Wind Star Cruise Review by Anon137
- Sail Date: September 2017
- Destination: Greece
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
The second decision was location. We wanted a cruise which called at Patmos and Ephesus (port of Kusadasi, Turkey) in particular.
The third decision was ship size. Frankly, we didn't want to live in a suburb, which is what the BIG cruise ships seem to be. Instead, we chose a small, intimate ship where we got to know people.
Our decisions drove our selection, and we came to a Windstar small ship cruise. MSY WindStar has space for 148 guests, period.
Our voyage was glorious. That's all I need to say.
PLANNING FACTORS: We were first time cruisers, so we had a learning curve:
- Laundry: Windstar's current rate is $112 per cabin for the voyage. VERY MUCH WORTH IT. My wife's bag was under 35 lbs at the airport, mine was under 30lbs. That was for 12 days of travel!
- Liquor. You have a choice of three plans: $32, $52, or $72 per person per day. You have to drink a LOT for the plans to pay for themselves. THAT SAID, CAUTION: Windstar enforces a max 2 bottle per stateroom policy for liquor you bring to the ship yourself.
- Internet access: GET THIS BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR YOUR TRIP. The rate is $250 for two devices if you pre-book. It's $250 PER DEVICE if you buy on embarkation day.
- Tours: If I was cruising the Rhein/Main/Danube, I'd pass on tours. I know something of where I'm going. In Greece, I took the tours, but I think I can do better. On this voyage, be wary of the full day Kusadasi-Ephesus tour. The last stop is an Oriental/Turkish carpet shop, and the sales pressure is beyond tremendous. Sorry, I just didn't have $24K budgeted.
- Dining: You cannot go wrong. Period.
- Ships' decor: No issues. There were a very, very few places where the ship showed she wasn't brand new, but you could see the ships' company working every day maintaining something or other!
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We had three nights with significant seas. Being on the waterline, our pitch, yaw, and roll were less than had we been in the 200 deck. I remember Thursday night at the crew talent show, you felt the seas...really felt them. Even so, when we went to our cabin, the motion was less.
We will be back, Windstar! You earned out business.
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