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We booked this cruise in May 2014 when we were on the Windsurf through a program that is no longer available. I believe that the program was called destinations; it provided an additional 5% off of the 5% already given to pervious guests. ... Read More
We booked this cruise in May 2014 when we were on the Windsurf through a program that is no longer available. I believe that the program was called destinations; it provided an additional 5% off of the 5% already given to pervious guests. However, throughout the year, the price was reduced and a call to Windstar enabled us to get the lower price. They have a a new program called Welcome Home that essential does the same thing for 60 days upon return. We flew into Athens a few days before the cruise so that we could acclimate to the time difference and also visit the sites within Athens. We arrived at the port after taking the Metro from Athens. I would not recommend doing this since the Metro stop is a significant walk to the passenger terminal. If you still decide to do this, get a taxi from the Metro stop to the passenger terminal. When we arrived, we were greeted by staff wearing Windstar tee-shirts, our luggage was tagged and taken to the ship. We went through a security check and boarded the Star Pride. Unlike previous sailings, where we waited a max of about 15 minutes, we waited for about 40 minutes before getting to the table to turn over our passports and credit card info. However, the bar staff kept us well hydrated with mimosas, water, etc. We received room keys, met up with our cabin stewart, and made our way to Cabin 123 on Deck 4. I'll write up our thoughts on the cabin in that specific section. The dining on this cruise was the best that we have experienced on Windstar. I like the flavors that our Indian Chef (Tapan I think is his name) introduced to the menu. Stand outs for me were the fresh seafood dishes later in the cruise, but I didn't have anything that I didn't like. The chef went out in Kusadasi and got some fresh fish which was excellent. We experienced Candles at 8PM, right after we had left Santorini. Excellent Filet Mignon, great side dishes, and wonderful service. We only went to the AmphorA once for breakfast since we had breakfast delivered to the room most mornings. It was standard buffet fare, with eggs made to order, and few items from a menu. We choose the omelettes and the buffet. Our waitstaff at all meals were exceptional. Ayu served our table for most meals unless we came as a large group and did not get her section. She was very sweet. Most nights Noel was our bar/wine stewart. He was very knowledgeable about the wines that they carried and assisted us with our choices. The dining room managers watched over the entire process making their presence known and checked on us. The bar staff, as always, was awesome. Since we hung out at the Star Bar we had Ron, Diana, and Ed as the bartenders/servers. Ron has been on all of our Windstar cruises and remembered us and our drinks! Its amazing how quickly they remember everyone's name. We have purchased the beverage package for each of the three cruises that we've been on. However, this time around, I think the value was diminished compared to past cruises. The 'premium' is no longer there. In the past, there were at least two single malts that were available. They have changed the program where single malts are not available even with an 'up' charge. Many higher end liquors require an upcharge. I don't know what it was since I didn't want to pay above the amount that I had already paid. Liquors that required up charges were Patron, Belvedere, a few Bourbons (I'm not a bourbon drinker so I didn't pay that much attention). I made note of the changes in the written critique since I was annoyed that they didn't disclose the changes. I think I would have removed the beverage package if I had been. They have improved the quality and quantity of wines that are available from the beverage package, so I guess there is at least one thing better about the new program. As with previous cruises, I thought that the shore excursions were very good particularly in Turkey. The contracted company, Wind Song (I believe), had excellent guides, good buses, and nice itineraries. They were also the company that coordinated the 5 course meal at the Library of Celsus within Ephesus. That was the highlight, of the cruise. It was an awesome experience to have dinner in the court yard right in front of the library that dates back to 200 AD. I had read in previous reviews that there were several areas of the ship that were run down, etc. Well, on this particular cruise we really did not experience that. Yes, the ship is older and it does have some things that are little worn. I had read that the pool was 'unswimable'. I didn't go in, but my wife did. She said that it was fine; just a little small. It was clean. She said that you could tell that the painting was recent. I believe that Windstar has taken steps to improve the material condition of the ship. The teak was in good shape, all the deck chairs appeared to be new, carpeting throughout the