24 Windstar Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because of the intimacy of the ship. We might have sacrificed all of the bells and whistle of a larger ship, but being on a smaller ship was well worth it. Embarkation was done in a very smooth and orderly fashion ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the intimacy of the ship. We might have sacrificed all of the bells and whistle of a larger ship, but being on a smaller ship was well worth it. Embarkation was done in a very smooth and orderly fashion and we were in our cabin within 15 minutes of boarding the ship. After ready some of the previous reviews, I was nervous about the age of the ship and it's condition, but our balcony cabin was clean and extremely spacious Yes, the cabins do need some updating, which they are planning a full refurbishment in the next year or so, but we were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as bad as I had read. One of the things that makes this cruise line special are it's crew. They are so welcoming and friendly. They know your name with in the first day or so. The service level is amazing. Before you even take your last sip, they are right there asking if you would like another. Never a dirty glass or plate is sitting in front of you. And the FOOD!! Every night they offered their James Beard Foundation specialties along with other gourmet dishes and for those who are picky, they offer steak and chicken every night. Everything was done to perfection. The Executive Chef went over and above when we asked for a special dessert that was not being offered that night. The breakfasts were very good also. You can have made to order omelets along with a buffet. Or you can order something off the menu like waffles or pancakes or Egg Benedict. Same goes for the lunches where you can order a hamburger or chicken sandwich along with the buffet selections. Also the deck BBQ that they offered the evening we were in Cannes was spectacular! They bought fresh Sea bass that day and cooked it right there on the spot. Also, they had lobster and roasted pig, shrimp, carved beef, BBQ chicken and so much more. Then afterwards, they had line dancing that was so much fun! The crew really makes it a special night. The entertainment was what you might expect from a smaller ship. They had a duo singing every night up on the pool deck. And usually a special event in the Compass Lounge with fun things like a "Name that Tune" trivia game or the "Liars Club" where you had to guess which of the crew was telling the truth, and the crew talent show, which was very entertaining. But if you are expecting a big production show like what is on a large cruise ship, you will not see that here. We arrived in Rome a few days before the cruise and explored the city. We had Rome Cabs pick us up at the airport and give us a mini 1 hour tour of the city where we go out and visited the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. We had never been to Italy and we went to the usual touristy spots. The next day we went to The Colluseum where an archaeologist gave us a tour of the underground parts of the Colluseum then we had our regular tour guide take us round the rest of the Colluseum and the Forum. Very informative tour of these spectacular historical wonders. And on our last day in Rome, we went to the first entry to the Vatican, then it was off to our ship. The ports of call were very good. We did take a shore excursion through Windstar in Portofierro, Elba. It was well organized, even though it was supposed to be a morning departure and they had to change it to afternoon due to work being done on Napoleon's summer house. But our guide was very knowledgeable and got us back to our ship in time. We especially loved Portofino and Sanary Sur Mer probably because we like how small and quaint these ports were and their beauty! In Portofino, we walked to the top of Castle Brown, were the views were spectacular. Then we just walked around the beautiful little village. And Sanary Sur Mer was the prettiest little fishing village. There was a farmers market at the time where they had the fisherman, who just came in from the sea, put their fish on display along with fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of other items. Cannes and Monte Carlo, we just did our own thing, but the they are beautiful cities. The Grand Prix was just the week before, and they had an exotic car show going on the day we were in port. We saw many high end luxury sports cars being displayed and driven around the streets. Fun to see! We stopped in the small fishing village of Palermo, Spain where we did a lot of shopping. The prices were much more reasonable there and enjoyed our stay there. Our last stop was Barcelona where we disembarked. Again, this went very smoothly. We had a driver and guide waiting to pick us up for a private tour of Barcelona. Barcelona is a beautiful city with amazing architecture. We enjoyed our tour very much. I enjoyed our trip so much and was so sad to see it end. This is an older ship, but Windstar has kept it looking nice and clean. The service, food and overall experience was top notch! I would not hesitate to return to Windstar and am looking forward to our next cruise with them! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Choose the Star Pride predominately for the race and then the wonderful different ports of call. Food was some of the best cruise food ever and the staff were wonderful. The rooms are a good size, but don't bother with the balcony ... Read More
Choose the Star Pride predominately for the race and then the wonderful different ports of call. Food was some of the best cruise food ever and the staff were wonderful. The rooms are a good size, but don't bother with the balcony upgrade. The size of the ship makes it easy to get around without needing a map. If you get the opportunity check out the bridge when it is open as the crew is very informative about the ship and navigation. All the staff are very friendly and a joy to be around. The dinner selections are excellent and it feels like you are dining in a five star restaurant. Before buying the drink package take into consideration your on board credit as well as how much you plan on drinking, we skipped the package and didn't come close to using our credit. Same for the wi-fi package it was easy to find free hot spots at each port of call to catch-up and send photos. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My husband and I just came home from the Lisbon to Barcelona cruise in April. It is our third cruise with Windstar. Pros: The staff is wonderful. They know your name by the second day. The food is good particularly the barbeque ... Read More
My husband and I just came home from the Lisbon to Barcelona cruise in April. It is our third cruise with Windstar. Pros: The staff is wonderful. They know your name by the second day. The food is good particularly the barbeque on the deck. There is a nice variety of food to please everyone. The suites are spacious. King size beds, a sitting area, a double variety bathroom, and a walk-in closet. The ship is very clean. The security on and off the ship is good. The shore excursions to Gibraltar, Alhambra and Seville were very good. The daily programs and nightly talks are very helpful for background information. Embarkment and disembarkment are quick and efficient. We extended our stay at the end of the trip to Barcelona. It was wonderful! Cons: The shore excursions are expensive. WiFi is not included and should be. Wine and beer should be included not an additional charge. A lovely vacation! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The staff and quality of food was outstanding. The suite was large and never felt confining. Double sink vanity, large tub, walk-in closet all made the 8 day experience just like home! Every evening after dinner and drinks, we came back ... Read More
