120 Windstar Star Legend Cruise Reviews

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
Wanted to visit numerous islands and picked this one due to the inclusion of St. Bart's. Unfortunately, the captain decided to skip St. Bart's and go to another island instead. The lower on the staff totem poll, the better the ... Read More
Wanted to visit numerous islands and picked this one due to the inclusion of St. Bart's. Unfortunately, the captain decided to skip St. Bart's and go to another island instead. The lower on the staff totem poll, the better the attitude. Everyone wearing an officer costume seemed to have a poor attitude or just did not really care. Never seen anything like that before. The small ship was expected to be a plus, with only 200 guests, but the captain chose to run slowly on only one engine and the ship pitched all night. Many guests got seasick and Dramamine was the number one discussion on deck. Food was sometimes good and sometimes not so great. Windstar has two charges which are not known before boarding. First, no wine or alcohol is included - it is $650 per cabin - usually we expect to upgrade to premiums for a fee. No problem with that, but should be known. 2nd, there is an $84 per person additional charge for "tips". That is just additional ticket charge and does not change the pay of servicers. We tipped maids, waiters and other help - unfortunately most guests think the tip charge is really tipping. To me that is just Windstar being dishonest. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Cruise was supposed to depart from San Juan on 12/9 but the cruise line didn't file proper paperwork with port authority so ship went to St Marteen. Passengers were told to meet at Sheraton hotel in San Juan and wait for shuttle to ... Read More
Cruise was supposed to depart from San Juan on 12/9 but the cruise line didn't file proper paperwork with port authority so ship went to St Marteen. Passengers were told to meet at Sheraton hotel in San Juan and wait for shuttle to airport where two planes were chartered to take us to St. Marteen. A cruise that was supposed to embark at 6pm was clearly not going to start for many hours. The cruise line gave us all a $150 credit for the inconvenience - which was completely inadequate for the late start, extra flight and confusion. Charter on Miami Air wasn't prepared for us when we arrived. long lines in airport - which seemed ridiculous since Windstar knew in advance who was on the plane THEY chartered. Plane left for St. Marteen late and the two people from Windstar did nothing. We arrived in St. Marteen and amateur hour continued. We arrived at cruise terminal and NO ONE from Windstar met the the bus - so the bus driver kept us on board. By now it was after 10pm and we were sitting on a bus in a closed cruise terminal. We finally boarded and filled out paperwork. Why didn't they give us paperwork in San Juan? We were captive for 8 hours already (boarding was supposed to open at 1pm) - but now we were doing routine paperwork. We got to our cabin around 11pm. We went to bar and learned that drinks were free - but there was no announcement at check in. Give free drinks - tell no one to reduce expense. Great strategy! They extended free drinks into 2nd day of cruise with limited communication. On second day we attend Captain's briefing. He announced that this was his last cruise before vacation.......clearly his mind was elsewhere and his "I'm going home" attitude spilled onto crew. There was a persistent and often shocking lack of attention to detail in every aspect of service. I blame the Captain and his senior staff. Around 2am we wondered why the ship was still in port and learned that they were waiting for emergency batteries. Why didn't Windstar communicate anything to the passengers? Was there a mechanical issue with ship all along - and the paperwork story was just a smoke screen? the change in embarkation port shifted the first two days of the itinerary. They made little effort to tell people "excursions planned for Sunday are now on Saturday and excursions for Saturday are now on Sunday".....no announcements. No changes to the tickets. Nothing. So Saturday was a scramble since we didn't sail until well after 3am after having got on board very later. On Sunday, we went to Antigua a day later than planned and learned that basically 90% of everything on port was closed on Sunday. So this stop was a complete waste of time. We went to the watersports dock one day and floated behind ship on water mat. A Zodiac from the ship was hauling in a broken sail boat and apparently didn't see us in the water. The Zodiac ran over the mat and spilled my wife and I off the mat - which was very dangerous to say the least. Room service was comical. After 3 wrong orders we gave up ordering things in the room. Casino had exactly one blackjack table and one poker table.....and exactly one dealer. So basically one game at a time. There was also supposed to be a Roulette wheel but there wasn't one. Slots and one table game at a time......the ship again failed to plan. The spa booked up very quickly - again, very few workers. To their credit, the spa didn't spend the entire treatment trying to sell lotions and potions like on most cruise lines. The ship directory in room was obsolete. None of the phone numbers were correct - so we had to call operator. Leaving ship was just as bad. We were told to be at gangway at 7:30am. They let us off at 7:50am with no explanation of delay. They didn't have enough shuttles to airport (mind you, we all had to declare where we were going on Wednesday so they had an accurate count of the people going to airport) So we stood outside an hour. Then, when the shuttle arrived it couldn't fit everyone's luggage in back - so they filled the aisle with bags. Good thing there wasn't an accident because no one could get to door through the stack of bags. I am sure that I am leaving off lots of details. For a supposedly "high end" private yacht we got impression that they never sailed before. There was limited planning and poor execution in every aspect of service. We won't sail Windstar again Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was the same cruise that dsyoung422 was on, so many comments are similar. The cruise was supposed to start in San Juan and we flew down the night before as independent travelers. I guess that was the first mistake as the first we ... Read More
This was the same cruise that dsyoung422 was on, so many comments are similar. The cruise was supposed to start in San Juan and we flew down the night before as independent travelers. I guess that was the first mistake as the first we knew that the itinerary had changed was when we arrived at Muelle1 (Pier #1) in San Juan at 1:10pm (boarding was at 1:00pm) and there was NO SHIP! I called the main office in Seattle who told me there was a paperwork problem and to go to the Sheraton in Old San Juan to meet some Windstar reps. The kind taxi driver took us about 50 yards to that Sheraton, where the bellmen told him the Windstar people had left and were probably at Muelle 4. He then drove us over to Muelle 4 where two local Windstar people handed us a sheet of paper explaining the change and claiming that the "Vacation Planner team in Seattle contacted all guests and their travel agents to advise of this change"...well, we found out on returning home that they had sent out an email the previous day when we were already in transit. They should know that communication has not occurred until confirmation has been received and when traveling not everyone has access to email. Anyway, the two reps at Muelle 4 told us to go to the Sheraton Convention Center (not the one Seattle had just directed