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51 Windstar Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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LoveAllInclusive
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as a Panama Canal transit was a bucket list item; the itinerary was excellent, food was great, and service generally good! Our difficulties were with booking the cruise, paying for it, and then ... Read more
Sailorphyl
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Love small ship sailing and this was no exception!! The cabins are beyond amazing!! Every room is a suite!! Fabulous!! Great staff, fantastic food and amazing wildlife!! Chocolate Farm was fun and educational!! Terrabo Sierpe ... Read more
GARYTHEHITMAN
Member Since 2010
11 reviews
62 forum posts
14 helpful votes
This is my second review of the "Star Pride" --- my first was the maiden voyage in 2014, immediately after the ship was acquired from Seabourn. I noticed several changes, almost all of which were positive. This 7-night cruise ... Read more
DenS
Member Since 2014
1 review
29 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We choice this cruise to go through the Panama Canal and see Costa Rica. Going through the canal was great. The so called "ports" we visited consisted of tendering a zodiac from the ship to a public beach areas. One stop for a ... Read more
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triciagrace
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our first time on a cruise. We had never really considered taking one before but in looking for our "winter" break we thought that a trip through the Canal and up along the Costa Rican coast sounded like a fun ... Read more
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NC Garden Traveler
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
147 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We were on the January 21st sailing of the Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruise. It was our first cruise with Windstar (over the past 10 years Oceania has been our primary line). Our cabin was very spacious and well maintained, and the ... Read more
tabby1
Member Since 2011
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We spent 7 days on the beautiful Star Breeze and were totally spoiled. The crew is very friendly, service is amazing, food is delicious and the cabins are big and beautiful. We did the Naturally Costa Rica cruise and had to take zodiacs to ... Read more
jimb1532
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our 1st cruise on a smaller ship. Really liked the size vs.the bigger ships. Windstar was 1st class from beginning to end. Personnel were friendly, polite,professional and fun. Food was excellent. Excursions were accurately ... Read more
brother_unknown
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Transportation from/to hotels and to/from ship timely and well organized. The Executive Inn is across the street from and $125 less per night than the official cruise hotel in Panama City. Lavish breakfast buffet can be supplemented ... Read more
bb8787
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
30 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our second cruise with Windstar, having sailed the first time on the Windsurf last year, we were excited to see Costa Rica on their new Star Breeze. The ship was not quite full 181 pax)....perfect. We loved our cabin location ... Read more
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Tracy345
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Naturally Costa Rica The arrival in to the industrial port doesn’t do this experience justice. But it is very clear when you enter the boat and start interacting with the crew that it is going to be a great time. I would say ... Read more
will.hay@ns.sympatico.ca
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
For my wife and I, our first Windstar cruise and I would definitely consider Windstar again in the right circumstances. The great-staff in all areas of the ship,attentive,friendly and very helpful- the cabins very spacious and ... Read more
lmitchell
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
First I must say that the ship is very nice. The staff were incredible. Loved them all. The rooms were also very nice, comfortable and clean. We went on this cruise to see and explore new things. We really looked forward to sailing the ... Read more
Webchip59
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our tour of Costa Rica and the Panama Canal was completely awe inspiring. Living in a region where there are many licks on the river, I was amazed and struck by the feat of building and maintaining the Panama Canal! It should be on ... Read more
ctheworld107
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
This was our first cruise on Windstar. We were on the February 13-20, 2016 Star Breeze cruise from Puerto Caldera to Colon, Panama. We flew into San Jose the day before and used the Windstar transfer to the San Jose Marriott. The ... Read more
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Rocky4
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
We have been on many mainstream cruises with Norwegian and Celebrity Cruise Lines. This being our first cruise with Windstar, we were quite impressed with the product and overall had a terrific time. The Star Breeze crew was upbeat and ... Read more
tigermountain
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Assigned replacement cruise after January Star Pride scheduled trip was cancelled because it ran aground. Management pledged to cover all airline rebooking fees and cost up to $500 per passenger, however after nearly 2 1/2 months of ... Read more
Dauna
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Our cruise was Naturally Costa Rica. It's SO disappointing to look forward to a cruise, read about all of the wonderful places "only small ships can go", the "private yacht style", the outstanding service with that ... Read more
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mediapro
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
107 forum posts
61 helpful votes
First a disclaimer. I have enjoyed five cruises on the Paul Gauguin and wanted a fair comparison between PG and the recently refitted former Seabourn ships. I understood the key difference between the two - PG as totally all inclusive ... Read more
itsnowjoke
Member Since 2013
1 review
23 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
It's not my goal to tear Windstar to pieces, but my latest cruise on the Star Breeze was somewhat bizarre and disappointing, given the fact that I was expecting a higher-end cruise. I'm a Diamond on Royal Caribbean, and have cruised all ... Read more
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EDSIM1953
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Our cruise was originally booked on the Star Pride Jan 2nd sailing but the ship hit coral at Isla de Coiba on the 23rd Dec and tore a gash in the hull. A bunch of cruises cancelled. We get notification on the 30th. I begin to re-book and ... Read more
LarryHN
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Trip was a mess and WindStar management could care less - took six weeks to answer my letter of concern and the answer was all incorrect - they are now ignoring my follow up contacts Basically the Star Breeze was dirty adn poorly ... Read more
Surfsidekt
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
After several "big ship" cruises, we booked our trip on the Windstar Star Breeze, leaving Puerto Caldera on January 2nd, with planned stops in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. I want to begin by saying that the passengers on this ship ... Read more
rballman
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
I have been on many cruises with thousands of passengers. Too hectic, so we decided to take a leisurely cruise on Windstar's Star Breeze. Our transfer from hotel to the ship was smooth and expeditious. We left San Jose, Costa Rica, ... Read more
thesnowfamily
Member Since 2015
1 review
48 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
By now, it is no longer news that the beautiful Star Pride hit a reef off the Isla de Coiba, Panama, on Tuesday, December 22 at about 6:15 a.m. I was aboard with my husband and two adult daughters when the ship hit the reef. There was a ... Read more
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