Star Legend Cruise Review by Susan HS
- Sail Date: October 2015
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Balcony Suite
We arrived at the Windstar Pier by a personable English speaking friend of the Golden. This had been arranged by one of the family members prior to our arrival in Rome. Our embarkation was very smooth and efficient. We arrived a bit early, it was suggested we leave our luggage and perhaps go into town and return after one hour. When we got back to the pier we given our room assignment and paper work to enter the gangplank and were within a matter of minutes, discovering our cabin and in awe of the generous size. We have never been on a ship with both a walk in closet and a bath tub and thoroughly enjoyed it all for the next seven nights and days.
This being our first Windstar Cruise, but not our first cruise experience by any means, was delightful and enchanting!
The smaller ship made accessing the intriguing, quaint ports possible. Some of the main reasons we choose Windstar was their lower passenger capacity. Our ship actually only had 130 guest aboard. The all adult passenger guest list was a definite plus. And their reputation for guest satisfaction.
The cuisine was fabulous, as was the service from all the crew. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Candles Restaurant which once aboard ship we were able to make reservations for the evening of our choosing. May have been the evening breeze or perhaps the table for two overlooking the harbor, but this was an especially superb meal and romantic evening for us both. We were impressed and pleased with the assortment and quality of the food at the Barbeque. The crew's entertainment was both enjoyable and a talent we were surprised they all had! Very fun evening.
The excursion of Monte Carlo was extraordinary, being the first time visiting The Grand Casino was a highlight. Champagne at the Cafe' de Paris was a memorable moment and appeared to be a fun time for all. Being the "gambler's" that we are, we had both a lucky and somewhat fortuitous adventure at the Roulette table.
We had one Windstar tour cancelled due to low attendance and another due to a change of Port. For us, it was all exciting and the change of Ports did not spoil a thing for us. We actually found a private tour through a Conserzio Taxi with a great English speaking man named Carlo, taxi number 9, in Livorno that took the two of us through the Tuscan wine and olive countryside, with stops of our choosing. We next continued on to Florence with him providing a complete description of the highlights. He allowed ample time for shopping and meals before we continued to Pisa with more time there as we liked. He provided us with a personalize tour that we will remember for our lifetime.
Disembarkation was very swift and although it started to rain, Windstar thought of everything and had outdoor tarps assembled to keep us dry.
We are already looking forward to our next Windstar Cruise.
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