us to) to arrange to get on one of the two charter planes to Sint Maarten. The long suffering taxi driver did just that and we found the Windstar reps in a little office. They advised that we were assigned to the 7:30pm charter and the bus for that would leave at 4:30pm. I expressed my concern at the lack of communication, to which the response was to say that "Mister Ulf" would be along shortly and to take it up with him. Mister Ulf (apparently the customer service manager for the cruise, Ulf Rademaker) duly arrived and when one of the other prospective passengers expressed concern that we would not be on board until very late and whether there were any plans for providing dinner told them "Don't worry, we won't let you go to bed hungry" and proceeded to bury his nose in a laptop. Windstar had provided a "hospitality room", but this had obviously been set up for lunch for the first charter plane and by 2:15pm consisted of unrefrigerated cold cuts and stale bread...really sanitary. When 4:30 rolled around, a scrum formed to get on the one overloaded minibus, leaving some to be abandoned waiting for a replacement minibus. Checkin was not bad to the Miami Air charter, but proceeded very slowly. Then there was a 2-hour wait for the departure time during which most of the passengers found something to eat at their own expense at the airport. Meanwhile Mister Ulf arrived in the departure area and spent his time in conversation with other crew members, avoiding the passengers seemingly at all costs. Arrival and Immigration in Sint Maarten were surprisingly rapid and we were then loaded on another bus to get to the ship. After a long scenic trip across the island, we arrived at the cruise terminal to find that there was nobody to meet us and escort us in and down the pier. Someone finally turned up and escorted us to the ship where we had to go through the usual check-in, which was overloaded as everyone was arriving at once. The customary safety drill was then held, and by the time that was over it was 11:00pm. I asked reception if there was any food available, and they told us that the dining room would be open for another 15 minutes. It was in the dining room that we found out that drinks were being comped for the rest of the day...more good communication, they could have told everyone that at check-in! Now we were finally on board. The itinerary was supposed to be San Juan - Culebra - St Barths - Montserrat - St Maarten - Jost Van Dyke - Virgin Gorda - San Juan. What we got was St Maarten - St Barths - Antigua - Montserrat - St Maarten (again) - Jost Van Dyke - Virgin Gorda - San Juan. Missing Culebra was a disappointment but understandable in the circumstances and moving St Barths from Sunday to Saturday was probably a plus as most of it is closed on a Sunday. Ports in order visited: St Barths - we have always like this island and Saturday was better than Sunday would have been. You are tendered ashore here and we noticed that the tender crews seemed poorly skilled at handling the twin-engined tenders compared to other small ships we have been on. They appeared to be being trained by one of the officers, but did not seem to be paying much attention. The drinks were still being comped on this day...not that any notice was given other than one brief announcement. Antigua - added because of the changed itinerary. This was a docked location, so no tender issues. On a previous visit, we had been anchored off Falmouth near Nelson's Dockyard in the south of the island and that would have been much nicer and less exposed to the incessant "marketing" at the cruise pier in St Johns. Montserrat - If you don't take a tour here (we didn't) this was pretty boring. Sint Maarten - (again) - tied up to the pier, so access is good. The toilets on the ship went out of action for about an hour, but they appeared to be pumping out the black water tanks at the time, so we assumed that was the reason (more on this later). Sint Maarten seems to be all about shopping. Jost Van Dyke - not much to do here as a tender access port. Unfortunately, the toilets went out of action again for the whole ship at about 10:00am. After lunch, they were still out of action and when my wife asked if there was any progress or projected fix was told about 2 more hours. She remarked that it might be a good idea to have an announcement, the reception staff commented that that was a decision "for the stripes"...amazingly within a few minutes the captain made an announcement that it would be about 2 more hours (it was a bit less in the end)...but why was it not announced right up front instead of just locking all the public access toilets? More non-communication. Virgin Gorda - This is the beach party location that is also used by the older Windstar ships and by Sea Dream. The food at the beach was good, but the 200+ passengers seemed to overload the facilities and the sand fleas and mosquitoes were voracious. Unfortunately, the tender service did not extend to the Bitter End Yacht Club. San Juan - Disembarkation was delayed, presumably by customs/immigration..again no announcements as to what was going on. We were on a late flight, but would have been pretty anxious if we had been on the first batch of passengers with an early flight. Food on the whole was OK, but appeared to "benefit' from the Indian chef's native foods - almost all the menus had a curry flavor choice included. Breakfasts were OK, but the setup of the buffet is not conducive to good flow of people. Lunch is quite limited and the one time I ordered a hamburger, I found out after 25 minutes that the grill was broken and it would take another 10 minutes to arrive...again communicate. The main dining room was pleasant and we had no troubles with being assigned a 2-spot if we wanted it. Wine service was slow (understaffed) and not that helpful. The one night of the deck BBQ was rained out and set up in the dining room instead...the best food of the cruise! We eat in the alternative restaurant (Candles) one night; this is set up as a steakhouse and tries to serve that way. The food was good, but the service was amateurish, with long waits between the main plate arriving and sauces and sides appearing...and one of the sides appeared wrong and cold. Entertainment was two different singing acts, both quite pleasant and one very accomplished (Vice Versa) and to our taste. Service was in general mediocre - not for want of trying by the staff who really wanted to please, but they just seemed to be lacking in supervision, and the supervisors appeared to be taking more time to preen around in their uniforms than pay attention to the actions of their staffs. We had booked on this Windstar (we had been on Wind Spirit many years before) to see how it compares to SeaDream, acknowledging the lower price and fewer inclusions. Unfortunately, the lower price point does not in our minds compensate for the poor performance of the company in communication and supervision, so, absent a compelling itinerary we are unlikely to be back. It's a shame as the ship is a nice size, the cabin comfortable and the low-key entertainment was a pleasant addition. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We originally travelled on the ship nine years ago when it was owned by Seabourn. We decided to revisit the ship for sentimental reasons. The ship is now run by Windstar. All I can say to anyone who is thinking of doing the same not to ... Read More
