A Perfect Windstar Wedding: Wind Star Cruise Review by JMB3885
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A Perfect Windstar Wedding
After many cruises on the larger ships, where everything is driven by regimented routine and geared to increasing revenue, it was an absolute pleasure to experience the Windstar philosophy of meeting and exceeding each passengers expectations in ways that we could not even anticipate. One example is how Kristy arranged for crew members to help photograph and video the wedding. On a larger ship, this would have been delivered with a major charge for services, yet on the Wind Star this was just one more way to make our experience better. My family is now committed to the yacht experience and will never cruise the big ships again. We have already left a deposit for our next cruise and look forward to the inauguration of service for the Star Pride next year. We are already considering a one year anniversary cruise back to Santorini, where our wedding took place.
I can never express the gratitude my wife and 3 children have to Captain Leech. Jason and Kristy for everything that they did in executing our wedding. I also cannot fail to make sure that Travis, Karma. Bobby and all of the rest of the hotel management staff are also mentioned as each and every one of them went out of their way for us and literally could not do more for this special day. I also want to thank Jillian Wikstrom, in the Seattle office, for all of her efforts in the pre-planning stages of our trip.
My wife and 3 children cannot thank Windstar Cruises enough for giving us a wedding and experience that will never be surpassed and remembered with real fondness and warmth for Captain Leech and the entire Wind Star crew.
If you are considering a special event or just want to be treated like family on your own private yacht then the only choice you have is to pick either the Wind Star, Wind Spirit or Wind Surf. I know that these are the only choices my family and I will make.
Cabin review: OS107 Owner's Suite
The suite was very nicely laid out with plenty of storage and even a lighted make-up area for my wife. The cabin steward was incredible and the entire suite was kept in a pristine condition throughout our cruise. Fresh flowers and candy were delivered daily. There was an exceptional amount of storage for a ship the size of Wind Star and we felt extremely comfortable with our accommodations.Read All Owner's Suite (OS) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
This was a fantastic experience. We enjoyed sailing into the small coves and beaches and the day was capped off by a gourmet lunch, that exceeded a 5 star restaurant, prepared on board by the crew.
The tour of Ephesus was exceptional and the guide, Ayshin, spoke perfect English and was extremely warm and engaging. The highlight of the trip was a visit to a wonderful bed and breakfast in Sirince for a private lunch of the traditional Turkish cuisine.
Paradise Beach and the town itself were absolutely fantastic plus the fact that there is an overwhelming sense of warmth and welcome from the Greek people.
We spent a fantastic day at the beach and then toured the Old Town. The late sailing allowed us to return to the ship and then go back to the town for a wonderful dinner.