117 Windstar Star Legend Cruise Reviews

Recently back from this 14 night cruise via Phillipines, Borneo and Brunei. Overall a very good trip. This is our second cruise with Windstar, and they certainly run a quality operation. The whole crew are friendly and helpful, and ... Read More
Recently back from this 14 night cruise via Phillipines, Borneo and Brunei. Overall a very good trip. This is our second cruise with Windstar, and they certainly run a quality operation. The whole crew are friendly and helpful, and you are greeted by name within few days. Lovely cabins, we had a balcony suite, which was spacious, and well appointed, and it was lovely to be able to see the sea from our bed, or our bath! Our cabin was midships, which I would recommend. Some passengers at the lower front of the ship reported bad seasickness, and lots of noise, particularly on the first night which was rough. We found the food excellent, with plenty of choice and variety. The one thing lacking is decent evening atmosphere. Two singing duos were playing each night in two separate venues- one indoor and one on deck. Trouble is the older passengers go to bed early, so the smallish number of people looking for entertainment are spread between the two venues, which means both lack any real atmosphere. Not sure why you would want to be inside when you could be outside in the balmy weather - makes more sense to me to have one venue open at a time dependent on the weather. Compared to other small cruise lines, there was little opportunity to dance apart from at one of the deck bbqs which was very near the end of the cruise. Would have liked this opportunity sooner, as it made for a great atmosphere. The excursions are pretty pricey. We held back from the visit to a beach including lunch for $129 US each! You can usually organise your own excursion, or just take the tender, or shuttle bus into the town and have a mosey round yourself. The Philippines are pretty new to the cruise circuit, we did not see any other cruise ships after the first couple of days. Bear in mind that this country is poor, and Manila in particular is pretty grim, but there are some lovely small islands, lagoons, and beaches too. Overall would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We spent 2 nights in Bangkok prior to departing on the cruise to adjust to the time zone. Getting a taxi to the ship was a challenge, since it was close to our hotel. The taxi drivers didn't want the fare. Our cabin was fine, ... Read More
We spent 2 nights in Bangkok prior to departing on the cruise to adjust to the time zone. Getting a taxi to the ship was a challenge, since it was close to our hotel. The taxi drivers didn't want the fare. Our cabin was fine, with a walk in closet and a tub. We spent 2 evenings at Candles on this trip and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The AmphorA dining room staff was wonderful the other evenings. If we did not find anything on the dessert menu appealing, at least there was always ice cream available. We were able to try lots of local food the chef would bring back from shopping trips at port. I would not do this itinerary this time of year again though due to weather. We hardly saw blue skies. The rain prevented the deck barbecue too. Rough seas made the sea days difficult. The ship does provide medicine, but it puts us to sleep. Our favorite activities were the ship's Hoi An excursion and the destination event beach day in Koh Kood, Thailand. Our day in Nha Trang was too short. We would have loved to have more time there. The rickshaw ride on our excursion was nerve wracking. In Hong Kong, we spent 3 more days exploring the city before returning home. Transit was easy with Octopus cards. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We lived in Asia for many years and thought a boat trip over Christmas and New Years would be fun, but Windstar were disappointing. There were positives: The Indonesian crew and Filipino are delightful, albeit not as well trained as can ... Read More
We lived in Asia for many years and thought a boat trip over Christmas and New Years would be fun, but Windstar were disappointing. There were positives: The Indonesian crew and Filipino are delightful, albeit not as well trained as can be. But the people are so nice it mostly makes up for the poor management. Food is good, not great. The boat itself is stylish and comfy, with great suites of good size and with good bathrooms, even a bath. But entertainment is a total bust. There were two duos performing nightly. Neither selected music to match the audience and repartee was zero. Even on New Year's Eve they couldn't manage good dancing music. My spotify collection would have been much better received. Besides the duos, absolutely zilch! Enrichment? Only decorative towel folding....good grief. Nada!! Nothing whatsoever to do on sea days. Nothing planned, nothing offered. On Christmas we went to promised carols on deck, but no one showed up. When we called to find out where it was, they said we had the wrong day...on Christmas! Absolutely nothing else planned or done....pitiful! Ports were as expected but we didn't expect having to tender in to almost all ports using a single vessel to transfer all guests. Some waits approached one hour. So we thought we'd avail ourselves of the much advertised water sports, which were advertised as free sailing boats, kayaks and paddleboards. They only opened this twice for 4 hours on the entire 14 day passage and would not bring out the sailboats. Why not? "Sometimes people can't come back and we have to bring them back." When management was asked why did they advertise something not offered, they just shrugged. So no more Windstar for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Windstar offers an outstanding cruise. The crew and staff, in particular, were friendly and accommodating. The captain was capable and comforting. Our cabin was comfortable and had a large window. The food was spectacular and varied ... Read More
Windstar offers an outstanding cruise. The crew and staff, in particular, were friendly and accommodating. The captain was capable and comforting. Our cabin was comfortable and had a large window. The food was spectacular and varied (except Candles). Room service offered and delivered with no questions asked. Internet was quite difficult to access and was very expensive. Laundry charge high (charge/person) but convenient. The onboard speakers were excellent. More should be boffered and organized for the many days at sea. Windstsr’s home office is a nightmare. They demanded that we obtain our own VISAs and threatened not to let us on the ship without them. $600 for VISAs for two countries. THEN just a few weeks before we left we received a notice that these could be obtained on the ship at a much less expensive rate, It is impossible to reach anyone on the phone. Upon returning we discovered that one expensive blouse was kept by the laundry. I phoned; no answer, no message returned. We have been on a number of Windstar cruises and on each and every one of our cruises the home office has been tough. One had to do with an excursion conflict. On this cruise our dive excursion was cancelled last minute. No help finding other dive trips was offered even though this was one of our bucket list. The Star Legend is a beautiful, safe ship and its crew is memorable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The voyage to "Arabia & Ancient Spice routes took place over 34 nights. In a nutshell: 1. Shore experience in Luxor was disappointing as the Windstar Luxor tour put the group up at the Hilton as opposed to the superb and ... Read More
