5 Barbados Windstar Star Legend Cruise Reviews

So many positives on this cruise. The food was fantastic, the crew exceptional and the ship beautiful. I have cruised over 15 times and on this one I brought three other couples. We all agreed the cruise was top rate, The entertainment ... Read More
So many positives on this cruise. The food was fantastic, the crew exceptional and the ship beautiful. I have cruised over 15 times and on this one I brought three other couples. We all agreed the cruise was top rate, The entertainment on deck was perfect. Two issues. On our day we docked in Puerto Rico the boats pool and top deck were closed. The reason was unclear as some said normal maintanance and others said to prepare for an inspection. It was very hot so one day of our cruise was eliminated by these closures. We were forced into an itinerary. We went to the Bicardi Rum factory which was nice and the shop charged 95 dollars a person. When we arrived we saw the tour we took was 15 per person. A cab would have been a total of 20 This was disturbing. Otherwise an A plus cruise which I would strongly reccomend. One couple paid half what we paid as they booked late. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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
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 mainly over 50s with a lot of couples aged 60 plus. We were told this was a typical profile for passengers on the ship. There were no children aboard; just as well as there are zero facilities for them on board. The entertainment was low key with two sets of duos performing in different parts of the ship in the evenings plus several crew based fun evening events. Most guests were in bed by 22:00. The ship holds a maximum of 212 passengers and is usually 95% full we were told. With a crew of over 150 there is plenty of personal service. All the accommodation was suites and our mid-priced room was certainly the biggest we've ever had on a cruise with a large picture window, walk in wardrobe and large bathroom with a bath as well as a shower. Higher rated suites had French balconies on higher decks. There was a fridge in the suite pre-stocked with free soft drinks and pay-for alcoholic drinks but also with plenty of room for some of your own purchases. Although fully refurbished the Star Legend is an old vessel so there is the constant thrum of the engines and generators although this soon melds into the background. So why just 4 stars? Because of the high costs of 'add ons' on board (see TIPS below) TOP TIPS & OTHER INFO. * You can officially take two bottles of wine on board although this is supposed to be drunk in your cabin. There was however, no check on how much you brought on board. Several guests regularly took their own glasses of their own wine into the evening briefings or dinner. * For several of the remote beaches visited we took a small, soft cooler bag ashore with ice from the ship and drinks bought from local stores. * Several features weren't fully explained in the arrivals briefing although they are covered is some of the cabin information. For example, a light breakfast menu and hot drinks is available from 06:00 each day in the ship's Yacht Club. * There is a free raffle for discount vouchers in the ship's spa but you must attend the short introduction in the gym to stand a chance of winning. For our presentation, there was about a 1 in 10 chance of winning – we won a $50 discount voucher although this failed to cover little more than a portion of the high treatment costs. * Anyone with mobility problems will have considerable difficulty boarding or leaving the ship’s tenders which was the only way of getting on and off the ship during our week on board after we sailed. Access was down several stair cases and, an often, precarious step on to the tender and then again down steps into the tender. * Snorkels and googles are available for free each time you go ashore from the activities deck area at the rear of the vessel where you get on the tender. * We felt that all the optional ‘add ons’ available on board were expensive. $109 US for the laundry package (although you could also get individual items done); $250 for unlimited, but slow, wifi; (most stops had local cafés with free wifi). * All on-board purchases and services had a 15% service charge added. * There is a $12 service charge per passenger per day added to your final bill. This is distributed amongst all staff. Individual gratuities over and above this as optional. Amongst several of our fellow travellers this seemed to be $20 for favoured ‘wait’ staff and $30 for the state room attendant. * There was a wide variety of shore excursions. Doing the most expensive each day during our one week cruise would have cost over $800 US per person! We did several of the trips independently using local taxis or just walking around at less than half the price quoted on the ship. For most shore based activities independent trips can be arranged in advance via contact with local companies on the Internet. * The ship’s drinks package does not include bottles of wine, only wines by the glass. You would have to drink a LOT of alcohol to justify buying the package! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I have been on a good many cruises. This was far and away the best. Service second to none. Smaller ship really a Yacht. Every room a Suite. Food magnificent. The excursions were so well thought out. Like went on a snorkeling excursion. 30 ... Read More
