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Sail Date: June 2019
Wanted a smaller ship for the Greek Isles. The crew was great. The bar service was slow. They needed more bar staff. Meals were adequate. Went to the Crystal Restaurant our last night and my husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal on ... Read More
Wanted a smaller ship for the Greek Isles. The crew was great. The bar service was slow. They needed more bar staff. Meals were adequate. Went to the Crystal Restaurant our last night and my husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal on the deck. Also, the dinner seafood bar b que on deck was excellent. All excursions and guides were good, well organized and informative. Our room 211 was noisy from engine. More then a hum. The room was well organized and suitcases were stored under bed. I would not choose this ship again because the engine noise at night was too loud. See cabin review below for more details. Motor Coaches were comfortable. Enjoyed the Acropolis and Museum Tour when we disembarked. Athens was fun and Hotel Grand Bretagne was excellent. Enjoyed walking from hotel, view from our balcony of Parliament, the Square, the Acropolis. Weather was perfect. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Booked this island cruise long in advance. The highlight is a candle light dinner in the ancient library of Ephasis. Violin quartet, lovely meal under the stars. This was exceptional and only Windstar had the relationship with the ... Read More
Booked this island cruise long in advance. The highlight is a candle light dinner in the ancient library of Ephasis. Violin quartet, lovely meal under the stars. This was exceptional and only Windstar had the relationship with the Turkish ministry of culture to do this event. All the locations were wonderful. Excursions well managed and ship processes very smooth with a well led crew. The evening meals were fabulous with variety and a great selection. Breakfasts and lunches were well done; a good selection of buffet items in each. Embarkation and debarkation procedures were efficient. Easy to do with only 136 pax. They will push for you to buy the alcoholic drink package. With the average cost of drinks about 9$, you'll need to personally drink about 6 beers/wines per day. With the bigger mixed drink package as well, you'll need to have about 8-9 drinks a day. They will add on a 15% service charge on top of the cited package prices. We found it not worthwhile to buy a package for how much we drink. The top line wifi package is $350. The wifi reception in the cabin is poor and even on deck you shouldn't expect good bandwidth for much more than email or a basic news read. We cancelled after a day and they accommodated our request with a refund. This is still a solid value cruise. You get to meet a lot of folks but it's never crowded. Don't expect big shows or entertainment. There was one capable piano/singer duo on the cruise each night and a Cretan Greek dance group one night in Agios Nikolaous that was excellent. The service was personal and attentive from the bar to the dining room to the cabin. The Captain and senior officer in charge of "Hotel services", essentially all the guest interactions, were involved and interacted well with both pax and crew. We've been to Greece a lot; even lived there for a while and this cruise was a very fine way to visit Athens and the islands. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our fourth Windstar trip. The 3rd on a sailboat. We love the informality of Windstar. If you are looking for a Seaborne experience with butlers and dressy evenings this is probably not for you. We loved the sail as we wanted to ... Read More
This was our fourth Windstar trip. The 3rd on a sailboat. We love the informality of Windstar. If you are looking for a Seaborne experience with butlers and dressy evenings this is probably not for you. We loved the sail as we wanted to get an overview of the islands. Patmos was lovely and not filled with hordes of tourists. I’d love to go back! Santorini has breathtaking views from the island and from the boat at night where we were having a barbecue on the deck. We did a non Windstar winery tour with Safowi and it was outstanding! Mykonos was a beautiful busy island where we did our only Windstar tour which was to spend the day at gorgeous new luxury beach resort where we swam in the sea and infinity pool. The Windstar event of dining at the ancient Celsius Library at Ephesus in Turkey was beyond amazing and reason alone to do the cruise! We had some wonderful fish dinners as the chef bought fresh fish at local ports. Eating local food is important to us so we ate every lunch at a local taverna. We had some heavy seas and some people were seasick one evening. My husband managed ok with medication. Lastly, don’t expect good entertainment! We retired after dinner except for my husband stopping at the small casino a few nights. We swam off the boat the last day and it was heaven! We spent 4 nights on Milos prior to the cruise and loved it! Spectacular beaches! Windstar has it on its itinerary next year. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Bucket list item was the Greek isles and since we prefer the smaller ships, opted for a Windstar cruise. Only 135 or so guests so no crowds or lines. Ship is a little old but well maintained and except for the air conditioning and the ... Read More