The voyage to "Arabia & Ancient Spice routes took place over 34 nights. In a nutshell: 1. Shore experience in Luxor was disappointing as the Windstar Luxor tour put the group up at the Hilton as opposed to the superb and historic Winter Palace. 2. Food management and organization was poor. The fruit was unripe during the entire voyage and they even ran out of bananas onboard when ashore in India plentiful supplies of good quality were available. Throughout the voyage, the French "baguettes" had the crust of a hot dog roll. 3. Thermostats in cabins didn't function and resulted in extreme cold or heat. 4. Lecturer had inadequate of the ancient history of the eastern Mediterranean. 5. Wifi charges were extraordinarily high. 6. The cabins are spaceous and well-appointed 7. In general, the serving staff were very courteous, pleasant and reasonably efficient. 8. Given the size of the vessel, both the embarkation and disembarkation were expeditious and easy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. The food was excellent. The service from the entire crew was amazing. Best of all the places that we visited were fabulous. I would have to try very hard to find anything to criticize. The ship is ... Read More
We enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. The food was excellent. The service from the entire crew was amazing. Best of all the places that we visited were fabulous. I would have to try very hard to find anything to criticize. The ship is obviously older but is kept in great condition. Our room was fairly large and very comfortable. We were out of the room for most of the day and evening but it was certainly more than adequate in both size and amenities. It had a large seating area with a couch and 2 chairs and was very comfortable for the 2 of us. We even had room service breakfast several mornings when we didn't get around as early as we should have. The meals were there both times in 15 minutes and were always hot and very delicious and there was plenty of space to enjoy the meal in the living area. We enjoyed the the other guests on the cruise. Everyone was very friendly and outgoing. All the people that we spoke with had cruised with Windstar previously and had great things to say about their experiences. We did excursions almost everyday and really enjoyed all of them. I felt that they were a good value and were well organized. As I mentioned the ports that we visited were excellent. We enjoyed all of them with our favorites being Dubrovnik, Kotor and the Amalfi coast. We seemed to enjoy the coast ports more than the others and this trip had some of the most beautiful ports of any I could imagine. If there was one thing that I could say that stood out above others it might be the service.The crew did their absolute best to make sure that guests had as good a time as absolutely possible. It was genuine service too and not the fake kind that we have sometimes gotten in order to get a larger tip. Whoever trained and selected the staff should be commended. These people made everyone feel special and did their absolute best at all times. As mentioned on here in other reviews, the staff knew your name fairly early in the cruise and really offered personalized service. My wife and I both commented on how hard everyone worked. We will definitely be cruising with Windstar again and hopefully very soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I had cruised twice on Windstar's sailing yachts and enjoyed the cruises. When we decided to cruise in the Adriatic we choose the Star Legend based on it's reviews, the cruise itinerary and our previous experience ... Read More
My wife and I had cruised twice on Windstar's sailing yachts and enjoyed the cruises. When we decided to cruise in the Adriatic we choose the Star Legend based on it's reviews, the cruise itinerary and our previous experience with Windstar. It was an excellent decision. The ship was in excellent shape and the staff was outstanding. They were totally customer focused, friendly, talked to you by name and were helpful with information. We didn't take any Windstar excursions opting for private guides we arranged for ourselves. I was very pleased that the ship treated us the same as those who were taking Windstar shore excursions. We could disembark with no problem and were never held up waiting for the people on the excursions to disembark. Lastly when we anchored in Amafi my wife and I went ashore but it was a Sunday and the town was very crowded. Since we had previously visited Amalfi we returned to the ship and took advantage of their sports deck kayaking along the coast, swimming in the Med and for the first time trying out the paddle boards. The whole cruise was delightful and we will return to Windstar. . Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We have been on 20 cruises over the past many years and decided it was time to try sailing on a small ship. Star Legend holds 212 passengers and on our sailing there were 194, so almost full. We met many lovely passengers and the crew ... Read More
We have been on 20 cruises over the past many years and decided it was time to try sailing on a small ship. Star Legend holds 212 passengers and on our sailing there were 194, so almost full. We met many lovely passengers and the crew were the best we've ever had. As others have said, some of them know your name within a day or two. Our favourite crew members were Tristan and Dwi (yes that's how he spells his name) who served us on many occasions at breakfast, lunch and dinner. We enjoyed every meal and everything we ate. The buffet at breakfast and again at lunch time had plenty to choose from, plus you could order from a small menu as well. There was always a different warm bread pudding each day at lunch. We ate at Candles out on the back deck one evening and it was lovely, but we had no complaints about eating in the MDR either. The buffet outdoors on deck 7 the evening we stayed late in Kotor was wonderful - salads, breads, shrimp, charcuterie tray, steak, roast suckling pig, ribs, lamb, paella, veggies, fresh fish, lobster with drawn butter, desserts. It was delicious! Our stateroom at 277 square feet was the largest we have ever had and we had lots of room for our clothes and plenty of room for things in the bathroom. I love L'Occitane bath products so that was a treat. We found our room quiet. We hardly ever heard the people on either side of us and while we were very close to the reception desk and an elevator, we never heard a thing. Our ports of call were Rome, Amalfi, Sicily, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj and ended in Venice. Because of the seas, we were unable to tender at Amalfi so as soon as we got into our room we knew that wasn't going to happen. They were going to try tendering into Sorrento, which we love, but that didn't work out either so we ended up docking in Naples just before lunch. Our tour to Ravello was cancelled so we wandered around Naples for an hour or two and then went back to the ship. The only disappointing day for us. All our other tours were great, but beware, if you choose to take the tour from Kotor that involves 25 switchbacks up to a lookout, be forewarned. It's very nerve wracking! but the view is wonderful. The sail in through the Bay of Kotor in the morning is lovely, so do get up early to enjoy being outside and the views. When we were anchored at Dubronik, the tenders were constantly going back and forth to the port and we never had long to wait. They opened up the back of the ship at sea level and my husband went for a swim in the Adriatic in beautiful warm blue water. Others went kayaking and paddle boarding. Later that afternoon they brought a Klapa singing group on board to entertain us and they sang beautifully, both in English and Croatian. We really appreciated that the Captain took the time to personally greet us (and all the passengers) as we boarded the ship and to say goodbye and thank us for sailing with them at disembarkation. We thought it was a very nice touch. We were very impressed with Windstar and will sail with them again when the right itinerary comes available. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I took this cruise because it was a James Beard Food Cruise. The suite offered very little I wouldn't pay extra for it. This is the second time I booked on this cruise line and was disappionted both times.The communication was ... Read More
