By Karen Loftus
Cruise Critic Contributor
5.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

The 106 suites on Star Pride feel more like hotel suites than traditional cruise cabins. Each has separate sitting and sleeping areas, a large walk-in closet, marble bathroom, complete with a shower/tub combo and ocean views. The large suites are a huge bonus for Windstar's yachts compared to the sailing vessels; standard cabins are 100 square feet larger on Pride than on the sailing ships, and some offer French balconies. 

In the room, queen-sized beds can be split into two twin beds. The bed is impressive with Egyptian cotton linens, deluxe duvet and decorative pillows. There is a wall-mounted leather headboard with a bendable reading light on either side of the bed. Blackout curtains in the window provide deep, dreamy sleep even when it's light early or late. Soft plush carpeting underfoot and pleasing gold, beige and blue hues throughout make for an easy, pleasing ambiance.

There's a desk/vanity in the bedroom that includes six drawers, which is where you will find the hair dryer. There is a mounted mirror and ample space for vanity purposes. However, if you use the vanity as a desk, which we do, it's tight between desk and bed and there isn't a lot of depth to the granite desktop. This was the one place we actually felt crowded in the room.

The sitting area is a room unto itself and can easily be separated by a closed curtain if one is sleeping while another watches TV or eats. It's a comfortable space with two upholstered chairs and a sofa. There is a cabinet, which holds the mini-bar and plenty of glassware suitable for all, from bubbles to bourbon. Fresh cut flowers are refreshed daily, as is ice and your preferred soft drink or sparkling water. (Just tell your room steward your preferences.)

There is a coffee table, perfect for casual drinks, coffee or in-suite dining. The nook with the flat-screen TV and DVD player can be turned toward the sitting room or the bed. The iPod dock comes with Bose SoundDock speakers. There are two direct dial phones, U.S. and European sockets (110V/220V), a thermostat and a wall clock.

The walk-in closet comes with a dresser with four drawers and a safe on top. It is too small for a laptop, but perfect for passports, cash and jewelry. In addition to the dresser, there are several small shelves in the corner, as you enter the closet. In addition to the hanging space, there are hooks on the wall for extra coats, ties, hats and scarves. If you packed a lot, this is your closet nirvana. Not only is it large with two rods, it also comes with 30 wooden hangers, a shoe brush, slippers and two waffle-weave bathrobes.

There's plenty of room for two to comfortably manage their way around the bathroom. It's got a large shower/tub combo, double sinks, large vanity mirror mounted on the wall, magnifying mirror and shelves on either side of the vanity for your products and Windstar-provided L'Occitane Verbena products (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion, shower cap) and facial tissues. There's no need to hoard towels here, as they have shelves full of white cotton hand, bath and wash towels. In the shower, you'll find a hand-held showerhead. Water warms quickly, and a clothes rack in the shower is useful for hanging wet bathing suits or hand washing.

As a part of Star Pride's 2016 renovation, all suites received stylish new coffee tables and new flat-screen televisions. Comfortable sofa beds were added in the living rooms of 12 select suites now offering triple accommodations.

Two Ocean View Suites, two Balcony Suites and two Classic Suites are with third berths. None of those are adjoining suites.

Ocean View Suites: If you book any of the 64 Ocean View Suites, you are guaranteed 277 square feet of comfort and a gorgeous ocean view through a floor-to-ceiling picture window. True to the brand, this category boasts laid-back luxury. The floor-to-ceiling window allows light to shine in, and the great space makes it easy for two friends, family or partners to enjoy the cruise, cabin and each other with ease. Four of these suites are modified accessible and conveniently located by reception and elevators.

Balcony Suites: There are 36 Balcony suites with the same layout, decor and amenities available in the Ocean View Suites. The only difference is that Balcony suites come equipped with a French balcony -- a sliding-glass door opens onto a 12-inch space with railing. You can enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze, but don't expect to have breakfast on your balcony as there's no room for a chair or any furniture. However, by leaving the balcony door open, you can make the sitting room feel like a breezy veranda.

Classic Suites: Two of the Classic Suites are 400 square feet on Deck 5 forward, positioned near the discreet hot tub. The other two Classic Suites are 530 square feet, midship on Deck 6. All four Classic Suites come with private verandas.

Classic Suites feature separate bedrooms and living rooms. Each living room comes with a sofa and chairs and a small dining table for two or four. There is a bay window in the living room and in the bedroom. The bedroom features an adjacent dressing area, away from the bed, so the vanity/desk feels very spacious.

The balcony furniture is slightly uninspired. There are two small padded wicker chairs and small table only. If staying in a midship suite, the view has more of an industrial feel with pipes and a lifeboat hanging just above.

Owner's Suites: The two Owner's Suites are 575 square feet and located on Deck 6 forward. These two suites are a big part of Star Pride's 2016 renovation. The suites were completely gutted and rebuilt with a new indoor-outdoor floor plan and an interior design featuring new linens, towels, furnishings, windows, drapery, a new wet bar, a mini-bar fridge and a Nespresso coffee machine. They are sleek, modern and almost masculine in design. It is a big and ambitious departure from the prior design.   

A few key features in these suites are the separate living and dining room, a full bath and a half, and two walk-in closets. In the living room, there is a sofa, a small dining table for four, a lounge chair and a very wide desk with several storage units on either side and four big bay windows in front. There are earth tones throughout, punctuated by blue hues.

Passengers staying in one of these two exclusive suites are privy to an extended private deck area with spectacular views over the bow, as the main salon footprint was expanded. Old windows were taken out to create the new walk-around deck outside. The balcony furniture is from Cane-line in Denmark and includes two sunbeds and a dining table and two chairs, all in shades of gray.

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