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Windstar Reveals The Clues to a Massive Cruise Treasure, There is a Treasure Within a Treasure

Windstar Reveals The Clues to a Massive Cruise Treasure, There is a Treasure Within a Treasure

SEATTLE, WA, September 8, 2021 – Award-winning small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises is about to reveal the clues to a massive treasure hunt, running September 10-October 1. Someone will win a Windstar Cruise for two, but like the famed Fabergé eggs, there is a massive prize within a prize that the winner will solve while sailing on an exotic cruise to a fabled port-of-call. The contest is part of a celebration to commemorate the return of cruising and to incite excitement for planning future trips on the brand’s fleet of award-winning small yachts.  More than half of Windstar’s fleet is now sailing with vaccinated guests and crew.


“Before our yachts returned to operation, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to inspire wanderlust for booking a future cruise vacation – to give people something to look forward to and have a bit of fun in the process – so we created this visual treasure hunt as a way to show what makes Windstar such a unique cruise experience,” said Betsy O’Rourke, Chief Marketing Officer for Xanterra Travel Collection, Windstar’s parent company. “Travel brings joy when you get to experience new things, share moments with loved ones, and make new friends. We hope this treasure hunt inspires reflection on past amazing experiences and inspires a future trip.”



To find the location of the hidden treasure, players must go online and watch 11 short videos that are hosted on Windstar’s social channels and on the sweepstakes landing page at Each video contains a number, letter, or symbol that, strung together, form a Google Plus code revealing the destination of the treasure. Once players crack the code, they can earn up to $200 shipboard credit and are entered to win a Windstar cruise. The cruise winner will then embark on a super mega treasure hunt with a partner of their choosing to retrieve the extraordinary grand prize waiting to be discovered.


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The sweepstakes opens September 10 and ends October 1.



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Join a hunt for an extraordinary hidden treasure and experience what makes Windstar Cruises 180 degrees from ordinary. Hint: it’s in the details. Find the location of the hidden treasure by October 1, 2021 for the chance to win a Windstar Cruise for you and a friend to retrieve an extraordinary grand prize. Plus, earn up to $200 shipboard credit for guessing the clues correctly.