I took this cruise because it was a James Beard Food Cruise. The suite offered very little I wouldn't pay extra for it. This is the second time I booked on this cruise line and was disappionted both times.The communication was not good aboard the boat. There were activities that were not listed except if you found something in small print so you had to make sure you kept up. Examples the chefs on shore food purchases were not communicated, the galley tour was orly communicate and so was the star light dinner. So for a person who paid top dollar did not get any benefits. Other lines provide a person that takes care of the suites . I think they should adopt that practice. Food on the ship was ok even though it was such a small boat and a special James Beard cruise. Entertainment was limited but acceptable. This is an al carte cruise so everything is extra. While annoying we knew that going in. The staff was great . Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Before reviewing a wonderful five-star cruise, let me dispense with my booking frustrations with the Windstar office. Without burdening you, may I simply say that the powers-that-be in Seattle need to properly train their representatives, ... Read More
Before reviewing a wonderful five-star cruise, let me dispense with my booking frustrations with the Windstar office. Without burdening you, may I simply say that the powers-that-be in Seattle need to properly train their representatives, empower them to answer concerns and questions, and then abide by their answers. Should anyone want details, please contact me. Now for the Star Legend cruise from Lisbon to Dublin with port calls in Porto, El Ferrol, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, and St Malo. First, my wife and I have been enjoying cruises for 25 years on both larger and smaller ships. As in the Goldilocks story, we found the Star Legend to be just right. Boarding was seamless and pleasant at about 1:00 in the afternoon. After having a glass of Champagne, providing our passports and receiving our boarding cards, we were escorted to our “suite” which was in order and immaculate. We were then invited to enjoy lunch on the Veranda. From that point on, for the next 10 days, service from every member of the staff was always with a sincere smile and immediate. From laundry service to in-room meals, from tour escorts to bartenders, from the personable Captain to the fellow polishing brass, everyone was willing and able to be of service. Yes this ship has some age, but I have learned to appreciate the workmanship in older vessels. The walls of our spacious cabin were solid, constructed of wood, mirrors and padded fabric. We did not hear our neighbors and I doubt they heard us. All meals were outstanding in all of the venues, with a great variety of menu selections. The wine list was more than adequate. Here I must give special kudos to the wonderful young lady who served us three meal per day, almost without exception, (not that she was assigned to us, but because we sought her, or she looked for us). Trisna, from Bali, was the most caring, attentive, friendly individual imaginable, and able to do all that she did with the graciousness of a prima ballerina. Thank you so very much Trisna! Our ports of call were unique, and great launching points for some very interesting tours. It was so nice to dock at every port. No tendering. Before wrapping this up, I must mention two tiny aspects which did not please us. One, the music provided by the entertainers included amplified computer accompaniment. In some places this was bearable, but in the Compass Rose room it was not. We entered this room on two different occasions after dinner and the volume was so loud we turned around and left. My only other gripe would be that I bristled at having time taken from my 50 min. massage to pitch my need for additional massages and a $55.00 “cooling gel.” Yes, we would do it again, and recommend it highly. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
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 cruises. On the turn around day, we departed on a private tour. When we returned later in the day, we walked back on the ship. It was the best b2b turn around day experience. The ports were very interesting. We tendered in 3 ports: Sanary, Cannes, and Portofino. It was nice to visit smaller towns that big ships skip like Port Vendres and Sanrary. We attended the private event at the Villa Durrazzo when we were in Portofino.. It was excellent. The included lunch was delicious. It is not to be missed. We were enjoyed dining in all venues. The menus were repeated. However, it wasn't a problem. With so many good choices, it was easy to select menu items.The disembarkation process was a pleasure. Bags out by 6:30 am on the day of departure. Our private transfer from was waiting for us when we disembarked. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
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 ride was waiting for us. In Lisbon we stayed at the Bessahotel. It was fantastic. Great central location, gorgeous rooms, nice breakfast, free wifi, and great staff. They let us checkin early. They had their limo take us to the ship. The Bessahotel was excellent. Our embarkation was quick. Our cabin was ready. Cabin was a large suite with lots of good storage space. I booked this cruise for the ports. The ports were interesting. What I liked best about the ports was being able to dock close to where we wanted to be. Seville was fantastic. Unlike other ships, we were able to sail up the river into Seville. Walked off the ship and walked to the Alcazar in 10 minutes. In Malaga, we were very close to the old city. It was an easy walk into town. In some ports, there were shuttles. Some were free. In Gibralter, we paid for a shuttle. the Discovery event was in Palma at the Juan March Palace. The Palace was a beautiful house which is now a museum. The art was interesting. I especially liked the Dali prints. Local group performed dances. Wine and cheese was served. It was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The annoying part of the cruise was the large group of 80 sailing as part of a Tauck tour. The group seemed to take over spaces. They liked to eat in big groups, drank too much, and were quite loud. If I had known that Tauck tours had booked a large group, I would have picked another date. In spite of it, we still had a good time. Happily, we were staying on for the next cruise. The following cruise had no big groups. Second cruise was more enjoyable. Next time that I book a Windstar cruise, I will ask if there are any large groups booked. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise because a) I am hooked on Windstar cruises and b) I wanted to see what an ocean crossing is like. Wow, wow and wow! I loved this adventure....14 days on the open sea, whale and dolphin sightings, fun and games and ... Read More
I chose this cruise because a) I am hooked on Windstar cruises and b) I wanted to see what an ocean crossing is like. Wow, wow and wow! I loved this adventure....14 days on the open sea, whale and dolphin sightings, fun and games and the BEST customer service you can imagine. I traveled on the Windsurf last fall and was sold on Windstar cruises already. An ocean crossing is different from a cruise with ports-of-call. The Star Legend is a beauty of a ship with a crew to love. 139 pax. (22 solo) and 150 crew left San Juan on April 9 and arrived in Lisbon on April 23. The cruise exceeded my expectations in almost every way. ( weather could have been just a little better). I was a solo traveler, but quickly found dining partners by asking to be seated at a large table. Merrick, dining Officer, was extremely accomodating and genuinely cared about guests' happiness. There were so many activities to keep me busy that I often had a hard time deciding between that or a few relaxing hours on deck or in my luxurious cabin. This cruise is not for the following: late-night partiers, kids, those who need shows at night or those who like to dress to the nines. Captain Reville was very gregarious and accessible. In fact, by the end of the crew I felt like I knew most of the officers. I loved the captain's high noon time check, followed by our voyage data (i.e. Miles traveled) and his marine "trivia"....interesting facts about the cruise, the ocean, marine life, etc. And visiting the bridge, chatting with the officers and cadets, and learning about the ship was a special treat......Windstar has an open bridge policy when at sea. The dining servers and bar, wine stewards are THE BEST!!! They