ship appeared to be new as well. The things that I think we thought that were just okay: the general flow of areas of the ship seemed disjointed. The Compass Rose is in-door; because of that, we never were there. We hung out in the Star Bar since it was outside and had a good vistas of the outside. The elevators seemed 'tired' and needed some revamping since they were all mirrored and brass. We did not like either band on the ship. The duo that was in the Compass Rose was just bad. The band that played in the area where the hot tubs were was okay, but their set list was very limited. We were spoiled by the duo Rain that was on windsurf when we sailed in 2014. They were excellent. We continue to like Windstar, and the essence of the company that attracted us to them in the first place is still present on the Star Pride, but I would lean toward the Windsurf or their other sailing vessels instead of the power yachts. I would go on it again, however, if the same itinerary was available on the Windsurf, Windstar, or Windspirt, I would go with one of them. We haven't cruised on any other line so I can't compare them to others. I like the casual atmosphere, that there are NOT shows on=board, the requirement to dress up (I wear a coat and tie for work everyday and really don't want to do that on my vacation! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We had never cruised before, and I thought that the "brand new" Star Pride would be a good option to take to see if we liked cruising. First let me say that the staff is top notch and five star in every way possible, and in no ... Read More
We had never cruised before, and I thought that the "brand new" Star Pride would be a good option to take to see if we liked cruising. First let me say that the staff is top notch and five star in every way possible, and in no way does this review reflect on them. Rather, it is corporate management, Hans Birkholz et al, that is receiving this one star rating (and I am being generous). Shame, shame, shame on him for not properly refurbishing this ship when he took ownership of it. While Windstar certainly marketed the Star Pride as being "new", it is anything but. Although a couple of the common areas got an update, the cabins, hallways, and many other common areas were just plain gross. In a nutshell, I paid Four Seasons prices and got Holiday Inn quality. This ship is old, tired, musty and in dire need of a top to bottom renovation. Some refurbishing of the exterior common areas was being done DURING OUR CRUISE, including copious use of smelly varnish and repainting the one pool on the ship, it was no where near enough. Our cabin had worn, stained, frayed carpet, musty draperies and thin, threadbare linens. The mattress was old, worn and lumpy, and the pillow were old, flat and smelly. Yuck, yuck, yuck. The bathroom "marble" was stained and fixtures were old and worn. The carpet in the hallways and on the stairs is stained and frayed, and the overwhelming musty (mildew?) smell that permeated the interior really set my allergies off. On the upside, the food was outstanding. Kudos to the chef, his staff, and the dining staff - all top notch. Honestly, this cruise was such a turnoff that it has probably soured us on any future cruises - and certainly any future cruises with Windstar. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Our trip started with independent flights from JFk-Istanbul via Rome on Alitalia. Unfortunately, our flight from JFK was late and we were going to miss our connection. Alitalia placed us on a Turkish Air non-stop to Istanbul but it left 8 ... Read More
Our trip started with independent flights from JFk-Istanbul via Rome on Alitalia. Unfortunately, our flight from JFK was late and we were going to miss our connection. Alitalia placed us on a Turkish Air non-stop to Istanbul but it left 8 hours after our originally scheduled departure. The flight was pleasant enough in Business class. We spent one night at the Inter-Continental which was quite nice with a view of the Bosphorus. Access to the tram and metro were excellent and the surrounding streets offered adequate restaurants and shops. Breakfast at the inter-Continental was a lavish affair offering cooked to order eggs and omelets as well as other standard items. We took a taxi to the pier at 2PM. There was some confusion as it seems the usual pier used for check-in was under renovation. There was a Windstar employee waiting there, however, who directed our cab driver to the proper location just a few minutes away. It would have been nice if we had received notification beforehand, however, it really had no bearing on our embarkation. The luggage drop off was a bit confusing. After a security check-point, we brought our luggage to a building about 75 yards from the ship and then walked back to a second pier opposite the ship. There doesn’t seem to have been a reason for us to travel from one building to the next and then return. After the usual security check point, we embarked the Star Pride and were directed to check in one deck above, in the lounge. Check in took just minutes and afterwards, Larry, the Verandah/Candles Maître-De