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Our first trip on Windstar . We have been on the Star Clippers at least 4 times and our Travel Agent suggested this when our trip arrangements could not match . Whilst we we enjoyed the destinations Athens to Istanbul and the Greek Islands the Windstar has some issues. These are old but refurbished boats that have had a " powder puff". The cabins are very nice and well laid out with a nice bathroom, but very noise .we had paid extra to be on the second deck. Not worth it. The Breakfast was very good and the Evening meals had a good choice . However lunch was the same every day and a bit monotonous. One complaint was that they were always trying to "sell" you additions either drinks or shore trips all the time, thus " clipping the ticket" . The cruise seems to be designed to get you on board then to sell sell.it would not be to bad , but wine and drink prices were over the top compared to the quality. We just bought ashore our wine and had Pre dinner drinks in our cabin. We know a lot of other Cruise lines have adopted the same strategy but were disappointed that on recommendations that Winstar would be different. Not so. The Captain was a delight ,very friendly and always up for a chat and an update. However the Cruise Director got the nickname among the passengers as" motor mouth" .Always on the sell and have I got a deal for you! So look at the other reviews ,and balance with these comments. It does not match the friendly small intimate other Cruise Lines are providing in our experience, particularly from a discerning previously travel customer.

Athens to Istanbul

Wind Star Cruise Review by Fair911

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2013
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom
Our first trip on Windstar . We have been on the Star Clippers at least 4 times and our Travel Agent suggested this when our trip arrangements could not match . Whilst we we enjoyed the destinations Athens to Istanbul and the Greek Islands the Windstar has some issues. These are old but refurbished boats that have had a " powder puff". The cabins are very nice and well laid out with a nice bathroom, but very noise .we had paid extra to be on the second deck. Not worth it. The Breakfast was very good and the Evening meals had a good choice . However lunch was the same every day and a bit monotonous.
One complaint was that they were always trying to "sell" you additions either drinks or shore trips all the time, thus " clipping the ticket" . The cruise seems to be designed to get you on board then to sell sell.it would not be to bad , but wine and drink prices were over the top compared to the quality. We just bought ashore our wine and had Pre dinner drinks in our cabin. We know a lot of other Cruise lines have adopted the same strategy but were disappointed that on recommendations that Winstar would be different. Not so.
The Captain was a delight ,very friendly and always up for a chat and an update. However the Cruise Director got the nickname among the passengers as" motor mouth" .Always on the sell and have I got a deal for you!
So look at the other reviews ,and balance with these comments. It does not match the friendly small intimate other Cruise Lines are providing in our experience, particularly from a discerning previously travel customer.
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Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom
Cabin A AX217
A nice Cabin that has been upgraded in refurbishment . A good sized bathroom but Cabin very noisy from engine room. We had to buy ear plugs ashore to get some sleep at night.
Deck 2 Outside Cabins