8 Rome (Civitavecchia) Windstar Star Legend Cruise Reviews

We have been on 20 cruises over the past many years and decided it was time to try sailing on a small ship. Star Legend holds 212 passengers and on our sailing there were 194, so almost full. We met many lovely passengers and the crew ... Read More
We have been on 20 cruises over the past many years and decided it was time to try sailing on a small ship. Star Legend holds 212 passengers and on our sailing there were 194, so almost full. We met many lovely passengers and the crew were the best we've ever had. As others have said, some of them know your name within a day or two. Our favourite crew members were Tristan and Dwi (yes that's how he spells his name) who served us on many occasions at breakfast, lunch and dinner. We enjoyed every meal and everything we ate. The buffet at breakfast and again at lunch time had plenty to choose from, plus you could order from a small menu as well. There was always a different warm bread pudding each day at lunch. We ate at Candles out on the back deck one evening and it was lovely, but we had no complaints about eating in the MDR either. The buffet outdoors on deck 7 the evening we stayed late in Kotor was wonderful - salads, breads, shrimp, charcuterie tray, steak, roast suckling pig, ribs, lamb, paella, veggies, fresh fish, lobster with drawn butter, desserts. It was delicious! Our stateroom at 277 square feet was the largest we have ever had and we had lots of room for our clothes and plenty of room for things in the bathroom. I love L'Occitane bath products so that was a treat. We found our room quiet. We hardly ever heard the people on either side of us and while we were very close to the reception desk and an elevator, we never heard a thing. Our ports of call were Rome, Amalfi, Sicily, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj and ended in Venice. Because of the seas, we were unable to tender at Amalfi so as soon as we got into our room we knew that wasn't going to happen. They were going to try tendering into Sorrento, which we love, but that didn't work out either so we ended up docking in Naples just before lunch. Our tour to Ravello was cancelled so we wandered around Naples for an hour or two and then went back to the ship. The only disappointing day for us. All our other tours were great, but beware, if you choose to take the tour from Kotor that involves 25 switchbacks up to a lookout, be forewarned. It's very nerve wracking! but the view is wonderful. The sail in through the Bay of Kotor in the morning is lovely, so do get up early to enjoy being outside and the views. When we were anchored at Dubronik, the tenders were constantly going back and forth to the port and we never had long to wait. They opened up the back of the ship at sea level and my husband went for a swim in the Adriatic in beautiful warm blue water. Others went kayaking and paddle boarding. Later that afternoon they brought a Klapa singing group on board to entertain us and they sang beautifully, both in English and Croatian. We really appreciated that the Captain took the time to personally greet us (and all the passengers) as we boarded the ship and to say goodbye and thank us for sailing with them at disembarkation. We thought it was a very nice touch. We were very impressed with Windstar and will sail with them again when the right itinerary comes available. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for the Sicilian Splendors itinerary which also included Sorrento and Capri. We left several days early to stay in Positano and explore the Amalfi Coast prior to the cruise, then ended up with a day in Rome before ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Sicilian Splendors itinerary which also included Sorrento and Capri. We left several days early to stay in Positano and explore the Amalfi Coast prior to the cruise, then ended up with a day in Rome before returning home. We had a less than ideal experience on the Legend last year as one of the first few journeys with Windstar, and are happy to report a 180 degree improvement - the Windstar culture of great service was back and the entire crew was a delight, including officers who were visible and engaged throughout the trip. The ship was in better condition, we had no hot water or plumbing issues, and food was much improved and generally very good. Embarkation was a breeze. The cruise got off to a very rocky start sailing into bad weather that caused terrible motion for two days and nights - we were ready to get off the boat! We missed our first three ports of call. Although not sure why we sailed into the storm, the captain and crew worked hard to find an alternative plan and managed to get the voyage back to smooth sailing by moving around the days in some ports and adding two additional Sicilian ports to replace some of the ports missed and we ended up having a very enjoyable journey. We had a mix of Windstar excursions and on our own adventures planned; however, due to the changes in itinerary two of the tours didn't happen due to missed ports and one was cancelled with too few people, so we ended up with just one ship tour, which was very well done, and the complimentary private event in Agrigento, which was also well done and we enjoyed very much. We also enjoyed the Chef's market tour, which was a first for us. Overall, we enjoyed the ports of call. We can't say enough about the overall friendliness and service of