was stationed at a table taking reservations for the cruise as well as placing people on a wait list for additional seatings. Apparently, we were entitled to at least one Candles seating during the cruise. Larry, however, made it clear, that it was worth getting on the waiting list for other nights. He was not wrong. On our 9 night cruise, we ended up eating there 3 times and were never disappointed. We found the meals equal, if not superior, to most US steakhouses, and the service, as in other areas of the ship, was excellent. Larry learned our names by the first day and always ensured we were always tended to every time we ate at the Verandah. One afternoon, we arrived from Santorini after closing time but he kept the restaurant open until we leisurely completed our lunch. A much appreciated touch. After checking in, we made our way to suite 207, located on deck #5. The numbering system is curious since it doesn’t correspond to deck number but on this yacht, it really doesn’t matter. It certainly does not take long to learn your way around. Our suite was a “balcony suite”. It was extremely spacious and well laid out and despite what some previous reviews have indicated, looked entirely fresh. The wood built-ins, which have not been replaced, did appear to be freshly sanded and cleaned. Perhaps the only area of the suite which looked tired was the tub/shower. The marble in many areas was stained and old looking. This never, however, impacted out trip in any way. The suite contained an LCD TV which played various satellite new channels and some In-house TV stations. Certainly the ship could benefit from more channels. It would have been nice to have ESPN. We did borrow nightly from the extensive DVD library. A word about the “balcony”. It was certainly nice to be able to open the “door” and check the weather in the morning. I would say that at the premium Windstar charges, it is probably not worth it for most. Where the Star Pride excelled was in overall service by the wonderful crew, and the quality of the food. We were fortunate to have a wonderful cabin steward named Wayan. He quickly learned our routines and always had out suite ready for us. In addition, he tended to our daily laundry. For one price, the ship performed unlimited laundry/suite. This allows traveling very light and after the first day, laundry given to Wayan by 9AM was back in time for dinner. Truly worth the price. Although all seating was “open”, all dining stewards quickly learned our names and routines and as a veteran of over 50 cruises, I cannot recall having service of a higher caliber than on the Star Pride. Even the beverage stewards were always producing our Diet Cokes, before we even asked for them. Breakfast in AmphoreA or the Verandah was buffet style with egg stations always available. Lunch in the Verandah was never crowded, despite it being too cold most afternoons to be seated outside. As previously stated, we ate dinner in Candles three times with our beef fillet being cooked to perfection. Out dinners in AmphoreA were also excellent, with great service despite having different dining stewards each time. This was a port intensive itinerary. Due to rough seas, one port was substituted after a schedule change. This was handled well with new excursions being made available. Considering the situation, I believe the result was as good as possible. We did tender in two ports. This was performed efficiently and we never waited more than a few minutes for a tender. Disembarkation in Athens was as easy as could be expected for a ship of this size. Basically, we left after breakfast, grabbed a taxi, and went to the airport. In conclusion, I would not hesitate to cruise on this ship again. I agree with many that the pool area needs work. As the weather on our trip was colder than hoped, we never did get the opportunity to even try to use it. It was constantly being painted and in fact, did not look inviting. We did, however, use the hot tubs without difficulty. The remainder of the Star Pride experience, from food /hotel services, to shore excursions was deluxe all the way. We truly felt we were on a yacht which was clearly the effect Windstar was looking to provide. Those looking for entertainment, however, would be best served on a larger ship.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Both ship and it's several facilities were so not ready for this trip. We were told at booking that this ship which has recently been purchased from Seabourn Cruises had had a complete refit....just not so. The swimming pool had rust ... Read More
