The crew was friendly and attentive without being nosy. They began using our names early into the cruise.
The food was delicious and prepared to our satisfaction. Lots of different selections each day.
We enjoyed our cruise very immensely and will definitely cruise with Windstar again.
We absolutely loved this cruise! The staterooms on the Star Pride are larger than a hotel room and beautifully appointed. The food is excellent, the staff friendly and always willing to assist. The ports are some of the best in the Caribbean. The only caution I have is that there is very limited entertainment on the ship so if you are looking for the big live shows found on the large cruise ships you will be disappointed.
Windstar has spoiled us. We are already planning our next cruise experience with Windstar!
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.
Our cruise started in Colon, Panama and traversed the Panama Canal, with later stops in several small ports in Costa Rica. The voyage through the Canal was interesting, but not particularly scenic. Some recent passengers have complained that the Costa Rican ports are relatively unknown, but I really liked seeing the smaller venues that feature local culture and wildlife. Like us (13 previous cruises), over half of the passengers were Windstar alumni cruisers. Also in attendance were the new Windstar President John Delaney, and several members of his executive team. I had the opportunity to spend some “quality time” with John, and found him to be attentive, engaging, and passionate about small ship cruising, with many ideas for improving the Windstar brand. Prior to our embarkation, we flew into Panama City and stayed at the Bristol Hotel, located in the middle of the banking/financial district. Panama City is located on the Pacific coast, so we took an hour-long bus ride over to Colon’ on the Atlantic coast before boarding the ship. This might seem a bit odd, until you see that Panama City is a modern metropolis dominated by skyscraper hotels and high-rise office buildings, while Colon’ is mostly industrial, with little to offer tourists.
Total Passengers: 212
Total Crew: 124
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.71
Built: Nov 1988
Refurbished: 4 yrs ago
Number of Decks: 6
Total Cabins: 0
Cabin Categories: 8
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Look into adventures in the ports on your own. Their tours were extremely expensive for short times.
It's a wonderful experience if you are looking for a small ship. There's limited evening entertainment though so if you are looking for a party atmosphere, this ship wouldn't be for you. Dinner was the main event for us and very nice and you are given the opportunity to sit with other people.
Visit the Bridge! The Bridge is usually open almost any time the ship is at sea. It is fascinating to see the electronics and navigational equipment, and to chat with the ship officers.