This was a voyage we were so looking forward to. The only reason we sailed with Windstar was to enjoy the Grand Prix Formula 1. Well, what a disappointment.
Since most of the ports were tender ports, one would expect Star Pride to provide a better tender service. They are small, unstable and definitely unsafe. The sea , most of the time, was very rough Disembarking and embarking the tenders was a nightmare. Bless the staff who helped us on and off. The last night was a nightmare. As Retiredharley quite rightly wrote in his critic, why didn't the Captain notify us? No announcements were made. Luckily we had brought our own sea sick medication, but this time nothing helped. It sure felt like the end of our lives had arrived. One just lay in bed waiting for the next bang! Everything in the room was flying around and one could not even stand on the floor. We know the Captain cannot control the sea but for goodness sake, talk to your passengers. He should have reduced speed much earlier on and provided us with more information.
On a positive note, the food was first class. Kudos to the Chef and his staff. The night of the Grand Prix Gala evening at the Hotel Paris in Monte Carlo, where we had dinner, we sorely missed his food. That evening was a disaster. Upon our arrival there, we had to wait more than half an hour outside since the hotel staff were not ready for us. For a cocktail party,which lasted over an hour, no seating was provided and there were many of us who were unable to stand that long. The hotel is beautiful and it was exciting to see and visit the Monte Carlo Casino. That's where it begins and ends.