We wanted a small ship that could get us to ports where the large ships couldn't go and Windstar delivered on that. We also wanted an upscale experience with a focus on the ports and not on shipboard activities that we wouldn't be using. Again, Windstar delivered. We found the Windstar cruise to be just what we were looking for and were very satisfied.
Dubrovnik, Croatia - The attraction here is the stunning fortifications around this town. The town itself is well-preserved and is quite hilly. Wear good shoes and do some exploring in this beautiful town.
Split, Croatia - A much larger town, it is famous for Diocletian's Palace. I guess I didn't research this enough and was somewhat disapointed with the Palace. It was really a walled town in which 3000 people live. There are hundreds of building in the palace and some of them are more recent looking. All of these ports we visited were crowded, even in October but there weren't many families with children at that time. I can't imagine how these ports would be in summer.
Rovinj, Croatia - This is a small town but still quite touristy. Croatia is not on the Euro and many places will only take the Croatian currency. This was probably our least favorite port on this cruise.
Kotor, Montenegro - This was my favorite port. It is reached by sailing up a submerged river valley (Ria) that looks like a Fiord. Get up early to be on deck to witness the ship passage through this beautiful setting. You can go high up on the surrounding hills to get a great view of the town and the ships in the harbor.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - We only docked and rented a car here. It didn't look like there would be much to do or see in this active port city of Rome. It is a good distance from Rome and the airport so make transportation arrangement ahead of time.
Giardini Di Naxos (Taormina), Sicily - The ship docks in Naxos. Not much there except the beach. You will need to get to Taormina either by bus or by private livery. It is about a 20 minute ride up the mountain to Taormina. The big attraction here is the large Roman outdoor theater that has great views of the harbor.
Capri (Isola Di Capri), Italy - The ship was originally scheduled to visit Capri but we stopped in Amalfi instead. The big attraction in Amalfi is the Cathedral in the center of town.
Venice, Italy - What can you say, it is Venice. We had been here before but we booked a day before the start of the cruise so we could revisit some of our favorite places.
Star Pride - I- probably wouldn't pay extra for a higher-level cabin as the one we had was ideal. However, we were about the 4th cabin from the front of the ship and we could hear the anchor being raised and lowered quite clearly. I don't know if was our location in the ship or the ship as a whole but in heavy seas, the rocking of the ship from side to side was pretty noticeable while in bed. That wasn't very often howeve
We liked to hang out in the Yacht Club on the front of the highest level of the ship. It was usually quiet and had a great view. They have snacks and drinks available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you can always take your drinks from the bar there to get out of the wind or to just sit in a comfortable chair of sofa.
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