always adress you by name with a warm smile and after 14 days, friendships are formed. Our newly formed group of diners always chose the same table and were thrilled to have Cayah as our server and Sammy as our wine steward, who both knew what we liked and took very, very good care of us! EVERY ONE of the dining and bar staff were incredible. But I most fondly remember, of course, Cayah and Sammy, but also Gusti, Kristi, Gino, Deva and Dyan. Too many to list here. The food (cooked to order) is top-notch, gourmet. In-room dining is also excellent. Every officer and crew member on this ship made me feel appreciated. I miss everyone's smiles and laughter. Happiness!! That's the overwhelming feeling from them and what they made feel. The ship is a beauty with a large Yacht Club at the bow....beautiful view with a coffee and sandwich bar and a place to relax and read or play cards. The Compass Rose is a beautiful lounge where a lot of daytime activities took place and at night became a lounge with bar and entertaining duo. The Star Bar is an outdoor bar that is enjoyable when weather is good....also with a great duo to entertain. As I said, this type of cruise is not for everyone. But if you are looking for some down time and want to arrive in Europe with no jet-lag, this is awesome. I would definitely do an ocean crossing again, but only with Windstar!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We sailed on March 25th, from San Juan. Our 4th Windstar cruise but 1st time on the Legend. We’ve been on the “Star” once and the “Surf” twice. As always, every day was perfect except 1 – a day with light rain. It’s ... Read More
We sailed on March 25th, from San Juan. Our 4th Windstar cruise but 1st time on the Legend. We’ve been on the “Star” once and the “Surf” twice. As always, every day was perfect except 1 – a day with light rain. It’s funny how that happens to us every time. And as always each port was perfect – they all had at least 1 beach & a few bar destinations. On this trip we landed on 2 new islands for us : Montserrat & Culebra. I truly love the typical sailing ships of Windstar but really wanted to try their 1 of the new ships – one without wind-power. I will say, now, that I prefer these new ships a little more. The only time that I missed the sails was during the “sail away” at each port. The music that is played while the sails un-furl makes me a little misty, and I don’t know why. But on the Legend, it just doesn’t provide that same romantic, emotional feeling. Other than that…. The Legend was very easy to manage, short walks to everything (we were on floor 5, rm 210), and the layout seemed to make sense to me – every bar, dining area, reception, the gym & the casino were where they should be. The areas for entertainment where setup perfectly and again made total sense as to their locations. The rooms had more space, the bathroom was much larger with a tub(who would use a tub?), and we had a little balcony. The balcony isn’t much more than a step but you can slide open the doors and stand on the platform or pull up a chair. The balcony is worth the extra cost in my opinion. The staff were all SUPER nice, helpful, and always pleasant – all of them. My guess is that the age of the guests were mostly in their 50’s & 60’s. We happened to be on a cruise with a large group of “parrot-heads” – they were an enjoyable group. The Windstar ships are always at a port each morning which I find awesome. This trip, for the 1st time, we stayed on the ship until about 1pm (while in Philipsburg (we’ve been here at least 6 times)). We had the entire top deck to ourselves! It was like our own private ship – really a special feeling. There is no pressure to get on or off the ship. With only 200 passengers, it’s never a battle for a tender or the stairs. The casino is small but it was fun. 2 tables and maybe 20 slot machines. The gym was adequate - has 3 treadmills and 2 bikes, but not any weight lifting equipment to speak of but enough to keep you lifting a little during a week of vacation. The Star deck has snacks from 6 to 6 and some of the sandwiches were very good. The main dining room was great with plenty of variety. Room service was very fast to deliver but very slow to answer the phone. Breakfast on the Veranda was typical Windstar – which I love. Lunch – we only did once but had almost everything, and was very good. The deck Barbeque & the Island party were both very nice. The crew put on a show, as always, however it’s the 1st time we’ve gone to watch, which is our loss – it was so good! It’s not to be missed. Windstar continues to be my favorite Cruise Line. The quality of the staff, food, guests(yes, the fellow passengers), and ports of call continue to be top notch. If you can, on this ship, get a balcony. Other than that, don’t hesitate to book any room. It was a very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Beware. Do not book this cruise over Spring Break- Caribbean. Beware of other voyages as well since Windstar apparently caters to these types of events and is oblivious to the impact on their repeat customers. Check if there are any large ... Read More
Beware. Do not book this cruise over Spring Break- Caribbean. Beware of other voyages as well since Windstar apparently caters to these types of events and is oblivious to the impact on their repeat customers. Check if there are any large groups booked on your ship. The cruise we were on during Spring Break 2017 was terrible. The cruise was taken over by an outside party band and it was NOT family friendly. The staff did nothing and there is no recourse once you are on the ship. Lots of drinking and vulgar activity. No class at all. We couldn't even use the pool or hot tub most of the time. The groupies took over the hot tub and pool almost every day yelling woo-hoo and drinking out of king size 7-11 cups. It was unbelievably rude and obnoxious. The entertainment from the cruise was often substituted with the "band" which was mediocre at best. Like seriously, how did this happen? This is a top of the line Cruiseline and they took it down at least 1000 levels. We had sailed on a previous Windstar cruise and it was top notch. Windstar catered to this group band and deteriated their entire reputation. We will never book a Windstar cruise again. This was a self-proclaimed "booze cruise" and Windstar should be ashamed. What a disgrace to allow families to be part of this. At the bare minimum, Windstar should have disclosed that this group was the majority of the cruise and any other passengers would be outnumbered. If you want a low-class, booze cruise, look no further. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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’m a bit late with my reviews, time got away from me… My wife and I were on the Star Legend , Windstar Cruse from January 28 - February 4, 2017. I have been on numerous cruises, Norwegian, Carnival, Disney, Celebrity, etc. I ... Read More
I’m a bit late with my reviews, time got away from me… My wife and I were on the Star Legend , Windstar Cruse from January 28 - February 4, 2017. I have been on numerous cruises, Norwegian, Carnival, Disney, Celebrity, etc. I wanted to do a cruise for my birthday and had originally planned to go on Celebrity. I very much like Celebrity, their food, wine ships etc. but there weren’t any itineraries that I had not been on many times before. Looking at 7-10 days, I eliminated the all-inclusive ships because they had longer trips. I was very interested in a smaller ship experience, did a bunch of research and settled on the Start Legend, 7-day cruise out of San Juan. I have always liked days at sea which was not an option but I was willing to trade that for atypical cruise ports, only one of which I had been to before (St. Maarten) I was one of the first to book this cruise 6-months in advance and got the (French) Veranda room C223 which I selected because I have been prone to seasickness and it was in the middle of the ship… more on that later but it wasn’t a problem for me. We arrived in San Juan the day before and stayed in a hotel in the Old Town. We like San Juan and knew we would like visiting again and more importantly it lowers the travel stress for me