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I found Windstar cruises searching for a nice trip. We had cruised before but the ships were always so jammed and crowded. We booked the Wind Star for a cruise around Greek Islands and into Tukey for several ports. BEST decision we ever made! From the moment we landed for our free 2 nights in Athens at teh St. George Lycabettus, we knew it would be fabulous. The St. George is high on a hill and you catch the Acropolis in the background as you take great photos from the pool deck or restaurant. The pool has a sweet little bar and several lounge chairs. It's small but who goes to Athens to sit by a pool! The restaurant is positively 5-star. Spectacular meals and choices of wines and other beverages. We loved it! Staff was attentive and took our photo for us! The trip came with 2 free nights here--well worth it! It also included transportation to the ship. What a beautiful sight to see. Boarding was accomplished easily and within 30-40 minutes we were enjoying a cocktail waiting for embarkation. As we left Pireaus (Athens) the music of Vangelis accompanied the raising of the 5 sails--thrilling! It was like this every time we left a port--a bit corny after a while but fun to see. There are under 200 guests on the Wind Star so there is never a crowd anywhere. No reservations were needed to eat dinner and tables were always available. We did meet a few friends and when our group got larger, we did take the time to make times; this was appreciated by staff and us as a good table was then ready for us. Everything is casual--dress up or dress down--not bathing suits for dinner but pretty much anything goes. VEY comfortable for my husband. Breakfast was buffet style with an omlette station and a spot for the day's special breakfast. You could also order from a menu. We didn't do many lunches as we took tours daily, but we did sneak a small lunch one day and it was great! There is entertainment but it is not a focus--relaxing is de riguoer. Dinner on the deck requires a reservation and is well worth it. The port tours are exceptionally well run-pricey but each one was a small group and our own private guide so well worth the $$. The staff has your name learned by 8PM on embarkation night and never forget it for the stay. They are pleasant and warm and attentive to your needs. True professionals all. I would recommend the Wind Star and all its glory for the cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. Well worth the price for the smallness of the ship and the attention paid to your needs however small or big.  

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Wind Star Cruise Review by Moesie

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2012
  • Destination: Greece
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite
I found Windstar cruises searching for a nice trip. We had cruised before but the ships were always so jammed and crowded. We booked the Wind Star for a cruise around Greek Islands and into Tukey for several ports. BEST decision we ever made! From the moment we landed for our free 2 nights in Athens at teh St. George Lycabettus, we knew it would be fabulous. The St. George is high on a hill and you catch the Acropolis in the background as you take great photos from the pool deck or restaurant. The pool has a sweet little bar and several lounge chairs. It's small but who goes to Athens to sit by a pool! The restaurant is positively 5-star. Spectacular meals and choices of wines and other beverages. We loved it! Staff was attentive and took our photo for us!
The trip came with 2 free nights here--well worth it! It also included transportation to the ship. What a beautiful sight to see. Boarding was accomplished easily and within 30-40 minutes we were enjoying a cocktail waiting for embarkation. As we left Pireaus (Athens) the music of Vangelis accompanied the raising of the 5 sails--thrilling! It was like this every time we left a port--a bit corny after a while but fun to see.
There are under 200 guests on the Wind Star so there is never a crowd anywhere. No reservations were needed to eat dinner and tables were always available. We did meet a few friends and when our group got larger, we did take the time to make times; this was appreciated by staff and us as a good table was then ready for us. Everything is casual--dress up or dress down--not bathing suits for dinner but pretty much anything goes. VEY comfortable for my husband. Breakfast was buffet style with an omlette station and a spot for the day's special breakfast. You could also order from a menu. We didn't do many lunches as we took tours daily, but we did sneak a small lunch one day and it was great!
There is entertainment but it is not a focus--relaxing is de riguoer. Dinner on the deck requires a reservation and is well worth it. The port tours are exceptionally well run-pricey but each one was a small group and our own private guide so well worth the $$.
The staff has your name learned by 8PM on embarkation night and never forget it for the stay. They are pleasant and warm and attentive to your needs. True professionals all.
I would recommend the Wind Star and all its glory for the cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. Well worth the price for the smallness of the ship and the attention paid to your needs however small or big.
 
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Cabin Review

Owner's Suite
Cabin OS 115
We don't believe in spending a lot for a cabin. If it has a water view even from a porthole, ,it works for us. We'd rather spend $ on land tours and extras. The room had ample space, good storage, comfortable bed, TV and all the amenities. We dressed in the morning, ate breakfast, toured everywhere, had a cocktail on the deck, back to the room to shower and chill out before dinner, then off to dinner, dancing and cocktails or gambling. No need to be in a room!
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