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Windstar Cruises selects NAPA for stability management to maximize fleet safety

Helsinki, Finland – 9 April 2019

NAPA Loading Computer ensures optimal planning of stowage, cargo and ballast for market leader in small ship cruising

NAPA, the leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider and Windstar Cruises, the market leader in small ship cruising, today announced that NAPA’s Loading Computer has been installed across its entire fleet. Windstar’s unique fleet includes not only three small, boutique cruise vessels Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride, but unique sailing cruise ships such as the 4-masted Wind Spirit and Wind Star, and the 5-masted flagship Wind Surf.

The NAPA Loading Computer is the world’s most trusted stability solution for passenger vessels. It undertakes a wide range of calculations related to hydrostatics, intact stability, and ship longitudinal strength to optimize vessel load while minimizing stress and safety risk. The system is installed onboard more than 2,000 ships across the global commercial and passenger fleets.

Christopher Prelog, Vice President of Fleet Operations at Windstar Cruises, commented, “For Windstar, there’s nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew. NAPA’s track record and stability expertise is second to none, and it’s why we’ve chosen to work with them to optimize our stability management.”

Christopher Prelog continued, “During our due diligence we were particularly impressed with the accuracy of NAPA’s 3D calculation engine, decision support capabilities, and comprehensive support, training and life-cycle services.”

Wind Star and Wind Spirit were retrofitted with NAPA Loading Computer and the installations on Star Pride, Star Breeze, Star Legend and Wind Surf were all upgraded recently. Windstar and NAPA have also signed a service agreement that will cover technical support and future life-cycle services to ensure trouble free operation. NAPA has also provided onboard training services, and its Stability eLearning course to Windstar.

Mikko Forss, Americas Sales Director for NAPA, commented, “Windstar takes its travellers on personalized cruises that are immersive experiences, 180 degrees from ordinary. We at NAPA are proud to support Windstar’s safe operations with our extensive experience on passenger ship stability management solutions and expert services.”

Windstar Cruises' Sail Cruise Ship

Windstar Cruises’ sail cruise ship


About NAPA
In its 30 years of operation, NAPA has become a global leader in software, services and data analysis for the maritime industry; providing best in class data-led solutions for safety, efficiency and productivity in both ship design and operations.

NAPA operates globally, with 10 offices across Asia, Europe and the Americas supported by its Helsinki headquarters. To date, NAPA has 420 user organizations for its design solutions and over 2,500 installations onboard vessels. For more information, visit

About Windstar
Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting approximately 270 ports in 2018 sailing throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska, Canada and New England, and cruising year-round in Tahiti. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths calling on off-the-beaten-path and popular ports in over 60 countries.

The boutique cruise line has recently launched a $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to renovate the Star-class ships. The award-winning line carries under 350 passengers on its small ships and takes travellers on cruises that are 180 degrees from ordinary. They are known for their immersive and authentic experiences, unique, port-intensive itineraries, exceptional award-winning service, and innovative culinary program as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Travel Collection, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.”

Media enquiries
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BLUE Communications
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Windstar Cruises
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