We originally travelled on the ship nine years ago when it was owned by Seabourn. We decided to revisit the ship for sentimental reasons. The ship is now run by Windstar. All I can say to anyone who is thinking of doing the same not to do so as you will be very disappointed. The experience was a million miles away from the experience we previously had. It was like everything that made the cruise so special with Seabourn had been taken away and the cruise with Windstar was down to the absolute basics. On Seabourn the food is stunning. With Windstar the food was on the whole uninspiring and in many cases tasteless. On Seabourn the wine is of a very high standard and included. With Windstar we had difficulties finding decent bottles worth buying. On Seabourn the courtesy of the staff is exceptional. On Windstar the service was over familiar and some of the staff walk around the ship with their hands in their pockets and some were even entertaining their own family and friends on the ship while leaving guests unattended to. I do not want to recall the number of times I had to re-order food or drinks because the first order never arrives. On Seabourn there is a refined party atmosphere. On Windstar there was no atmosphere and hardly any entertainment provided on an evening. We were in bed most nights by 9.00 p.m. as there was nothing to do. In the main bar for pre-dinner drinks, the bar was closed shortly after 7.00 p.m. so that the staff could help elsewhere. When we complained, there was no offer to redress the position and instead we were asked to complete a complaint form ! A member of the senior staff spoke to us on the last day to ask whether we had enjoyed our holiday. We said not and the lady concerned just walked away and did not dare ask us why or what could have been improved. This came as no surprise since the senior staff appear very complacent and uninterested. The overall standard of the ship when run by Seabourn was exceptional. It was very sad to see how tired the ship has become. I dare not recall how many times I said to my partner "this would not happen on Seabourn" when we encountered a problem. If you treat a cruise on this ship like a bargain basement cruise or a school holiday you will be ok. If you have high expectations this will not be for you. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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
We chose this cruise for the Sicilian Splendors itinerary which also included Sorrento and Capri. We left several days early to stay in Positano and explore the Amalfi Coast prior to the cruise, then ended up with a day in Rome before ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Sicilian Splendors itinerary which also included Sorrento and Capri. We left several days early to stay in Positano and explore the Amalfi Coast prior to the cruise, then ended up with a day in Rome before returning home. We had a less than ideal experience on the Legend last year as one of the first few journeys with Windstar, and are happy to report a 180 degree improvement - the Windstar culture of great service was back and the entire crew was a delight, including officers who were visible and engaged throughout the trip. The ship was in better condition, we had no hot water or plumbing issues, and food was much improved and generally very good. Embarkation was a breeze. The cruise got off to a very rocky start sailing into bad weather that caused terrible motion for two days and nights - we were ready to get off the boat! We missed our first three ports of call. Although not sure why we sailed into the storm, the captain and crew worked hard to find an alternative plan and managed to get the voyage back to smooth sailing by moving around the days in some ports and adding two additional Sicilian ports to replace some of the ports missed and we ended up having a very enjoyable journey. We had a mix of Windstar excursions and on our own adventures planned; however, due to the changes in itinerary two of the tours didn't happen due to missed ports and one was cancelled with too few people, so we ended up with just one ship tour, which was very well done, and the complimentary private event in Agrigento, which was also well done and we enjoyed very much. We also enjoyed the Chef's market tour, which was a first for us. Overall, we enjoyed the ports of call. We can't say enough about the overall friendliness and service of the crew - everyone sincerely seemed to want to make the cruise memorable. We used room service, the Yacht Club, and the Veranda at different times for breakfast, and all were very good. We only had lunch on board in the Veranda a few times, and it was not impressive - limited choices on the to order menu and the buffet was fairly basic. Dinners were mostly very good in both the main dining room and at Candles and service was good all around. Entertainment is limited on this ship. The Compass Rose seemed to be the most popular choice in the evening, but it was a bit chilly and we didn't care for the duo. We enjoyed the jazz duo at the Star Bar, but it was often too cold to sit outside at night. Debarkation was also a breeze. All in all, a very pleasant vacation, and we will not hesitate to sail with Windstar again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We had sailed twice before with Windstar in the Caribbean on the sailing ships and their laidback, intimate style suited us. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was excellent in every respect. An example: there was a problem with ... Read More
We had sailed twice before with Windstar in the Caribbean on the sailing ships and their laidback, intimate style suited us. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was excellent in every respect. An example: there was a problem with the IT on embarkation, and after about ten minutes we were just told to not worry, go and have lunch and we will be told when it's sorted. We were given access to our cabins to drop bags, which were locked being us. Just a small example of how quickly problems are sorted on a small ship. The service, food and crew were outstanding. Very personal service. Bar staff quickly know your name and your favourite drink. Cabins were spacious and very comfortable. The officers were very visible and friendly. The captain was around the ship every evening chatting to guests. The complimentary private event was good, and the deck barbecue outstanding. Most of the ports were interesting, and we met some lovely people. Sail always were special, particularly from Venice. On disembarkation the captain and hotel manager stood at the foot of the gangplank and personally thanked every guest for sailing with them. That's personal service. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
First time with Winstar. Great experience. Nothing to complain about. Embarcation and disembarkation went smooth. The ship is small and very elegant. Cabin are specious and confortable. Love the marble bathroom and the walking ... Read More
First time with Winstar. Great experience. Nothing to complain about. Embarcation and disembarkation went smooth. The ship is small and very elegant. Cabin are specious and confortable. Love the marble bathroom and the walking closet. Food is top quality and service is first class. Lobster, filet mignon, veal and lamb chop, amazing pasta, very hard to complain. Maybe the desserts could have been a bit more sophisticated to fit with the rest. No lineup. Great wine list with good selection at all prices. ALL the staff were useful and friendly. The ship is very nice but I think I prefer Azamara because there is a bit more things to do. All ports of call were interesting. Athens and Venice are, like usual, always nice to visited. Especially the one in Albania, an unusual stop. So overall, I highly recommend it and for sure I will book with them again. 5 Stars. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is our first sailing on Windstar Cruises - we chose the Star Legen - a 212 passenger vessel previously owned by Seabourne - the renovations are great - all staterooms are oceanview large suites - a few with balconies. These are ... Read More