tremendously knowing we have time to spare if there are travel problems… which there were. I’m going to take a little detour to mention how great Southwest was on this trip, skip this paragraph if you’re not interested. Before I go into detail, all during the flight ordeal, I never complained or yelled. We were on vacation and had time to spare so I simply remained polite and when we were accommodated I thanked the Southwest people many times. As a result they returned the friendliness and everyone went out of their way to help us. We flew Southwest from New Orleans and as we drove there, I started receiving emails that our flight was delayed over an hour, which meant we would miss our connection in Orlando to San Juan. We tried to change flights out of Orlando to in the morning over the phone, but while the Southwest agents were extremely helpful, it was too close to departure and we could only make changes at the airport. Not that big a deal, plenty rooms at the Orlando Airport Hilton and plenty of seats on first flight out the next day. Since we know we would be late we had a long NOLA lunch with cocktails and eased to the airport where we were able to get a reservation on the morning flight to San Juan. Once in the air it looked like we just might make it so I went up to talk to the flight crew and as it turned out the San Juan flight wasn’t going anywhere until we got there… that flight also had our crew! Once we landed, we went to the gate to try and get our seats back on the evening flight, they were almost fully booked and it was all messed up because we had switched just hours before, but with a few nice words from our flight crew, we we had seats just not together. Off we went, next thing I know I’m getting free drinks from our new friends on the crew AND our bags were the first off in San Juan, much to our surprise. Huge appreciation to everyone we worked with at Southwest (and the folks at Decanter Hotel in San Juan), they made what could have been a very stressful trip come back together terrifically. We had a very nice day walking around San Juan, buying Panama hats at Ole, drinking Mojitos and getting souvenirs for the family. We have learned to do the gift buying right away, you might find a better deal later on but you don't have to worry about it the rest of the trip and the recipients don’t know the difference anyway. One of the nice things about this cruise is you could board as late as 5 pm which meant we had a relaxed day of shopping and sightseeing. We took a taxi to the pier and dropped off right at the curb were met by an port agent with a checklist with our names and cabin on it. After a short walk down the pier to the terminal, were greeted by a ships agent with the same list and were warmly welcomed. Dropping our luggage at the scanner, we were directed to the gangway… talk about easy. Knowing I could bring two bottles of wine I ran into the duty free store in the terminal and bought two bottles of Prosecco, (which we didn't even finish on the cruise). The wine was a decent price but if you want to bring wine on board I would recommend the duty free store at the airport where they have remarkably low prices. We headed up the gangway and were guided to the small room to do our paperwork while sipping the complimentary champagne. One staff member and the two of us, wow so easy and relaxed. One new thing, they did keep our passports which was a little bit of a surprise but I keep copies so NBD. Heading to our cabin you appreciate how small the ship really is… it’s right down the hall. SHIP & SHIPS STAFF: The ship is very nice but older and it is quite small compared to large cruise ships. It was so easy to go up or down a few stairs and be at the bar, restaurant or whatever. It’s also fun to watch the ship go chugging right into small channels and harbors. Given the few passengers and comparatively large staff they quickly learn your name (Mr. Robert in the southern tradition) and your drink, food and other preferences. I spent a lot of time at the Star Bar and like they do on all cruise ships, the bartenders encourage you to get the drink package which you can do through the first whole day on the ship and any drinks already purchased will be included in the plan. Usually I don't buy a drink package but this trip I decided to and was glad, some things are not on the package but there are premium liquors on the list so I didn't miss anything. They have very good wines by the glass so we also didn't miss getting bottles of wine at dinner. We actually tried more wines and drinks and I enjoyed not waiting for or worrying about the tab when ordering. There are only a few bartenders so they quickly get to know you, I also think since we were on a package, the bartenders tended to do big pours and the bar service was just so simple after a day or two you don't even have to show your card anymore. We were also able to get the mini bar steward (who was also a Bartender) to load it with only the drinks we wanted, that were also on our drink package, and she kept it stocked and ready to go. I did additionally tip these especially attentive crewmbers. At the same time it’s a bit puzzling, there is not a lot of guidance given on the ship you have to figure out a good bit by yourself and most of the time the staff does very well, anything you ask, you are quickly taken to, or gotten whatever you need. First time cruisers might find the lack of information disconcerting. I also strongly agree with other reviewers, it is not a good ship for mobility impaired folks, especially getting down to the ships tender dock, onto the tender, to shore and off at the pier, which we did everywhere except St Maarten. We experienced this directly since my wife’s back “went out” the morning we arrived at Prickly Pear. She took some medication and rested a few hours and felt like she wanted to try to go to the Beach BBQ. We headed to the ladder to get a tender to the beach and were told there were no tenders because both were being used to take people on excursions, but we could ride in on the 14 foot RIB alongside. It’s 1:00 the time for the start of the BBQ and no tenders for 30-45 minutes. The tenders can be a bit difficult to get on but with a bad back no way was my wife getting on a RIB and neither was the older couple who came up soon after we did. I get they had to take people on excursions, but no tender at the start of the BBQ? such poor organization. We eventually got to the beach and the BBQ was in full swing but there was not a covered lounge chair available anywhere for my wife so we had to sit at a table. DINING: The personal service extends to the dining room, you can choose to dine just together (as long as you don’t during a sudden wave of diners) or with a random group. Most nights, we wanted a table for two and we quickly learned to ask for the same waiter every time, otherwise he would be heartbroken. So much so that he even got us moved when there didn't appear to be a table in his section. He was a bit hard to understand sometimes but was so helpful and responsive we managed very well. The same goes for the drink staff in the dining room, who were also bartenders, so most nights the guy pouring my wine made my drink earlier in the day. We also had a few nights we dined with a group which was very enjoyable. We are not the most outgoing people so we used it as the opportunity to meet some interesting people and since there are so few people on the ship you see them several times a day. The food was excellent and we made a point to try the dishes with an Indian flair which was a pleasant and unconventional alternative to typical cruise dining options. Several days we ordered room service for breakfast, The typical arrangement of filling out a card the night before with your desired time and we even added a juice or condiment not on the menu which we were given. If we chose 7:30-8:00 it would arrive promptly at 7:30, but it took a day or two to figure out the door bell and if it was ours or our neighbor. When we ate breakfast at the Compass Rose, we usually ran into “our” waiter where he served us “the best coffee in the world” (a Windstar joke I think) which really was very good. We almost always got a table by the rail and