The staff and quality of food was outstanding. The suite was large and never felt confining. Double sink vanity, large tub, walk-in closet all made the 8 day experience just like home! Every evening after dinner and drinks, we came back to a cabin that had been picked up and a bed folded down. Fresh water and a filled ice bucket everyday. The wine selection and knowledgeable wine steward was first class! The barbecue out on the deck was beyond anything we expected. The staff always made sure we had a drink. Deck chairs were plentiful and blankets were brought out for those chilly evenings. The duo that sang and played music were very good and entertained our requests making for fun evenings after dinner. The shore excursions were extremely organized and getting on and off the ship was easy and streamlined. Our only criticism, and this is very minor, was that the cabins could use a little updating, especially the bathrooms. But, storage was plentiful, and the laundry service was super and worth the extra money. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Bait and switch!!!! The publish destinations are as follows, 1. Grenada 2.Pigeon Island 3. Bequia 4.Guadeloupe 5. St Martin THAT IS NOT WHERE WE WENT!!! Where we went was: 1. No Grenada, they instead took us to ... Read More
Bait and switch!!!! The publish destinations are as follows, 1. Grenada 2.Pigeon Island 3. Bequia 4.Guadeloupe 5. St Martin THAT IS NOT WHERE WE WENT!!! Where we went was: 1. No Grenada, they instead took us to Anse Mitaln Martinque. All I can say is we got off the boat at their 'so called beach' and it was a few feet wide, not pretty sand, and the locals looked like they would mug you! 2. we ..did go to Pigeon Island, it was ok, no place I would ever go back to. They had a lunch on the beach. 3. Bequia....never saw it!!! 4. Guadeloupe, never went there either, the generator went out and with that the air conditioner and some of the bathrooms. You would wake up in the night pouring sweat! Several people left the boat. You could smell the bathrooms and with the heat, well you can just imagine! 5.Little Bay, Montserrat....JUST PLAIN GROSS, Not where we were suppose to go!..Again!!! They keep hyping this 'buried city'. It seems the volcano erupted and buried a 3rd world city. We gave up and ..tried...to go to their beach and it just might have been the worst of all. They called it a black sand beach, but it was more like a big mud pie. We didn't even stay 30 minutes. 6. St Barts, not on the route but the best. But that was trashed too, as we paid $175.00 a person to go their snorkling deal. When we went to get in the water, they told us we had 20 minutes! When I got home, I looked at the tickets they had emailed us. It seems that even though I talked to their booking agents at length about the stops POSTED on their web site, they changed them and put them on our confirmed tickets before we ever hit the boat! THAT IS JUST PLAIN WRONG! Bait and switch! They took us to every pile of hot rocks and no beach they could find. They refunded $450, but you can't give me back a week of my life. I would never take them again because I don't trust them not to pull the same stunt again. Also, I would like to add, after they roasted us for 3 days and never got the generator working, I asked if they were going to put the boat in dock back in San Juan and fix it. The answer was "no", they were going to have someone stand there and manually turn it on every time it tripped! One of our group went on from San Juan to Portugal, which was the next trip. He stated it went out again in the Atlantic. They slept with their cabin doors open and it wasn't so bad. I will bet you that thing sails the Mediterranean with the air out! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Ship was tired. Carpet tired and dirty. Staff was tired/ not energetic. Communication poor between staff and guest about were to be when especially on disembarkation. Had to wait on luggage both on embarkation and on ... Read More
Ship was tired. Carpet tired and dirty. Staff was tired/ not energetic. Communication poor between staff and guest about were to be when especially on disembarkation. Had to wait on luggage both on embarkation and on disembarkation. This wait caused us to miss a tour each time which the staff did not seem to worried about but cut down on our experiences. On disembarkation the wait also caused us to miss our connection to our next destination even. Staff called you by your first name or did not use yes sir or yes ma'am. Very cheap liquor and poor drink selection. Drinks made were weak ? watered? And staff very very careful to about not pouring too much and charging for every drop. Overall the food was excellent . Overall not worth the money or least wait to last minute and get last minute deal. We paid earlyt o reserve the date and got no incentives. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My husband & I took a back-to-back Windstar cruise sailing from Lisbon to Barcelona & Barcelona to Rome. We loved the 200 passenger ship for its intimacy, its room to breathe without being surrounded by 1000s all the time & its ... Read More
My husband & I took a back-to-back Windstar cruise sailing from Lisbon to Barcelona & Barcelona to Rome. We loved the 200 passenger ship for its intimacy, its room to breathe without being surrounded by 1000s all the time & its list of passengers from all over the world. Our cabin was wonderful - roomy with a curtain separating the large screen TV/reading lounge from the sleeping area, a walk-in closet, a sparkling well equipped bathroom, a bar console, ample storage/writing space & a wall window (not that we spent much time gazing out of it). Embarkation had minor delays, luggage delivery & disembarkation very smooth. The food - in the Veranda breakfast/lunch deck & the main Dining Room - was excellent & sophisticated & the service was impeccable. Ditto for the cabin stewards who went out of their way to accommodate requests & wishes (often unexpressed !!). Seating was open at dinner & we had a lot of interesting dinners by asking to be seated with other guests & offering to share our table with them, too. Although the setting was fairly formal, the atmosphere was not, due to the senses of humor of the 2 maitre d's who were lively & solicitous at the same time. Since I was coughing & sneezing at night, I didn't have much a chance to sample the entertainment but my husband did & loved it. There are several areas with live music, drinking & dancing where my hubby outdid himself singing karaoke & dancing with women with stationery husbands. My big regret is not feeling well enough to see all of this person but the staff & other guests regaled me with the stories. We've usually found the ships' shore excursions to be about average & only took one on the entire cruise. I had booked private tours in every port & thought they were absolutely fabulous, living up (with one exception) to all our expectations. I would highly recommend future guests to do the same - I used ToursByLocals &NotJustATourist & did a lot of reviewing before booking them. I'd also recommend spending extra days if you can exploring the departure & arrival cities as it provides a fascinating way to start & end a cruise. The one big negative for us was the itinerary on the second half of our cruise. My husband chose it as it extended our original cruise in the right time frame but we were disappointed by Windstar's choices, namely, 3 stops on the islands of Corsica & Elba as well as the Algarve of Portugal. Perhaps it was not possible but, looking at a map, there were a number of destinations that seemed a lot more appealing. We WOULD sail on Windstar again but make shore that (most of) the ports were places on our bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first cruise on a small ship and I'm happy to say it exceeded our expectations. The Star Pride only carries 200 passengers or so which means that life onboard is generally relaxed and informal. The cabin was pleasantly ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a small ship and I'm happy to say it exceeded our expectations. The Star Pride only carries 200 passengers or so which means that life onboard is generally relaxed and informal. The cabin was pleasantly roomy and the food ranged from excellent to very good. With a small number of passengers you'll also get to know your shipmates since you'll tend to run into the same people on shore excursions, at dinner, or around the ship. The Yacht Club is a feature that doesn't get enough publicity. It's a lovely, quiet