during the winter. Must-sees in Akureyri include the Listagil (art canyon) which is home to many arts and crafts galleries and shops, the beautiful church in the center of town, the botanical garden, and Hafnarstraeti, the main shopping street. This is also the perfect place to ride an Icelandic horse or soak in the sky-blue Myvatn Nature Baths. 

OVERNIGHT: Windstar Star Pride


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28, 2024:  ISAFJORDUR

Small and easily walkable Isafjordur has one of the largest fisheries in Iceland. But the severe decline of the fishing industry has caused Isafjordur to look elsewhere for work. Despite its small size, this town has a school of music and has become a center for alternative music and they host a yearly festival for local musicians and bands from around Iceland and the world to perform. 

OVERNIGHT: Windstar Star Pride


THURSDAY AUGUST 29, 2024: GRUNDARFJORDUR

Beautiful Grundarfjordur is located between a mountain range and the sea.  The road nearby crosses a lava field that is partially warm so snow does not always stick there. The main attraction of the area is Snæfellsjokull National Park full of regal glaciers, lava fields, waterfalls, caves, calderas, and basalt cliffs. The peninsula there received the EARTHCHECK Sustainable Community Award in 2010, the first area in Iceland to win such an award.

OVERNIGHT: Windstar Star Pride


FRIDAY AUGUST 30, 2024: REYKJAVIK DISEMBARKATION | RETURN FLIGHT HOME 

Disembark in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your flight home to the United States. 


Pricing/Amenities

PRICING: Per person, Double Occupancy

Ocean View Suites:  (S1) Deck 4 $4,484 pp;   or $4,999 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi
                                      (S2) Deck 5 $4,547 pp;   or $5,062 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi 
                                      (S3) Deck 6 $4,579 pp;   or $5,094 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi
 
Star Ocean View Suites:  (SS1) Deck 4, 5 $4,516 pp or $5,031 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi
 
Balcony Suites:    (BS) Deck 5 $5,389 pp; or $5,894 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi
                                 (BS1) Deck 6 $5,524 pp;  or $6,039 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi
 
Star Balcony Suites:  (SBS) Deck 5 $5,434 pp; or $5,949 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi
                                       (SBS1) Deck 6 $5,694; or $6,199 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi
 
Classic Suite:   (CS) Deck 5 $7,759 or $8,264 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi
Deluxe Suite: SOLD OUT
 

ALL SUITES INCLUDE:

  • Queen Size Bed with Luxurious Linens
  • Interactive Television
  • Safe
  • L'Occitane Bath Amenities
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Wi-Fi Internet Access (various plans available for purchase)
  • Waffle Weave Robe and Slippers
  • Fully Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator
  • Direct Dial Phone
  • Hair Dryers and 110/220 Outlets
  • Mirrored Closet with Ample Drawer Space
  • Granite Vanity with Magnifying Mirror and Chair

IN ADDITION TO AMENITIES LISTED ABOVE, CLASSIC AND DELUXE SUITES ALSO INCLUDE:

  • Fruit Basket with Berries
  • Upgraded High End Quality Bath Robes
  • Granite Vanity with Magnifying Mirror and Chair
  • Invitation to Captain or Senior Officer Table
  • Preferred Specialty Restaurant Dining
  • Maschio Prosecco
  • Illy Espresso Machine
  • Binoculars
  • Personalized Wake-Up Call Service with Preferred Beverage Coffee/Tea/Juice
  • Preferred On Board Check In
  • Preferred Canapes Service
  • Fully Upgraded Bath Amenity Line Including Pure Pampering L'Occitane
  • Free Internet Service (1 Voucher per Suite)
  • Fresh Flowers

Ship Deck Plan

Star Pride is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.

This all-suite yacht completed renovation as part of the $250 Star Plus Initiative to provide more of what our guests love. New public areas, including two new dining venues, a new spa, infinity pool, and fitness area. The yacht also boasts all new bathrooms in every suite and a new category of Star suites, featuring a new layout. With ocean views and at least 277 square feet of comfort, Star Pride is the perfect yacht to watch glaciers and fjords drift by from the serenity of your suite.

Carrying only 312 guests, Star Pride still tucks into small ports like Sanary-sur-Mer and Seville or narrow waterways like the Corinth and Keil Canal. We can’t wait to welcome you on board for your next 180 degree from ordinary adventure!

Ocean View Suites (S1, S2, S3)

OCEAN VIEW SUITE

Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, and savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl.

PRICING: Per Person, Double Occupancy

Ocean View Suite (S1) Deck 4:   $4,484 pp or $4,999 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi

Ocean View Suite (S2) Deck 5:   $4,547 pp or $5,062 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi 

Ocean View Suite (S3) Deck 6:   $4,579 pp or $5,094 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi

Star Ocean View Suites (SS1)

STAR OCEAN VIEW SUITE 

As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.

PRICING: Per Person, Double Occupancy

Star Ocean View Suite (SS1) Deck 4, 5:   $4,516 pp or $5,031 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi

Balcony Suites (BS, BS1)

BALCONY SUITE

Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.

PRICING: Per Person, Double Occupancy

Balcony Suite (BS) Deck 5:   $5,389 pp; or $5,894 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi

Balcony Suite (BS1) Deck 6:   $5,524 pp;  or $6,039 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi

 

Star Balcony Suites (SBS, SBS1)

STAR BALCONY SUITE

As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance with 277 square feet. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.

PRICING: Per Person, Double Occupancy

Star Balcony Suite (SBS) Deck 5:    $5,434 pp; or $5,949 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi

Star Balcony Suite (SBS1) Deck 6:   $5,694; or $6,199 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi

Classic Suite

CLASSIC SUITE

Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.

In addition to the amenities in all suite, the Classic Suite also features:

Classic Suite (CS) Deck 5:   $7,759 or $8,264 pp with All Inclusive drinks and wifi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deluxe Suite

DELUXE SUITE FEATURES 

Brand new Deluxe Suites welcome you with 468 square feet of casually elegant living space and an ocean viewing French balcony. All these suites feature 3rd berths, and a sleep-inducing queen bed easily converted to twins.

In addition to the amenities in all suites, the Deluxe Suite also features:

  • Fully Upgraded Bath Amenity Line Including Pure Pampering L'Occitane
  • Fruit Basket with Berries
  • Free Internet Service (1 Voucher per Suite)
  • Upgraded High End Quality Bath Robes
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Granite Vanity with Magnifying Mirror and Chair
  • Preferred On Board Check In
  • Invitation to Captain or Senior Officer Table
  • Personalized Wake-Up Call Service with Preferred Beverage Coffee/Tea/Juice
  • Preferred Specialty Restaurant Dining
  • Preferred Canapes Service
  • Maschio Prosecco
  • Illy Espresso Machine
  • Binoculars

PRICING: Sold Out

FAQ

What do we need to do to reserve this trip?

Registration opens February 22 at 10am. Click on the 'Click Here to Register' button to complete your registration and pay your deposit online with credit card.

What else is needed to reserve this trip?

We'll need your passport details for arrangements we will make. To provide your passport, the easiest thing to do is to use your phone to take a picture of the information page of your passport (the page with your picture, passport number, expiration date, etc), and then forward the passport image to passports@recess4grownups.com.

Do we need a visa?

No, you do not need a visa to visit Iceland. However, your passport must be valid for at least three (3) months (6 months is strongly recommended) after the scheduled return date to your home country.

What about international flights?

The costs of international flights are not included in the trip cost. We'll assist you with looking at the flight options that best fit your preferences.