I have been on a good many cruises. This was far and away the best. Service second to none. Smaller ship really a Yacht. Every room a Suite. Food magnificent. The excursions were so well thought out. Like went on a snorkeling excursion. 30 foot new boat with 3 Yamaha 250's was so much fun getting there. Get in to smaller ports and they anchor and drop the back of the boat down and you are swimming, water skiing, sailing, snorkeling,. right off the end of the boat!!!! Room service was so fast. Just I could go on and on. Crazy fun and just 5 Star. Well I am a real foodie, and they had for instance a bar-b-q that was the most lavish and best I have ever ever seen. I ate so many fresh lobster tails I lost count. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our 3rd cruise with Windstar and had an amazing time! I've been reading the other reviews about the Star Legend and was very curious to see the "complaints" for myself. I read a lot of complaints about the ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with Windstar and had an amazing time! I've been reading the other reviews about the Star Legend and was very curious to see the "complaints" for myself. I read a lot of complaints about the tenders. This would be the only aspect that I would agree with. We used the life boats on previous sailings, so using these tenders gave us more room and less fumes! The negative of these tenders is that the crew didn't seem to understand how to operate them. We were slammed into the dock many times before the tender was secured. This happened both times that we were anchored. The rest for the positive: We purchased transfers from Windstar from the Barbados airport and had a quick 15-minute drive to the port. Within 5 minutes we were walking up the stairs to the yacht. Check-in was quick as usual and we were escorted to our room by our room steward. Food was excellent everywhere - Amphora, Candles and the Yacht Club. We purchased the beverage package and had Shirley & Jocelyn making sure that our glasses were always replenished! On one day when our Windstar excursion was late getting back, the manager of Vernada/Candles (Yogi) made sure that lunch was extended until we got back to the yacht. We purchased Windstar's nutmeg & chocolate factory excursion. Excellent tour guide & driver, but the only thing that was confusing was that both factories were closed on a Sunday. We still toured the inside of both factories. The private event on Mayreau was excellent and the BBQ was amazing! The crew work so hard to get all of the food and water sports equipment tendered to the island. The deck party was postponed a day because of high winds in Curacao so it was re-scheduled for our last night. A perfect ending to an amazing cruise. Excellent food, excellent music by "Splash" and great entertainment from the staff. We're looking forward to booking the next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I rarely write reviews of any of our trips but feel compelled to alert others regarding this ship. We have sailed with Windstar five previous times and this was our first cruise on a "motor" ship. First, the good The crew ... Read More
I rarely write reviews of any of our trips but feel compelled to alert others regarding this ship. We have sailed with Windstar five previous times and this was our first cruise on a "motor" ship. First, the good The crew were their usual fantastic selves doing all they could to make the journey satisfactory, the entertainers were very good and the food was pretty much up to Windstar standards.The cabins were fine and larger than those on the sailing ships, but who spends much time in the cabin? The not so good. The first night on the ship, the air conditioning failed. My wife and I have traveled enough to know that stuff happens and have learned to live with it The problem was that no announcements regarding the problem were made until the following morning when the problem was virtually fixed. It was fixed around midday. Several people called the desk throughout the night and were assured that it would be fixed within one half hour. Several people slept in deck chairs that night. Windstar did issue a $100 per person credit for the inconvenience. While limited smoking areas are provided on the ship on one occasion people were smoking on the outside Star Bar well away from the smoking area and on another occasion,I smelled smoke when I opened our balcony door. I found that someone one deck below and two cabins forward was smoking on their balcony. When I pointed this out to an officer on the flying bridge, he merely shrugged as if to say so what. I later pointed this out to the cruise director and the issue never occurred again. While the crew performed admirably, I always had the feeling that they were operating short handed. Service in the restaurant just wasn't what we had come to expect on Windstar. If you have any difficulty negotiating stairs, and expect to take any excursions that require the use of tenders, be cautious. Access to the tenders is through the bowels of the ship on two or three dark sets of steps which can be a problem. The tenders are not the life boats but real tenders, but they have been beaten up well used and need some refer, Excursions were an aggravation. The Destinations manager did not know how to properly pronounce the names of a couple of destinations, but this was the least of the problems. On the Glass bottom Boat and Snorkel trip, I would have been sorely disappointed had I gone for the glass bottom boat ride since it lasted about ten minutes and the snorkel lasted about an hour. We snorkeled. The boats looked like our excursion might be their last. Boarding was by climbing from the dock onto a ladder and then descending onto the deck. Again, mobility could be an issue. The Samur sail and snorkel was a farce, but I refer you to Trip Advisor for an accurate description of that fiasco. Again, if you have mobility issues do not take this excursion as you have to go from a slippery zodiac to the deck the ship by climbing up the side of the ship. One of the things we have always loved on Windstar is the Christopher Columbus sail away music. On the Legend it was very loud at the center of the ship but should barely be heard for and aft. Disappointing While none of these items were disastrous, They were aggravating and not up the standard txt Windstar has set on the sailing ships. Being seasoned travelers, who enjoy each others company, we enjoyed our cruise in spite of the issues. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Star Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.6

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