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2 Windstar Alaska Cruise Reviews

Overall- Very good service and excellent crew; highlights were the exceptional nature staff for lectures and tours. Nice introduction to Inside Passage and Alaska small town life. Small ship with interesting guest ... Read More
Overall- Very good service and excellent crew; highlights were the exceptional nature staff for lectures and tours. Nice introduction to Inside Passage and Alaska small town life. Small ship with interesting guest interactions. Service: excellent Food: very good: served dinners, breakfast and lunch buffets Ship: old ship and good condition; elevators; meeting rooms okay. Itinerary: okay; 6 sea days, 6 touring days; 12 days Van/Van. Tours: very good guides; nice 6 person Zodiac; good tour guides. Cabin: spacious, heater and A/C worked; Lighting very good Communications: daily plan delivered, daily orientation talks. Entertainment: 2 duets each day; not a major feature Highlight: 8th floor forward assembly room: Yacht Club Lowlight: 6th floor aft meeting room (cold): Compass Rose -- Spent 3 pre-cruise days in Victoria; took V2V jet boat to Vancouver spent 3 post-cruise days in Vancouver -- a la carte pricing: alcohol, spa, tours-- your choice, you pay for service. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Chose this cruise because it called at most of the usual Alaskan ports plus a number that are not visited by larger ships. We have sailed with Windstar before and found the small ship size to be desirable. The ship itself is in good ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it called at most of the usual Alaskan ports plus a number that are not visited by larger ships. We have sailed with Windstar before and found the small ship size to be desirable. The ship itself is in good condition and well maintained. Our cabin was a higher cost cabin(classic suite) which was more costly and spacious than most of the cabins on board. It also was located on a higher deck and midship which made it more comfortable in high seas. Bad news was that it had a highly blocked view by an orange boat hanging between our windows and the outside. This made looking at scenery from cabin mostly difficult. Also it made the cabin dark. While there are references to restricted view, we were not prepared for how catastrophic the view would be. Cabin service was good. Announcements on the ship could not be heard in the cabin. High point of the trip were the shore excursions and adventure trips from the ship’s “Yacht Club” platform. Compared with other cruises we have taken, these were both well managed and interesting. Those on shore were run by well qualified interesting guides. Adventure Team on board were top notch as well. Dining service was disappointing due to everyone showing up at once. While we do not expect fast service, in many cases the pacing was tedious. Meals in the main dining room were especially slow. The verandah dining room was faster but generally there were no inside tables/chairs available. Outside was too cold and rainy. Dining hours were too restricted and not coordinated with activities on board. If we had an excursion booked, sometimes there was no food service available. Room service was not reliable. We ordered breakfast on two separate occasions that did not show. Continental breakfast service (when it did show) was not good. While Windstar promotes its crew as friendly and calling you by name, only three crew members called us by name. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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