Bucket list item was the Greek isles and since we prefer the smaller ships, opted for a Windstar cruise. Only 135 or so guests so no crowds or lines. Ship is a little old but well maintained and except for the air conditioning and the internet, very comfortable and enjoyable. Except for Monemvassia, there were no big buses for the tours which was nice but that may be dependent on the number of folks that signed up. All vehicles were comfortable.Crew was hospitable except for one wine steward and when brought to the attention of management, things changed promptly. Ports were all very enjoyable though I was pretty tired of ruins once everything was over. Stayed in the Electra Hotel for a few nights in Athens and it was nice with a rooftop dining area with views of the Acropolis. Just avoid room 211 which had a toilet so close to the wall and shower one had to be a contortionist to use. Last night we moved to the Grand Bretagne and it was a beautiful old hotel but probably not worth the extra money. Tried to get reservations for our group of 8 several weeks before for dinner on the rooftop but they were full. Could not even find space to have a cocktail that evening as most of the space was closed off for some reason. Went next door to King George hotel and had a wonderful meal on the top floor with even better views of the Acropolis. Highly recommend this! Crew was polite and accommodating but not as nice as Crystal Esprit. Food in the dining room was good but not exceptional. Candles was better and especially the on-deck barbecue...that was amazing. Dinner at the Celsus Library was also amazing. Went to the opera afterwards in the old theatre and sitting on stone, even for an hour, was awful. Delos and Turkey were wonderful stops but all were excellent. Chartered a private catamaran in Santorini instead of the ships cat tour and it was fantastic. Breakfasts were nice with a wide selection of food on the buffet with the opportunity to order off the menu if desired. Bridge tour was nice and informative. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Booked this cruise due to itinerary and being a small ship. The whole cruise was terrible starting with the ship not arriving into New York at 1 pm instead we boarded at 11.30 pm. Our first port of call was cancelled with a $55 refund ! ... Read More
Booked this cruise due to itinerary and being a small ship. The whole cruise was terrible starting with the ship not arriving into New York at 1 pm instead we boarded at 11.30 pm. Our first port of call was cancelled with a $55 refund ! Very little to do on board on the sea days. Food very average and sometimes cold. Shore excursions over priced and poorly run with guides that did not speak very clear English. The ship always docked way out of the towns, whilst other cruise ships docked in the towns. The information on the daily news sheet was never correct. There was no evening entertainment apart from two singers who were not very good and required an ipad to sing the words. Our cabin, whilst spacious, was old with the door not closing (requiring a total lock replacement) the shower over the bath did not drain and one of the vanity basins did not work. The cruise was a total nightmare with the detailed credit on our final statement never refunded. In 40 years of cruising this was just the worst ever. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Overall, this was an excellent cruise. The food is fabulous and despite the small size of the ship, the cabins are relatively spacious. The crew were extremely friendly and made a point of knowing everyone by name. Unlike larger ships, ... Read More
Overall, this was an excellent cruise. The food is fabulous and despite the small size of the ship, the cabins are relatively spacious. The crew were extremely friendly and made a point of knowing everyone by name. Unlike larger ships, there is no fighting for deck chairs, etc. A very relaxed experience. There were, however a couple of issues that need to be addressed. The WIFI on the ship is extraordinarily expensive (even when purchasing an internet package prior to sailing), which would be acceptable if it worked - it doesn't. Coverage was spotty at best and extremely slow. Windstar should really upgrade their equipment - I have been on other cruises where the Internet was fantastic even out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean a thousand miles from land. Shore excursions - Most were quite good, but we had a horrible experience in Nafplion. We were on an excursion that visited Mycenae and the guide was very longwinded, and did not allow us enough time to tour the entire site. To make matters worse, she made a stop at what can only be described as a tourist souvenir shop along the highway - we were forced to stay there for a bout 20 minutes while the proprietors gave us a hard sell on their "genuine, fake" reproductions of Greek trinkets. Really, this is not something one would expect from a luxury cruise line like Windstar. As mentioned in a previous review, the water sports platform is only open when the ship is at anchor (4 of the 7 ports of call). However they cannot open the water sports platform in Santorini because they are required to run the engine at all times. In the other three ports the sports platform was not open do to winds - so on a 7 day cruise, we were never able to swim in the Aegean! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
The voyage to "Arabia & Ancient Spice routes took place over 34 nights. In a nutshell: 1. Shore experience in Luxor was disappointing as the Windstar Luxor tour put the group up at the Hilton as opposed to the superb and ... Read More