Both ship and it's several facilities were so not ready for this trip. We were told at booking that this ship which has recently been purchased from Seabourn Cruises had had a complete refit....just not so. The swimming pool had rust surrounding all four walls and during the entire trip not one passenger was seen using it. The three jacuzzi pools were problematic as well. One never got hot enough while a second was in working order every other day. The rooms too lacked a finished appeal. Many of the ports were cloudy or justy and not redone. The food was fair but fairly boring. All of this was negatively effected by the unrelenting push to get more "Chump Change" from every possible venue. From the never ending request to take drink orders at NYC prices plus a manidtory added on tip. Finally in a day and age where travelers demand WiFi connections the only Wifi connection available was at the cost of $100.00 US for a mere 150 megabytes......Passengers were told that the best thing to do was to wait until they were in port and go to the FREE internet cafes nearby! All of this added up to a nickle and dime approach to a First Class Deluxe Cruise..   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
It was with some trepidation that I booked for this, the first cruise that we have ever taken. Having heard numerous stories of the decks on board in chaos from Zimmer frame traffic jams and drunken oafs staggering around trying to get ... Read More
It was with some trepidation that I booked for this, the first cruise that we have ever taken. Having heard numerous stories of the decks on board in chaos from Zimmer frame traffic jams and drunken oafs staggering around trying to get their money's worth of free booze, I was concerned. On op of it all, I was also apprehensive how we,a gay couple from the dark continent, would fare amongst the "Bush generation" of Americans who dominated the numbers of guests aboard. All of our fears and apprehensions soon dissolved virtually from the moment we set eyes on the yacht from the Piraeus port in Athens. From the greeting at the port, the embarkation process, meeting the crew, to entering the wonderfully air conditioned reception of the ship for the first time, we felt special and welcome aboard. Although the ship carries about 140 people, we never felt as if we were jostling for space or a preferred spot, there is more than enough room for everyone to feel very much as if this were their own private yacht. The food was simply exceptional - every meal was a master class, the chefs obviously taking great pride in their culinary creations. The service was outstanding - by the end of day 1 all the crew knew our names and I couldn't help but feel that they actually enjoyed being at our service. What I particularly enjoyed was the drama every evening at "sail away" time....when we left our port in the evenings, everyone on deck with a cocktail of sorts, music from "the mission" washing over us and the sails unfurling in an attempt at sailing (wind dependent). It was spectacular! Once the sun had finally set each evening its off to dinner, relaxing, unassuming and delicious. And best of all......wake up the next morning in a new port or at a new island, ready to explore for the day. So I guess you can gather that the cruise was terrific for us, all misgivings gone, beautiful memories remain and the next cruise in the planning phase. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Do not cruise on this ship until Windstar has totally updated and repaired this ship, which as the crew told us all needs to be done in dry dock. In brief, the physical plant is deplorable. It is our strong opinion the Xanterra group who ... Read More
Do not cruise on this ship until Windstar has totally updated and repaired this ship, which as the crew told us all needs to be done in dry dock. In brief, the physical plant is deplorable. It is our strong opinion the Xanterra group who took ownership of this ship earlier this year made a poor strategic decision to commission this slightly remodeled vessel realizing the ship was not ready to meet a majority of its customers' expectations. We heard from another cruiser who was also aboard Star Pride's maiden voyage in May that some of the new owners were aboard that sailing. From this same cruiser we learned the ship suffered from basically all of the same ill repair on this maiden voyage as we experienced. Hence, these owners were very aware of its condition. There are plumbing issues. the water in our stateroom shower was black every time we started our shower. We never got hot water in our sink. This was very disconcerting, especially when we demanded someone explain to us after 3 days of complaining, we were told whatever the problem it was not resolvable. This issue continued for the nine days. We are in process of detailing all the facts to the Senior group at Xanterra, and this will include further specifics and pictures of the issues. But in general the pool was dirty the entire trip, jacuzzis worked intermittently, the ship is rusted, with chipped paint everywhere, the main viewing area, the Yacht Club on the ship, while was renovated had the original windows whose seals were broken, fogged and dirty . Staterooms were only minimally renovated but not to any passengers expectations, based on WindStar's own marketing presentations of this ship. Awnings which cover most of the amenity decks were filthy. An easy fix would have been to merely replace deck chairs and loungers with new, but these were aged with chipped paint and sagging seating. In brief a very poor impression and experience. The wifi was only available for an exorbitant cost, the entire crew was complaining of this lack of amenity. And the Spa area was