3 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Europe - Western Mediterranean Windstar Star Breeze Cruise Reviews

What an incredible experience! This was a special celebration trip for our 25th Anniversary and my birthday. We researched and planned for months and as it got closer I got nervous that perhaps after going on Seaborne and obsessively ... Read More
What an incredible experience! This was a special celebration trip for our 25th Anniversary and my birthday. We researched and planned for months and as it got closer I got nervous that perhaps after going on Seaborne and obsessively planning, it would not meet my expectations. But it exceeded them. The Sicilian Splendors is such a unique itinerary that each port was a new adventure and lovely and enchanting in its own right. I really fell in love with Malta! The food on the ship was good to great at every meal. The staff over all was friendly and attentive and professional and enthusiastic. The cabins (as this is an old Seabourn ship) are big and comfortable. We had a Juliet balcony and I loved being able to open the windows and enjoy the air and the sea. The spa staff were adorable and I had great services. The BEST part of this trip were the people that we met. We usually do not make friends on vacations because we are mostly happy to be away from work and together as a couple. But thanks to the Cruise Critic roll call we met people who I am happy to call my friends now. We were able to share this glorious adventure with our new friends (of all ages) and it was wonderful. The ship is small but it didnt feel too small. So if you want to just be alone, you can do that also. This is not an experience for people who crave the excitement and distraction of the big ships. There is no dancing or real night life...which was fine by us. It is a port intensive itinerary that will allow you to see places that you might not get to on your own. We booked a combination of ship tours and independent tours. Highlights were Valletta and Capri (independent) Pros: People, ports, staff, food, laundry service (this is literally a game changer! I traveled for 2 weeks with just a carry on and still didnt wear everything) Cons: 2 rocky nights because the ship is small, there are 4 pots where you tender. In Gozo we were 2 of only about 40 who made it to shore for the excursion, we loved our cabin but some on other floors had issues with water, I wish the bar was closer to the dining room (I knwo thats kind of silly), the gym is small but we did go everyday Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I had a wonderful experience on the Wind Spirit in 2014 going through the Panama Canal. When Windstar advertised a trip to the Italian and French Riviera, stopping for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, I was all in. Expensive, but I expected ... Read More
I had a wonderful experience on the Wind Spirit in 2014 going through the Panama Canal. When Windstar advertised a trip to the Italian and French Riviera, stopping for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, I was all in. Expensive, but I expected it would be worth it. It wasn't. We were on the Star Breeze, one of the three ships they purchased from another cruise company. The room was nice, but the ship is poorly managed, poorly maintained and just not a place you want to be. The officers don't care and make excuses for their failings. Food service is a disaster, tender service is worse. We paid a lot of money ($15,000 for a couple before shore excursions) for a luxury cruise that we did not get. Food was mediocre, availability limited and service very disorganized (other than the lady in the "Yacht Club" where you could get sandwiches and snacks - she was phenomenal!). Tender service was a joke. Poor operation, long waits, rocky rides, crash landings. Rarely anyone on the dock to assist you. We had a pre-arranged, all passengers invited dinner part at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. When we returned on the bus (arranged 100% by Windstar), there were no tenders to take us to our ship. More than enough to take passengers to the Wind Surf (a sister ship of the original sailing type), but 100 or more of us were stranded in fancy clothes, cold weather, at 11:30 pm. Finally a 24 person tender arrived. I was on the first tender, but I understand that it took more than an hour to get everyone back to the ship. No one from our ship came to help, by the way. We were assisted by the Wind Surf's Hotel Manager. There were many maintenance issues, the staff was nice by untrained, and the officers were unhelpful and largely disinterested. When things did not go well, it was someone else's fault. When we disembarked in Nice (and we were SO READY to disembark) it seemed orderly until we got out and realized everyone that had preceded us to the dock to get their luggage was still there - no ground transportation was available. It took about 90 minutes to get 100 or so people into cabs or vans. We were simply going to a hotel, so it was not such a big deal. But many people were concerned about missing flights or were just unhappy with this final coup de grace. Importantly, the Hotel Manager and other officers were rather disinterested. They passed out water bottles but, par for the course with this ship, took no effort to solve the problems. Fortunately, a couple of energetic young women made continuous phone calls and finally got everyone off of the dock. But it was just a fitting end to an otherwise poorly managed, chaotic, amateurish cruise experience. Avoid this cruise ship. Growing pains is one thing. This is a cultural faux pas. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We were sold the cruise on the understanding that Windstar had set aside a considerable amount of $ to refurbish the recently purchased Seabourn Ship and that the destinations were amongst the more elite, small ports where larger liners ... Read More
We were sold the cruise on the understanding that Windstar had set aside a considerable amount of $ to refurbish the recently purchased Seabourn Ship and that the destinations were amongst the more elite, small ports where larger liners were unable to dock. The boarding process seemed straightforward, we were very soon in our stateroom, which, to our pleasure seemed, large, well decorated, nice fabrics and a great bed. All seemed very positive, on closer inspection, there were some noticeable shoddy edges, the silicone surrounding the window was badly damaged and we had several "flappy bits" distracting from the view, the bathroom whilst large, was a little dated and may have benefitted from some of the $ set aside for refurbishment. The reception desk, is literally a hole in the wall, whilst the reception staff were absolutely lovely, professional, positive, helpful and strong advocates for customer service, they sadly have to work in a small hole with a very basic table and no filing systems or furniture. not a great impression of a luxury ship. The Food is another highlight, the Restaurant is excellent, very high class, not cramped, table for two no problem, great wine list, well paced service. the new decor is gorgeous and gives the illusion of a top restaurant. We were very impressed every time we ate in there. I wouldn't bother with the Candles restaurant option, too cramped and not particularly romantic.. Oh and the BBQ evening was a bit of a mess too, sadly it was a cold, windy evening, so we didn't bother hanging around too long. We queued patiently with everyone else ate our food which was adequate then went back to our cabin.. The timings of the bars, yacht club and Compass Rose restaurant were all out of sinc, you had to have a pre dinner cocktail on deck, outside, compass Rose didn't open till 9pm, it's a beautifully decorated bar, including a small casino area but was very under used, such a shame that such a focus has been the refurbishment of this part of the ship and its not open till 9pm... The yacht club was also lovely, very quiet, great attentive service and the best coffee on the ship. but closes at 5pm.....I suppose I'll have to go and sit outside in the wind again.... The itinerary was great, Portofino,and St Tropez were favourites, but, the most disappointing part of our week was that every port except Monoco were tendered. We could have forgiven that had the tenders been of a satisfactory standard, however they were both (when they used 2) very old, unsafe and frankly horrible, the experience prevented us from leaving the ship in the evening to explore our ports at night, never mind back to the ship, perhaps we'll go to the bar for a drink.... Oh no hang on it doesn't open till 9pm....aaaaaah. All in all our cruise was relaxing, we enjoyed the ports, we didn't do any excursions as they were all very very expensive but we found our way around very well. Fellow passengers were pleasant, friendly, sociable, sadly we witnessed some arrogance towards the crew who were without exception all amazing, on a smaller ship you do see the same people all the time one or two of them could have done with some manners and a volume control button or even an off switch but sadly you can't chose your fellow passengers, but on the whole everyone seemed to enjoy their trip, even the couple who didn't mind expressing their strong admiration towards each other each morning at breakfast...... Enough to put you off your waffles...... Will being trying celebrity next time... Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Star Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.0 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.8

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