the crew - everyone sincerely seemed to want to make the cruise memorable. We used room service, the Yacht Club, and the Veranda at different times for breakfast, and all were very good. We only had lunch on board in the Veranda a few times, and it was not impressive - limited choices on the to order menu and the buffet was fairly basic. Dinners were mostly very good in both the main dining room and at Candles and service was good all around. Entertainment is limited on this ship. The Compass Rose seemed to be the most popular choice in the evening, but it was a bit chilly and we didn't care for the duo. We enjoyed the jazz duo at the Star Bar, but it was often too cold to sit outside at night. Debarkation was also a breeze. All in all, a very pleasant vacation, and we will not hesitate to sail with Windstar again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is our first sailing on Windstar Cruises - we chose the Star Legen - a 212 passenger vessel previously owned by Seabourne - the renovations are great - all staterooms are oceanview large suites - a few with balconies. These are ... Read More
This is our first sailing on Windstar Cruises - we chose the Star Legen - a 212 passenger vessel previously owned by Seabourne - the renovations are great - all staterooms are oceanview large suites - a few with balconies. These are not typical balconies - the door slides open and lead to a French Balcoony - we loved it - you are seated on comfortable chairs and a sofa - (not plastic or rattan outdoor furniture) but have access to the outdoors - much like the Panorama Suites on Avalon River Cruises. The ship is very easy to get acclimated to - 3 floors of suites - 2 outdoor decks - an outdoor poo bar - land indoor bar with small casino and an adjacent lounge with dance floor. A theater style showroom with stage used for crew show and short presentation on ports of call. Another area above the bridge has a beautiful view and is tastefully decorated with tables, chairs, sofas, TV's and a small service area that serves coffee, sandwiches, continental breakfast and snacks throughout the day. It seems under utilized especially at night - would be a nice space to have quiet duo or entertainment after dinner. ROOMS All are suites - mostly the same size - 277sq. ft. - either with large windows or French Balconies. Two beds can convert to a King. The seating area with a desk vanity can be separted by drawn curtains if wanted. The sofa, chairs and cocktail table overlook the water. The two armoires are well stocked with 4 types of glasses, ice bucket, minibar with soda and small size liquor bottles (extra charge for alcohol). the small hairdryer is powerful. Only one outlet to charge electronics. There is plenty of space for storage - under the beds, in nightstands, a large walk in closet with shelves, two rods for clothing and a dresser with drawers and a safe large enough for a lap top. The marble bathroom has a tub/shower combo with good water pressure. The Occitaine bath products are large size and towels are changed twice daily. This was the most comfortable room that we have occupied on a cruise ship. STAFF Staff is outstanding - very friendly, helpful and competent. They are casually dressed in navy blue shorts and white shirts - giving a casual feel to the ship. They all address you by name and remember your preferences for drinks. They all work well together - even the officers helping when needed. FOOD and DRINKS Breakfast and lunch feature mostly buffet but omelets and eggs can be ordered at breakfast and lunch features some sandwiches and small meals that are served. The dining area has an outdoor deck that is nice if the temperatures are favorable and the wind not strong. We ate there mostly when in port. Dinner was served with family style vegetables and desserts were very good. Our chef was from India so we did see many Indian type offerings. We don't usually care for the outdoor buffet night - but this one was spectacular.....Lots of freshly cooked to order meats on the grill - roast Pig but best of all .......all you could eat Maine lobster, Shrimp, Crab claws and crab legs. We found drinks to be a bit more expensive that on larger cruise lines. Martinis were in the $12 range, mixed drinks $8.50, wines $9-$12/glass. All in all it was an enjoyable cruise - very heavy with ports of call most every day and being a small ship there was not much choice for entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is our 5th Windstar cruise, having previously cruised on the Windsurf several times, as well as the Windspirit (we also do cruises on larger ships as well). This means we are Windstar supporters, but it also means we know what the ... Read More