This is our first sailing on Windstar Cruises - we chose the Star Legen - a 212 passenger vessel previously owned by Seabourne - the renovations are great - all staterooms are oceanview large suites - a few with balconies. These are not typical balconies - the door slides open and lead to a French Balcoony - we loved it - you are seated on comfortable chairs and a sofa - (not plastic or rattan outdoor furniture) but have access to the outdoors - much like the Panorama Suites on Avalon River Cruises. The ship is very easy to get acclimated to - 3 floors of suites - 2 outdoor decks - an outdoor poo bar - land indoor bar with small casino and an adjacent lounge with dance floor. A theater style showroom with stage used for crew show and short presentation on ports of call. Another area above the bridge has a beautiful view and is tastefully decorated with tables, chairs, sofas, TV's and a small service area that serves coffee, sandwiches, continental breakfast and snacks throughout the day. It seems under utilized especially at night - would be a nice space to have quiet duo or entertainment after dinner. ROOMS All are suites - mostly the same size - 277sq. ft. - either with large windows or French Balconies. Two beds can convert to a King. The seating area with a desk vanity can be separted by drawn curtains if wanted. The sofa, chairs and cocktail table overlook the water. The two armoires are well stocked with 4 types of glasses, ice bucket, minibar with soda and small size liquor bottles (extra charge for alcohol). the small hairdryer is powerful. Only one outlet to charge electronics. There is plenty of space for storage - under the beds, in nightstands, a large walk in closet with shelves, two rods for clothing and a dresser with drawers and a safe large enough for a lap top. The marble bathroom has a tub/shower combo with good water pressure. The Occitaine bath products are large size and towels are changed twice daily. This was the most comfortable room that we have occupied on a cruise ship. STAFF Staff is outstanding - very friendly, helpful and competent. They are casually dressed in navy blue shorts and white shirts - giving a casual feel to the ship. They all address you by name and remember your preferences for drinks. They all work well together - even the officers helping when needed. FOOD and DRINKS Breakfast and lunch feature mostly buffet but omelets and eggs can be ordered at breakfast and lunch features some sandwiches and small meals that are served. The dining area has an outdoor deck that is nice if the temperatures are favorable and the wind not strong. We ate there mostly when in port. Dinner was served with family style vegetables and desserts were very good. Our chef was from India so we did see many Indian type offerings. We don't usually care for the outdoor buffet night - but this one was spectacular.....Lots of freshly cooked to order meats on the grill - roast Pig but best of all .......all you could eat Maine lobster, Shrimp, Crab claws and crab legs. We found drinks to be a bit more expensive that on larger cruise lines. Martinis were in the $12 range, mixed drinks $8.50, wines $9-$12/glass. All in all it was an enjoyable cruise - very heavy with ports of call most every day and being a small ship there was not much choice for entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I sailed previously on two Windstar cruises over 20 years ago, first to Costa Rica and then Turkey/Greek Islands. We had such a memorable experience that we wanted to re-enact it again! The last cruise I had been on was a ... Read More
My husband and I sailed previously on two Windstar cruises over 20 years ago, first to Costa Rica and then Turkey/Greek Islands. We had such a memorable experience that we wanted to re-enact it again! The last cruise I had been on was a large cruise ship of 2000 passengers; a sea of people in a gigantic floating hotel. I told my husband I vowed never to go on a cruise that felt like I was being “cattle herded" We choose the Star Legend for its intimacy of being on a small ship (less than 200 passengers and almost a 1 to 1 ratio of passenger to crew members) and its yacht like experience. By "YACHT LIKE" I am referring to many advantages of traveling on a small cruise ship. The cabins were spacious with walk in closets & marbled bathroom stocked with comfy bathrobes and slippers. We rarely called housekeeping because our room was always promptly cleaned & well maintained during our breakfast and before getting ready for dinner. Overall the ship had impeccable service. Just as we had experience on previous Windstar cruises the crew makes the Cruise! It's a very personal and luxurious experience when everyone working on the ship remember your name and seemingly anticipate your requests. I was most pleased by the culinary experience i had on the ship. I have a passion of collecting and blogging about cruise ship vintage menus on the internet. One of my favorite excursions was having the Executive chef Jeffery Miller take the passengers on a tour to the local farmer and fish market. We helped him select the fresh ingredients for the entrees being served that day and in addition to teaching us about the Dalmatia & Italian cuisine he included everyone in a tasting of the local cheeses, olives, breads from the region. Each meal felt like a farm and ocean to table experience. And when it comes to special dietary request, they also surpassed in meaning the needs of the passengers with certain food allergies. Being gluten intolerant, I was happy that I could order anything I wanted off the dinner or breakfast menu and it was specially prepared for me. One evening when couldn’t make up my mind between two entree’s whose descriptions were equally mouth watering, my server happily brought me both dishes! Most importantly we choose the Italy & Dalmatian coast destination because for the calmness of the Adriatic Sea & quaintness seaside villages. We were really lucky to have superb sunny and warm day in September that allowed us maximize the tours offered by the ship. Voyage leader have to biggest responsibility of making sure everyone on the ship has a good time on the tours and our charming leader Alina did not disappoint us….She could spot that I was a foodie a mile away and she recommended all the best epicurean and wine tours. My favorite was the The Truffle Experience in the Rovinj port in Croatia. Our tour guide was funny and well informed about the history culture of Croatia. Who knew that the necktie was invented by the Croatians!! After meandering the cobbled streets of the walled in city of Motovun perched high up in the mountains with truffle forest and olive groves, we had an sumptuous truffle lunch complete with Croatian wines! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our seventh cruisewith Windstar. We departed from Reykjavik, Iceland. Our first stop was at the Faroe Islands. We then sailed to Norway, cruising the fjords and stopping at Molde. The fjords were beautiful - worth the trip by ... Read More