The voyage to "Arabia & Ancient Spice routes took place over 34 nights. In a nutshell: 1. Shore experience in Luxor was disappointing as the Windstar Luxor tour put the group up at the Hilton as opposed to the superb and historic Winter Palace. 2. Food management and organization was poor. The fruit was unripe during the entire voyage and they even ran out of bananas onboard when ashore in India plentiful supplies of good quality were available. Throughout the voyage, the French "baguettes" had the crust of a hot dog roll. 3. Thermostats in cabins didn't function and resulted in extreme cold or heat. 4. Lecturer had inadequate of the ancient history of the eastern Mediterranean. 5. Wifi charges were extraordinarily high. 6. The cabins are spaceous and well-appointed 7. In general, the serving staff were very courteous, pleasant and reasonably efficient. 8. Given the size of the vessel, both the embarkation and disembarkation were expeditious and easy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Windstar offers an outstanding cruise. The crew and staff, in particular, were friendly and accommodating. The captain was capable and comforting. Our cabin was comfortable and had a large window. The food was spectacular and varied ... Read More
Windstar offers an outstanding cruise. The crew and staff, in particular, were friendly and accommodating. The captain was capable and comforting. Our cabin was comfortable and had a large window. The food was spectacular and varied (except Candles). Room service offered and delivered with no questions asked. Internet was quite difficult to access and was very expensive. Laundry charge high (charge/person) but convenient. The onboard speakers were excellent. More should be boffered and organized for the many days at sea. Windstsr’s home office is a nightmare. They demanded that we obtain our own VISAs and threatened not to let us on the ship without them. $600 for VISAs for two countries. THEN just a few weeks before we left we received a notice that these could be obtained on the ship at a much less expensive rate, It is impossible to reach anyone on the phone. Upon returning we discovered that one expensive blouse was kept by the laundry. I phoned; no answer, no message returned. We have been on a number of Windstar cruises and on each and every one of our cruises the home office has been tough. One had to do with an excursion conflict. On this cruise our dive excursion was cancelled last minute. No help finding other dive trips was offered even though this was one of our bucket list. The Star Legend is a beautiful, safe ship and its crew is memorable. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I'm a Veteran, so I know the general weather of Europe in the fall. The first decision, timing of our cruise, was driven by weather. The second decision was location. We wanted a cruise which called at Patmos and Ephesus (port of ... Read More
I'm a Veteran, so I know the general weather of Europe in the fall. The first decision, timing of our cruise, was driven by weather. The second decision was location. We wanted a cruise which called at Patmos and Ephesus (port of Kusadasi, Turkey) in particular. The third decision was ship size. Frankly, we didn't want to live in a suburb, which is what the BIG cruise ships seem to be. Instead, we chose a small, intimate ship where we got to know people. Our decisions drove our selection, and we came to a Windstar small ship cruise. MSY WindStar has space for 148 guests, period. Our voyage was glorious. That's all I need to say. PLANNING FACTORS: We were first time cruisers, so we had a learning curve: - Laundry: Windstar's current rate is $112 per cabin for the voyage. VERY MUCH WORTH IT. My wife's bag was under 35 lbs at the airport, mine was under 30lbs. That was for 12 days of travel! - Liquor. You have a choice of three plans: $32, $52, or $72 per person per day. You have to drink a LOT for the plans to pay for themselves. THAT SAID, CAUTION: Windstar enforces a max 2 bottle per stateroom policy for liquor you bring to the ship yourself. - Internet access: GET THIS BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR YOUR TRIP. The rate is $250 for two devices if you pre-book. It's $250 PER DEVICE if you buy on embarkation day. - Tours: If I was cruising the Rhein/Main/Danube, I'd pass on tours. I know something of where I'm going. In Greece, I took the tours, but I think I can do better. On this voyage, be wary of the full day Kusadasi-Ephesus tour. The last stop is an Oriental/Turkish carpet shop, and the sales pressure is beyond tremendous. Sorry, I just didn't have $24K budgeted. - Dining: You cannot go wrong. Period. - Ships' decor: No issues. There were a very, very few places where the ship showed she wasn't brand new, but you could see the ships' company working every day maintaining something or other! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
My husband and I were so pleasantly surprised by the crew (excellent), the food (excellent) and the demographics of those on the cruise. The Captain was approachable, and entertaining! However, the ship is in need of upgrading. The ... Read More
My husband and I were so pleasantly surprised by the crew (excellent), the food (excellent) and the demographics of those on the cruise. The Captain was approachable, and entertaining! However, the ship is in need of upgrading. The rooms could have been more modern, the beds uncomfortable, and there are very few facilities onboard...and to claim to have a swimming pool is a misnomer. It is not much bigger than a bathtub. Terrible droning noise in the cabins and although the crew was aware, they couldn't do anything about it. (Better insulation could fix the problem) No need to purchase beverage packages unless you plan on just drinking all day. The itinerary was jam packed and the ship organized excursions we went on were mediocre. The tours were dedicated to those with the least amount of mobility and didn't adjust for those who wanted and could do more. Additionally, we experienced unusually warm weather and the buses did not have adequate air conditioning, nor did the tour guides adjust for the strong sun, heat and humidity. However, one can do much better by hiring local tour guides. On those days that we booked independent tours, we saw so much more and had a far greater experience for about the same price as what the ship's excursions cost. We would consider Windstar again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Overall a great trip! Some highlights: - The front desk staff performed an amazing feat of memorization, and knew everyone's name by the first evening - The food was *fantastic* throughout. - The 'signature event' ... Read More