place to sit with a cup of tea or coffee, read, play cards, or just watch the ocean go by. The crew was a high point of the cruise. By the second or third day we were being greeted by name and asked if we'd like our usual drinks. They were uniformly warm, cheerful, and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Embarkation and disembarkation were fairly informal, low key affairs. With only 200 passengers it doesn't take much time to get everyone checked in or out. Of course, there are some tradeoffs with a smaller ship. Entertainment was limited to a duo and solo singer. They were very good, but there's only so much variety you can get out of three people. Likewise, the dining venues were a little limited. For example, it would have been nice to have the buffet open at dinner for those nights when you don't want to deal with the main dining room. And, of course, you will feel the ocean more in a smaller ship than a larger one. Overall, though, the good points far outweighed the limitations and we will definitely look at Windstar for another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because of their advertising that said they were a luxury cruise line. This is completely false. While the ports their smaller ship was able to visit were magnificent, for the most part, we found the majority of the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of their advertising that said they were a luxury cruise line. This is completely false. While the ports their smaller ship was able to visit were magnificent, for the most part, we found the majority of the staff to be pompous and arragont, the spa services to be far below standards, and the food to be nothing better than a mediocre restaurant buffet. We received a letter from the cruise line a week before departure alerting us to the fact that they were eliminating three port calls (Monte Carlo, Monaco and another intimate port call) with a three day stop in Nice. They did compensate us $250.00 per person for the neccesity to repair the ship for three days; however this did not even cover the difficult to find cabs and the high dollar fare charges. We ordered room service and were delivered moldy food and had to reteurn the food. The gym mats were all torn and gym equpment was not maintained. The casino was closed for the majority of the trip. After I brought my complaints to the Cruise Manager, I was shunned by several officers for the rest of this trip. I came to find out that two of them were married and told everyone on the ship. Very unprofessional and unethical organiation. We had credits from our on board account that were never refunded to our cards and guest relations told me she would repsond to me within 7-10 days and failed to do so. Windstar is only out to take your hard earned dollars and not provide the luxury and attentive srvice that they promise. I saved for this trip for a long time, and was very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Europe is incredibly hot and crowded in the summer, although still crowded for this trip. Did notice a drop in service level compared to prior Windstar cruises. Looks like they are pinching pennies in certain areas. Definitely less ... Read More
Europe is incredibly hot and crowded in the summer, although still crowded for this trip. Did notice a drop in service level compared to prior Windstar cruises. Looks like they are pinching pennies in certain areas. Definitely less focus on customer service from corporate side. Nice to travel with smaller groups, but don't fall for "travel in private yacht style". Excursions are very pricey and still bus group travel (with all the inefficiencies that entails. If you are the person who is always late, yeah, they will wait for you as you waste everyone else's time, so I guess it's your private yacht and not mine). Don't really see the value for the money when nothing is organized for my convenience. I understand compromise, but why market "private yacht style" when guests have little to no input on scheduling. And, be prepared for some nickel and dimeing on top of the already peak pricing. Won't bother with them again. Exclusive private event was a substantial step down from prior cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We weren't sure we would really like a cruise holiday and chose Windstar because we liked the idea of a smaller ship that was more casual and geared to a younger more active clientele. The itinerary which included mainly stops in ... Read More
We weren't sure we would really like a cruise holiday and chose Windstar because we liked the idea of a smaller ship that was more casual and geared to a younger more active clientele. The itinerary which included mainly stops in Croatia was another thing that appealed to us. The yacht is beautiful and well kept and the cabins are a lot larger than we expected. The entire crew were amazing - from day 1 we were greeted by name at every interaction. With almost as many crew members as passengers, the service level is very personal and there is always someone there, ready to serve you with a smile. The officers are also very accessible and interact with guests (loved being able to go up to the bridge any time). The food was fabulous - we ate at the main dining room every night except once where we went to Candles and one night when they had a big outdoor BBQ evening. The meal choices at Candles and Amphora were excellent - we would look forward to checking out the menu to see what we were going to get each night .... Beef Wellington, Lobster tail, fresh fish, Osso Buco, Lamb etc. We also liked the fact that some Indian dishes were on the menu (the head chef is from India) along with some local dishes related to the ports we visited. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style with a great choice of options, and there was also other options that could be ordered from the daily menu (excellent eggs benedict, and lamb burgers that were to to die for). The choice of wine was also very good and there was also a good selection of mixed drinks/cocktails, beer and even cider. Most drinks were average $8.50... We chose to add on the beverage package (all drinks up to $11 each) - it was quite pricey, $108 USD per cabin per day - in hindsight, we would not have purchased it (both people in the cabin have to have quite a few drinks per day to really make it worthwhile). We weren't aware that they had other beverage package options until we boarded the ship on day 1 - there were other packages just for wine that were cheaper, that we would have selected if we had known they were offered. I would suggest waiting until you board and seeing what beverage package options are available instead of booking in advance. We liked the informal style and the laid-back entertainment: There were two music duos who played at the two bars onboard every night - both were pretty good and got people up and dancing a few nights. The crew get involved in the entertainment - The "Liar's Club" and another game, similar to Balderdash were both fun evenings where the guests got involved. The talent show was also a lot of fun .... If you are expecting glitzy professional entertainment each night then you would be disappointed, but we liked the more interactive, intimate approach. Since there are only about 200 guests you also get a chance to meet and chat with a lot of nice people including the staff. Pluses: Excellent service, Fantastic food, Spacious well appointed cabins, nice common areas, easy to get around and on/off the yacht at each port. Lots to keep you from getting bored (library, games, gym, spa, water sports platform). Friendly and accessible officers, intimate, casual atmosphere. Minuses: The small pool ended up being out of service for most of the cruise (but there were 2 hot tubs open in the afternoon/evenings). Many of the shore excursions are quite expensive - we would have liked to see more options for active travellers at each stop (there were some, such as the mountain bike tour in Rovinj which was a lot of fun, but not offered everywhere). We found that the tour/excursion prices were a lot higher than what you could book yourself through Viator or other online websites. The private event was supposed to be held in Sicily but it ended up being changed to a cultural show in Dubrovnik (it was okay but the original one sounded more interesting). The onboard internet package is also very expensive and not worth it - just get a roaming package from your own mobile provider since most of the time on this cruise we were close enough to shore to have mobile service. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I was really excited to join as a travel agent onboard the “Star Pride” for the cruise from September 25 until October 3 – going from Rome to Venice. The itinerary was great and while the newly refurbished ship looks very modern, ... Read More
