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Star Breeze Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Our First Windstar Experience on the Lovely Star Breeze

Review for Star Breeze to the South Pacific
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Sail Date: Oct 2021
Cabin: Ocean View Suite

We decided to try a different cruise line as our favorite has been Celebrity. We have sailed Carnival, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity in the past. Since we had never been to French Polynesia, we chose Windstar and wanted to try out the Star Breeze which had just undergone expansion and refurbishment. Of course due to Covid, we had 2 cancellations before going on the 10/28/21 sailing. We had also had 2 flights with Air France cancelled which made us have to shuffle to change our flights for our sailing. First of all, the Star Breeze is a beautiful ship with large cabins. We had a Oceanview cabin with large picture window which was wonderful. The bathrooms are also large with double sinks and large shower. The best part of the cruise was the staff as they are all so friendly and welcoming. I never heard an official number of passengers on the ship but it was rumored to be about ⅓ full at approx. 100 passengers. This made for a wonderful feel of not being crowded. We looked forward to trying the food which we had heard was one of Windstar's assets. For the most part, the food was very good. Due to the ship being ⅓ full, I suspect that variety of food offered was lowered. There were limited meal hours offered on the ship plus room service. Our biggest disappointment was the last night of our cruise. We had waited until midway through cruise to make a reservation for one of their alternative restaurant, Candles so the only day still available was the last night of the cruise. Candles was supposed to be about steak and was on the after veranda of the ship. I had the filet which was somewhat rubbery and had absolutely no flavor at all. My husband felt the same way about his filet. The creme brûlée was only so-so. I had previous creme brûlées on the ship that were wonderful. The main dining room was serving lobster and grand mariner souflee that we had to miss because of our Candles reservation. We considered going to the dining room after Candles to try the food that night but did not. For breakfast, we usually ate at the Veranda and my husband would have the custom made omelets and I usually had pancakes that were good and a Belgian waffle which was also good. The orange juice tasted fresh squeezed and we enjoyed it. Many of the desserts in the buffet were very good and a bigger selection than in the dining room. The main dining room is very beautiful. We were able to eat just the 2 of us the entire cruise. We are early to be people so didn't see the shows they offered usually at 9:30pm . The Bora Bora dinner on a private island was great and the Polynesian show including the fire twirlers was excellent. We went with many of the Windstar shore excursions that were very good. Communication could be improved as we were always confused on what deck to go to get off the ship and when what time gangway was opened if you were going off independently. They also didn't offer water at the gangway which was an inconvenience when leaving independently. There were towels but no water. The shore excursions met in the lounge which is where they got their water. To sum it all up, we were very happy with our Windstar experience. It was too bad that our last night of dining was so disappointing. The staff is wonderful. I would give the rating a 4+. If you are looking for big time entertainment shows, this is not the ship for you. Also, did not see any children which may be the result of the vaccine requirement. We liked the laid back experience of the ship as we are seniors and no longer require the go-go atmosphere that we once did. We still may go back to Celebrity for the variety of food but also may also try Windstar again. The decision will most likely be made by the itinerary of the ship.

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Ocean View Suite

Excellent large cabins that are very well appointed with large bathrooms.

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