This is our 5th Windstar cruise, having previously cruised on the Windsurf several times, as well as the Windspirit (we also do cruises on larger ships as well). This means we are Windstar supporters, but it also means we know what the product should look like. From what I've read from some of the previous reviews...not sure we were on the same ship! Embarkation: We took the train from Rome to Civitavecchia and walked to the port bus. Upon arrival, Windstar personnel were on the dock to arrange luggage drop off; smooth and painless. Check-in quick and easy. Time from stepping on gangplank to cabin - maybe 10 minutes. Cabin: Balcony suite 214. As noted in other reviews, room large, nicely appointed. Walk-in closet, and large bathroom with bathtub. We had no interruption of the satellite TV. Our room was in great condition. As far as the balcony doors go; we did not open them much - it seemed a little difficult to open/close, but we did enjoy the large view they provided. It was on the port side which wasn't my 1st choice, but it turned out to be great as we had a view of the port at each stop. Ship Overall: I enjoyed the layout; it was nice to explore a new (to us) ship, but one that had the Windstar feel - yacht club, verandah, etc. The outdoor space on the upper deck has been extended from the original version so lots of place for relaxing in the sun. We were lucky enough to have great weather so we could take advantage of the pool and the hot tubs (my favorite is the one at the bow - a quiet spot). Entertainment: There were 2 duos onboard; both were great and lots of fun. Crew: 100% consistently fantastic; many recognized us from previous cruises and all were friendly and helpful. Great service as usual. Officers: Thought the Captain was very personable (Richard Reville); he is extremely funny when doing his speeches but all business when docking the yacht. Also spent some time talking with the Hotel Manager, Calvin; very nice guy. Dining: Breakfast at the Verandah; buffet offering a lot of options including omelette/fried egg station, but also there is menu service with eggs benny (2 kinds); pancakes, waffles, French toast. Lunch, buffet but also menu service. There are also baguette sandwiches at the Yacht club. Dinner is at Amphora on lower deck; lots of options each evening, great food. Other option 1 time per cruise is Candles which is held in the Verandah area - either inside or out. Slightly less options but a lovely experience. We had a Deck BBQ on the 5th night; just marvellous. Excursions: The private ship excursion we had was in Monte Carlo; Champagne and desserts at a terrace at the Café de Paris overlooking the Casino followed by a visit to the Casino itself. Only 3 people on our sailing did not attend. I think everyone who did enjoyed it. Itinerary: Portoferraio (Elba), Portofino, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Marseilles, Port-Vendres. We are do-it-yourselfers for the most part; preferring to explore the ports on foot or by local bus which we did in all the locations above. Got lots of walking in! Negatives: I did miss the sails at sail-away; just not quite the same. The only other negative I can come up with is that the daily information page had a lot of errors in it - certainly didn't affect my cruise or enjoyment level, but annoying. These included notice of the deck BBQ on the wrong day; a notice to change clocks back on the wrong day; a listing of all ABOARD at 8:45 p.m. (correct) with a Sailaway party on deck at 6:00 p.m. (maybe there was but we weren't sailing away at that point). Disembarkation: A little slower than usual, perhaps due to customs/immigration clearances. One thing we noticed this time was that there were Windstar personnel on the dock to assist with luggage pick-up. On previous cruises with Windstar we had felt a little bit abandoned after docking. We've had lots of great vacations, but this one is right up at the top of our list for enjoyment level. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I believe that an objective and unemotional review is critical for the reader (YOU) in gaining the most information possible in both the positive and negative aspects of any review for a cruise line, hotel or resort. I so hope this ... Read More
I believe that an objective and unemotional review is critical for the reader (YOU) in gaining the most information possible in both the positive and negative aspects of any review for a cruise line, hotel or resort. I so hope this review will assist or guide you in your decision about a Windstar cruise or act as a tool in your decision in comparing it to equal or similar lines (Azamara, Oceania and Silversea). Guests/passengers sail Windstar Cruises for its itinerary foremost and Windstar Cruises isn’t yet capable of delivering that promised itinerary or product as of now. Let me share quickly here just a bit about myself: With the completion of this Windstar Cruise, I now have fifty-one (51) sailings completed with various cruise lines. I also have spent my entire life within the travel industry with 25 of those years flying for a major global airline. My sailing was aboard Windstar Cruises ‘Star Legend’. This October 2015, sailing from Rome to Nice. Stateroom 132. It was my first Windstar experience and sadly, it will be my last Windstar experience. Windstar Cruises has decided to aggressively enter the cruise market with what they call Yachts. Instead of just their sailing ships; they’ve now gone to smaller power vessels that Seabourne Cruises (another cruise line) no longer wanted due to age and condition. Enter ‘Star Legend’ and ‘Star Breeze’ and ‘Star Pride’. The line promotes itself as unique in getting you, the passenger into smaller ports that the mega or big cruise lines can’t get into. However, in my case or my sailing, Windstar Cruises failed to deliver the small port product while it argued with Italian port authorities over tender fees and instead decided to miss the most important port of the sailing. You’ll find a main dining room, an aft dining venue used both day and night, a lounge snack area forward and of course room service 24/7. The boat/ship shows older and has few venues or entertainment options