This is my second review of the "Star Pride" --- my first was the maiden voyage in 2014, immediately after the ship was acquired from Seabourn. I noticed several changes, almost all of which were positive.
This 7-night cruise sailed on February 25, 2017 from Colon, with stops in several small ports in Costa Rica. Some recent passengers have complained that the ports are relatively unknown, but I really liked seeing the smaller venues that feature local culture and wildlife.
Like us (13 previous cruises), over half of the passengers were Windstar alumni cruisers. Also in attendance were the new Windstar President John Delaney, and several members of his executive team. I had the opportunity to spend some “quality time” with John, and found him to be attentive, engaging, and passionate about small ship cruising, with many ideas for improving the Windstar brand.
Cabin is ideally located adjacent to the central staircase/atrium, directly above the AmphorA restaurant, directly below Reception, where I went each morning to get the daily news and puzzles. Grout around the tub was discolored, quickly repaired. Square window offers a better view than the twin portholes on the Wind Surf. Large bed was comfortable, but the foot of the bed is uncomfortably close to the desk, making it hard to squeeze by.
Very industrial looking city, only viewed from the bus during transfer to the ship.