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travel advisor appreciation 2024
To our amazing partners in travel: We couldn’t do it without you! Your hard work and expertise are vital to introducing Windstar to guests who rely on your trusted guidance. Please take advantage of the perks we’ve put together in appreciation for all you do!

During the month of May, travel advisors who make a new booking or complete our Star Specialist Online Learning Program will have the chance to win one of four free cruises for themselves and a guest. Here are a few ways you may increase your chances of winning:
Each new booking for
2024 counts as
Each new booking for 2025
and beyond counts as
Completing our Star Specialist Online Learning Program counts as
In addition to the giveaway, we are offering BONUS PERKS as a way to show our appreciation for your hard work this month
A $100 commission bonus for each cabin booked for a new-to-Windstar guest during the month of May.
An exciting Star Specialist FAM Program.
COMING SOON! We're also excited to announce that Windstar will soon launch an Early Commission Payment Program.
In Recognition of Our Travel Advisors!
Windstar Cruises knows that behind every smooth vacation is a dedicated travel advisor who deserves to be recognized. We see how hard you work to connect your clients with experiences that exceed their expectations, and we want to celebrate you!

- The Windstar Sales Team


1. SUMMARY OF CONTEST: This Contest provides an opportunity to show Windstar’s appreciation for Travel Advisors with any bookings made within the month of May 2024, or for completion of our Star Specialist Program during the month of May 2024.

2. ELIGIBILITY: The “Windstar Cruises Travel Advisor Appreciation Program Cruise Giveaway” (the “GIVEAWAY”) is sponsored by Windstar Cruises, (“Sponsor”). GIVEAWAY is open only to Advisors who are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who at time of entry must be at least 21 years of age. Additionally, to be eligible, Advisor must: (1) be a professional, Travel Advisor with key contacts and resources in the industry to make knowledgeable recommendations, curate client experiences, and facilitate all appropriate bookings; and (2) have a valid CLIA, IATA, or ASTA number at the time of entry. Employees, management, officers, and staff, a of Windstar Cruises (“Sponsor”), and any companies involved with the development or execution of this Contest (collectively referred to as “Contest Entities”) and their immediate family members, are not eligible to enter. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law. For information on how to register with Sponsor, visit advisorhub.windstarcruises.com.

3. GIVEAWAY ENTRY PERIOD: The GIVEAWAY begins on May 1st at 9 AM EST and ends on May 31, at 11:59 PM EST (the "GIVEAWAY Period"). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the GIVEAWAY.

4. HOW TO ENTER: Advisors who book a cruise between May 1, 2024, and May 31, 2024, the GIVEAWAY Period (“Entry” or “Entrant”), will be automatically entered into the drawing for the opportunity to win a free cruise. No forms required. There are three (3) ways to increase the number of entries:
  • 1. For Bookings for 2024 sailings, Advisor will be entered automatically into the drawing as five (5) individual entries for that Advisor.
  • 2. For Bookings made on sailings beyond 2024, Advisor will be entered automatically into drawing as two (2) individual entries for that Advisor.
  • 3. Advisors who complete our Star Specialist Program during the month of May 2024 will be automatically entered into drawing with five (5) individual entries for that Advisor.
5. PRIZES AND THEIR APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (“ARV”): Four (4) Prizes will be awarded in the GIVEAWAY. Winners will receive a cruise fare certificate for up to an (8) day Windstar cruise, each for the winner and a guest (subject to availability as determined by Windstar, and subject to all limitations set forth in these Official Rules) onboard any ship within the Windstar fleet for a future sailing in 2024. The approximate retail value of each Prize is $12,600 (i.e., $6,299 per person travelling on the cruise). Value as stated in these terms is based on US dollars. Prize includes: meals onboard ship (excludes specialty items), onboard entertainment and double-occupancy in a cabin of Sponsor’s choice in Category SP, or entry level suite. Prize does not include any of the following, all of which must be paid by Winner: airfare (or other method of transportation) to/from cruise port, ground transportation/airport transfers, pre and post hotel accommodations, onboard gratuities (up to $16 per day x 2 = up to $256), estimated taxes and fees of $250 per person ($250 x 2 = $500), alcohol/premium beverages, any purchased onboard amenities, pre or post cruise excursions, shore excursions, or other incidentals and expenses not specified in this paragraph. Winner will be responsible for booking and paying for his/her own transportation to/from port of embarkation and will be responsible for paying port fees and onboard gratuities at time of booking his/her prize. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable. If the actual value of prize is lower than ARV stated herein, the difference will not be awarded in cash or otherwise. No substitution is permitted except by the Sponsor who reserves the right to award a prize for one of comparable or greater value if prize is unavailable. All federal, state, local sales and income taxes or other expenses relating to the use and acceptance of prize are the winner’s sole responsibility. Prizes are provided “as is” without any express or implied warranty of any kind.