This was our seventh cruisewith Windstar. We departed from Reykjavik, Iceland. Our first stop was at the Faroe Islands. We then sailed to Norway, cruising the fjords and stopping at Molde. The fjords were beautiful - worth the trip by themselves. We later stopped at Geiranger and took a three hour bus trip up the mountain which afforded us superb views of the fjord and mountainside. My wife has wanted to see the fjords since she was in grade school and she was not disappointed. A later stop was at Alesund, a very colorful town. The next day we stopped in Bergen where my wife attended a piano concert of Edvard Grieg's music, which she said was outstanding. As is the case with all Windstar cruises, the food was outstanding, as was the service. There was a wide choice of menu items and they were all superb. Breakfast was a buffet with a very wide assortment of items, including omelets made to order. There was also a small dining room called Candles which offered some items not on the regular dining room menu, including an enormous and delicious veal chop. On our last evening, the crew held a talent show which displayed some true talent and was very enjoyable. Our final stop was Dublin where we disembarked. One of the crew members who made the trip truly memorable was Cath, the lady who ran the gift shop. She had a wonderful sense of humor. We bought a couple of items, but really visited the shop to talk to Cath. Our cabin was very nice- a sitting area which included a sofa and two comfortable chairs with an enormous picture window, and a separate sleeping area with a king-size bed. We are looking forward to our next Windstar cruise with great anticipation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I came upon the itinerary Land of the Midnight Sun purely by chance when looking for another family trip, but it was an itinerary we had been looking for, on a small ship, and so we signed up. The offices, which are out of Seattle, did ... Read More
I came upon the itinerary Land of the Midnight Sun purely by chance when looking for another family trip, but it was an itinerary we had been looking for, on a small ship, and so we signed up. The offices, which are out of Seattle, did not inspire confidence. This was an expensive cruise, and yet we got no beautiful color brochure upon signing up and paying our deposit. It was very difficult to connect with the salesman on the phone; there were many excuses; not enough staff on at the time; I was advised to just speak with whoever answered the phone. I have to say, this is a luxury cruise line; I felt treated like my agent, who is overworked and understaffed and sells dirt cheap all inclusives to the Caribbean which turn out pretty well, and I can usually connect on the phone with him when I need to. So we had no further information on the trip except what was online on the web, and that was the ports of call. We did not find out until we paid the balance for the trip that all the shore excursions were EXTRA, that the internet was EXTRA, that they had actually changed the itinerary, but failed to tell us; they claimed they had the wrong email address, and yet, we had receipts for payments sent correctly. Then the excursion descriptions could not be printed out so we could look at them, and that took two days for them to send us a PDF which could be printed out. The web interface is pretty awful. It would only print in caps, so I felt like I was in 1987. Did I say the offices are in Seattle? (Hello, Microsoft, Amazon, ETCETERA!) And I had dietary needs, which were sort of brushed off, so I could imagine starving for 11 days, which HAS happened in the past. So, like I said, not inspiring confidence. Anyway, we got to Reykjavik, and walked to the Old Harbor and got on the ship and that is when our experience changed. That IS the good news. Everyone was amazing to us; the staff was fabulous; the crew is Indonesian, mostly, and they chatted up my husband who is fluent in Indonesian, having lived there many years ago. Other friends had warned us, they will address you by name, and almost instantly we were called by name. The rooms are huge by cruise ship standards, and this turned out to be very lucky as our trip could have been called Storm Chasing in the North Atlantic, but because we had such comfortable surroundings, being stuck at sea for 4 days did not result in cabin fever, just a lot of books devoured on iPad. And lots of MSNBC. I know it is an older ship, having been purchased from Seabourne, and renovated, but it is a really nice ship, and extremely well maintained. The guys were out window washing in port, painting the railings, re painting the hull. The way a ship should be maintained, all the time. But the rooms are huge, and there is a bathtub and lovely smelling very high end shampoos, lots of lights for up, down, dim, bright, a comfortable sofa, and a couple of side chairs. Curtain between the sitting area and the bed, assuming someone in your party has insomnia and wants to stay up all night watching the waves. Staff turning down the bed, leaving chocolate, etc. I am sure we did not use as much of the amenities as we could or should have, but it was comfortable to be left alone! The gym is pretty nice, small, but only 200 folk on board. There is a screening room, and one of our new "friends" set up a movie and popcorn, which turned out to be a lot of fun. There is a lovely lounge on 8 where there was food and coffee all day, and an outdoor bar, and even one day that wasn't too cold and people were sunbathing under blankets. There were lectures; the ones I attended were well worth my time. TV: I think with so much time at sea, there should have been more channels available or a bigger selection of dvds in the library. There WERE a lot of good books to choose from, so that was a nice surprise and fun to supplement with what I had brought with me. I had a dietary issue with gluten, which had been dismissed by the Seattle office, but onboard, I feel like a princess, as every morning I was presented with a menu and asked to choose, and then at dinner, they had managed to create a gluten free version of whatever I had chosen. It was amazing. I think this was the best food we have ever had on a cruise, and it was 12 days, and after a few days, no matter how great the food is, a sameness sets in, but that did not happen. We were also able to order ahead and have an Indonesian meal, because there was an Indonesian chef onboard for the crew. A fellow passenger did this several times! And there was a barbecue one night on deck, where tables were set up and a grill emerged and there was a true feast. Lobster, shrimp, steak...I have heard complaints that it's not like it used to be, but after this meal, I just can't fathom what could have been more decadent (and I come from New York). There is also a stand alone grill restaurant that you had to make a reservation for (once) during your trip, which we ultimately did, and it was lovely, but really, the food overall was outstanding. Of course, you could order anytime you wanted from Room Service and you could eat in your room, no extra charge. So the ship experience was superb. The complaints would have to be for the very overpriced shore excursions, which really should have been minimally included in the cruise price. I have done a lot of traveling, and this is the first time, even a basic walk around was charged an almost ridiculous price. I debated setting out on my own, but not knowing exact times for arrival, etc. made me rethink and so we did sign up. Most were okay, but not really anything special. I have to assume a crowd on a luxury cruise in the North Atlantic going to the Faroe Islands is pretty sophisticated, and the excursions were mostly like Disneyland/grade school. One, in zodiacs to look at some waterfalls in the fjords, which I was really looking forward to, involved getting into massive snowsuits and then the trip was under an hour, and really, not going very far or anywhere special. I felt cheated. We were on the Amazon and would spend 4 hours in a boat, looking for a bird, and going further and further into the wilderness. The Windstar excursion was LITE. And we of course got caught behind a huge storm, so we were sequestered in a cove off of Scotland