Small ship experience was great and lacking at the same time

Star Pride Cruise Review to United Kingdom
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall Rating:

4.2 out of 5
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Star Pride

Gaelic Explorers-Edinburgh to Dublin

Sail Date: June 28, 2017

Ship: Star Pride

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: 312

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

The size of the ship is nice as you have no long lines and the service was wonderful. Food was well prepared and presented. Balconies to the rooms were very disappointing but the cabin size was good. Activities were poor and excursions excessively expensive but the ports of call were just fabulous.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
It was fast and easy and luggage arrived very promptly.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The main dining room was lovely. The food was very well done and presented. Our service was outstanding. Bar service was also wonderful - especially with Jesse, Jocelyn and Cesar.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
There were virtually no activities onboard the ship and that was a big disappointment. I realize it is a small ship but that should not mean they cannot have fun things to do. We played two games and went to a cooking demonstration. Other than that, there was nothing else to do other than listen to a lecturer on the British Isles.

Entertainment

2 out of 5
Two duos were all there was - same kind of music every day.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We had stellar service from everyone - front desk, dining, bar and stateroom.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was great and very spacious. The mini refrigerator was kept stocked with soda and the water. We paid for a balcony - but discovered that you could barely stand on it - it wasn't even big enough for two small chairs. We had an issue with our hot water - it made rust stains on the towels. That meant that we were brushing our teeth, washing our faces and bodies and clothes in it. That was a big negative for us.

Ship Tip

Look into adventures in the ports on your own. Their tours were extremely expensive for short times.

Ports Of Call

Dublin, Ireland

5 out of 5
So much to see and do. We took the double decker bus all around the city and then visited The Book of Kells, Jamisons, Guiness, Christchurch. We tried to visit the jail but it was all booked. We did not take a Windstar excursion.

Isle Of Man

4 out of 5
We wen on our own into town and visited Castle Ruchen and walked around. It was pleasant but small.

Portrush, Ireland

5 out of 5
We did not take ship excursion. We hired a private tour guide who took us for the day to some wonderful out-of-the-way places and to the Giants Causeway. It was chilly and extraordinary.

Tobermory, Isle Of Mull, Scotland

4 out of 5
We went walking in town, visiting an old graveyard, had lunch in a great pub.

Portree, Isle of Skye

4 out of 5
We went out on our own and walked all over the place and into the mountains. LOVED IT

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland

5 out of 5
We took the local bus and got to visit Scara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and saw the countryside. Then we visited St Magnus Cathedral and the Earl's Palace on our own and had a lovely lunch in a small place.

Invergordon (Inverness & Loch Ness), Scotland

5 out of 5
We hired a local tour guide and had an extraordinary day visiting everywhere. We saw Loch Ness, visited Glenmorangie, went to the Clootie Well, visited Dunrobin Castle and saw the falconry event. It was all glorious.

Edinburgh, Scotland

5 out of 5
We stayed an extra couple of days and explored Edinburgh on our own and stayed at an Air BNB. We again took the double decker bus and then walked and visited many places. We toured the underground on a ghost tour, visited Edinburgh Castle, rode the ferris wheel, went up into Scott Tower....

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
For a small ship, disembarkation was very lengthy. Outside the taxi line was very, very long and I would have thought that Windstar would have arranged for taxis to be at the port.
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