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Windstar Gets an A++ in my Opinion

April

Pros: Small Ship, The Crew, Service, Food, Casual atmosphere, entertainment

Cons: I have nothing negative to say. it was amazing

Recommended: No

I just returned from Windstar Cruises "Dreams of Tahiti" cruise aboard the Star Pride. I have nothing but excellent things to say about the ship, it's crew, the food and entertainment. I felt the crew went out of their way to get to know me. They knew what I liked and always greeted me with a smile and many new my name by the end of the cruise. This was not my first small ship but the experience was so much better than another luxury line that I have taken. I loved the casual atmosphere. One night I went up to the bridge and was given a tour and the crew even pointed out the Southern Cross star constellation. I had a chance to meet Chef Gavin. He was very personable and his food and menus were really delicious. The Veranda restaurant offered buffet dining for breakfast and dinner with a nice variety along with ala carte menu items you could order. At night the restaurant turns into an intimate specialty restaurant called Candles that served amazing seafood, steaks, chicken and vegetarian dishes. I was able to get Filet Mignon and Prime rib that melted in your mouth. One day I saw Chef Gavin ashore with a fish vendor who had that evenings fresh catch. It was huge and we later saw it being carved in the Star Grill. it was amazing. Arafin was our room attendant, and he was very friendly and helpful. We always had fresh ice without asking and fun towel animals at turn down service. I had a chance to get to know Carlos at guest reception. He became a friend by the end of the cruise and would call out my name and say hello as I walked by. I traveled with a group, and we were introduced to Guenter the hotel manager, Antony the beverage manager and Rafel the Maitre D. They were all very visible during the cruise, always asking how things were going and if they could do anything for us. I really cannot say enough about the staff, the food, the service and entertainment. This cruise featured a destination event and the ship brought the food off the ship and cooked it on an island to include Polynesian entertainment that was second to none. We really enjoyed the crew talent show. Other nights provided very talented singers and dancers. Tahiti was always high on my bucket list and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend doing this by small ship because just when you think you have seen your favorite island, you arrive at another that becomes your new favorite. I cannot wait to book another Windstar cruise in the near future.

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Tahiti Star Breeze

April

Pros: Hard working friendly staff

Cons: Food

Recommended: No

Having been on two past cruises before the change of ownership the quality of food has gone down.

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Japan and South Korea

May

Pros: The itinerary and excursions; staff and crew; ship’s amenities.

Cons: Substandard internet (which is soon to be replaced)

Recommended: Yes

The Windstar Grand Japan cruise itinerary was an ideal introduction to Japan and included a day trip to South Korea. A wide range of excursion options were available and, best of all, the guides were knowledgeable and personable. The onboard lectures by Dr. Emma Thompson were fascinating and offered keen insights into the history and culture of Japan. Onboard the staff and crew were very attentive, thoughtful and always welcoming. Requests were graciously responded to without hesitation. The recently renovated ship was beautiful and the staterooms were well-appointed, decorated nicely and quite comfortable. Several different dining options were always available which satisfied our appetites at all times of day. (We all gained a few pounds). The servers and chefs were very friendly and very attentive. The menu choices were diverse and delicious. The ship’s special on-deck buffet events were creative and enjoyable. And dining with the Chief Engineer and his first officer one evening was a real treat. It was lovely to have a spa onboard. We enjoyed massages and a facial, which were wonderfully relaxing. We also visited the relaxation room, sauna and steam rooms. It was great to have these amenities available to us. Our adventures were topped off by the evenings’ entertainments arranged and hosted by Grace Coddle, who also was a fantastic performer. The entertainment highlight was the crew’s talent show which left us touched by their songs and dances as well as laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes. They were all fabulous! It was a very memorable cruise.

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Japan and South Korea

May

Pros: The itinerary and excursions; staff and crew; ship’s amenities.

Cons: Substandard internet (which is soon to be replaced)

Recommended: Yes

The Windstar Grand Japan cruise itinerary was an ideal introduction to Japan and included a day trip to South Korea. A wide range of excursion options were available and, best of all, the guides were knowledgeable and personable. The onboard lectures by Dr. Emma Thompson were fascinating and offered keen insights into the history and culture of Japan. Onboard the staff and crew were very attentive, thoughtful and always welcoming. Requests were graciously responded to without hesitation. The recently renovated ship was beautiful and the staterooms were well-appointed, decorated nicely and quite comfortable. Several different dining options were always available which satisfied our appetites at all times of day. (We all gained a few pounds). The servers and chefs were very friendly and very attentive. The menu choices were diverse and delicious. The ship’s special on-deck buffet events were creative and enjoyable. And dining with the Chief Engineer and his first officer one evening was a real treat. It was lovely to have a spa onboard. We enjoyed massages and a facial, which were wonderfully relaxing. We also visited the relaxation room, sauna and steam rooms. It was great to have these amenities available to us. Our adventures were topped off by the evenings’ entertainments arranged and hosted by Grace Coddle, who also was a fantastic performer. The entertainment highlight was the crew’s talent show which left us touched by their songs and dances as well as laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes. They were all fabulous! It was a very memorable cruise.

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Luxury expanded

December

Pros: Spa gym food staff

Cons: None

Recommended: Yes

The stretching of the Star Breeze solves some issues on the previous version. There is now a full access spa with steam, sauna, heated benches a full gym and yoga room and better salon space. The new Star grill offers additional outdoor dining and the new Cuardro has fun tapas. Staff is awesome and ship is clean and medical staff first rate.

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180 degrees above ordinary

July

Pros: Attentive to service and details The staff is quite responsive to requests for assistance.

Cons: The food in some of the restaurants is sometimes greasy.

Recommended: Yes

The staff make a concerted effort to learn your name and are responsive to requests. If there is a particular type of hot drink that you like, attention is paid to remember it and it is made ready without prompting.

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Circling Iceland

June

Pros: Wonderful scenery, Great food, no lines

Cons: Expensive excursions, limited on board entertainment

Recommended: Yes

For cruising around Iceland in counterclockwise direction, cabins with even number have superior shore views. Small ship means no lines for everything. Great food in main dining room for everyone.

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