for a while, so the itinerary changed again. So it was a different trip than we anticipated, but all in all. Seattle Office: C-, Ship A+++, Crew A+++, Food A+++ Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My husband and I chose this cruise for the itinerary, which was very interesting: Dublin, Orkney Island, Norwegian fjords, Faroe Islalnds, Reykjavik. Being an old Seaborne ship, the cabin is a suite which was large with a sitting area, ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise for the itinerary, which was very interesting: Dublin, Orkney Island, Norwegian fjords, Faroe Islalnds, Reykjavik. Being an old Seaborne ship, the cabin is a suite which was large with a sitting area, walkin closet, large bathroom, and very comfortable. We very much enjoyed the itinerary. The cruise itself was a disappointment. Service was not very good. The food was fair and served cold at times. A language barrier existed between staff and guests and you never knew what might show up at the dinner table. When the ship has to make an announcement over the intercom system, asking guests "to be more patient" at dinner in the dining room because it takes over 2 hours to get a meal, you know there is a problem and many people are complaining. Obviously, a middle management and training problem exist. Could not wait to get off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chosse this cruise because we wanted to see a lot of Iceland. We met 2 fellow Cruisers on the Cruise Critic Roll Call, and we arranged two private tours together for the two days preceding the cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation ... Read More
We chosse this cruise because we wanted to see a lot of Iceland. We met 2 fellow Cruisers on the Cruise Critic Roll Call, and we arranged two private tours together for the two days preceding the cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation iwent smoothly because we were only about 250 passengers. The cabin was comfortable. The crew was great. I was greeted with hugs by Liani and Kristen who were crew members on the Star Pride and remembered us from our previous cruise last year. The food was consistently good. The night of the barbecue dinner was very cold and and windy, so we were dining wrapped in blankets. If you want to see Iceland, this is a great way to do it, The country is beautiful and the Icelanders are wonderful. The shore excursions were all very good. my only complaint would be that the special event, a church concert and cocktail party, were nothing special. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Did a circumnavigation of Iceland. Ship was in very good condition, considering its age (but it did have a refurb last May). A few minor things could have been better, tho. Liked our window stateroom - at 277 sq. ft, it was large for a ... Read More
Did a circumnavigation of Iceland. Ship was in very good condition, considering its age (but it did have a refurb last May). A few minor things could have been better, tho. Liked our window stateroom - at 277 sq. ft, it was large for a very small ship. Everything in good working order. Asked for feather pillows, and our room steward got them for me. Food, for the most part, was very good. My wife had a standard steak in AmphorA that was not very good, but the filet mignon in Candles was excellent. Otherwise, I'd rate it very good. Lots of variety for on-deck BBQ, incl lobster. But did not open Verandah for breakfast or lunch, due to chilly weather. Very pleased with wait staff in restaurants! Gave 3 of them an extra tip. We were on the Star Legend's inaugural voyage last May, and some of the staff remembered us. My wife remembered the casino mgr when she was with another cruise line; they bonded. Shorex varied from Good to Fair; ditto for tour leaders -- primarily English language skills (accent and vocabulary). But remember you're in very small towns (several hundred to a few thousand), so not a lot of population to draw from for tourism. Only truly negative was a local actor who came on board for a one-man show on one of the Icelandic sagas, He was terrible! Overall, a very good experience and I'd go again on one of Windstar's power yachts. Ignore the negative reviews - chalk it up to "learning curve". Give Windstar a try. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This is the first cruise that we have taken in the last ten years that did not include shore excursions, wine, and Wi-Fi in the cruise price. This was a very poor value! We booked our own shore excursions at less than half of the ... Read More
This is the first cruise that we have taken in the last ten years that did not include shore excursions, wine, and Wi-Fi in the cruise price. This was a very poor value! We booked our own shore excursions at less than half of the Windstar rate for the same tours. The "private event" was very poor - the "magnificent" caves were hardly that. Embarkation and disembarkation were poorly organized. The first notice that we received about the transfer to the ship for embarkation included instructions on transfer to the airport instead. We had to wait one hour after disembarkation in order to finally get a taxi after the cruise director had assured us that taxis would be available. The food was generally mediocre. Ordering ala carte items at breakfast generally resulted in extremely long waits for the food and/or not receiving what was ordered. The "seafood extravaganza" barbecue was very poor. The seafood was not fresh - crab claws were still partially frozen and the chef indicated that the lobster was from Maine. Really? These were the small 3 oz lobsters that can be purchased in the grocery store. Public announcements from the captain were audible in both the cabins and public areas but cruise director announcements were only audible in public areas. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The Barcelona to Lisbon cruise was excellent. The captain and crew were magnificent. The cabin accommodations were comfortable, ship very clean and maintained, excellent dining in the main dining room. The "Veranda" for breakfast ... Read More
The Barcelona to Lisbon cruise was excellent. The captain and crew were magnificent. The cabin accommodations were comfortable, ship very clean and maintained, excellent dining in the main dining room. The "Veranda" for breakfast and lunch was nice and "American" style buffets and order from menu with "specialty foods" supposedly picked up at our various ports by the chef. Didn't really take advantage of the limited entertainment options although the duos in the two lounge areas were reasonably talented. I found the service to be excellent. I would certainly recommend taking shore excursions bought through Windstar, although I am sure a bit more "priced up" than if you arranged on your own, however, there were advantages to the Windstar coordinated ones including the fact that they were "smaller" groups, compared to an entire "busload" of tourists following on guide around as well as the "sites" that we went to being a smaller group. Also, the buses/tours were geared for the whatever time the ship docked, and accommodated to the yacht's schedule rather than to a tour company predetermined time table. The Windstar tours were totally private tours vs what I would call the standard "commercial tour." Also, the "yacht" being about a 200 passenger ship (it was an older ship reconditioned but nicely done) it could go to places other larger passenger ships could not get into such as going up the river to Seville. Our docking locations were always "front row seat docking," and very convenient to off loading. If any critique, it would be that on several days when our tour had to leave early (they would open lunch earlier at 11:30 and close down breakfast earlier) we were not able to get lunch before needing to be on the bus. Upon return some 4+ hours later, the "Veranda" was closed for lunch and you had to order a lunch or snack through room service. With about 50% of the passengers returning and deluging room service at the same time, the wait for my order was close to an hour when I was told 15-20 minutes. Plus they must have been receiving so many calls at the same time, that it took me several attempts before I got an answer just to place order. I searched out an officer later (spoke to the hotel manager and told him I am sure this is not new situation and my suggestion is to have a snack area set up knowing they'd have a large number of passengers returning who had not had anything to eat since whatever their breakfast time was. He acknowledged but I got the impression that, "I'm hearing this again. Get over it." The availability of small "nosh" snacks in the "Yatch Club" was not nearly adequate to handle the "crush" of hungry returning passengers. As to the shore excursions themselves, all were rated "excellent" except for one which was good, mainly because the guide was not up to par as to her language skill and knowledge as comparative guides on other shore excursions. I got the impression that Windstar was able to get "top notch" better than average tour guides and they enjoyed being with our much smaller group. Our guide in Malaga was even a docent at the Picasso Museum so when we went there we really got a much better museum guided tour than I think our companion group did who was on the other bus. The Sail Away was always fun, dramatic, and ceremonial. The Monday night BBQ had excellent food, dancing, and music that kept most passengers engaged for a long time and then those of us who stayed on until close down time of about 11am had a great time. Excellent crew and passenger interaction time. The bridge was open to passenger visitations when the ship was sailing. Whoever was there at the time, including the captain, were welcoming and enjoyed talking about their job on the bridge, what they did, showing you the maps (so if you are a map person like I am, this was particularly interesting), etc. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and no complaints. All persons I spoke with indicated a high degree of satisfaction with the itinerary, the crew, the logistics and dining services, etc. All crew, including captain, were very approachable. After reading some poor reviews about several of the other ships, particularly the Star Breeze, this ship's operations seemed to be the opposite. I would give it another "go" and appreciated the small size of the vessel. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first cruise (other than on a very small ship in the Galapagos) and, while friends had highly recommended Windstar, we had some trepidation, i.e., the food would be pedestrian, the service mediocre and the passengers ... Read More
This was our first cruise (other than on a very small ship in the Galapagos) and, while friends had highly recommended Windstar, we had some trepidation, i.e., the food would be pedestrian, the service mediocre and the passengers geriatric). Wow, were we wrong. We typically stay in five star hotels and found our suite comparable to any place we've stayed. We were in the owner's suite which was spectacular but looked at the other cabins which were all beautiful and well appointed. The staff could not have been more welcoming and friendly and there was nothing they wouldn't do to make our voyage more pleasant. The food was the real surprise. It was different every night, often with specials from the local market and served by friendly, highly professional wait staff. We met a wide variety of fellow travelers who were all delightful. We chose to dine by ourselves which was never a problem. The dining room manager always had our favorite table for two waiting for us. We can't wait for our next Windstar voyage! BTW, we spoke to passengers who were regular Seabourn travelers and they all said the Windstar is the equal of that highly regarded cruise line. It would be hard to imagine anything better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My wife and I picked this cruise first for the itinerary. When we started to research some more, we got hooked on what we heard was the Windstar experience. After our booking last July we started seeing the reviews about the Star Legend ... Read More
My wife and I picked this cruise first for the itinerary. When we started to research some more, we got hooked on what we heard was the Windstar experience. After our booking last July we started seeing the reviews about the Star Legend and started panicking. Even thought about canceling and are we glad we didn't. Windstar and the Star Legend were magnificent. First, my wife and I are frequent cruisers, living in South Florida and all. We have been on all of the major lines, Princess, NCL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity. We know what to expect and what we want. We were looking forward to the "small ship" experience and Windstar came through with flying colors. We can honestly say that we will never go back to the mega ships with 3K to 5K passengers. Everything that we had heard about Windstar is right on. They make you feel like you on on your own private yacht. From the moment you step on and are greeted by a room steward, handed a glass of champagne and shown to your cabin, you know that this will be a different experience. You never wait in a line for anything. The friendliness that is shown to you by the staff is an awesome feeling. And yes, they do know your name in a very short time and are greeted by it every time a staff member sees you. The officers are out, visible and just as friendly as the the rest of the staff. The cabins on the Legend are amazing. Large, bright and easy to spend time in. We took an S1 class cabin with a large picture window that made us forget about the need for a balcony. The bathroom, ours was shower only, was so large, my wife and I could dress, shower whatever at the same time with room to spare. There is plenty of storage and the room steward was so accommodating with every and any request we made. Then there was the food. The menus were wide and varied, offering something for everyone. The food was very tasty, well presented and the service in both the dining room and the Veranda buffet was outstanding. It was fantastic to come back to the yacht after a day in port and go up to the Yacht Club for a drink, a sandwich, a cappuccino or whatever you liked and just relax, speak to fellow passengers about your day or , whatever. It is just truly the feeling that you are on your own private boat. Yes, there is not much in the way of entertainment, 2 young duos playing at various venues around the yacht, but that is not why you sail on Windstar in my opinion. If you need to be entertained constantly, then this may not be for you but if you are looking for a relaxing, comfortable and amazing experience, Windstar hits a home run. Really, the only negative I can think of is the internet . Windstar uses a "data" oriented package for internet service while on board. First it is always difficult to understand how much data you use, it is not cheap and it was very unreliable. We needed to log on to WiFi when in port to get most things done. This turned out to be longer than I expected so won't go on any longer. The bottom line is, my wife and I, experienced cruisers will be booking Windstar again and will no longer be sailing with the big boys. Once you have sailed Windstar, you can't go back. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this cruise based upon the itinerary which started in Lisbon, ended in Barcelona, and included ports we were very interested in. It was our first time on Windstar and we had not chosen the line before they purchased the Seabourne ... Read More