Overall a great trip! Some highlights: - The front desk staff performed an amazing feat of memorization, and knew everyone's name by the first evening - The food was *fantastic* throughout. - The 'signature event' was amazing - private access to a major historical site, onsite dinner, and string quartet (this was at the Library of Celsus) - The crew in general were cheerful and friendly - For the ship enthusiast, the open bridge and engine room tours are pretty cool - The dramatic music and sails unfurling at every departure sounded like it would be cheesy, but it's actually kind of awesome. General notes: - It's easy to get a table for 2 at the restaurant (Amphora), or to eat in your room (all the rooms have a small table and chairs), if you aren't feeling like socializing at any given meal. - The dress code is surprisingly casual for such a fancy cruise; my husband and I are more jeans-and-tshirt type people, and we fit right in. - The pool is pretty tiny (10x7); it's fine for hanging out or playing around, but not great if you want to swim laps. It's also a saltwater pool, which makes for more buoyant swimming. Advice for future cruisers: - The watersports platform was only open in Monemvasia due to rough seas at the other ports. I suspect that it's common for it to only be open one or two days on a given cruise, so if it's important to you, check with the front desk the night before about the weather report/likelihood of the platform being open. - Forward cabins have less engine noise. Ours was cabin 133, and while we could hear the engines (you can hear them anywhere on the ship), it wasn't very loud; neither my husband or I had any trouble sleeping through them. - The website for Windstar is kind of a disaster; be aware that all information on the cruise will disappear from the site 5 days before the cruise (this wasn't a glitch, the site just said that you have to pick a cruise at least 5 days in the future to see itinerary information), so make sure to print/save everything well ahead of time. And heaven help you if they decide to revamp the site again - it was down for a solid 4 months after we'd booked our cruise over the phone. - Candles reservations go quickly, so if you have a tightly-packed itinerary, put in your reservation as soon as you board the ship. - Make friends with the band, and they will be happy to play your requests =) Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We went on the Greek island cruise on the Wind Star in June 2017. It was an amazing experience. The food was wonderful as was the staff. They were all very friendly and took the time to get to know you. We loved the ship. Our cabin had ... Read More
We went on the Greek island cruise on the Wind Star in June 2017. It was an amazing experience. The food was wonderful as was the staff. They were all very friendly and took the time to get to know you. We loved the ship. Our cabin had plenty of storage room and was bigger than expected. The excursion selections were well thought out with an excellent variety. Being a smaller cruise ship, there were no assigned dining times and you could stay in the restaurant as long as you wanted. Swimming off the back of the ship was a nice, fun bonus. The absolute highlight of the trip was the dinner at Ephesus, Turkey. Windstar took all the guest to the ancient library there for 4-5 course amazing meal. It was an experience of a lifetime. I know we’ll be taking many more Windstar cruises. I highly recommend them. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We took a cruise with Windstar on the Wind Star to visit the Greek Isles. It was our first time with this cruise line. Every single aspect of the cruise exceeded my expectations! From start to finish, (nearly) everything was perfect. The ... Read More
We took a cruise with Windstar on the Wind Star to visit the Greek Isles. It was our first time with this cruise line. Every single aspect of the cruise exceeded my expectations! From start to finish, (nearly) everything was perfect. The yacht, the food, drinks, the crew members (especially the crew members!) all made for a wonderful vacation. We could not be happier! The food was some of the best I've had while traveling, including at luxury all inclusive resorts. It's amazing how they can create such delicious and creative meals, at sea nonetheless! The menu varied each night, and included a nice variety of dishes from different cuisines and with meat, fish, seafood, vegetarian, etc. The dining service was also exceptional. We ate on the deck on night, and that was also an excellent experience! The crew in particular is amazing. They come from all over the world, with a large majority from Indonesia and the Philippines. We made friends with so many of the crew members, who went above and beyond to make us feel special. To mention just a few who really stood out: Joel, Rene, Noel, Marco, Philip, Endro, Asep and Saka (our cabin steward). They are always approachable, friendly and willing to please, all with a smile on their faces (even when having to deal with rude guests). We decided to double our gratuities, and also tipped cash to those we got to know best by the end of our 7 night cruise. They work extremely