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We sailed round- trip from San Juan Puerto Rico on the Star Pride from 12/2/2017 to 12/9/2017. Embarkation: The port appeared to be in good shape, we arrived by cab around 1:30 PM. After clearing port security and a quick baggage search, our bags were tagged and taken by Windstar staff. Aboard the ship, we were greeted with a rum punch and the check in in the lounge was quick. We were able to make reservations for our preferred night at the specialty restaurant- Candles and information about amenities like beverage packages and the spa was available. Dining: Veranda- We ate the buffet breakfast and lunch each day and enjoyed the food selection and made to order eggs/omelets. The service staff was great and the chef even accommodated our request to make an impromptu olive tapenade to pair with the delicious French baguette and charcuterie that we bought in Les Saintes- what a treat! Amphora- We enjoyed the varied and delicious selections, the attentive staff and the accommodating maître D. We dined alone for our wedding anniversary and we met new shipboard friends when we asked to be seated with other passengers. We thought that all the meals were very good and the selection was great, it was nice to have the “classics” menu available…sometimes you just want to have a steak or a piece of fish that is not fussy. Candles: We ate at Candles once during the cruise. The ambiance was very nice and the meat/ side dishes were excellent, our only issue was that the portion sizes were very large for us and we felt bad about wasting some of that wonderful meal. Yacht Club- We enjoyed coffee and snacks here several times. Great services and coffee with a view and air conditioning. What could be bad about that? Beach and Deck Bar-B-Q: Unfortunately, the beach party was rained out on our sailing, but shipboard we enjoyed the usual beach party foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled fish and all the trimmings. We had perfect weather for the entire cruise except for that day…sometimes mother nature just does not cooperate with our plans. It is no wonder that St. Lucia is so green and lush! The Deck bar-b que was a highlight of the cruise. It had great selection with lots of seafood, meats and a whole roast pig. It was nicely done and festivities were enjoyed by all. It was fun to see our cabin steward and our favorite crew members line dancing. Entertainment: There were two duos on our sailing one that performed on the deck in the afternoons (Northern Lights) and one that performed in the Compass Rose at night (Alzucar Duo). We went to the Compass Rose every night, but felt that it was under- attended. Most nights it was just a few passengers and one night were the only passengers there. Alzucar Duo were very accommodating, taking our request when they knew them and they even played some upbeat music that had a few of us dancing one night. We did attend the Liars club and crew talent show and enjoyed them both. It was fun to see our cabin steward and our favorite crew members dancing at the deck bar- b- que. Extras: We were given the beverage package as a “perk” when we booked our cruise nearly a year out and we purchased the laundry package. We enjoy our cocktails on vacation and the bar service was excellent with a good selection of liquors and wines by the glass. We felt that the package would have been a good value even if we had purchased it and it was nice not have to review a long list of room charges at the conclusion of the cruise. The laundry package was wonderful, all our laundry that was out by 9:00AM was back to us the same day clean and pressed. It was so nice to pack lighter and go home with a suitcase full of clean clothes. Itinerary notes: We only took one organized excursion, in Martinique, the Diamond Rock catamaran cruise. This excursion had a lot of variety: after a scenic sail, we stopped in a small village to explore, enjoy the beach or snorkel. Then, there was more sailing with potent rum punch and variety of snacks cooked for us by the on- board chef. There was another stop to snorkel or swim with turtles and a third stop to take a look at a bat cave, then more sailing and back to the ship. Captain Vincent and the crew were great. Our favorite port was Les Saintes, it was what I imagined that the “old” Caribbean would be like. The French influence was wonderful, quiet lanes, quaint buildings and churches, unique boutiques, bakeries with fresh baguettes, wandering chickens and waterfront bars and restaurants. Unfortunately, sea conditions did not allow our sailing to tender in to Monserrat, so we sailed on to St Barths and were able to spend both an afternoon/evening and the following morning there before sailing back to San Juan. Windstar gets an A+ for their handling of the missed port, they kept everyone informed, the Captain bought drinks at happy hour and they even gave us an onboard credit. In conclusion, we had a great time thanks to the wonderful crew. I don’t know how they can remember all of the passenger’s names and preferences… they are truly amazing! Gretchen, who works at the reception, even remembered me from the prior cruise that I took on the MS Windstar one year before. We were already discussing which Windstar Cruise to take next year, before we even arrived home!

Star Pride- San Juan to San Juan

Star Pride Cruise Review by Astalarasta

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Suite
We sailed round- trip from San Juan Puerto Rico on the Star Pride from 12/2/2017 to 12/9/2017.

Embarkation:

The port appeared to be in good shape, we arrived by cab around 1:30 PM. After clearing port security and a quick baggage search, our bags were tagged and taken by Windstar staff.