We chose this cruise based upon the itinerary which started in Lisbon, ended in Barcelona, and included ports we were very interested in. It was our first time on Windstar and we had not chosen the line before they purchased the Seabourne ships because we believed the staterooms on the sailing ships would be quite small. We've stayed in larger rooms than those on Star Legend but none that were more well laid out. We had plenty of drawers, walk-in closet very efficiently arranged, nice-sized sitting area, and spacious enough bathroom. The beds were not particularly comfortable but okay. What made us very happy with this cruise was the staff. They are absolutely top notch. Every single person on that ship provided excellent service with a smile. I even had a medical issue and Dr. Rommel was amazing in doing everything he possibly could. Such excellence starts at the top. When we disembarked, the captain was standing onshore thanking us for sailing with him. I've NEVER seen that before! Other than the beds, there was one other con -- the plumbing. Nothing major wrong with the plumbing but not optimum. It is the reason, however, that I didn't rate the cruise 5-star. Food ranged from average to quite good but that's true on most of the ships we've sailed on which includes Silversea and Regent (before it sold to NCL). However, the staff simply makes up for any relatively minor deficiencies. Windstar also provided two special events that were excellent. They brought flamenco singers/dancers on board for a special show. They also arranged an afternoon private tour with entertainment, tapas, and wine at a palace in Palma de Mallorca. Very impressive. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Let me preface this by explaining that this cruise was an all expense paid trip for us by a major tire company that booked the entire ship for their top performing independent retailers. We are accustomed to excellent service when we ... Read More
Let me preface this by explaining that this cruise was an all expense paid trip for us by a major tire company that booked the entire ship for their top performing independent retailers. We are accustomed to excellent service when we participate in these types of reward trips and this experience was no different. The entire staff of the Legend was top notch. Friendly and welcoming. The cabins were beautiful. This ship is indeed small by comparison to the mega ships. I have cruised on many different ships-on our dime-and this ship did not disappoint. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. We enjoyed the ship so much that oftentimes we never left. The islands we stopped at were very small and although quaint it was truly hard to pull ourselves away from the kind staff. We did venture out for a glass bottom kayak tour that had a great guide. The views from the kayak were stunning both looking into the water or just looking around. In St. Bart's we chose to rent our own catamaran for a group of 20. That was truly the highlight of our week. Generally I'm not one for going from one ship to then again another for an excursion but I was glad I did. Our group found the catamaran rental online and they were exactly as advertised. The catamaran was 62' and brand new. Even came with 4 jet skis to use. Open bar and excellent food all day. One night on the Legend the crew held a BBQ for us and even did some synchronized dancing along with the onboard band. There is little onboard entertainment like you find on the big ships but the Yacht Club was gorgeous and we had a lot of fun playing cards and chatting with other travelers in that space. The outdoor bar was great with a very friendly and engaging staff. I did go to the spa one time for a mani/pedi. Genn was so friendly and I truly enjoyed conversing with her. As for if I would go again? Probably not. Not because the ship isn't wonderful but because the tiny islands are rather limited in what you can do. I find many of the small islands to be very similar and I prefer more diverse ports of call. However, if you're looking for a small ship experience with a terrific staff and beautiful accommodations you won't be disappointed. Let me add that typically my husband prefers a suite or the penthouse. We do enjoy spending time in our cabin and having our travelers visit with us on our deck. This wasn't an option on this sailing and we still had a grand time. It certainly helped that we knew most of the people on our cruise and really enjoyed relaxing with them while still being able to have many a discussion about our trade. So glad we had the opportunity to sail on this beautiful small ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
As retired seasoned travelers who like a variety of experiences, we do not cruise a lot, but, when we do, we select our cruises based first on itinerary and secondly by cruise line. We have 4-5 companies that we will cruise with and then ... Read More
As retired seasoned travelers who like a variety of experiences, we do not cruise a lot, but, when we do, we select our cruises based first on itinerary and secondly by cruise line. We have 4-5 companies that we will cruise with and then select our ship based on the itineraries that match the interests and schedule of my wife and I. Windstar has long been on our list of cruise lines to try, but our "Best of ABC Caribbean" voyage is the first to work out for us, and it has been very pleasant. With only about 155 passengers on board and approximately the same number of staff, service has obviously not been a problem. It is my understanding that the Legend is a smaller ship recently purchased and refurbished by Windstar’s parent company Xanterra (also the concessioner for the U.S. National Park service). Our cabin (222) was very spacious with a large bath, a walk-in closet, and sleeping and living areas that can be separated by a pull curtain. The room does not have a balcony large enough to sit on (usually a requirement for us), but it does have a double sliding glass door that can be fully opened to create a fully private balcony experience. Very nice. As an older, smaller ship everything is, of course, smaller than one will find on the newer mega-floating hotels. Instead of ten shops, there is one, instead of Olympic-size swimming pools there are 2-3 nice spas, etc. Instead of open buffet dinners, you order from the menu, and instead of nightly musical theater there is a duo performing at the bar. Missing, however, are also curtain climbers running to and fro with their balloon floaties, and the crowds of drunken revelers. One problem we found with the ship is that its best location for dining is the veranda where breakfast and dinner can be eaten outside; however, the veranda is right above the ship’s generator which runs all of the time and intrudes on conversation, especially if your hearing is not the best. Also, although the menu options are nice, there is little to no change from day to day. Not Carnival or Disney (thank goodness), and certainly not for everyone, but for those who are looking for classy relaxation and a pleasant peaceful way to island hop, it is a welcome alternative that we have enjoyed very much. I have not cruised with Seabourn, but having spoken to those who have, the Windstar legend appears to provide a “Seabourn light” experience. 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 4.1
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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