I was really excited to join as a travel agent onboard the “Star Pride” for the cruise from September 25 until October 3 – going from Rome to Venice. The itinerary was great and while the newly refurbished ship looks very modern, sleek and overall fresh it still didn’t deliver the vacation experience that I was hoping for. This review might be a little bit critically as we have cruised many times before on similar cruise lines and are used to a certain standard on board these “ultra luxury small ships”. While I can see that the sailing ships have a unique concept and might fulfill the Windstar promise of “180 degrees from ordinary” I can’t find any clues of that concept on board the Star Pride. Priced at roughly $4000 per person (retail pricing) for this cruise I expected outstanding service from the crew members or something else that would set the ship apart from cheaper and bigger cruise ships. I am not sure if the idea is that the small yacht experience is sufficient to demand such a steep price, since similar cruise lines (think Silversea and Seabourn) are delivering the same small ship experience with an all inclusive concept at this price. I think it is absurd to charge this base price + alcoholic beverages on top of the cruise fare + 15% service charges for each order. The cheapest glass of wine sets one back around $10 (including tax and service charge) while cocktails start at $8.50++. Sure, you are welcome to book the “Ultimate Beverage Package” or a “Wine Package”. The Wine package costs currently $32.00 per person plus 15% service charge and the “all inclusive drink package around $54.00 per person plus the 15% per person/ per day. However, this concept reminds me a lot of Royal Caribbean Cruises, with the difference that on board their ships the passengers from one cabin can actually decide to only purchase that package for just 1 person in the cabin. On board the Star Pride one has to purchase this drink package for 2 people, leaving a $1000 dent in your account, for the duration of the cruise. I can understand those alcoholic beverage prices if we were talking about a similar cruise on board Royal Caribbean or Princess Cruises, with a price of around $1500 for the cruise fare. Norwegian Cruise Lines offers nearly 2 week cruises in an inside cabin for $1500 per person and they include the alcoholic beverages. On top of that there is more entertainment and things to do, while I feel that the only reason the Star Pride is priced at nearly $4000 per person would be the “small ship exclusivity”. Seriously couldn’t find anything else that set this cruise apart from a lower priced bigger ship cruise. Suite The Oceanview Suite (lowest priced category) was fantastic. Very spacious, with clean lines and a nice color palette (beige and blues). This was probably one of the biggest suites in this category that I have stayed in, since you managed to fit a sofa as well as two armchairs. This was a great surprise! Our suite attendant did a great job in the cabin and we were very happy with her! Service As mentioned above one would think that with a maximum of 212 passengers vs. 156 crew members that the service on board would be outstanding. We have cruised with Silversea and Paul Gauguin before and the crew members on board made an effort to learn our names and preferences from day 1. From the bar waiters to the restaurant waiters and everybody in between, they tried to make a personal connection, introduced themselves and seemed to be happy on board. Unfortunately we didn’t get the same impression on this ship. The bars were mainly staffed with just 1 bartender, who apparently also doubled as the waiter. Since I wasn’t offered a coffee for dinner, I figured I would order one in one of the bars. I didn’t have any luck. The only coffee machine on board seems to be in the Yacht Club on Deck 8 and when we finally ended up there we were told that the bar tender didn’t know how to operate the machine. For 15-20 minutes he tried to get somebody to come up to help him to figure out the machine, but to avail. I eventually gave up on the coffee request and retired to the cabin. In general the service on board seemed a bit reluctant. We would ask for something and the crew would say “yes”, just to have this immediately followed up by a “but” and some sort of an explanation on why it couldn’t be done right away or how it would be better if we just did it ourselves. We also had a special request during the cruise and were supposed to have a little tour around the vessel on the last day. However, the confirmation of said tour was only sent to the cabin on the day of the tour at 10 a.m. and requested us to be at the meeting point at 4 p.m. In the meanwhile we had already left the ship to go ashore (as we didn’t think that the tour was still happening) and came back to the cabin around 5 p.m. to find the note. We obviously missed the tour. Amphores Restaurant Most of the time there was no line when we went to the restaurant and we were seated straight away. The waiters were quick in taking the order. However, on the first evening they had a New York Strip Steak on the menu and I decided to order from the “classic menu”. I was advised by the waiter that I could order the Sirloin Steak all the other days of the week and should reconsider to go for the Strip Steak. I personally don’t like this type of steak and insisted on the Sirloin. When it finally arrived it was of course a Strip Steak and looked exactly like the dish that people ordered of the daily menu – with the difference that mine was missing the Windstar Sauce. I ate it as I didn’t want to wait any further, but the steak itself was rather tough. The service is rather hit or miss. The remaining nights we were seated with an outstanding waitress who really delivered great service. Unfortunately even she couldn’t do much more than recommend and not recommend some of the food from the menu. Most of the food was constantly served lukewarm and the food lacked some finesse that we were used to from similar priced cruise lines. Overall it was good, but nothing outstanding. One night a cruise the guests can make a reservation at the “Candles” Restaurant, which is nice as it is outside. It has a steakhouse concept and I finally got a fillet mignon during the cruise. It was a bit more done than ordered, but tasted good. The atmosphere could have been improved with less white lights and maybe some background music to overpower the engine noise. Printing Material Some of the printing material on board looked as if some five year olds went to an arts and crafts class! The menus in the bars and the drink menus in the Restaurants are all different sized and look as if somebody has cut them with scissor or a very dull paper cutter. The edges have the look as if a mouse has chewed a bit on them and no two pages have the same size or the same style. I am also not sure whether the prices in the Amphores Restaurant are supposed to be different or if they are maybe using an older drink menu? In the bars the bottle of champagne goes for $90 plus 15% and in the main dining room the same bottle is then priced at $110 plus 15% in service fees. That same bottle can be found in a US liquor store for $40 plus tax. And yes, I do understand that there is a markup, but it seems to be a bit much if the price is nearly tripled?! The Daily Program is nothing more than a cheaply printed page, nothing compared to the programs available on other cruise lines. Also, the printer quality seems to be rather bad. It all looks a little bit out of focus. Roomservice Got excited about ordering the room service breakfast again, but