hard to make your cruise vacation spectacular, and deserve special recognition. I also have to mention the musical team, Duality (Marni and Chooi) who were outstanding and entertained us each afternoon and night! The only problem (if I'm being picky) was that our cabin was too hot. We asked about it twice, but it stayed hot for the duration of the cruise. I suspect this has more to do with the architecture of the ship (the cold air comes from front of the ship, and warms up before it gets to aft cabins). But apart from that, perfection! We took a few excursions with Windstar, and they were all very well planned and a good value. One excursion, however, seemed a little crowded. I looked at the excursions head of time and booked private tours guides through tours by locals at some ports. It ended up costing the same or just slightly more than the cost of an excursion booked through the ship for 2 people. One day, we decided to take a break and stayed aboard, enjoying the lounge chairs on the deck by the pool. I am definitely planning on taking many, many more cruises with Windstar. One of the major advantage is the small ship size. I would never want to travel on a "megaship" with thousands of people. A smaller "yacht" makes it a more personal experience, and there are no lines anywhere. We are looking at Tahiti next year, on the Wind Spirit, which features the same layout as the Wind Star. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
My wife and I did the Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise that leaves from Athens and stops in Nafplio, Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Santorini, and Monemvasia, returning to Athens. We enjoyed the small ship experience and the no ... Read More
My wife and I did the Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise that leaves from Athens and stops in Nafplio, Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Santorini, and Monemvasia, returning to Athens. We enjoyed the small ship experience and the no dress up requirement. Very relaxing on board, hectic on the daily tours. Windstar picked us up from the airport on time...it was basically a taxi cab. We used them for the pick up based on past cruise experiences where the taxi driver couldn't find the ship because it had no address. Terrific crew on board that works very hard to make everyone happy. It is a beautiful ship. Unfortunately, they never seemed to put up more than a couple of sails. We used the Windstar tours every day except for Santorini and Athens. They were very well organized and everything went smoothly. However, most of the islands were very hot, even for June. We had read about mosquito problems in Santorini, but we didn't run across one. Unfortunately, the Kusadasi evening event was rained out for the first time in years, so we had dinner at the hotel that caters the event. Can't blame them for an act of god, but still disappointed we didn't get to do the dinner at the Ephesus library. For Santorini and Athens, our party of four used "Tours by Locals". They were quite excellent also, and provided a small group experience for less than half the cost of the equivalent tour from Windstar. For all the tours, the guides seemed to provide for periodic toilet stops, and the toilets for the most part were clean and modern. Watch out for the toilet in the ruins of Mycenae in Nafplio, my wife got locked in a dark stall for a while. Also the pay public toilet at the north end of the Oia walkway in Santorini was filthy. Food at breakfast and lunch on the ship was excellent. At dinner, the food was good, but not as good as some other cruise lines. Some observations not usually included in reviews: - Internet (an option that you can purchase) speed was measured at 1.5 Mbps download and upload speed if you sat in the lobby near the front desk. The wifi in the room was weak (-89 dBm) and limited the bandwidth further. Web pages loaded at low cost DSL speeds...about 10-20 seconds to open a page. - The toilet in the room was light brown in the bottom instead of white. It looked like the staff had scrubbed it a bit too hard and took the finish off, so now it couldn't be effectively cleaned any longer. - A few weeks before the cruise, we got an email from Windstar to make sure we got a Turkish visa for the Kusudasi visit. We didn't need it. Even the Turkey website says that you don't need one for such a short visit. All we needed was the ship ID (no passport). - Daily evening announcements can't be heard in the room. No option to turn it on or off like other ships. So you had to stick your head out the door to hear what they were saying. And the announcements sometimes modified the meeting times previously announced in the daily bulletin. - The Windstar documentation mentions "wet landings", where you jump out of the tender boat into shallow water. There were no wet landings on this cruise. The tender always dropped us off at a dock. At a couple of stops, the ship could actually tie up to a dock, eliminating the need for the tender. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Very nice cruise--great destinations, most notably smaller islands where big ships couldn't go. Kusadasi was wonderful--dinner at Ephesus was spectactular; food utterly unedible, but setting and light chamber music was ... Read More