usually we had the buffet which was very good and fresh but small and a little disorganized, including how to hold your plate, hold up the lid on the chafing dish and spoon your eggs. When we ordered Eggs Benedict or an Omelette off the menu it tended to take a little while if we arrived at a busy time, and it was one of the few times there was a bit of a “crowd” such as it is on a ship with only 220 passengers. We didn’t eat lunch on the ship much, usually sandwiches from the Yacht Club and we did order Burgers & Fries from the Room Service menu and they were perfectly cooked and delicious. ACTIVITIES, EXCURSIONS & PORTS: We don’t gamble or participate in “Night Life” activities so I can’t add anything there. I didn't plan any tours from the cruise, instead booked my own since I am comfortable booking with companies that are aware of cruise ship schedules and the cruise ones are pricey and restrictive. The ports and schedule were one of the best things about the cruise Because of the unusual ports and schedules, organizing your own excursions is very easy to do. Early arrivals and late departures are sooo nice and most places are much less crowded you can be much more relaxed walking and getting transportation. Unlike big ships where if you are late back to the ship you might get left in port (we’ve all cheered & jeered those folks racing up the pier), I think the Windstar crew actually would start calling your cell phone and track you down instead of departing without you. We did go on excursions in Culebra and Montserrat which I reviewed on Trip Advisor. We also liked the sport deck on the back of the ship including taking out the small Hobie sailboat. It was comical because I’m a good sailor and once away, I promptly headed upwind which was toward the bow of the ship to give myself some room while I figured out the sailboats’ quirks. I got several hundred yards away and was thinking about circling the ship when I see the crew member on the deck waving at me, and seeing an officer about to get in the rib. Puzzled I sailed back toward the sport deck, the officer went back inside and the crew scolded me that I was too far in front of the ship and needed to sail closer, back and forth abeam of the ship, which I dutifully did. After a while they seemed to be aware I knew what I was doing, and was able to sail around and amongst the boats in the harbor but still where the crew could easily see us. CABIN: Our cabin was BIG compared to large ship regular balcony cabins… so much more room, about as big as a Carnival Ocean Suite. I need fresh air and we usually spend allot of time sitting on the balcony so I was a little nervous about the French Balcony. While it was different of course, we could sit in a chair or on the couch with the door slid open, which was over half the width of the cabin, and didn’t miss the balcony at all and I could lean out and look around when I wanted a better view. We even slept with the door open several nights and it felt like we were almost on deck. We did experience heavy seas one night and the ship does move around allot more than a big ship. Being a small boat sailor I actually enjoyed the motion, probably because we were mostly pitching and the cabin was in the center of the ship. Talking to other folks they did have some anxious moments but I believe motion sickness medication did the job for all of them. Our Cabin steward was sweet and for my birthday she made a birthday cake out of towels and made a nice card she also made the usual towel animals regularly. However, this is an area I’ll echo other reviewers, she was very nice but not so good at her job, obviously from a lack of training and supervision. It didn’t ruin our trip because it was mostly a bunch of little stuff, not paying attention to where we put things, not replacing dirty glasses or removing dirty plates, not enough of certain towels and we noticed part way through the cruise she turned our bottom sheet around such that our heads were where our feet had been. Compared to Celebrity where you see supervisors among the staff checking things that kind of attention was not apparent at all. SOME NEGATIVES: As good as the trip was there are times you can get quite frustrated on the Star Legend… Like with the tender situation at the BBQ, or our Cabin Steward, when they do fail, they fail spectacularly. Other things were kinda like this. The daily “bulletin" has little new info every day and is poorly organized you really don't look at it after the first day. But, when they do put some very important information in it, like when to pick up your passport so having ignored it all week on Friday you realize you should have paid more attention to that last one. After the first day it also doesn't include any information about the island you are visiting. For 3 days I went to the shore excursion desk to look for a map or whatever to find nothing…. until I happened to be at the Service desk and there they were. We wanted a bite to eat and it was after lunch one day, we thought about doing room service and were wandering around so my wife asked and she was quickly led to the Yacht Club snack bar in the back corner of the room which we had no idea was there. Along these lines being a sailor, I was charting and navigating along with the Captain so I went to the bridge to visit with the officer and see what the wind was blowing, he would hardly talk to me and was a bit surly. I made another attempt and met a nice officer who was very engaging and showed me the charts, radar etc. Then a third time it was surly guy again so I didn't stay. Candles was also a similar experience, Windstar seems to be trying to emulate the grill on the top deck of Celebrity ships, which is very nice, we eat there 2 or 3 times on a Celebrity Cruise. Instead as other people said you get iffy service, just ok food and a very noisy smoke stack right above your head. Our waiter in Amphora tried to tell us not to go on the last night but that was the only time that was available, so as a result we missed the Prime Rib. Also, a personal thing, smoking. I understood when I booked that smoking was allowed in a specific area on deck, port side near the Star Bar (though not in cabins, important because we leave our door open most of the cruise). It’s a small ship so there’s not much space for smokers to get far away, but smokers are expected to be considerate and non-smokers tolerant. However, one of the smoking tables is under the deck overhang next to the Star Bar, right beside the door to the restrooms and Yacht Club in the bow. Departing Montserrat, the ship goes around the island so you can see the devastation caused by the volcano. During the several hours while we were cruising past the island, a gentlemen was smoking a cigar right next to that door while the side of the ship was lined with folks looking and taking pictures until it got too dark. The strong cigar smoke was wafting over everyone watching the island go by. If you wanted a drink or to go to the bathroom you had to go through the plume of smoke and every time the door was opened the smoke was drawn into the Yacht Club and the bathrooms. I even mentioned to the Captain when I ran into him on a stairwell that he should consider not allowing smoking at that specific table, but the ash tray was on the table the remainder of the cruise. Another situation where attention to detail is lacking. ON THE OTHER HAND… We had a great time and most everyone was terrific, including the Casino staff. I didn't realize I needed $200 cash for an excursion and even though I wasn’t gambling they gave me a cash advance, something they would normally only do for a player. In another instance we were climbing in a pool when it appears the Hot Tub was closed but not the pool. We got some confused stares from the maintenance crew (I think there was a language barrier there) and were lounging away when an officer came up and explained they needed to cover the pool for the deck party and could he please help us move to the pool/hot tub at the bow while making sure a bar waiter would be available to serve us drinks.. which of course we did. I mention this because the maintenance crew handled the situation beautifully, they didn't get worked up and try to kick us out, they let us stay a few minutes and then got some help… and retrieved my hat from the edge of the ship before it blew overboard. IN CONCLUSION… Because of the small number of passengers, there is a comfortable easiness among everyone. It feels so ordinary, starting up conversations with perfect strangers, sharing your birthday cake with another passenger also on a birthday cruise and then smiling as you regularly see people on deck or at breakfast. I would certainly go on Windstar again and recommend it for anyone wanting a easy relaxed cruise and does not have serious mobility issues. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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