but remains quite comfortable and easy to navigate due to its 9000 GRT size. The aft pool has been removed and there is a very small pool and Jacuzzi mid-ship. Oddly enough, there is a petite sized casino and small gift shop that is mostly closed the entire cruise due to the time spent in port(s). The ship is older. Nearing 25 years of service with its former owners, Seabourne Cruises and initially Royal Viking Line. Built in 1990. It’s a challenge to see where the recent $8.5 million in refurbishment per ship has gone to but the boat/ship shows well; albeit older. There is some pitch and roll in the ride quality as it is a smaller vessel but that always depends on weather and sea conditions. Staying on a lower deck and mid ship will resolve or improve the ride quality greatly. The crew shared with us that they will not carry passengers when she makes her Atlantic crossing in the near future to North America. Let’s go over the PROS: 1) STATEROOM/CABIN: Largest standard stateroom ever at 275 square feet. Amazing comfort except for poor bedding/pillows. Walk-in closet, upscale L’Occitane bath products, tub/shower and power outlets for both European and North American appliances (No USB slots). 2) CUISINE: Food! Food! Food! Excellent and the best at-sea cuisine I have had since the early days of Princess or Sitmar Cruises. High quality in taste, selection and presentation. Room Service was just as good and dining in-suite was a delight! 3) PRIVATE EVENT: Windstar’s Complimentary Private Event (much like Azamara’s Amazing Evenings). As professional and well managed as one could expect (ours took us to the famous Monte Carlo Grand Casino Square). Complimentary casino admission, complimentary lavish dessert and champagne offerings and transfers were included that evening. Way too special! 4) CREW: Indonesian general ship crew/staffing is chosen by a third party vendor and supplied to Windstar cruises to cover everything from the dining room to photography services and about 90+% of the ships/boats overall staffing. Gracious, friendly and welcoming 24/7! 5) ITINERARY: Advertised or promised small harbor/harbor/port itinerary-BUT WARNING: That is how it is advertised but failed to occur because Windstar did not want to pay the tender fees in our case thereby missing the most important port of call. We were dumped/substituted for the day at the highly industrial port of Livorno, Italy next to cargo ships and loading cranes. Let’s go over the CONS: 1) ITINERARY RELIABILITY: As said, the key port of call was missed by the cruise line because of a dispute over tender fees. There were no weather issues and the captain disclosed that it was Windstar management (in Seattle) that had made the decision to abandon the intended port and park us instead at the industrial port of Livorno, Italy. That sub-standard and poor decision left the ships passengers with few alternatives. It was the port for Cinque Terre and Portovenere. Twice, the captain referred us to THE CONTRACT from the cruise line that stated that the cruise line had the option of missing or cancelling any port, for any reason. 2) OCCUPANCY/PASSENGER LOADS: We sailed with just a 55% occupancy factor. That in itself was a decisive aspect of the judgement to abandon a port that was costing the cruise line money for a 55% occupancy factor. If Windstar Cruises can’t fill its small ships for one of its most inviting itineraries; it will simply cease to exist; especially in light of its aggressive expansion goals. It certainly lost two passengers for repeat business forever from us and I share here that so many other passengers were so discontent at the overall handling by its Seattle Corporate headquarters. 3) SHIPS OFFICERS: The ships officers or management were arrogant, abusive and intolerant. I managed to gain a 30 minute meeting with the Captain, the Hotel Manager and the Voyage Leader. Only the Hotel Manager had any customer skills. The captain was often angry (as was the Voyage Leader) in that we were disputing the decision by Windstar to abandon its most important port. The captain was so very angry with us for questioning the operation that we later offered to disembark the vessel by his request. We also emailed the cruise line asking to leave the vessel for failing to deliver the promised product but Windstar Cruises ignored all emails we sent. Windstar Cruises (to date) has refused to answer or address our written correspondence. 4) ELEVATORS: The ship has two elevators in the center atrium area. One failed and was never repaired the entire week. 5) TENDERS: The ship uses motorboats instead of its tenders/lifeboats for ports where tendering is needed or permitted. These small motorboats are stored in what used to be the sports platform when the ships belonged to Seabourne Cruises. One of the two motorboat outboard motors remained inoperative the entire week yet the tender operation continued from the ship to the dock/port(s) on a single motor/engine. The entire week… 6) PHONES: In-room phones were often inoperative if you needed to contact room service. Instead, you would have to call the operator and have room service return the call to you. 7) TV: There is small older TV (maybe 20”) located in the stateroom and of course using satellite reception. It operated about 40-50% of the time. We remained along the coast of Italy and France the entire week with that same limited reception. The only alternative was to watch a continuous loop Rick Steve’s production about Rome. TV wasn’t essential for us as we were onboard for the ports of call but it along with other maintenance issues were evident the entire week. 8) BOTTLED WATER: (complimentary) is supplied upon boarding in each stateroom. BUT-NOT-SEALED. So we asked our stateroom attendant and was told that the water is refilled with the ships tap water with the same bottles being used cruise-after-cruise. There are no water packages available for sale onboard. 