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174 Windstar Luxury Cruise Reviews
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Strenz
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
570 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I have always loved Venice and my dream was to leave Venice by a sailing ship. We chose the May 17 th date because we wanted to sail out in the early evening when the light of Venice is what you see in the magical paintings. . We were so ... Read more
coastcashier
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
7 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We did the 7 day Tahiti experience two years ago and enjoyed it very much. We did the extended version to experience the Wind Spirit in Full Sail in the open sea. It didn't happen. The saile were never all put up and only a token part sail ... Read more
Orangeman68
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
16 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Let me start off by saying this was our 5th Windstar Cruise and was one of " the best". I did a lot of due diligence before our trip on Viator, TripAdvisor, NY Times Travel etc.regarding our cities we were visiting. You should ... Read more
Redtravel
Member Since 2004
19 reviews
3,732 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was the second cruise of a B2B from Lisbon to Rome. This cruise went from Barcelona to Rome. Glitter and Glam 7 days. We had the same cabin for both cruises. The B2B experience was very good. Our boarding card was the same for both ... Read more
bdwest5
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My husband and I travel to Europe often but this was our first cruise. We didn't want a mega ship with thousands of people so we chose Windstar Cruises as they hold approximately 200 people. We booked the Glitter and Glam tour starting at ... Read more
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S & LS
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this trip as it went to ports that we had never been to before. Yes the Windsurf is old but the inside is really nice in every detail. The cabin is small compared to other cruises we have taken but there is adequate storage space ... Read more
SandyNYC
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed April 2017
We wanted a small, luxury ship experience. Far exceeded our expectations. Will only cruise small luxury ships in future and we will definitely choose Windstar Cruises. Your every need is anticipated by their exceptional and ... Read more
Redtravel
Member Since 2004
19 reviews
3,732 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
This was the first cruise of a pair of b2b cruises from Lisbon to Barcelona. We did our own air, pre-cruise hotel stay in Lisbon, and transfers. Booked transfer from Pedro at Lisbon Taxis. We have used him on other trips. As usual, our ... Read more
pwchief
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
5 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Cruise review Tauck - Small Ship Cruising Treasures of Spain & Portugal (Eastbound - Lisbon to Barcelona) April 19 - May 1, 2017 By Ken Montgomery- Irvine, CA Summary - This was the initial cruise for Tauck with this ... Read more
K11TEXAS
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
110 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because DH wanted to cruise on the ship with sails, and there were islands we had not yet experienced in the Caribbean-Barbuda, Isles de Saintes, and St Barths. Our cabin was 222 which was convenient to the stairs, ... Read more
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Waterloo traveller
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
This was my third Windstar cruise - second one on the Windsurf. I chose the BVI Yachtman's Caribbean as I remembered those islands from long ago sailing. Unfortunately, we couldn't snorkel or catamaran very often (excursions were ... Read more
GARYTHEHITMAN
Member Since 2010
11 reviews
62 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This is my second review of the "Star Pride" --- my first was the maiden voyage in 2014, immediately after the ship was acquired from Seabourn. I noticed several changes, almost all of which were positive. This 7-night cruise ... Read more
pintmere
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We had a very enjoyable cruise with Windstar in February out of St Martin. As previous travellers with Star Clippers we were interested to see the differences between the two. In terms of cabin we had superior cabin on Windstar - ... Read more
triciagrace
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our first time on a cruise. We had never really considered taking one before but in looking for our "winter" break we thought that a trip through the Canal and up along the Costa Rican coast sounded like a fun ... Read more
TravlinTone
Member Since 2015
1 review
22 helpful votes
We loved our week on the Star Legend and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a relaxing, low key cruise. Super friendly staff and great food morning, noon and night. Most passengers were North American. The age profile was ... Read more
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SandBeachGolf
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Let me start by saying that it sounds like Windstar got off to a very rocky start on their inaugural voyages in 2016! This was our third Windstar cruise. The first 2 were on sailboats. Windstar is absolutely not for people who have been on ... Read more
SteveThe Travler
Member Since 2009
1 review
2 helpful votes
We booked this cruise for the "small port" experience and the Windstar style of cruising. Also we had not been to the B.V.I. before. We had sailed once to Costa Rica with the ship Wind Star. After a long trip from the west ... Read more
Orangeman68
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
16 forum posts
9 helpful votes
My wife and I just completed the Windsurf Yachtsman Cruise and it was awesome. First, dress was casual and don't overpack . These are my recommendations and thoughts for anyone taking or thinking about this Cruise. All the stops were ... Read more
schoens151
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
43 forum posts
14 helpful votes
The Star Legend is truly a small ship. If you like a ship with a lot of options and an active nightlife this is not your ship. If you prefer a laid back personal experience this is a great ship.The maximum it holds is 212 people, so you ... Read more
jjverboom
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
My wife and I selected this cruise because it had good reviews and was in the area where we wanted to do a cruise, being Tahiti and French Polynesia. Our only other cruise experiences are just two, a 4-day Blue Lagoon cruise in Fiji and a ... Read more
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lyak
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
A Tahiti/French Polynesia cruise has been on my bucket list ever since Windstar initiated this itinerary. I'm a solo cruiser and particularly enjoy the Windstar cruises because of the more intimate, convivial feeling with a relatively ... Read more
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su-arizona
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
163 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
The Star Legend sails in a galaxy far far away from her sister ship, the Star Pride. Windstar has done a superb job of updating the Star Legend, giving new life to an old beauty that was lacking in the Star Pride. The suites are ... Read more
Travelbird22
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was super fun! The ship is small, I think 190 or so passengers, and nearly a 1-1 ratio crew. It is wonderful, watching the anchor lift up, and then the music starting, as the beautiful sails slowly unfold, and we get underway. you ... Read more
jimb1532
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was our 1st cruise on a smaller ship. Really liked the size vs.the bigger ships. Windstar was 1st class from beginning to end. Personnel were friendly, polite,professional and fun. Food was excellent. Excursions were accurately ... Read more
So Cal Cruise Mom
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
8 helpful votes
When I received an email that Windstar was offering a sizable discount on certain cruises during the holidays, I investigated their sailings to Tahiti and the Caribbean. Since Tahiti gets a lot of rain in December and January, we opted for ... Read more
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