ALL ELEMENTS OF PRIZES ARE SUBJECT TO SPACE AVAILABILITY AT TIME OF BOOKING AND ARE AT THE SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION. BLACKOUT DATES AND CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. Prize must be booked at least eighty-nine (89) days prior to the sailing date for the cruise selected by the Winner, and cruise must be taken before December 31, 2024. Each Winner and his/her guest must travel together on the same itinerary including same departure and return dates. The cruise portion of prize may not be upgraded. The cruise will be subject to Windstar’s standard terms and conditions, and availability. Details, including information regarding cancelations, will be provided to each Winner at time of booking, and GIVEAWAY entities will have no liability if any particular cruise is cancelled. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Except as expressly stated in these Official Rules, all other expenses related to acceptance/use of prizes and all taxes on prize are each Winner’s sole responsibility. Each Winner and his/her guest must comply with any security procedures or measures and all applicable policies and rules imposed by Windstar Cruises, and/or Contest coordinator(s) and/or their representatives who reserve the right in their sole discretion to suspend or cancel the participation of any Winner and/or his/her guest participation due to non-compliance with any security procedure, other policy or rule, or inappropriate behavior or misconduct. Each Winner and his/her guest are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documentation (e.g., valid passports and/or Visas) prior to travel and are also responsible for obtaining travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) at their option and by accepting prize acknowledge that Windstar has not, and will not, obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance. Cruise is subject to the terms and conditions of the Windstar passage contract. As set forth in more detail in the passage contract, Windstar reserves the right to refuse to embark any Winner or any guest, at any time if, in the sole opinion of Windstar, a Winner or guest is unfit for any reason for the Cruise. If for any reason whatsoever, Winner is unable to sail/redeem cruise for any reason whatsoever after a cruise has been booked and if the cruise cannot be rebooked according to Sponsor’s standard cruise terms and policies, the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to such Winner and shall not be obligated to choose an alternate winner. An IRS Form 1099 will be filed in the name of each Winner to report the value of prize won.

6. CONSENT AND RELEASE: Winners: Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use Winner’s name, prize won, hometown, likeness, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting on Sponsor’s web site of choice) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission. By accepting the prize, Winner and his/her guest accepts that his/her participation in the prize trip is voluntary, acknowledges that there are natural factors and occurrences which may impact on or affect the safety of the activities he/she is participating in and he/she assumes the risk of such factors and occurrences and agrees to the extent allowed by law that Contest Entities and their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliates and their respective officers, directors, members, employees, and Advisors shall not be in any way responsible for any resulting injury and/or death. All Nominators, Nominees and Winners: To the fullest extent possible in law, Nominators, Nominees, Winners and their guests, for themselves and on behalf of their respective heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, “Releasing Parties”), release, defend and hold harmless the Contest Entities and their respective officers, directors, employees, Advisors, shareholders, and related entities (“Related Parties”), from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, reckonings, bonds, bills, specialties, covenants, contracts, controversies, agreements, promises, variances, trespasses, lost profits, indirect or direct damages, consequential damages, incidental damages, punitive or exemplary damages, judgments, executions, claims and demands whatsoever, in law, admiralty or equity, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, against Contest Entities and their Related Parties which any one or more of the Releasing Parties ever had, now have or hereafter can, shall or may have which in any way arise out of or result from Releasing Parties’ participation in the Contest, acceptance and use or misuse of prize or any portion of prize, including property damage, personal injury or death. Contest Entities and Related Parties are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the Contest offer or these Official Rules, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of prizes or for any suspension of the Contest or inability to implement the Contest or award the prize as contemplated herein due to any event beyond their control, including delays or interruptions caused by acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather, utility outages, acts of terrorism or any national, federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or regulator.

7. WINNERS: The winner(s), will be randomly selected from a pool of entries, based on bookings made between May 1, 2024, and May 31, 2024, the GIVEAWAY Period. Entries are subject to verification by Sponsor for compliance. Winners will be announced via social media and other communication channels, as available, and notified by phone or e-mail by their assigned Windstar Sales Manager. Some may be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and, which must be returned within ten (10) days of the date on the notification. All winners will be announced on or before June 7, 2024.

