Windstar Cruises

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About Windstar Cruises Awards 2014 Winner

Best Premium Cabins

Families with older teens and couples — including honeymooners — who like the idea of sailing, without the need for actual wind, book cruises with Windstar. The open teak decks, towering masts, and flapping sails look majestic, even when the engines are doing the work. Recent renovations retained the nautical look the line does so well, but with a fresh update. Best of all, the no-jackets-required dress code and open-bridge policy create a casual, relaxed vibe.

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Best For

Couples and families with older teens who like to have the feel of sailing mixed with an upscale cruise experience. 

Not For

Children, as well as anyone who needs a lot of organized activities: Socializing with shipmates and gazing at the scenery are the main pastimes when not in port.

We Love

  • Renovations freshened the nautical look Windstar does so well.
  • The ships' retractable marinas let passengers water ski, sail, kayak, and snorkel off the ships’ retractable marinas three to five times a week.
  • Sail-away includes a sunset barbecue buffet on deck — a spectacular way to leave gorgeous ports like Dubrovnik and Santorini.
  • The poolside Candles restaurant on Wind Star and Wind Spirit serves well-executed casual fare, including shish kebabs that rival those in most ports.
  • Windstar's DVD collection offers 400 choices.
  • All nonalcoholic drinks are included. 
  • The spa and gym are outstanding on Wind Surf, which also has an outdoor jogging track.
  • Three ships from Seabourn will be added to Windstar's fleet by 2015, allowing the line to offer more exotic itineraries.

We Could Live Without

  • These feel like fake sailing ships — the sails look majestic, but the engines propel the ships. 
  • The gyms and spas on Wind Star and Wind Spirit are tiny.
  • The cruise line doesn’t offer Wi-Fi in cabins.

Service and Staff

"Many of the staff knew us by name. We felt like they were our good friends by the end of the trip. It was sad to say goodbye." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

"Rooms much nicer and larger than I anticipated. Very clean and comfortable." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

"I appreciated how organized everything was and how much information we were given that helped with the process. We felt like royalty as we arrived..." Read More

Ship Quality

"All common areas were neat and clean. Furniture looked new. Deck chairs were too comfortable." Read More

Food and Dining

"The food is excellent and the none reservations for dining is great, no rush to get somewhere at a certain time." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

"Only took one excursion, but it was well planned and led by a very knowledge and entertaining guide." Read More

Onboard Activities

"Unfortunately this cruise does not have a swimming pool." Read More


"The Bar B Q's on board were great!!! Flowing champange, after awhile everyone was dancing on the high seas!!!" Read More

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