not touched in the renovation so you never felt pampered there. Senior officers were unavailable for comment, but the only saving grace for Windstar on this ship was the Dining and Food Services crew. They were professional, caring and accommodating. And the food was really good and diverse. We were a group of six, a majority of which had sailed on Windstar before, but not one of us will sail this line again. And the most profound reason for our disappointment is that such a reputable organization as Xanterra would make the strategic decision to launch this ship in its current condition. In conclusion, this ship is marketed as a high end "yacht experience" it is more like a "tramp steamer" Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We chose this cruise line for two reasons: small ship and locations that we wanted to go to. The cruise starts in Athens and visits Greek Islands, and Turkish ports, ending at Istanbul. We got to all the ports that were planned and that ... Read More
We chose this cruise line for two reasons: small ship and locations that we wanted to go to. The cruise starts in Athens and visits Greek Islands, and Turkish ports, ending at Istanbul. We got to all the ports that were planned and that part of the cruise worked well. The ship was small and that part worked well also. The problem is that the cruise line promotes itself as luxury, great service, and special moments with great pictures and advertisements of features that in reality did not often come to pass. Additionally, the transfer agents that they use in Athens and Istanbul do not fit well with when it comes to great service. Both places, problems developed and were not resolved very well. We also had some problems with the Seattle office of Windstar before the trip began and our travel agent did as well. Once on board, service at times was great, other times, not so great. The excursions in the ports were generally very good, but for some reason, lunch on a full day excursion was almost always very late, sometimes well after 2pm when we had started the day at 7am with breakfast for an early departure. Another issue was the well advertised water sports platform. They picture a small sailboat but that was broken, and that seemed to typify a lot of the issues with the whole ship. Many things had not been fixed that should have been before sailing, even water leaks. I had a list that I left for the hotel manager, but he never responded to me. Likewise the excursion manager said he would get back to us but we had to go to him after his own deadline passed. At one point I asked for a copy of a piece paper be made and that was not possible. These were just typical problems that occurred through out the trip. The staff, not officers, really tried to do a good job, but cannot say the same for the management, starting in Seattle. The nightly reviews of the upcoming ports was great. The food went from great to subpar. For us, we took an Alaskan cruise with Holland America the year before and thought they did a better job( Statendam, 1200 people). Would have gone with them again, but they did not have a ship, smaller than two thousand, that went to the ports that we wanted. This ship and cruise line has great potential as the rooms themselves were great, but lots of work is needed, both physically and managerially. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
This was out 13th cruise with Windstar and it did not dissappoint. It was glorious. Windstsr set us up in a wonderful hotel in Istanbul for 2 days with a terrific representative who was very helpful throughout our stay. Boarding the ship ... Read More
This was out 13th cruise with Windstar and it did not dissappoint. It was glorious. Windstsr set us up in a wonderful hotel in Istanbul for 2 days with a terrific representative who was very helpful throughout our stay. Boarding the ship was the norrmal, easy process made more pleasant by being greeted by friendly faces and a glass of champagne. After the five minute boarding process we meandered to the Vernanda for a delicious lunch watching the busy and exciting harbor of Istanbul. The food on this cruise was one of the best I experienced. It was evident that Windstar purveyed the food locally and had selections of delicious local dishes. The sail away out of Istanbul Harbor was extraordinary with the very busy and picturesque harbor as the background to the sails being hoisted as the music of 1492 was being played. This cruise was loaded with amazing visuals of the Dardenals and the gorgeous islands of both Turkey and Greece. Somtimes the visuals from the ship were actually prettier and more dramatic than the islands themselves. Evening dining below the cliffs of Santorini is a sight never to be forgotten. Following the routes of the ancient Greeks and Turks was fascinating, the beautiful harbor of Bodrum, the glories of the past in Ephesus, swimming in the clear, warm shimmering Aegean Sea off the swimming platform, dining on local dishes, wonderful service that Windstar is noted for all made for a perfect cruise. We were 12 friends on this cruise 7 past cruisers and 5 new cruisers, we all agreed it was a fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Let me start by saying we loved the food and service on the Windstar which is a 25 yr old 150 passenger sailboat/ship. Also, the excursions and guides are all well worth it. The newest ship is Wind Surf which is twice as big. Sailboats ... Read More