Very nice cruise--great destinations, most notably smaller islands where big ships couldn't go. Kusadasi was wonderful--dinner at Ephesus was spectactular; food utterly unedible, but setting and light chamber music was extraordinary. Three big problems. Fumes filled the second and first decks on Monday--might have been paint, but more likely adhesives or sealant. Terrible, but no one on the ship would acknowledge or explain. Ship's hotel director went down after complaints and ship's doctor was notified, but nothing done. Fumes stayed for two days. Food was mediocre--butter is not a substitute for fresh. We're in Greece and no greek salads, fresh fish. The only fresh food was "sea bass," which is not a term for fresh or supple. It's whatever happens to be around. Finally the constant ship conditioning with electric grinders is not okay. Do it before the season, do it in-between cruises but not when passengers are on deck trying to read. A great cruise marred by perfectly preventing sloth. Sorry Windstar. Not okay. Oh, don't get me started on the sermons whenever we took excursions to monasteries and religious sites. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
The main problem with Windstar, confirmed many times over by other guests onboard, is that their office NEVER responds . If you have an issue, and you will have because they have some serious internal communication issues, forget reaching ... Read More
The main problem with Windstar, confirmed many times over by other guests onboard, is that their office NEVER responds . If you have an issue, and you will have because they have some serious internal communication issues, forget reaching them by phone, email, mail, or fax. Yes, tried them all. You leave voicemails, they go un-answered. Emails to multiple addresses...forget a response. You fax or snail mail and the result is the same. This company won't even respond to credit card company or Better Business Bureau. Call reservations, hold 30+ minutes ...and get nowhere. There are obvious signs they are cutting back significantly. Water sports equipment that they rave about off back of ship...in sorry shape. Sails they talk about....yeah, right. One main sail had a huge tear in it most of the cruise. Rear sail completely inoperative. Whirlpool and pool is something in dire need of refurbishment. We good go on and on. Expect information before a cruise (boarding time, where?, anything)...forget about it. Its a shame, because the crew is outstanding. This is a company that was in financial trouble only 6 years ago, was bought out by Xanterra - national park concessioner...so you can imagine for yourself the result. Running lodging and food services in some national parks is not maintaining cruise ships. We think, and have said as much to the cruise line, is that they are in financial trouble. Since it is a private company and they don't report financial information like publically owned companies (e.g. Carnival), no way to substantiate it. Be forewarned. As much as we enjoy their crews of the high seas, their land based operation is simply horrible. Any company that doesn't communicate or respond to repeat guests speaks volumes. Accordingly, Windstar is dead to us. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This Windstar cruise was marvelous and well organized with exceptional service onboard. The room was exactly as advertised, very comfortable and nicely laid out. The food was consistently delicious (I especially liked that we had many ... Read More
This Windstar cruise was marvelous and well organized with exceptional service onboard. The room was exactly as advertised, very comfortable and nicely laid out. The food was consistently delicious (I especially liked that we had many options to choose from at each meal--healthy, decadent and in-between). Information on tour times, length of time in each port and the next day’s itinerary was presented each evening, and someone was always available to answer any questions we had. Loved the small ship experience with the limited number of passengers--it was easier to meet people and make friends. And the ship was well designed, we never felt cramped or like there wasn’t enough room. Amenities were good on a smaller scale, including a spa, gym, library/DVDs and free room service, although some amenities, like laundry service, were pricey. Several types of excursion options were offered at each port, but in some ports 30 people in a tour group was too overwhelming for the smaller shops and narrow streets. We enjoyed exploring on our own and felt like we had plenty of time in each port. Lots and lots of amazing, colorful photo ops everywhere we went! The Evening in Ephesus dinner at Kusadasi was magnificent and definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Other than the initial check-in, we experienced no long lines at meals, transferring from ship to ports, etc. Awesome!! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Wonderfull! Al thé Time. The departure city was fantastic and we stained 2 days at a beatyfull hotel that was indicated by "windstar cruises". It was very easy to get on board.the ship was above all speciation! The cabin was ... Read More
Wonderfull! Al thé Time. The departure city was fantastic and we stained 2 days at a beatyfull hotel that was indicated by "windstar cruises". It was very easy to get on board.the ship was above all speciation! The cabin was excellent, The restaurants were perfect. The crew was absolutely friendly. There are some intertainments and activist on board but all the ports were so interesting that we stayed ashore the most part of the time. The travel's highlights were fantastic! Greece is marvelous! All the ports we stopped are one better than the others. The excursions were excellent.The passengers were all Americans, I and my niece were the only Brazilians passengers. If we had a wish, it would be real in one minute.Now my only dream is to do another cruise .I intend to go another time next year. I have already travel with my husband in many bigger boats but Star Breeze is the best one I have known. Sorry for the bad English, I speak Portuguese and French. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