when we returned for the first evening to the Suite, we were disappointed since one can only order “pastries, coffee and juice” from the room service menu. It took until the next day to find out that there is in fact the option to order a full breakfast from In-Room Dining, if one writes all desired items from the menu list on the “Continental Breakfast Hanger”. It might be easier to simply re-print those door hangers and to include all available items in order to make it easier for the guests. Roomservice was always delivered during the requested time frame and contained all items. Crew While some crew members made a serious effort the majority seemed to be tired and done with their jobs. They didn’t look very joyful, most of them didn’t greet the passengers in the public spaces and in general the ship felt awfully understaffed. Even officers of the ship didn’t deem it necessary to greet passengers first or to ask “How are you?” Entertainment The entertainment on board is literally non-existent. While there is a small lounge and a stage there were no entertainers or guest lecturers on board. The only events that took place during the entire cruise were daily port talks by the Voyage Leader/ Shorex Manager as well as one evening of Liar’s Club and Movie Trivia. On one of the evenings there was a crew show. The far and few “events” were good fun and the crew tried really hard during the crew show. However, this doesn’t make up for the fact that on most evenings, after dinner, there was nothing to do on the entire vessel. Unless we went to the bar to have more drinks, which got pretty lame pretty quickly as well. Windstar should consider to invest into some guest performers. On other small cruise lines we had magicians or musicians or some local show in a port. We weren’t expecting a musical performance, but to offer nothing was just lame. Ports All the ports that we visited were great and we had a good time. Didn’t book any excursions on board and instead booked ourselves rental cars to get around the Med. Most ports were tender ports and the disembarkation and embarkation process were flawless. We never had to wait longer than 5 minutes for a tender and the tender duration was short. Tours seemed to be well organized in regards to the coordination with tour groups and independent guests on the tenders. Hotel Service Charge Windstar Cruises will add a $12 per day/ per passenger service charge to your invoice during the cruise. This charge is entirely for the crew and similar to prepaid tips. You are being told that the amount can be removed or lowered, but need to fill in a form and give an explanation why you want to do so. The charge is supposedly a source of income for the crew members, which makes me wonder again why other smaller cruise lines aren’t charging this fee? Apparently it is included in the general cruise fare on the exclusive cruise lines. It made the cruise feel again as if we were on a “cheaper” cruise line, where such procedures and charges are standard. We didn’t understand why this was something that Windstar felt was necessary to do? Over the course of the 8 night cruise we have failed to see the value for money in paying the higher cruise fare. At first we thought that we would clearly go to ports that couldn’t be visited by bigger ships, but learned that the MSC ships and Royal Caribbean ships also fit in most ports that we visited. The ship itself looks new, is very quiet and offers some very big staterooms. If the cruise line would decide to include all their “extra charges” into the cruise fare I believe that there would be a solid concept and more value for money. Currently we don’t think that we will cruise again on any of the Windstar ships and instead go back to the other small cruise lines who have adapted the ultra all inclusive concept. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We spent really good money on this cruise and were sold from the sleek brochures on the Star Pride. It was hailed as "the newest addition" when it is anything but that. It's an old ship that they pulled from the shipyard ... Read More
We spent really good money on this cruise and were sold from the sleek brochures on the Star Pride. It was hailed as "the newest addition" when it is anything but that. It's an old ship that they pulled from the shipyard and then photo-shopped their pics to put in their brochure. Save your money and go on a real luxury and sleek cruise. This is a bad bill of goods! We did the Istanbul to Athen's cruise in September of 2015. We were very excited about the trip as We were on the Wind Star in 2013 that that was fantastic. It's a shame that Wind Star hoodwinked their clients with the Star Pride. Anyway, the destinations were great and the dinner we had at Ephesus was AMAZING. But I could not be more disappointed with the ship. As you can see from the photos I took, it is a very run down ship that is literally falling apart. I was so embarrassed as I convinced 3 other couples to join us on this trip and billed our Wind Star experience in 2013 as so incredibly amazing. All of us had old shoddy rooms with stains and mold and it was just gross. The carpets in the hallways were worn and ripped in some places. It was just terrible! Thankfully the food was good and the staff were "okay". Not as dignified and refined as the staff on the Wind Star. If you're looking for a great ship to enjoy a luxurious, relaxing, and quaint cruise, DO NOT PICK THIS SHIP! It should be sunk in the Bermuda Triangle where it belongs. I have posted many pictures to prove that this ship is old, shoddy, and a piece of crap. Stay away. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
After much research and back and forth decison making, we chose this cruise line and a marvelous itinerary. Our experience met and exceeded our expectations by a wide margin. EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL. Delicious food, romantic ... Read More
After much research and back and forth decison making, we chose this cruise line and a marvelous itinerary. Our experience met and exceeded our expectations by a wide margin. EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL. Delicious food, romantic moments, INCREDIBLE STAFF, Simulating and fun tours, fun activities and more. My wife had special dietary needs and the two chefs-Stany and Nilesh went over the top to please her. We even vistited the local markets with the chefs, as they chose the produce, cheeses, olives, and fish for the evening meals.WOW-that was fun. The receptionists and tour desk were so helpful, never saying no to anything. And the ship is just beautiful. Captain Alan allowed us to vist the Bridge and learn about how this ship does it's magic. And our room was more spacious than we expected-comfortable and well positioned-even a bath tub! Loved the dining room and the maitre d' Karmic-who made every night special-plus OKA, I Pung and Merra, our great servers! We will be back again-thats for sure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We wanted a small, luxury ship experience. Far exceeded our expectations. Will only cruise small luxury ships in future and we will definitely choose Windstar Cruises. Your every need is anticipated by their exceptional and ... Read More
We wanted a small, luxury ship experience. Far exceeded our expectations. Will only cruise small luxury ships in future and we will definitely choose Windstar Cruises. Your every need is anticipated by their exceptional and professional crew. You are addressed by your name every time you meet them. We renewed our wedding vows onboard and I had them plan every detail. The Guest Relations Manager, Marina, did a stunning job. From choosing the vows to the music, everything was perfect. The Hotel Director, Bar Director and Dining Room Director were all present and made this special occasion extra special. Aside from the wonderful excursions and their own Discovery Event all guests are invited too, you are able to visit the Bridge while at sea. This was an added bonus. The food onboard was absolutely delicious. We had the opportunity to dine at "Candles" for our special day. Amazingly delicious. Entertainers onboard were fabulous and very good singers. Our Cruise Director, Ana (not little Anna - very good too) and her staff made us very aware of the various ports we would be calling at. Great Job ! The Captain made himself very available to all guests and should be very proud of his ship and staff --- Bravo to the Star Pride! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband and I travel to Europe often but this was our first cruise. We didn't want a mega ship with thousands of people so we chose Windstar Cruises as they hold approximately 200 people. We booked the Glitter and Glam tour ... Read More