8. GENERAL TERMS: Prizes shall be subject to Sponsor’s then current rules and regulations. Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will be awarded to an alternate winner. Prize may be allocated or substituted at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash. Taxes are the winner’s responsibility. Prize acceptance constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s name and likeness, address (city and state), photograph, voice, prize information and/or biographical information and any statements made by Entrant regarding the GIVEAWAY or the Sponsor for publicity, trade, advertising or promotion purposes at any time or times, worldwide and on the internet, without additional compensation, notice, review, or approval. By participating, Entrant agrees (a) to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which shall be final in all respects; and (b) to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, Advisors, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (collectively “Releasees”), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including, without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death that may occur in connection with, preparation for, or participation in the GIVEAWAY, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any GIVEAWAY-related activity, including travel to and/or from points of embarkation and/or debarkation (where applicable), and including, without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage. Releasees are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due entries or Internet technical, hardware, software, telephone, or transmission failures of any kind, which may limit a person’s ability to enter the GIVEAWAY. Releasees are not responsible for any injury or damage to Entrants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from entering or downloading any materials in the GIVEAWAY. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the GIVEAWAY, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the GIVEAWAY, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the GIVEAWAY or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. If the integrity of the Internet portion of the GIVEAWAY is compromised in any manner, Sponsor reserves the right to modify GIVEAWAY and select a winner from valid Entries received that are unaffected by the problem. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any online Entrant, the Entrant will be deemed the individual named on the online entry form. The sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the GIVEAWAY or website. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY ALTER OR DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND SHALL NOTIFY THE APPROPRIATE STATE AND/OR FEDERAL AUTHORITIES OF SUCH ATTEMPTS. Submission of any digital computer materials containing malicious computer code, viruses, bugs, worms or any other intentionally destructive or harmful computer materials is also a violation of the law and in addition to automatically disqualifying the Entrant, will be subject to any prosecution or claim the Sponsor determines is warranted. By participating, Entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this GIVEAWAY or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida or the appropriate Florida State Court located in Miami-Dade County, Florida; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this GIVEAWAY, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the GIVEAWAY, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Florida or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida.

9. DATA USE AND PRIVACY POLICY: Information collected from Advisor is subject to use and sharing by Windstar Cruises in accordance with Windstar Cruises’ privacy policy located at https://www.windstarcruises.com/privacy-policy. To opt-out of future uses by Windstar Cruises, visit the aforementioned privacy policy listed herein.

10. WINNER LIST: To obtain a list of Winners’ names (available after June 7, 2024) send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (return postage not required for Vermont residents) to Windstar Cruises Travel Advisor Appreciation Program Cruise GIVEAWAY - Winners List, 8400 NW 36th St. Suite 520, Miami, FL 33166.

11. SPONSOR: Windstar Cruises Windstar Cruises, 8400 NW 36th St. Suite 520, Miami, FL 33166. Ships’ registry: Bahamas.

BONUS PERK: $100 Bonus Booking Commission

1. Bonus Commissions may be earned by booking a cabin for a new-to-Windstar guest within the month of May 2024, on future 2024 sailings only. Bookings that meet the above criteria will be automatically eligible for the bonus commission, no registration necessary.

2. All Invoices and Cruise Documents will be sent either to the Advisor or to the guest, as directed by the Advisor, but no Cruise Documents will be sent unless, and until there has been, full payment for the applicable Cruise.

3. Bonus commissions will be paid within 29 days of the cruise departure date, providing that full payment has been received for the reservation. No bonus commission will be paid without an appropriate tax form on file.

4. Advisor may not “net” their commission when submitting payment on behalf of a guest. Unless and until full payment is received, Windstar Cruises shall not be required to pay any commission to the Advisor.

5. Advisor may submit the appropriate tax form and earn commission up to three months after the cruise date completion. Commissions will not be paid to any Advisor that submits a tax form three or more months after the cruise completion date.

6. Advisor will not earn commission on their own cabin, nor can they earn a commission on another Advisor’s cabin.

7. Should a reservation be initiated by any Advisor cancel for any reason whatsoever, Windstar Cruises reserves the right to recall all commissions due or paid.

8. In submitting credit card payment on behalf of the guest, the Advisor acknowledges and represents that they have full authority to charge the client’s account and they hold the client’s “signature on file”.

9. Deposits and Final Payments are the responsibility of the Advisor on behalf of the booked clients. Please contact an Advisor Information and Reservations member at info@windstarcruises.com or call 866-851-4042 for information on our payment plans and other payment arrangements.

10. Advisor agrees to comply with and be bound by the aforementioned terms and conditions, which may change at any time by posting notice on the Windstar Cruises web sites.