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40 Windstar Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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bb8787
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our second cruise with Windstar, having sailed the first time on the Windsurf last year, we were excited to see Costa Rica on their new Star Breeze. The ship was not quite full 181 pax)....perfect. We loved our cabin location ... Read more
Tracy345
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Naturally Costa Rica The arrival in to the industrial port doesn’t do this experience justice. But it is very clear when you enter the boat and start interacting with the crew that it is going to be a great time. I would say ... Read more
will.hay@ns.sympatico.ca
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
For my wife and I, our first Windstar cruise and I would definitely consider Windstar again in the right circumstances. The great-staff in all areas of the ship,attentive,friendly and very helpful- the cabins very spacious and ... Read more
lmitchell
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
First I must say that the ship is very nice. The staff were incredible. Loved them all. The rooms were also very nice, comfortable and clean. We went on this cruise to see and explore new things. We really looked forward to sailing the ... Read more
Webchip59
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our tour of Costa Rica and the Panama Canal was completely awe inspiring. Living in a region where there are many licks on the river, I was amazed and struck by the feat of building and maintaining the Panama Canal! It should be on ... Read more

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ctheworld107
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise on Windstar. We were on the February 13-20, 2016 Star Breeze cruise from Puerto Caldera to Colon, Panama. We flew into San Jose the day before and used the Windstar transfer to the San Jose Marriott. The ... Read more
Rocky4
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We have been on many mainstream cruises with Norwegian and Celebrity Cruise Lines. This being our first cruise with Windstar, we were quite impressed with the product and overall had a terrific time. The Star Breeze crew was upbeat and ... Read more
tigermountain
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Assigned replacement cruise after January Star Pride scheduled trip was cancelled because it ran aground. Management pledged to cover all airline rebooking fees and cost up to $500 per passenger, however after nearly 2 1/2 months of ... Read more
Dauna
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Our cruise was Naturally Costa Rica. It's SO disappointing to look forward to a cruise, read about all of the wonderful places "only small ships can go", the "private yacht style", the outstanding service with that ... Read more
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mediapro
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
82 forum posts
45 helpful votes
First a disclaimer. I have enjoyed five cruises on the Paul Gauguin and wanted a fair comparison between PG and the recently refitted former Seabourn ships. I understood the key difference between the two - PG as totally all inclusive ... Read more

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itsnowjoke
Member Since 2013
1 review
23 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
It's not my goal to tear Windstar to pieces, but my latest cruise on the Star Breeze was somewhat bizarre and disappointing, given the fact that I was expecting a higher-end cruise. I'm a Diamond on Royal Caribbean, and have cruised all ... Read more
EDSIM1953
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Our cruise was originally booked on the Star Pride Jan 2nd sailing but the ship hit coral at Isla de Coiba on the 23rd Dec and tore a gash in the hull. A bunch of cruises cancelled. We get notification on the 30th. I begin to re-book and ... Read more
LarryHN
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Trip was a mess and WindStar management could care less - took six weeks to answer my letter of concern and the answer was all incorrect - they are now ignoring my follow up contacts Basically the Star Breeze was dirty adn poorly ... Read more
Surfsidekt
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
After several "big ship" cruises, we booked our trip on the Windstar Star Breeze, leaving Puerto Caldera on January 2nd, with planned stops in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. I want to begin by saying that the passengers on this ship ... Read more
rballman
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I have been on many cruises with thousands of passengers. Too hectic, so we decided to take a leisurely cruise on Windstar's Star Breeze. Our transfer from hotel to the ship was smooth and expeditious. We left San Jose, Costa Rica, ... Read more

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thesnowfamily
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
35 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
By now, it is no longer news that the beautiful Star Pride hit a reef off the Isla de Coiba, Panama, on Tuesday, December 22 at about 6:15 a.m. I was aboard with my husband and two adult daughters when the ship hit the reef. There was a ... Read more
George's Girl
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
9 helpful votes
The cruise seemed to be starting off well with smooth and efficient boarding (at least on the cruise line's part -- the port, on the other hand, was a nightmare). We embarked on the early side and enjoyed a pleasant lunch al fresco at the ... Read more
remery
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We boarded the "yacht", capacity 212, to sail south to and through the panama canal. There were numerous shore excursion and we enjoyed all, and the crew worked hard on the island adventure providing excursion and Bbq lunch. ... Read more
SueZnPJ
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We did a 14-day cruise from Aruba to Costa Rica aboard Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride starting November 28, 2015. This was our first voyage aboard Star Pride. Our previous three Windstar cruises were all on the Wind Surf, which we ... Read more
Speedyg955
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This trip was a present to myself for retiring after 42 years of teaching. It was not a disappointment. I had a wonderful time, was treated exceptionally well by a most friendly, efficient, caring crew and ship mates. Everyone was friendly ... Read more

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excited cruise traveler
Member Since 2013
1 review
77 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We traveled w. Star Pride from Aruba through the Pan.Canal at the end of Nov. 2015 - We have cruised w. Windstar 4 prior times on their sailing ships and have been happy. This yacht is one of 3 that were bought and put into service ... Read more
dncee11
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 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
Calistoga Grower
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
We‘re just back from the Windstar Panama Canal to Costa Roca cruise on the Wind Spirit. This was our third and probably last cruise with Windstar. First the good news. The on board staff is wonderful; friendly, hardworking and ... Read more
Calistoga Grower
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our Windstar Panama Canal to Costa Rica cruise on the Wind Spirit was our third and probably last cruise with Windstar. First the good news. The on board staff is wonderful; friendly, hardworking and professional. They do a great job given ... Read more
Spudsmack
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
28 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The line doesn't boast much on its sailing prowess but this one set some records; twenty hours continuous sail only power and over 90% sails deployed time! Sailed the northwesterly route from Colon through the Panama Canal up the west ... Read more

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