We had a blast on the Star Legend! The ship is showing a little wear & tear but overall immaculately kept. I do think they need to work on the tenders, as the boats are pretty run down. The best part was the crew. Very attentive, engaging and so friendly. Lots of fun with them! They genuinely seemed to love their jobs. The food was smaller in portion but delicious. I wouldn't say 5 star but if was flavorful, hot & beautifully plated. (and no worries if the portions are small, as you can order more than one thing, i.e.; 2 entrees) This was our first small ship and I definitely prefer it over the larger ships. Jost Van Dyke and St. Maarten were our favorite islands.
Great Windstar Cruise. This was the fifth one we have been on and once again they did not disappoint.
Our cruise was scheduled to leave San Juan on December 9. In the evening of December 8 we got a phone call indicating that the cruise line had not filed the proper paperwork to dock in San Juan so they were going to charter flights for everyone to meet the cruise ship in St. Maarten. We were supposed to board in San Juan at 1pm and ended up boarding at 10pm on a different island. The communication with the charter company was botched and that flight left late - after wasting a day waiting to fly. Windstar didn't have a rep to meet the bus at the closed port in St. Marteen so we ended up sitting on bus waiting. Embarkation was delayed while waiting for equipment to be shipped down to St. Marteen - ship finally left port at 3am. They changed itinerary so that Sunday excursions were now Saturday, but did little to inform people (didn't change the tickets, make announcements, call people, etc) Went to Antigua on Sunday instead of Saturday and the island was basically closed. One day my wife and I were using the watersports deck and were almost run over by Zodiac operated by a ship employee that drove over our water mat - we had to jump in water to escape being crushed. Room service was a joke - after 3 wrong meals we gave up on it. They had exactly two gaming tables in Casino and only one dealer on board - so he only opened one table at a time and closed frequently for breaks since there was no one to back him up. Even the directory in the room had incorrect phone numbers so we had to call the operator every time we wanted to speak to someone. When we docked in San Juan to disembark, they didn't have enough buses to take us to airport (we all had prepaid passes so they knew exactly how many people were going) so we stood outside an hour. Then bus that did show up couldn't accommodate all the baggage so they filled bus aisles - good thing we didn't get in accident because aisle and door were completely blocked. From start to finish there was a lack of attention to detail.
As I previously reported directly to Windstar, the almost total lack of modern, 21st century internet WIFI aboard was very disappointing. I needed to be in constant contact with my business and family (mother is very ill) and I was only able to reliably do so by spending an inordinate amount of time ashore searching out public WIFI. Had to cancel 2 shore excursions because of this issue.
The exorbitant fees charged for a 1980's connection were not appreciated.
Total Passengers: 212
Total Crew: 124
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.71
Number of Decks: 6
Total Cabins: 0
Cabin Categories: 8
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We ordered popcorn every night from room service while we watched a dvd. They say it will take up to 30 minutes, it was always under 10 and always still warm.
We debated about the beverage package but decided it was worth it.
If you drink, the alcohol package is well worth getting. Was surprised they included premium vodkas such as belvedere and grey goose as part of it. Wine selection by the glass was not bad either so we didn't have to purchase additional bottles at dinner. Also really liked the laundry package.