Let me start by saying we loved the food and service on the Windstar which is a 25 yr old 150 passenger sailboat/ship. Also, the excursions and guides are all well worth it. The newest ship is Wind Surf which is twice as big. Sailboats usually like wind, but beware of the limitations on Windstar cruise. For starters, Windstar anchors offshore in many ports and the passengers must get on small tenders (42 passengers) to be ferried to the island. This is somewhat inconvenient and not real comfortable.The boast that Windstar is a smaller ship and can go where the big boats can't may be true in other parts of the world but not in the Greek isles and the Turkish ports of Kusadasi (Ephasus) and Bodrum. The actual fact is contrary. Dockage fees are based on the number of passengers. The big ships with 2,500 passengers get preference in ports and are often able to pull along side the dock while the smaller ships are forced to anchor offshore. The brochure says that visits to Mykonos are "weather permitting". We arrived there in 35 knot wind. The small tenders took us ashore where we chose to spend a few hours on Delos, another smaller island that requires a large ferry (250 passengers) out of Mykonos. Delos is a terrific destination. However, when we got back to Mykonos, we were ordered back to the Windstar because they deemed the wind unsafe. As a result, we never saw Mykonos. Worse was what happened in Kusadasi (Ephasus),what was to be the highlight of our trip. The wind again was in the 30 plus knot range (no precipitation). We were not able to get to shore and left without seeing it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
My husband and I went on a Windstar Cruise around the Greek Islands as part of our honeymoon. We had considered larger ships, but decided on Windstar after Lisa Zwissler from Beach Bum Vacations told us that this is the cruise line that ... Read More
My husband and I went on a Windstar Cruise around the Greek Islands as part of our honeymoon. We had considered larger ships, but decided on Windstar after Lisa Zwissler from Beach Bum Vacations told us that this is the cruise line that everyone loves. No lines for food, no lines to get on or off the boat, AND, we were never far from our room. We loved the experience and this was our first time cruising. We knew most of the crew by name and more importantly, they knew us! It was very relaxing, which is just what we wanted. We were also able to get into the smaller ports that big ships can't go to. We ate dinner with Captain Dash (special invite only), had a great time at the spa, we liked the open bridge policy, and looking at the stars late at night from the bow. The watersports deck was also a lot of fun, because we were able to go swimming right behind the boat! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Very rarely in our lives are we lucky or privileged enough to be able to use the word PERFECT for an experience or encounter with people. Our voyage last week on the Wind Star is one of those rare opportunities. To say that our ... Read More
Very rarely in our lives are we lucky or privileged enough to be able to use the word PERFECT for an experience or encounter with people. Our voyage last week on the Wind Star is one of those rare opportunities. To say that our expectations for our wedding were met is a gross understatement. Captain Leech, Jason, the Hotel Manager, Kristy, Guest Services Manager, and the entire crew and hotel staff could not have possibly done more or showed more genuine concern and real caring for my family. From the moment we stepped aboard and introduced ourselves to Captain Leech and Jason we knew that we had made the right choice for this most significant of life events. Captain Leech with his warm disposition and genuineness was matched only by the commitment of Jason to deliver the best experience possible for us. This was delivered beyond anything we could imagine by Kristy Lamarche who, from the moment we were introduced to her, told us not to worry about a thing because she was handling every detail for us. To say that Kristy delivered on this promise does not do justice to how incredibly well planned our wedding was. Kristy used every ounce of her previous experience as a wedding planner to make this special event something that could never be surpassed. Her attention to detail, from the flowers for the women to a fantastic wedding cake and special table overlooking the aft deck of the yacht was beyond words. The spa staff, Alice and Beth, treated my wife and our two daughters like princesses and could not have done more for them, from hors douerves and champagne to just genuine caring and happiness in making all 3 of them look more beautiful than they have ever looked in their lives. Captain Leech is one of those rare leaders who shows his abilities and competency, not by overt