My husband and I travel to Europe often but this was our first cruise. We didn't want a mega ship with thousands of people so we chose Windstar Cruises as they hold approximately 200 people. We booked the Glitter and Glam tour starting at Barcelona moving to the French and Italian Rivieras and ending in Rome. The staff, food, and accommodations were first rate. The ship was immaculate which could be seen by the staff polishing the railings each morning. They knew our names by the second day. They were accommodating and friendly. We chose the Star Pride because all rooms are suites with a walk-in closet, bathroom with a double vanity, a bedroom and a sitting room. The food was very good. Breakfast was a buffet with everything from smoothies to fruit to omelets to yogurt to pancakes. Lunch was a buffet with salads, hot and cold entrees and also ala cart items. Dinner was in AmphorA or Candles (the steak house). The menu changed each night. We enjoyed salmon, filet mignon, chicken breast, scallops and shrimp, sirloin steak, etc. Our favorite night was the on deck BBQ with lobster tails, crab legs, a roasted pig, shrimp, and many tables of salads, fruits, and desserts. We were able not to gain the ten pounds that many cruisers do. I 'm sure the walking helped. We took four of the shore excursions but you can also go out on your own. They had a private event for us at a villa with pesto making, a lovely lunch, and a beautiful view. It was interesting being in a different place each day. Windstar made traveling easy. Each day you receive an itinerary with the day's events and shore excursions.I usually make the hotel, flight, transfer and restaurant arrangements. This time, Windstar took care of it all. The only thing that we had to do was show up, have fun and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
First, in an effort of full disclosure I must admit that this is the 6th Windstar cruise that my family has taken and up to now they have been wonderful . ( We have also done 5 or 6 cruises on other small ship lines). Thus, I write this ... Read More
First, in an effort of full disclosure I must admit that this is the 6th Windstar cruise that my family has taken and up to now they have been wonderful . ( We have also done 5 or 6 cruises on other small ship lines). Thus, I write this review from experience. In the past we have always cruised on the Windstar masted sailing vessels. This is the first trip on the power “yacht” style, Star Pride. It is the second time we have made the Rome to Venice cruise and the ports were marvelous. The crew is very accommodating without being annoying and we love the intimacy of a small ship. The food was good, not fantastic, but there was plenty of it. Allen is in charge of the dining facilities and insures that you have everything that you need. He is a wonderful ambassador for the company. The specialty restaurant, Candles, is a lovely venue on the stern of the ship. It’s by reservation and seating is limited, so book early. We used the Windstar tours for Capri, which included the Blue Grotto, as well as their highlights of Montenegro tour. The rest were done on our own. We hired a taxi from the tender to Teatro Antico di Taormina – the famous amphitheater. Since there were 8 of us, it was much less expensive than the Windstar transportation. Always get the rates before you get in the cab. We had our travel agent make our transportation arrangements from hotel to ship and ship to hotel. It was considerably less than the cruise fees for transportation. We, also, opted for the laundry package. Turn your washables in at night and get them back the next day. It is fantastic. Everything from undergarments to my husband’s shirts were perfectly washed and pressed. Unfortunately, that is all that was remarkably good for this old lady ship. We had 4 cabins ( 1 classic suite CS and 3 cat.S1) Three of the 4 cabins had issues. Our classic suite had a constant diesel fuel smell on the balcony which made the balcony unusable for 6 of the 8 days. On occasion it also permeated into the cabin. One of the S1 cabins had an over flow in the bathroom and the other S1 cabin on two separate days had a wet sewage spot and odor in the closet. This eventually caused our daughter and her husband to be moved another cabin of a lesser category. The Star Pride staff advised us to contact Jillian at the Seattle office, but to avail - It's been a few weeks and she still hasn't returned our call. While we cruise Windstar because we love the casual atmosphere and uniqueness of the masted vessels, the Star Pride has no redeeming qualities and is definitely not up to what we know as the Windstar standard. Don’t waste your money on this ship. It’s dated and should be left to rest in peace. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Classic Italian & Dalmation Coast 02/08/2016 Rome Capri Sicily DAS Kotor Dubrovnik Split Roving Venice Absolutely stunning itenerary We were a group of 3 adults (32-54) and had 2 balcony suites on ... Read More
Classic Italian & Dalmation Coast 02/08/2016 Rome Capri Sicily DAS Kotor Dubrovnik Split Roving Venice Absolutely stunning itenerary We were a group of 3 adults (32-54) and had 2 balcony suites on deck 6. The suites were absolutely stunning and so spacious at 277square feet. Suite stewards were especially attentive and the suites were always immaculate. Anto ( suite steward) went that extra mile at every opportunity. There were 202 guests on this voyage and the yacht never felt crowded rather the opposite so much space for everyone. Yes the yacht is now 28 years old but the total refurbishment has turned it into a stunning vessel. Food onboard was outstanding especially in the main dinning room for evening dinner. We ate at candles once during the voyage and again the food was outstanding and if I were to say anything negative about candles it would be that the tables ( fixed to deck) were a liitle too close to one another for an evening meal. Fine for breakfast and lunch. Service at all times was beyond reproach from both the dinning room stewards and beverage stewards and a special mention must go to two stewards Yogi ( dinning room steward ) John ( beverage steward ) Both went way beyond the call of duty to make sure we had an unforgettable voyage. We would have no hesitation in booking with Windstar again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I was looking for a luxury ship and this was not. I have been on Silver Seas twice and this did not even come close. The service was way below par. the food was bad more than good. For the first 4 nights my food was either under of ... Read More
I was looking for a luxury ship and this was not. I have been on Silver Seas twice and this did not even come close. The service was way below par. the food was bad more than good. For the first 4 nights my food was either under of over cooked. I had to ask 3-4 times every night to get some ice for the warm water they gave use with dinner. There is nothing to do at night. The last night some of the crew put on a stupid show. That was it for 9 nights. The rooms were nice but getting a little old. There is a small refig in the room stocked with soda. We asked for diet soda and seltzer. On server occations one or the other was not there. The itinerary was good. We stopped in some very nice places on the way from Athens to Venice. I would not go on another Winstar Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We are not big cruisers...we have been on Celebrity, Seabourn and Sea Dream Yacht Club. But we know we enjoy smaller cruise ships and chose the Star Pride for our dream cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean. It did not disappoint. We ... Read More