First time with Winstar. Great experience. Nothing to complain about. Embarcation and disembarkation went smooth. The ship is small and very elegant. Cabin are specious and confortable. Love the marble bathroom and the walking ... Read More
First time with Winstar. Great experience. Nothing to complain about. Embarcation and disembarkation went smooth. The ship is small and very elegant. Cabin are specious and confortable. Love the marble bathroom and the walking closet. Food is top quality and service is first class. Lobster, filet mignon, veal and lamb chop, amazing pasta, very hard to complain. Maybe the desserts could have been a bit more sophisticated to fit with the rest. No lineup. Great wine list with good selection at all prices. ALL the staff were useful and friendly. The ship is very nice but I think I prefer Azamara because there is a bit more things to do. All ports of call were interesting. Athens and Venice are, like usual, always nice to visited. Especially the one in Albania, an unusual stop. So overall, I highly recommend it and for sure I will book with them again. 5 Stars. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Absolutely first class service from all the crew. Fabulous food. Great ammenities onboard. They give you the personal touch and make you feel special. They provided a night out for a dinner in Kusadasi at a venue that was out of this ... Read More
Absolutely first class service from all the crew. Fabulous food. Great ammenities onboard. They give you the personal touch and make you feel special. They provided a night out for a dinner in Kusadasi at a venue that was out of this world. It was priceless. A true touch of magic, which we came to expect from Wind Star. If you want to cruise the Greek Islands in style, you can't go past Wind Star and the Staff and Crew of the Star Pride.The destinations and the duration of the Ships stay in the ports was perfect. not too short, like some other Cruise Lines.With only about 250 passengers, we got to meet and interact with some wonderful people and struck up some interesting friendships, with people from all walks of life. The friendly and intimate atmosphere created by the crew, helped facilitate the overall feeling of commeradery. I would definitely recommend them to my friends. Well done on making the last leg of our European Holiday so very, very memorable. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
My wife and I, retired airline people ,have been on many cruises(30plus). We were looking for something different and REALLY found it. Without question the cruise on the MSY Windstar was far and away the best cruise experience of all! ... Read More
My wife and I, retired airline people ,have been on many cruises(30plus). We were looking for something different and REALLY found it. Without question the cruise on the MSY Windstar was far and away the best cruise experience of all! The ship is beautiful. 30 years old but kept in tip top condition . Maximum capacity is 148 , but there were 135 on this cruise. As soon as you board which takes 10 minutes you feel like a special guest. The Captain and many crew meet you and welcome all passengers as you board. Within hours you are being called by name, even by the Captain. Baggage was at our door as soon as we boarded. There are 4 decks but no elevators. The 2 lower decks are cabins only, deck 3 is open space and the MDR and the Lounge and small Casino. 4 deck is the outdoor pool area , Veranda Restaurant and Bridge(open to visitors). Within an hour you will know your way around. There is a small gym on 2 deck which is open 24 .Stairways are easy to use as they are narrow and handrails can be used with both hands at once. The service provided by all staff was perfect. Food in all venues was superb. Deck BBQ on night 5 with unlimited lobster. Great. Food in the MDR was the best we have had on any ship. No reservations required. Dine at any time during dinner hours. Sit as a couple or a table with others will be set up. Breakfast in the Veranda (or sit outside) was wonderful. A small buffet or an extensive breakfast menu to choose from. Lunch on the ship was equally as good with a great Caeser salad station. The sandwich of the day was always good. Our cabin ,126, was one deck 1, right at the waterline and midships. No engine noise there. I liked the sound and the look of the ocean going by our portholes. The cabin itself was all brand new as the ship has just been refitted. Lots of space. An extendable table and sitting area is nice and the bathroom, with a great shower is good. Plenty of storage space. I must mention the shore dinner and show on the island of Rhodes. We were bussed a short way to the best hotel and had a great Greek dinner outside in an amphitheatre .Wonderful food and good show. All included in the cruise price. Open bar too ! Anything you wanted ! There is a watersport deck aft that has all outdoor ocean activities . It is used when the ship is anchored. Unfortunately the day we were to use it at Kalmynos, it was too windy and too much current. We plan to sail on the Windstar out of Barbados in December and hopefully can use it on most days then. If you want something different, sail on Windstar. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our 30 year anniversary trip, and after going on a cheesy Carnival cruise years ago, I knew my husband would never go for that. So after tons of research online, we chose Windstar. The Greek Islands have been on my bucket list ... Read More