actions, but in everything thing he does. His humor and warmth are only matched by his total commitment to making every passenger feel at home and 100% satisfied in every way. The day after the ceremony, his only concern was that he had done well and lived up to our expectations. For a Master of a vessel such as Wind Star to be so humble and caring is beyond words.After many cruises on the larger ships, where everything is driven by regimented routine and geared to increasing revenue, it was an absolute pleasure to experience the Windstar philosophy of meeting and exceeding each passengers expectations in ways that we could not even anticipate. One example is how Kristy arranged for crew members to help photograph and video the wedding. On a larger ship, this would have been delivered with a major charge for services, yet on the Wind Star this was just one more way to make our experience better. My family is now committed to the yacht experience and will never cruise the big ships again. We have already left a deposit for our next cruise and look forward to the inauguration of service for the Star Pride next year. We are already considering a one year anniversary cruise back to Santorini, where our wedding took place.I can never express the gratitude my wife and 3 children have to Captain Leech. Jason and Kristy for everything that they did in executing our wedding. I also cannot fail to make sure that Travis, Karma. Bobby and all of the rest of the hotel management staff are also mentioned as each and every one of them went out of their way for us and literally could not do more for this special day. I also want to thank Jillian Wikstrom, in the Seattle office, for all of her efforts in the pre-planning stages of our trip. My wife and 3 children cannot thank Windstar Cruises enough for giving us a wedding and experience that will never be surpassed and remembered with real fondness and warmth for Captain Leech and the entire Wind Star crew.If you are considering a special event or just want to be treated like family on your own private yacht then the only choice you have is to pick either the Wind Star, Wind Spirit or Wind Surf. I know that these are the only choices my family and I will make. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
I found Windstar cruises searching for a nice trip. We had cruised before but the ships were always so jammed and crowded. We booked the Wind Star for a cruise around Greek Islands and into Tukey for several ports. BEST decision we ever ... Read More
I found Windstar cruises searching for a nice trip. We had cruised before but the ships were always so jammed and crowded. We booked the Wind Star for a cruise around Greek Islands and into Tukey for several ports. BEST decision we ever made! From the moment we landed for our free 2 nights in Athens at teh St. George Lycabettus, we knew it would be fabulous. The St. George is high on a hill and you catch the Acropolis in the background as you take great photos from the pool deck or restaurant. The pool has a sweet little bar and several lounge chairs. It's small but who goes to Athens to sit by a pool! The restaurant is positively 5-star. Spectacular meals and choices of wines and other beverages. We loved it! Staff was attentive and took our photo for us! The trip came with 2 free nights here--well worth it! It also included transportation to the ship. What a beautiful sight to see. Boarding was accomplished easily and within 30-40 minutes we were enjoying a cocktail waiting for embarkation. As we left Pireaus (Athens) the music of Vangelis accompanied the raising of the 5 sails--thrilling! It was like this every time we left a port--a bit corny after a while but fun to see. There are under 200 guests on the Wind Star so there is never a crowd anywhere. No reservations were needed to eat dinner and tables were always available. We did meet a few friends and when our group got larger, we did take the time to make times; this was appreciated by staff and us as a good table was then ready for us. Everything is casual--dress up or dress down--not bathing suits for dinner but pretty much anything goes. VEY comfortable for my husband. Breakfast was buffet style with an omlette station and a spot for the day's special breakfast. You could also order from a menu. We didn't do many lunches as we took tours daily, but we did sneak a small lunch one day and it was great! There is entertainment but it is not a focus--relaxing is de riguoer. Dinner on the deck requires a reservation and is well worth it. The port tours are exceptionally well run-pricey but each one was a small group and our own private guide so well worth the $$. The staff has your name learned by 8PM on embarkation night and never forget it for the stay. They are pleasant and warm and attentive to your needs. True professionals all. I would recommend the Wind Star and all its glory for the cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. Well worth the price for the smallness of the ship and the attention paid to your needs however small or big.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
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