9) INTERNET: An astonishing and exorbitant $250.00 for one (1) device for the length of the cruise is optional. You may also purchase a $60.00 version but that only gives you 200MB and lasts a day or so for very limited access to emails. 10) LIQUOR PACKAGES: There are no ‘Wine Packages’ offered onboard Windstar cruises but a liquor package is offered for approx.; $1000.00 on a 7 day cruise per stateroom ($117 per day plus tip). 11) SHORE EXCURSIONS: These all vary but expect much higher-than-average shore excursions and a very limited selection. In our case, we sailed at only 55% occupancy so some were cancelled and some operated at half a bus load. You’ll do much better planning your own shore excursions where needed. Detailed information about each excursion offered is best found online before your sailing. 12) TRANSFERS: We used Windstar’s transfer service from the airport in Rome to the port where the ship was waiting for $115 per person. However, we instead used a cab from the port in Nice to the Nice airport for $30 per couple or $15 each. A major improvement over Windstar’s excessive transfer prices. If you book a Windstar Cruise, I would highly recommend that you purchase insurance from a third-party vendor (AIG, Travel Guard, etc). The solvency and the survivability of Windstar Cruises operating at a 55% occupancy factor and investing millions of dollars in older boats along with a very sub-standard managed operation in Seattle; make for an uncertain future. I was stunned and amazed that Windstar Cruises was operating so haphazardly that a contract or agreement wasn’t in place for the ships arrival at the various ports. As the captain shared with us; he was on the phone with Italian authorities’ right up until the last minute trying to arrange for tender operations at Portovennere, Italy. You’ll travel thousands and thousands of miles (in most cases) to get to a Windstar ship and you’ll invest well over the cruise fare itself to do so. To make such a journey and then have it fail because of a very incompetent operation; would cost you financially and emotionally; missing the cities you traveled so far to see. I would probably have to admit that while I prefer the professional and competent lines of Celebrity Cruises or Royal Caribbean; I’d even sail again with Carnival Cruise Lines before I would ever step aboard another Windstar Cruises ship/boat. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My husband and I traveled to Rome from California, we had arranged transportation to the Hotel Golden and found ourselves greeted by the Loria family which we found to be a true delight and a place we hope to return to some day. We highly ... Read More
My husband and I traveled to Rome from California, we had arranged transportation to the Hotel Golden and found ourselves greeted by the Loria family which we found to be a true delight and a place we hope to return to some day. We highly recommend this small quaint family owned and run hotel. Great location and an excellent, scrumptious home cooked breakfast each morning. We arrived at the Windstar Pier by a personable English speaking friend of the Golden. This had been arranged by one of the family members prior to our arrival in Rome. Our embarkation was very smooth and efficient. We arrived a bit early, it was suggested we leave our luggage and perhaps go into town and return after one hour. When we got back to the pier we given our room assignment and paper work to enter the gangplank and were within a matter of minutes, discovering our cabin and in awe of the generous size. We have never been on a ship with both a walk in closet and a bath tub and thoroughly enjoyed it all for the next seven nights and days. This being our first Windstar Cruise, but not our first cruise experience by any means, was delightful and enchanting! The smaller ship made accessing the intriguing, quaint ports possible. Some of the main reasons we choose Windstar was their lower passenger capacity. Our ship actually only had 130 guest aboard. The all adult passenger guest list was a definite plus. And their reputation for guest satisfaction. The cuisine was fabulous, as was the service from all the crew. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Candles Restaurant which once aboard ship we were able to make reservations for the evening of our choosing. May have been the evening breeze or perhaps the table for two overlooking the harbor, but this was an especially superb meal and romantic evening for us both. We were impressed and pleased with the assortment and quality of the food at the Barbeque. The crew's entertainment was both enjoyable and a talent we were surprised they all had! Very fun evening. The excursion of Monte Carlo was extraordinary, being the first time visiting The Grand Casino was a highlight. Champagne at the Cafe' de Paris was a memorable moment and appeared to be a fun time for all. Being the "gambler's" that we are, we had both a lucky and somewhat fortuitous adventure at the Roulette table. We had one Windstar tour cancelled due to low attendance and another due to a change of Port. For us, it was all exciting and the change of Ports did not spoil a thing for us. We actually found a private tour through a Conserzio Taxi with a great English speaking man named Carlo, taxi number 9, in Livorno that took the two of us through the Tuscan wine and olive countryside, with stops of our choosing. We next continued on to Florence with him providing a complete description of the highlights. He allowed ample time for shopping and meals before we continued to Pisa with more time there as we liked. He provided us with a personalize tour that we will remember for our lifetime. Disembarkation was very swift and although it started to rain, Windstar thought of everything and had outdoor tarps assembled to keep us dry. We are already looking forward to our next Windstar Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Firstly Windstars site does not work properly so had to phone to book excursions we wanted to do. Toll call to America listening to what a wonderful stress free cruise etc we were going to experience. Wines are very disappointing about ... Read More
Firstly Windstars site does not work properly so had to phone to book excursions we wanted to do. Toll call to America listening to what a wonderful stress free cruise etc we were going to experience. Wines are very disappointing about American supermarket quality. No decent Italian wines. The food except for the BBQ night was pretty poor to average. (have had better food and wine staying at a club Med resort) Some guests left after 3 days because of this, they had been on Windstar cruises before but said never again. Some staff are friendly and helpful, some are not, Bar manager snatched my cocktail off the table before I had finished it was quite rude. Excursions are way over priced not worth paying for, Some guides English are very poor. If you go a shore and not go on their excursions very little information is given to you (Capri we cued with others at the Vanicular 20 mins and then told we had to go and get tickets some way away from the vanicular and join another cue. At Sorrento we were left to either walk up the road no pavement and nearly get run over. Claim a very steep staircase. We were about to give up when we came across a lift to take us up. All this could of been avoid should Windstar provide a little information about places. Lastly Give a large tip to staff that you want to look after you at the beginning of the cruise because this will insure you will get looked after. I will use another small boat cruise line but never Windstar again Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Our first cruise and the most expensive per day we have had. Traveled extensively to South America, UK, Europe, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Madagascar. The "balcony" cabin we had was clean and well serviced with the ... Read More
Our first cruise and the most expensive per day we have had. Traveled extensively to South America, UK, Europe, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Madagascar. The "balcony" cabin we had was clean and well serviced with the exception of toiletries which we had to from time to time ask for. The en-suite was a bit tired and could use a face-lift. My gripe with the cabin is that is a joke to call it a balcony cabin. There are two sliding door that open to a foot wide board and a hand rail to lean on - no table and two chairs that you would expect with a balcony cabin. Service throughout the ship was on the whole reasonable which is more than I can say about the food. I rate the food as being only average as there was virtually nothing that I, or most reasonable cooks, couldn't have prepared themselves. The food the first three nights was dreadful - way overcooked steak and salmon and vegetables that were hot and raw (not cooked at all). This did improve afterwards but not to the level one would expect from a 5 star operation. The food at Club Med Mauritius or Princess Bora Resort and Spa in Madagascar I would rate at a good 8.5 Star Legend's at 3 out of 10 - very disappointed. As far as the wines were concerned (and I have had years of being a wine-broker); I had expected and hoped that there would be a good selection of Italian wines considering the cruise was from this area and considering that Italy produces great wines as well as great value-for-money wines but alas mostly cheap American supermarket wines at high prices and a very poor selection of local wines again at high prices for what they were. All in all beverage rating 2 out of 10. Excursions; Grossly over priced, sometimes with guides with poor English and sometimes with guides that don't have a stop button (They talk non-stop often repeating themselves). If you do book with Windstar and you don't want to use their excursions don't expect any help from them other than a very basic map of the city your visiting - do your homework first. I have held off on writing this review because out travel consultant said the Windstar agent wanted to talk to me regarding my concerns. As expected that hasn't happened so all in all I strongly suggest before paying good money to Windstar do your homework first. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Star Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.6

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