We are not big cruisers...we have been on Celebrity, Seabourn and Sea Dream Yacht Club. But we know we enjoy smaller cruise ships and chose the Star Pride for our dream cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean. It did not disappoint. We opted for a cabin with a French balcony. We knew this meant we couldn't sit in chairs outside, but we loved it anyway, as we could open up the doors and enjoy the fresh air and the sound of the sea. The staterooms are designed well so that you are sitting on the sofa or chair in the living area and can look out to the sea. There are also heavy drapes that separate the sitting area from the bedroom so if one wants to stay up and read and the other go to bed, there is no problem with lights or noise. Service was exceptional. We can't say enough good things about the staff...many from Indonesia and the Philippines as well as Poland, Italy and Ireland! The staff went out of their way to be of service and knew you from the first day--what you liked to eat, drink, and much more! Food was abundant, fresh and delicious. The breakfast buffet was great, but several times we ordered from the menu and it was also super. Dinner was served (except for the night of the BBQ when it was buffet) and wine could be ordered and saved for subsequent nights. The dinner in Candles (their outside veranda restaurant) was just lovely and also well served. Our favorite meal of the day was probably lunch on the veranda, after a busy day at port. Burgers and french fries, but always fresh salads, fish, and some delectible Indian dishes (the executive chef is from India). Tours were well organized and interesting. Since it was a small ship, we were never put in large groups of 60 invading small villages. We liked that. The one island that was pretty crowded and we toured on a large bus was Santorini, but that was worth seeing and so we just accepted it. The itinerary was full of lesser visited stops, with no other ships in port. Highlight was dinner in the Library of Ephesus! A magical evening with great food and wine, music from a small string group and twinkling stars amidst the glorious setting of ancient Ephesus. Truly a night to remember! Fitness Center was adequate, but mostly we just tried to walk everywhere to get our "fitness". Spa services were very nice and the products they used were good. My only disappointment was a manicure that was pricey and not on a par with what I get back home. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We decided to try Wind Star after being on two previous cruises. Those cruises were with two other companies and involved ships with 3,000 and 2,000 passengers. Having noted some negative reviews of the rushed renovation job on the Star ... Read More
We decided to try Wind Star after being on two previous cruises. Those cruises were with two other companies and involved ships with 3,000 and 2,000 passengers. Having noted some negative reviews of the rushed renovation job on the Star Pride, we wondered what the ship would be like. We did the Venetian Passageways (September 2014 - Piraeus to Venice). We loved the cruise and the yacht. We are sold on smaller vessels (Star Pride has 212 passengers). Sure, the yacht is over 25 years old and has a "used" look but that didn't detract from the experience. The staff were very friendly, with a number of them remembering our names by the second day. The staff interacted very well with the passengers. We got the impression they were enjoying themselves! The food was great. While the variety wasn't as extensive as the larger ships we had previously been on, what was on offer covered a wide variety of tastes and was of an excellent standard. The yacht had real coffee (lavazza beans) to us Aussie coffee snobs. Our suite was larger than we were expecting (seemed slightly larger than a mini-suite on the Eurodam). The bed ensured a good nights sleep. No balcony, but the large picture window brought the view in. Anyway, because of the small size of the yacht, we could be on deck in no time. The marina was lowered four times during the nine days cruise and for us this was one of the highlights. Swimming in the deep blue Ionian/ Aegean/ Adriatic Seas was a great experience. The tendering was efficient (there were mechanical issues at the Albanian stop causing delays but they got sorted). We couldn't call in at the scheduled stop of Zante because of a moderate gale, making tendering dangerous, so another stop was quickly identified (Katakolon) and tours arranged. The change in port meant our private tour on Zante couldn't go ahead. We were impressed and thankful that a staff member, hearing about our dilemma, offered her mobile phone to us so we could contact the tour guide. It's that type of thoughtful service that enhances the experience. There was no hard sell of anything. We appreciated that. There wasn't a focus on entertainment as there is on the larger ships, but that is a feature of Wind Star, and one that we like. Interesting we meet a gentleman on board who had been on over 80 cruises over 40 years and he rated the cruise in the top 10. Another passenger had sailed on the yacht 5 times when it was part of Seaborne (including when it was new) and he raved about his experience on the Star Pride. I think these are strong recommendations and observations from experienced cruisers. Overall, we enjoyed the destinations, the staff, and the relaxed feel of the yacht. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
It seems I've been on ships all my life. As a child I did transatlantic crossings with my parents aboard such ships as Queen Mary, Queen Elisabeth, SS United State and Stockholm as well as New York to Australia 8 times aboard QEII. ... Read More
It seems I've been on ships all my life. As a child I did transatlantic crossings with my parents aboard such ships as Queen Mary, Queen Elisabeth, SS United State and Stockholm as well as New York to Australia 8 times aboard QEII. There are many more ships I could mention but the point of a Windstar review would be lost. What I'm saying is that I know the difference between OK and exceptional. My wife and I decided to see if the many wonderful reviews we had read about cruises on Windstar ships were factual and decided to see what Windstar had done with the Seaborne Pride. The Seaborne Pride and I are old friends having sailed aboard here 5 times over the years before she joined the Windstar fleet. She has been one of my favorite ships since my first cruise on her in 1989. We were not disappointed. The staff, crew members, food and accommodations were all exceptional. The attention to detail plus the warm friendly demeanor of the entire crew is getting hard to find these days on cruise ships. Looks like Windstar knows that. Despite a few negative reviews [from what are likely travelers that will never be pleased with anything] the Windstar Pride remains as proud a ship as the day she was christened in 1988. Sure there are a few bits that need attention but the same can be said of all ships, even brand new ones. A buff and shine to get the Pride active in the Windstar fleet is quite different from a dry dock refit which the Pride will soon be undergoing. On a score of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest I have no reservation in giving the Star Pride an overall excellent score of 11. My biggest negative is that we couldn't stay a week or so longer. What would I change? Perhaps the brightness of the window lighting in the restaurant (picky, picky).. That's it. The question that begs to be asked is, will we be on another Windstar cruise in the future? Is the Windstar flag white and blue?   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Twenty two years ago we took a Windstar Cruise in Tahiti and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We have taken about twenty cruises on small to medium-size ships. Our most recent cruise took us from Venice to small ports in Croatia, ... Read More
