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22 Windstar First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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AniW
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was my first cruise, but my boyfriend's 5th. While I haven't cruised before, I've traveled extensively. My boyfriend has typically taken large ships on Royal Caribbean and Carnival. In his words, "This isn't cruising, this is ... Read more
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genine@jerseycape
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
First- We were informed a couple days before our vacation was to start that our cruise was cancelled. I asked to be switched to another ship at 9:00 am and by 5 pm I needed to call and be very demanding to make sure we had a cabin on a ... Read more
sgoneau
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise but we have stayed at various resorts (all-inclusive and non-all inclusive) and I am basing the experience on those stays. This trip was our honeymoon in Tahiti and also included stays in Papeete and Moorea. ... Read more
Trasak
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
Our first cruise and the most expensive per day we have had. Traveled extensively to South America, UK, Europe, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Madagascar. The "balcony" cabin we had was clean and well serviced with the ... Read more
lawyer 47
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My wife and I took the Star Legend cruise from Barcelona to Rome in late September, 2015. It was my first cruise trip and I enjoyed the ship, the crew, the food, the ports, and our excursions (with one blip). The ship is on its inaugural ... Read more

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Tilted Tillmans
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We arrived in Papeete Thursday night, and began the trip of our life time. Windstar picked us up and took us to the Hotel Les Meridien were we spent the night. The next day after a bountiful breakfast we were taken to the docks to board ... Read more
hawaiifanoregon
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I found it very hard to come up with a number to rate this cruise. There was very good, there was average and there was bad. I also need to mention that we were first time cruisers as were the couple who traveled with us. We were ... Read more
Theoks
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We are frequent international travelers who grew tired of getting lost driving on trips . However we do like to take as much time as possible exploring sites on our own. The Windstar cruise ship Seabreeze turned out to be a great solution. ... Read more
Grace Telesco
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
There are really no words to describe the experience we had on Windstar's StarBreeze! From the moment we arrived at the Port and were greeted by staff welcoming us aboard- taking our luggage to our cabin and taking pictures as we ... Read more
regroy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
To celebrate our 25th anniversary my wife and I decided a trip to Europe would be a special gift to ourselves. We chose the Star Prides Venetian Passages for its interesting ports of call and the intimate small cruise boat experience. This ... Read more

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coastcashier
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We embarked at Papeete. Cruised for 7 days Moorea,Tahaa, Raiatea, Bora Bora two days, and Huahine. This is a magnificant Sailing Yacht. It is by far the best cruise we have done in 22 cruises. We have been on 6 star cruise lines that don't ... Read more
Holidayfever2013
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
This was a first cruise for my friend and I and I was surprised I enjoyed it so much. The itinerary was excellent and length of the cruise was perfect. The service was impeccable. I couldn't fault it. All the crew members that learned ... Read more
Words on wings
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Confessions of a cruise skeptic DAY 1, Civitavecchia, Italy I’m trying to put my finger on when I last had the feeling I have barely ten minutes into my first cruise, then I remember...it’s when a comedian announces ... Read more
dncee11
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
I had always wanted to visit the Panama Canal since I was born there while my father served in the US Navy. The Windstar cruise fit our needs very nicely. Our pickup from the Panama City airport was exactly on time - and our short stay at ... Read more
kmfthea
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My husband and I were very excited to take our first cruise. We were told the Windstar Star Pride was a new ship and that idea was only furthered by Windstar’s promotions. We did not expect to walk onto the Star Pride and ... Read more

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xmonkberry
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2014
My wife and I just completed an 8 day 7 night cruise on Windstar's Wind Surf. What an incredible performance by the entire crew. This is the easiest boarding experience of the many cruises we have taken. We were actually greeted by ... Read more
Yakidad
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first cruise was an absolute dream. The Wind Surf staff, from the Captain to the laundry workers, could not have been more friendly, professional, and caring. Three couples, "senior citizens" from the Pacific Northwest, travelling ... Read more
msharch
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
My wife and I got married on this cruise!!! The service was impeccable, the food delicious and the ship board experience intimate with only 140 people aboard. We made great friends on board and love the destinations. In some cases we were ... Read more
Coyote52
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I had never been on a cruise - and this was our first. We have traveled - just never on a ship. We chose this particular cruise because the ship looked interesting - a sailing cruise ship with five sails! The ports were ... Read more
Travel-girl
Member Since 2012
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
After searching for months my husband and I decided on a Windstar cruise for our first one. From the moment we boarded the ship until the time departed it was an amazing trip! The ship itself was beautiful and well maintained, a few places ... Read more

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Little Nat
Member Since 2010
1 review
32 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Notes on the Cabin: • Plenty of room • Space under bed for all luggage • Lots of hangers, drawers, cubbies • Safe is pretty small. Holds iPad but not laptop. • There is always ice provided morning & night ... Read more
londoner35
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I must say I disagree with some of the previous review - a cruise like this is what you make of it. As a first-timer, my expectations were slightly different. I was glad to see a mixture of ages aboard - more younger people than normal, I ... Read more

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