Aboard the ship, we were greeted with a rum punch and the check in in the lounge was quick. We were able to make reservations for our preferred night at the specialty restaurant- Candles and information about amenities like beverage packages and the spa was available.

Dining:

Veranda- We ate the buffet breakfast and lunch each day and enjoyed the food selection and made to order eggs/omelets. The service staff was great and the chef even accommodated our request to make an impromptu olive tapenade to pair with the delicious French baguette and charcuterie that we bought in Les Saintes- what a treat!

Amphora- We enjoyed the varied and delicious selections, the attentive staff and the accommodating maître D. We dined alone for our wedding anniversary and we met new shipboard friends when we asked to be seated with other passengers. We thought that all the meals were very good and the selection was great, it was nice to have the “classics” menu available…sometimes you just want to have a steak or a piece of fish that is not fussy.

Candles: We ate at Candles once during the cruise. The ambiance was very nice and the meat/ side dishes were excellent, our only issue was that the portion sizes were very large for us and we felt bad about wasting some of that wonderful meal.

Yacht Club- We enjoyed coffee and snacks here several times. Great services and coffee with a view and air conditioning. What could be bad about that?

Beach and Deck Bar-B-Q:

Unfortunately, the beach party was rained out on our sailing, but shipboard we enjoyed the usual beach party foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled fish and all the trimmings. We had perfect weather for the entire cruise except for that day…sometimes mother nature just does not cooperate with our plans. It is no wonder that St. Lucia is so green and lush!

The Deck bar-b que was a highlight of the cruise. It had great selection with lots of seafood, meats and a whole roast pig. It was nicely done and festivities were enjoyed by all. It was fun to see our cabin steward and our favorite crew members line dancing.



Entertainment:

There were two duos on our sailing one that performed on the deck in the afternoons (Northern Lights) and one that performed in the Compass Rose at night (Alzucar Duo). We went to the Compass Rose every night, but felt that it was under- attended. Most nights it was just a few passengers and one night were the only passengers there.

Alzucar Duo were very accommodating, taking our request when they knew them and they even played some upbeat music that had a few of us dancing one night.

We did attend the Liars club and crew talent show and enjoyed them both. It was fun to see our cabin steward and our favorite crew members dancing at the deck bar- b- que.

Extras:

We were given the beverage package as a “perk” when we booked our cruise nearly a year out and we purchased the laundry package.

We enjoy our cocktails on vacation and the bar service was excellent with a good selection of liquors and wines by the glass. We felt that the package would have been a good value even if we had purchased it and it was nice not have to review a long list of room charges at the conclusion of the cruise.

The laundry package was wonderful, all our laundry that was out by 9:00AM was back to us the same day clean and pressed. It was so nice to pack lighter and go home with a suitcase full of clean clothes.

Itinerary notes:

We only took one organized excursion, in Martinique, the Diamond Rock catamaran cruise. This excursion had a lot of variety: after a scenic sail, we stopped in a small village to explore, enjoy the beach or snorkel. Then, there was more sailing with potent rum punch and variety of snacks cooked for us by the on- board chef. There was another stop to snorkel or swim with turtles and a third stop to take a look at a bat cave, then more sailing and back to the ship. Captain Vincent and the crew were great.

Our favorite port was Les Saintes, it was what I imagined that the “old” Caribbean would be like. The French influence was wonderful, quiet lanes, quaint buildings and churches, unique boutiques, bakeries with fresh baguettes, wandering chickens and waterfront bars and restaurants.

Unfortunately, sea conditions did not allow our sailing to tender in to Monserrat, so we sailed on to St Barths and were able to spend both an afternoon/evening and the following morning there before sailing back to San Juan. Windstar gets an A+ for their handling of the missed port, they kept everyone informed, the Captain bought drinks at happy hour and they even gave us an onboard credit.

In conclusion, we had a great time thanks to the wonderful crew. I don’t know how they can remember all of the passenger’s names and preferences… they are truly amazing! Gretchen, who works at the reception, even remembered me from the prior cruise that I took on the MS Windstar one year before. We were already discussing which Windstar Cruise to take next year, before we even arrived home!
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Cabin Review

Balcony Suite
Cabin BS1 307
Cabin:

We stayed in cabin 307, which was a balcony cabin, forward on deck six. The cabin was roomy and well designed, with a very comfortable bed. Our cabin steward, was excellent. The cabin was always made up quickly, was very clean and we never wanted for anything. He even left us a menagerie of towel animals during the week that were very cute.

Although the view from the balcony was nice, it is very small (standing room only) and we only opened the doors once or twice to take photos, since we really enjoy the cool air conditioning in the cabin.
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