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Windstar Istanbul Cruise Reviews
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4.4
Very Good
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"This ship is in need of some TLC particularly to the outside public space. The pool had such a dark brown ring around it it just looked uninviting, even during the hot weather. Management appeared disorganised,..."Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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Not worth it

Review for Wind Star to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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DebGrb

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

DO NOT BOOK this directly with Wind Star. Once they reeled you in, they never treated you like the customer. We found out other guests paid way less when they booked last minute. We paid top dollar only five months before the cruise and offered us nothing except a small credit to be used only on the ship. Nothing compared to the 66% less than other passengers paid. Moreover, when Wind Star ...
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Sail Date: July 2016

Departure Port: San Diego

Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom

6 Helpful Votes


Turkish Delight & Greek Isles

Review for Wind Spirit to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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stcruise

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

This was our third cruise with Windstar and all three have been on the Wind Spirit (not planned, just worked out that way). It has been very interesting to watch the progress under the new ownership. Ports visited: Istanbul, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Bodrum, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens. We did a combination of tours though Windstar, private tours and car rental. Embarkation at the Istanbul port ...
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Sail Date: May 2013

Departure Port: San Diego

Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom

12 Helpful Votes


Very Disappointing

Review for Star Breeze to Mediterranean

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Washington Traveller

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

This ship is in need of some TLC particularly to the outside public space. The pool had such a dark brown ring around it it just looked uninviting, even during the hot weather. Management appeared disorganised, for example, when 1 of the 2 tenders went out of service, passengers had to wait for long periods to disembark, there was no contingency plan for such an occurance. Due to very bad ...
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Sail Date: August 2016

Departure Port: San Diego

Cabin Type: Balcony Suite

19 Helpful Votes


A different type of cruise that was unexpectedly wonderful and fun.

Review for Wind Star to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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travelgypsy06

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We arrived early and enjoyed a very quiet Istanbul. People were friendly and we so enjoyed our second visit there. Embarkation was extremely smooth! They had plenty of employees to do each step of the embarkation process and there was no line when we arrived. This was our first cruise with them and will not be our last! Just loved it. All the cabins on the Wind Star are the same so decks ...
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Sail Date: May 2016

Departure Port: San Diego

Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

5 Helpful Votes


Turkey Reservations Overcome

Review for Wind Star to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Spudsmack

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Concerns about Turkey and Istanbul in particular before leaving the US. These concerns were quickly overcome by this 7-day cruise from Istanbul to Athens. Stayed at the Pera Palace for a couple of days prior to departure and toured the city. Istanbul is a great mix of history and modern, the hotel spectacular! Embarkation was a breeze and the ship was in great shape following its recent dry ...
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Sail Date: June 2016

Departure Port: San Diego

27 Helpful Votes


Great Cruise!

Review for Star Pride to Europe - Black Sea

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grogers11

10+ Cruises

Age 2020s

Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We boarded in Instabul and visited Romania, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine. A bit of the ship was outdated and needed some maintenance, but we thoroughly loved the size of our room and the crew itself. The meals were very good in the dining room and the dinner in Candles (everyone is entitled to 1 meal) was excellent. It was great not to be nickeled and dimed ...
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Sail Date: September 2015

Departure Port: San Diego

Cabin Type: Ocean View Suite

13 Helpful Votes


We were spoiled by Viking in comparison.

Review for Wind Star to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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DRAAGONFLY

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Acknowledging we're not "cruise people" and have no real desire to be on a huge ship after spending the afternoon in SanTorini with the crowds getting to the dock, so I have no comparison to the big ships, but we have taken Viking and they were better in every category in comparison; communication, food, tours, structure. WindStar seems to be lacking in communication in a lot of areas. We ...
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Sail Date: August 2015

Departure Port: San Diego

Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

6 Helpful Votes


Superb Sailing on Star Pride

Review for Star Pride to Greece

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geoffstravels

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

My wife and I are ardent cruisers having sailed twenty plus times with the major providers. We have just returned from the 'Greek Islands & Turkish Delights' cruise. This was without doubt the finest cruise we have ever been on. I had read some of the reviews on this and other sites about the ships condition and decoration but have to say that most of the problems we observed were trivial and ...
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Sail Date: July 2015

Departure Port: San Diego

Cabin Type: Ocean View Suite

181 Helpful Votes


Gems of the Aegean; Excellent Trip

Review for Star Pride to Greece

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plavinj

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

My wife and I just returned from the Windstar "Gems of the Aegean" voyage on the Star Pride and had a really excellent time. We stayed in Cabin 118 that is a S1 class cabin on the 4th deck (one floor above the main dining room). We had read the reviews on this board and were concerned based on the mixed nature and a recent very negative review. I am happy to report the Star Pride looks great, ...
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Sail Date: May 2015

Departure Port: San Diego

Cabin Type: Ocean View Suite

4 Helpful Votes


Not Up to Par

Review for Star Pride to Europe - Black Sea

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nothsa

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We've traveled on Windstar Sailing ships for 22 years. We've also been on the Pride when it was a Seabourn ship. It is not in top condition under Windstar's operation. Our cabin had rust stains in the window area, around the bathtub and the carpet looked worn. The tub was not draining when we checked in on day one. After reporting that and the stuck shower control those items were fixed. ...
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Sail Date: May 2015

Departure Port: San Diego

3 Helpful Votes


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