Wind Star Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Panal Canal Passage and Quepos Port Highlight of Trip

Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Wind Star
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2023
Cabin: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

We chose this cruise because we wanted to do a full transit of the Panama canal on a small ship and do a one week cruise.

The service was excellent, the cabin was comfortable and well designed. We got to use the water sports platform one day in Quepos and it was fun. The food was very good, especially at dinner. I wish they would serve more sandwich meat and cold salad (Deli-style) options at lunch because it was very hot and humid---conditions in which I did not want a hot meal at lunch. They have the Veranda restaurant for breakfast and lunch with indoor/outdoor seating and the Amphora restaurant (inside for dinner). They also run a special, separate dinner menu nightly outside of the Veranda. They call this the Candles Restaurant. Same great menu every night. Was great dining under the stars.

We were notified shortly before we left for the trip that the ship had a problem with one engine so our Gulfo Dulce excursion port was cancelled. They gave us each a $100 shipboard credit and refunded our cruise excursion but it was boring being stuck on the ship for a second sea day. They tried hard to provide some activities that day but it was very disappointing to lose a shore day in Costa Rica. This engine repair was actually a complete rebuild so more cruises than ours were affected. The ship was well maintained but showing her age (1986) a bit primarily in the design and size of hot tub and very small pool.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

All the cabins are the same size and layout. Great design for storage and bathroom use. Cabin was quiet. The double bed was awkward for whoever slept next to the porthole because you had walk all the way around and under the TV to get out. This is a sailing ship, so be prepared for the boat to rock at night at times. We had great weather - no rain and no rough seas.

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