This was our 30 year anniversary trip, and after going on a cheesy Carnival cruise years ago, I knew my husband would never go for that. So after tons of research online, we chose Windstar. The Greek Islands have been on my bucket list since I was a child so this seemed like a dream come true, and it was. From the moment we walked onboard, we felt special and well cared for. The crew, except for one inappropriate steward who was replaced immediately, was professional, fun and well informed. The food was absolutely delicious, every meal!!! There were special offerings every night as well as a main menu. The drink package worked well for us, although I'm not sure it was a deal financially. It certainly was worth the ease and no worry. Due to high winds and bumpy seas, we could not take part in water activities off of the ship, but had plenty of fun on the excursions in port. We weren't sure whether or not to take part in the excursions at first, (not crowd people) but due to the small size of the ship, the groups we went with every day were so small we were all able to become good friends by weeks end. The guides were very friendly and knowledgable. We even went fishing which was a selling point for my husband. Our cabin was spacious enough, modern, clean and had NO smell. Musty moldy mildew smell was a concern of mine after being on a Carnival cruise. I did need earplugs as the ships engine, (propellors?) were a constant humming in every cabin. But after a full day in the sun, a cocktail and great friends, we were pretty worn out anyway. I think a highlight for me was the setting sail ceremony every night as we left port. "Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis (1492) was the perfect song providing just the right drama and crescendos as the sails unfolded. Very dramatic! I loved it!! It also is worth noting that the Captain of the Windstar is the FIRST woman Captain as well as the FIRST black Captain of the Windstar line. Captain Belinda is a total badass and led us through some windy seas with safety! This girl is really on fire!!! (her introductory theme) All in all, I have nothing but praises for this cruise line and this ship. Can't wait to do it again. Maybe for our 35th???? honey???? Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was a 30th anniversary / 60th birthday trip for my wife and I, and up to departure it seemed everything was going wrong. The original departure was Istanbul, then there was an airport bombing and a coup in Turkey! Windstar immediately ... Read More
This was a 30th anniversary / 60th birthday trip for my wife and I, and up to departure it seemed everything was going wrong. The original departure was Istanbul, then there was an airport bombing and a coup in Turkey! Windstar immediately moved the departure to Athens and issued us a flight credit. We missed out on Turkey, but that was certainly for the best given the circumstances. Hope to go back if that country ever stabilizes. Finally in Athens for hotel pickup and boarding the cruise and from then on everything was superb! The ship had 121 passengers and 91 crew and we were treated like royalty. Everyone knew our names, everyone knew our events, the crew from top to bottom (and I talked to the captain and our steward) were personal and friendly, and everyone wanted the experience to be the best possible. Even though the cruise had to adjust its ports of call on the fly, every stop was lovely and there were wonderful shore excursions available, as well as wind surfing, water skiing & sailing off of the boat in certain ports. Don't miss the crew improv night, I laughed for hours! Thank you Philippe & Wesley, and crew! I could not find it on the internet, so a big shoutout for the Kaiki Cruise with Salas & Azarino. It was a family boat and they were wonderful and I wish them the best as thanks for how well we were treated. We snorkeled, we ate well, we cruised and we worked in a few nice Greek beers - fun day. Everyone we met in Greece were nice and helpful if we had questions. If you have ever done a large cruise, you will notice the difference immediately. It is just more intimate. Not a cruise for kids, though there were a few. This was a trip for mature adults healthy enough to get out and enjoy all the beauty the Greek Isles have to offer. There are not enough good adjectives to describe this trip and how much we enjoyed it. You just have to experience it yourself! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
Having sailed with Windstar on the Windsurf in 2012 we were keen to sail on the small cruise ships. We booked on the Star Pride's cruise to Istanbul, however due to the repairs and refurbishment the itinerary was changed. We were ... Read More
Having sailed with Windstar on the Windsurf in 2012 we were keen to sail on the small cruise ships. We booked on the Star Pride's cruise to Istanbul, however due to the repairs and refurbishment the itinerary was changed. We were offered to change our booking at no loss of deposit but decided to go ahead with a very interesting itinerary.. How lucky were we to sail on a newly refurbished ship. All the public rooms are tastefully decorated and our Owners Suite featured a very spacious balcony and a fully renovated bathroom with a large walk in shower. The highlights were many. The sail through the Corinth Canal was magical. Itea (Delphi) and Katakolon (Ancient Olympia) were extremely interesting. The sail in to Kotor should not be missed as well as the Deck BBQ and the sail away from Kotor with the mountain lit up is another "not to be missed" moment. As we experienced on the Windsurf, the crew were very attentive, earning our names and beverage of choice extremely quickly. The restaurant menus were varied and all very delicious. We were the only Australians on board and the Reception staff printed us an Australian newspaper every day. We were not expecting that. We cannot wait to sail again on the Star Pride Read Less
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