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 coast, we checked in to the Sheraton Puerto Rico hotel and got some much needed rest. The next morning the Wind Star bus picked us up and we took the short trip to the ship for a very nice orderly embarkation (one of the many reasons we chose Windstar) and short meeting with our cabin steward - his name was Dulyani and he made our trip so special and personal. We then took a local cab to the nearby fort for a quick tour then walked back to the ship after a lunch break in San Juan old town! So glad we did! Okay, now the real the trip begins! We ate dinner in the main dinning room the first night and the Windstar brand of service began immediately! These people are really amazing from the dining room mgr. to all the servers -- they are top notch. Shout out to Richard and Arnell for great service - most do double duty in other bar areas during the day. We also looked forward to seeing Gino in the Star Bar at the end of every day. He was just great. We made some great new friends at that bar. The food overall is very good but not excellent 5 star fare. If you require that level, book a much more expensive trip. We also dined two different nights at the Candles Veranda for a special treat. Entertainment was good but not a strong suit - possibly needed one more music group that could do double duty for a small later- night show for those of us that stayed up. Please do visit the open bridge and meet with the officer in charge. This is a nice Windstar touch and they were so friendly and informative. I actually had a chance to visit with Captain Griffiths a couple of times and he couldn't have been nicer. He also thanked us personally on debarkation - a very nice touch indeed. The shore excursions had plenty to offer -- all types at every port. The one I would definitely recommend was the Americas Cup racing in St. Martin - too much fun. To sum this up - great staff who were always helpful, friendly and professional. They offer great ports to explore every day with very good food options. Overall this cruise is an excellent value! Thanks Windstar for an awesome anniversary trip. I would definitely recommend this trip!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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
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 will soon recognize every face and get to know a lot of the crew. It is small enough that you will rarely use the elevators. Embarkation and debarkation could not be simpler. It was fast and efficient. You are even escorted to your cabin ( a rarity these days). The cabins are good size with a sitting area and sleeping area. A rarity for ships is that have walk in closets. Our cabin came with a french balcony. Most come with just a window. There are no inside cabins. The only drawback to the cabins is not enough electric outlets. There are two dining areas on the ship the Veranda and the main restaurant (Amphora A). The veranda is where breakfast and lunch are served. They are buffet with a la carte options. The buffet options are a bit limited, but the a la carte options make up for it. At night the veranda becomes the reservation only steak house (called Candles), the food was decent, but it does not feel like an elegant dining experience. On the other hand the main restaurant is excellent. They have about five different options per night and often with a fresh catch.They also have chicken breast, salmon, and NY strip steak always available.One night they do a deck barbeque, there are plenty of options and the food is high quality, but on that night there are no other dining rooms open. An area known as the yacht club has a full service coffee bar and small sandwiches from 6:00-6:00, very nice touch. Evenings are quiet on the ship, there are two duos located in different spots on board, but there are no actual shows. Three of the nights the staff entertains and it is entertaining. There is a small casino with two tables and about 12 slot machines. By 11:00 at latest most of the ship is in their cabins.Daytime entertainment is also limited. However, a very nice touch is water sports platform. Everyday of the trip we anchored. Once we do the back of the ship opens up,and all sorts of water sports become available. It Includes water skiing, paddle boats, and kayaks, as well as a floating trampoline for sun bathing. As far as excursions go, they were overpriced, but most cruise lines are so this was no different.You are better off setting them up your self. Overall it was a great experience, and I would definitely sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We took this cruise to get a chance to travel with friends and not have to deal with the crowds on the giant ships. And we did have a GREAT time with our friends! With so few passengers and so many crew, you get a chance to get to know ... Read More
We took this cruise to get a chance to travel with friends and not have to deal with the crowds on the giant ships. And we did have a GREAT time with our friends! With so few passengers and so many crew, you get a chance to get to know other travelers and you also receive EXCELLENT service! Never again will we choose the big ships. No lines at all from start to finish. There were weather issues during this week. The crew did an excellent job adapting our itinerary to make the best of conditions as they were. There was a big rain storm at the time of the Deck BBQ, and the food and tables were moved under cover but still on the deck. The Deck BBQ food was amazing, and the service was excellent. With perfect weather, it would no doubt have been more fun, but the crew did make it the best that was possible. We were unable to go to Virgin Gorda, Prickly Pear Beach due to bad storms. We diverted to Tortuga instead, and had a great time. The islands and water were beautiful, the ship is great, the food is delicious and plentiful, and the service was excellent. Who could ask for more? We have no complaints about this cruise at all, and look forward to traveling with this Windstar line again to different locations. Read Less
Sail Date 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
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 spacious and elegant, full of well-designed features for a pleasant cruise. A curtain divides the suite into a sitting area with sofa and desk, and a sleeping area with the bed and vanity. The TV is mounted in the middle of the suite, and swivels so that it can be viewed in either area. The bath has a marble tub/shower, sink set in a long counter, and lots of storage space. The walk-in closet is the best surprise - lots of hanging space and handy hooks, and a large safe set on top of a chest of drawers. Our suite was adjacent to the elevator, and we were concerned that it might be noisy - but we never once heard the elevator, and it turned out to be a really convenient location! Many other areas of the ship have been thoughtfully redesigned. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style on the veranda at the stern of the ship. The indoor buffet area has been expanded to include a number of tables, while the open air tables at the rear have been covered with white sun shades resembling sails, creating an airy feeling. A new area with additional tables has been created at the entry to the veranda, open air and covered with the same attractive sun screens. It wasn’t used much during our cruise, but would be very welcome in wet weather. There is a new raised jacuzzi and small plunge pool in the center of the ship, overlooked by an expanded Star Bar and sun deck. The many lounges and tables were often used during our Caribbean cruise. The forward Jacuzzi was also a favored spot for unwinding after a day of touring. AmphorA - the main dining room - has been beautifully redecorated in a very light, open style. Dinner in AmphorA usually featured several appetizers, soup and salad, and a good selection of entrees and desserts. The food on Star Legend was very good and attractively presented, and servers were prompt and knowledgeable. At night, the Veranda transforms into the alternative Candles Restaurant, with reservations required and a steakhouse/fish menu. We especially appreciated the fresh vegetables available at both dining venues, and the great salad bar available for lunch. Windstar offers excellent food and makes healthy dining easy and painless. Our main complaint on this cruise (and also on our previous Star Pride voyage) was the drinking water. There are large glass bottles of water provided in the suites, along with glass barware. During rough seas, we were worried the bottles would break when they rolled onto the floor at night. We always like to have plastic bottles of water at our bedside, and to take a bottle with us when leaving the ship. Plastic bottles of water were not provided. When I requested bottled water at the reception desk, I was told that bottled water was available only to guests on Windstar-sponsored shore excursions. There were plenty of soft drinks in our suite’s mini-bar - but water was hard to obtain, even by request. This issue is so easily corrected - why does it still exist? It would also be nice to have self-serve coffee and tea available in the Yacht Club. Room service provided water for my tea when requested, but it would be nice to get my own tea water in the evening, or a quick cup of coffee in the morning! On the positive side, the crew and service are still wonderful. On our first WindStar cruise, we used to joke that by the end of the first day, the servers knew your name. On the second day, they knew what you wanted to drink and where and when you wanted to drink it. By the third day, they knew what you wanted to drink before you did! And this super service is still there on Star Legend. Windstar crews are still the friendliest at sea. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Our main reason for selecting the Windstar Star Legend was the itinerary of generally smaller out of the way ports. We wanted to visit some small islands that we have not had the chance to explore during previous trips and cruises. ... Read More
Our main reason for selecting the Windstar Star Legend was the itinerary of generally smaller out of the way ports. We wanted to visit some small islands that we have not had the chance to explore during previous trips and cruises. Admittedly we were the folks who had previously loved voyages on larger cruise ships and enjoyed looking down from our lofty perch at the dock at the poor souls who were forced to be on that smaller boat. We will probably try to avoid the larger ships with their hoards of people, long lines, and impersonal service in the future. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Star Legend and wouldn't hesitate to return. We liked that there was no "sea day" and that in some cases the ship stayed in port until late in the evening giving us plenty of opportunity to enjoy our land time. Embarkation: smooth as butter with no queues or hassles. Within moments we were dropping off our things in the cabins and heading out to explore San Juan. Cabins: We booked 2 rooms (227/225) for our family of four. They were adjoined by a common hallway with a door directly off the main central passage. The suites were roomy with nice beds & bedding, large windows, marble baths with quality towels, and a walk in closet. Our steward Yukti did a great job. Everything on the ship is within close proximity and easy to find. The cabins lack the electrical outlets for charging devices. Tip: bring a multi outlet surge protector or USB hub. Also: the unlimited laundry package is amazing. We travelled light and enjoyed fresh clothes during the entire cruise. This is one of the best perks I have ever seen offered on any cruise. Food in the main dining room was excellent. We enjoyed professional and friendly service during every meal. Hayrettin, the restaurant manager, went out of his way on multiple occasions to do anything he could to make our dining experience as fantastic as possible. We enjoyed an excellent breakfast al fresco everyday on the back of the boat. They had an excellent buffet, omelet station, order off the menu choices. We mostly had dinner in main dining room with no awkward set dining time. One evening we did dine at Candles and another at the on deck BBQ party which was excellent. All soft drinks were included which was very nice as our kids often can rack up a bill with juices and sodas. As foodies we appreciated Chef Nilesh who turned out a variety of dishes that was a cut above what we had experienced on other larger boats. We particularly enjoyed the Indian cuisine options that was appeared on a regular basis. On one evening the Chef produced a special favorite indian dish for our son--this never would have happened on a larger boat. While room service is available around the clock there are periods of time when food is not available in venues throughout the boat. Typical cruise ship buffets where around the clock food is served are not found on the Legend. Entertainment on the boat is limited. This is fine for us but if you are looking for a show, comedian or magician every night do not book this cruise. There are 2 duos that frequently appear at various events throughout the ship. Nothing spectacular. We did enjoy the crew talent show. Evening entertainment may be the weakest point of the cruise. Having an open bridge that you can visit was great. The club and deck above the bridge are nice places to hang out and watch as the boat pulls in or out of port. Ports: We loved all of the ports, but particularly Culebra, Jost Van Dyke, and St. Barts. We weren't able to tender at Montserrat due to high seas. On our previous Carnival cruise this lead to an extra day being trapped on the sea. The captain made arrangements to head over to St. Kitts (which happened to be having carnival that day). We appreciated this quick reaction and had a great day at the beach there. Excursions we loved: 12 Metre Sailing in St. Maarten, and the Cruise to Anegada in Virgin Gorda. 2 of our excursions (ATV on Montserrat and Zodiac on JVD were cancelled). The cancelled excursions were a pain. I wish that Windstar was a bit more helpful with concierge type services arranging other activities when their excursions were abruptly cancelled. Fitness/Spa: The spa is small and we enjoyed massages, facials and hair services. The gym is small and limited. My wife loved the daily pilates/yoga classes. One thing I normally enjoy on a cruise is running on deck in the morning. There really isn't a place to do that on the Legend. Note: Internet service is absolutely horrible. It is expensive and far worse than the horrible connectivity than I have experienced on other cruises. This may have been a function of the location of our rooms. If you need to be connected during the trip don't even think about coming on this cruise. I might consider bringing a Sat phone with data service if I really had to be connected. It might be cheaper and much more reliable. We did have US cell phone service in San Juan, Culebra, and for parts of Jost Van Dyke. Also the does move a bit more than the larger boats. Christmas winds in the caribbean often lead to bumpy cruising during the late months of December and early January. While the boat did move around none in our party became motion sick. It you are hyper prone to motion sickness then stick to one of the behemoths. Overall I recommend this cruise for its itinerary and excellent service. We are hooked on the small boat experience and may look to taking their cruises near Tahiti or Iceland. Read Less
Sail Date December 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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