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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.

Good, but Not Great

Star Legend Cruise Review by Mark Whitman

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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.
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Ocean View Suite
Cabin S2 222
Our cabin 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.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Snorkeling
    I reluctantly rate Woodwind a 5 because I wish I could give them a 10. Having snorkeled in the Galapagos, Belize and Baja California, I can tell you this is my best snorkeling experience ever, hands down; not necessarily because the snorkeling itself was so superior (after all, we are splitting hairs comparing some of the best sites in the world) but because of the ultimate service provided by Dee, Ulf and their highly dedicated staff. We were treated like royalty for six hours, and, at only $65/person it was a steal.

    Our excursion was full (approximately 30 guests) with 5 staff and a resident photographer, but each guest was treated as if he or she was the only person on board. The guests were given wrist bands to identify them as beginners, intermediate and experienced, with each group assigned to a dive leader. The excursion included three 45-minute dives at three different locations, and, prior to each dive, one of the staff tested the currents and directed the positioning of the boat to provide the best dive experience. Full gear (to include wet suits) was made available for those not bringing their own, and members of the staff cleaned the masks between each dive. Beverage and snacks were also served before and after each dive, and the excursion ended with a meal and brownie desert. I remind you again, this is for $65/person.

    Finally, my wife was scared to dive. She had tried before and had very poor experiences. I had even promised her that I would not ask her to dive, if she would just agree to go along for what would surely be a fun boat trip. However, Dee would not take no for an answer, and one of her staff personally accompanied my wife for the entire second dive. The results were fantastic. For the first time ever, my wife has come back from a positive snorkeling experience, and she won’t stop talking about everything she was able to see and how Woodwind made this possible for her.

    If you go to Bonaire you must snorkel if you don’t SCUBA, and, if you snorkel, you simply must use Woodwind!
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  • Island Tour
    A Dutch ex-pat sociology major with an Iranian psychologist wife, Edo is a very bright and pleasant person to spend a day with as he drives you to parts of Curacao you could never find on your own. With just Edo, my wife and me in his truck, the conversation was non-stop as Edo told us about Curacao and answered our barrage of questions. Best of all, he is an excellent listener, and was adapting our tour on the fly based upon what he was learning about us as we traveled together across the countryside.

    Edo’s itinerary circumnavigated the northwestern two-thirds of the island viewing flamingos at the salt lakes of Jan Kok, the remains of a bankrupt resort situated on a beautiful ocean overlook, several lagoons spectacularly colored with varied hues of blue, the Tula Slave Museum at the Knip colonial house, and ending at the beautifully violent coastline of Shete Boka National Park. All of which we could not possibly have experienced without Edo.

    We enjoyed our time with Edo immensely. Being with him from 9-4 left us time to return to our cruise ship and finish our day with a relaxed self-guided walking tour through the amazingly colorful historic center of Willemstad that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thank you Edo for a wonderful adventure.
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  • Island Tour
    Mr. Meddy is very professional, and our day with him was full and very informative. He is a family man, his wife is an educator, he takes his guide service seriously and his Nissan van is clean and very comfortable. Working with him via the Internet was easy and we had no problem using email to set our itinerary, pricing and arrangements.

    A private tour for my wife and I with Allan lasted from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and included essentially a circumnavigation of the island for $180. Being retired educators and fairly experienced travelers, we had told Allan ahead of time that we were not interested in touristy sites, but preferred to see those things he thought would give us the best understanding of his home country. As a result, our tour included visits to Concord Waterfall, Carib’s Leap and Grand Etang Lake, as well as personal tours of the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Facility, the Diamond Chocolate Facility and River Antoine Distillery. The advantage of having Allan as our guide became obvious at each of the three tour sites where we were kept separate from the bus tours and given personalized attention.

    A native and lifetime resident of Grenada, Allan’s pride in his country is obvious, and he has worked hard to study and prepare himself for any questions or concerns that may come up during a tour. Having spent our one day in port with Mr. Meddy has undoubtedly given us a depth of knowledge about Grenada that we could not have possibly gotten any other way. We feel extremely fortunate to have been able to have spent our day with him, and have no reservations about encouraging others to do the same.
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    We toured the island as a private excursion with Lester Bookwah from approximately 9-5, and he literally drove us completely around the perimeter of the entire island We could not have possibly been more impressed. Lester is a Tobago native with over 20 years of experience as a guide. As the #1 small-group guide for the Tobago Tourist Authority in Scarborough, he is an expert in island history, photo spots, flora, fauna and especially birds. He is an extremely knowledgeable, kind, patient man and we are so pleased to have had an opportunity to spend our day with him.
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