Twenty two years ago we took a Windstar Cruise in Tahiti and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We have taken about twenty cruises on small to medium-size ships. Our most recent cruise took us from Venice to small ports in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, traversing the Corinth canal (thrilling) and ending in Athens We looked forward to returning to Windstar but found that our expectations were not met. Our first surprise related to our arrival in Venice. The Port of Venice changed the site of embarkation but Windstar did not notify us by e-mail so our water taxi wandered all over the place trying to figure out where to drop us off (not necessarily a bad thing in Venice.) The first evening we set sail, Captain John Moulds welcomed guests in the lounge. He introduced the staff and asked that he and his staff be given feedback rather than having guests share unfavorable comments elsewhere. That certainly sounded reasonable, but we expected that to cut both ways. When we complained early and repeatedly about the safety, organization and execution of our first shore excursion in Hvar we received no feedback whatsoever. We were among 18 passengers who signed up (at $239 per person) for a 5-hour excursion entitled, “Concierge Collection: Sailing Hvar Archipelago.” The brochure described stopping for swimming and snorkeling in secluded bays. An afternoon lunch was to be included. The evening before our visit to Hvar we spoke with Marius, the destination manager, to inquire about the event and determine whether we would have sufficient time to visit the port town before our activity began. He was very genial and unfortunately misinformed us, encouraging us to return to the ship at 11:30am to eat lunch on-board before departing on our excursion. He told us that there would be a late afternoon barbeque as well. The participants were divided into three small sailboats with a professional guide and a professional sailor on each vessel. There were unexpected delays at the dock in Hvar, as we waited for over an hour watching tourists board a large ferry for transit to other islands. This prevented the three hired sailboats from docking and picking us up. Once we set sail our professional tour guide, a local from the region, quickly became seasick. When we arrived at the first secluded bay, where the snorkeling was to take place, the captain of the sailboat had to make arrangements to have the guide taken off the boat and returned to shore. While the snorkelers were advised to swim toward the rocks to view octopus, I and another guest remained on the sailboat with the captain. What we observed was a busy bay area with weekend partying and drinking in the docked boats. Many small vessels were moving in and out with no attention being paid to the swimmers in the water. At one point a very young child entered the area in a motor boat while controlling the rudder. His father was a passive passenger and he made no effort to guide the boat. Our captain immediately saw the danger of this and started shouting at the father (in Croatian and in English) to take control of the boat. We later learned that my husband saw the boat coming directly in his path and had he not taken evasive action he said he would have been cut in half. Clearly this “secluded” bay was not an area where Windstar’s passengers should be brought to swim and view marine life. When the group returned to the boat for the “picnic lunch” on–board (actually barely a snack), most of us admitted that we had already eaten lunch per the destination manager’s recommendation. We were surprised that we were being served food again so soon. Indeed, no late afternoon barbeque had been planned. There was little staff involvement in this excursion. Marius and his staff were not on the dock, nor were they in radio contact with others to oversee that this activity was handled smoothly. By the end of the afternoon, due to rough weather and our delay in getting off the Hvar dock, we had to curtail our visit to the other beautiful areas that were described in the tour materials. When we returned to the port of Hvar, our boat’s captain had difficulty docking since other small boats were trying to offload passengers all at once. There was no interested party on the dock to help pull the boat up to an area where we could get off. Finally one of our passengers had to help hold the rope on the dock so that the captain could help the guests disembark in the rough water. There was no sign of any ship staff to ensure our safety. We understand that the other twelve guests also had unsatisfactory experiences. While we have nothing but the highest praise for the manner in which our sail captain handled the afternoon, we believe that Windstar should not merely engage outside vendors for their events and then abdicate their responsibility for overseeing the excursions they sponsor. It has now been over a month since our cruise and we have waited patiently to be contacted by Windstar to address our comments, but no one has taken the time to respond. We indicated on our final survey that we were not inclined to recommend this ship to others. Perhaps that too may have had some bearing as to why Windstar has no interest in following up with us on our critique. The cabin and dining room staff, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, were outstanding. They were personable and made a committed effort to provide excellent service. Unfortunately, the food served in the large dining room was mediocre. We sent back soups and fish on a number of occasions because they were over-salted and frankly inedible. This dining room needs to be totally remodeled. Apparently it is the unmodified dining room Seabourn used before Windstar updated the rest of the vessel. The room has low ceilings and very poor sound baffling. Oftentimes conversations at other tables made it difficult to hear people at our own. There is little natural light in this large room, and the false front windows backed by fluorescent lighting provide an eerily morgue-like effect. “Candles”, the other evening dining area, was excellent, but guests were told that they could dine there only once during the cruise since it’s so much smaller. Breakfast and lunch were quite good and we appreciated that they offered buffet-style options. Barbecue Night on deck was a singular exception to the steady mediocrity of the main dining room. For the record, the other common areas on board are pleasant and nicely decorated.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My wife and I have been on several lines, all with medium to large ships. This was the first time on a smaller ship. First the highlights--except for one stop, this was a terrific schedule. ( the disappointing stop could have been ... Read More
My wife and I have been on several lines, all with medium to large ships. This was the first time on a smaller ship. First the highlights--except for one stop, this was a terrific schedule. ( the disappointing stop could have been excellent if the cruise line had been more open about what excursions MUST be taken. Second--the staff of the ship, from room porter to dining room folks to purser and junior officers were terrific, friendly, immediately helpful and worthy of a high priced cruise. I commend them all. The cabin was large, comfortable, but in no way "new." in fact the former Seabourne ship was commissioned in 1989 and much of the ship looked like it! Most of the public spaces were good, if not excellent. The musical entertainment was very weak, although lovely people. I do agree with many other reviewers that the food was very good, and the staff extremely accommodating for special requests. Another very good service was fresh water in each cabin several times a day. I also encourage people to use the laundry service. It was inexpensive and could easily make your packing less cumbersome. We enjoyed the trip, loved the locations, will go again, but there is need to update the cabins and public spaces--for example my room furniture was scratched, water marked, etc. I also urge the company to reconsider the high fees for internet on the ship. At this price point, it should have been included. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Star Pride Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.3
Dining 4.5 4.4
Entertainment 3.5 3.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.5
Family 2.5 3.5
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 3.7
Rates N/A N/A

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