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4.2 out of 5

Small ship experience was great and lacking at the same time by karendale

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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.

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5 out of 5

President's Cruise by GaryRubens

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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.

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5 out of 5

Wine aplenty by hitzdwkm

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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.

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4.9 out of 5

excellent by hdh325

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We really enjoyed the cruise as the food was great , the room was spacious the crew was great and the port were fun to visit. Would highly recommend both a trip to Iceland and travel on a Windstar Cruise. We have cruised with Cunard, Princess, Holland America. Royal Caribbean and Ama-Waterways and plan to cruise with Windstar again.

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3 out of 5

Canal Crossing - The Star Event by Cruise4Pleasure

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The best part of this cruise was the transit through the Canal, it truly is an engineering marvel and I am so glad to have experienced it.  The small ship is nice but beyond that I was disappointed with Windstar.  The staff is very friendly but they are all very young and lack training regarding how to deliver good service. Dining on a cruise is usually special but their menus were limited and very ordinary, a big disappointment.  Being only offered a deck BBQ on cheap plastic chairs is not what I expected, I am not a fan of buffet lines.  This is really an itinerary of nature ports with opportunity for only the scheduled tours as options for daily activities, little if anything to do in port otherwise, beach visits only.  It may be good to know prior to arrival. All of this contributed to my disappointment as I was left to more free time than I had expected.  The star of this trip is the Canal transit and that was something I will always remember as spectacular! 

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5 out of 5

Fabulous ship and itinerary! by TOSandy

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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!

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4.7 out of 5

Wonderful Caribbean Cruise!! by asmailbego

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Such a great experience we had that we become a Windstar Cruises lovers!

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5 out of 5

Windstar Panama Canal Cruise by GoldRoyalCruise

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Many nice ports of call from Costa Rica to Colon Panama.  My favorite part was the actual transit through the Panama Canal.  It is simply amazing to watch large ships rise or descend through the locks.  The only hiccup was a 9 hour flight delay into Costa Rica from Houston, TX due to volcanic activity in Costa Rica which shut down the airport temporarily.

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2.7 out of 5

Windstar Pride - Cruise Ship from Hell by ubazame

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This was the worst cruise experience ever. My husband and I will never take a Windstar cruise again. We love cruises because of the great food, the onboard experiences and the scenic locations we travel to. We expect an occasional excursion to be cancelled, an occasional meal not the be to our liking, etc. We even expect the occasional rude ship employee. But for bad food or no food, rudeness, and cancelled activities to be the norm on the ship? This is just not acceptable. We took this cruise because we wanted to cruise around Iceland and this was the only ship we found doing this itinerary. Big mistake. In the future we will stick to the larger dependable cruise lines.

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4.4 out of 5

Spectacular compassionate staff. Ace navigation always felt safe good food. Knoell great bartender and Natalie knows how to run a crew all while maintaining friendly demeanor. by Farnum

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It was my first transatlantic cruise with that being said I would plan a little more on my behalf they were able to accommodate me with any “reasonable” accommodations I requested.

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3.9 out of 5

Beautiful locations visited on this small ship cruise by lscanlan

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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.

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5 out of 5

The cruise was absolutely wonderful... by podbielski

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The cruise was absolutely wonderful the ports were beautiful. The ship was small enough to make it easy to get around and get on and off with no problem. The room and bathroom were nice size and clean. The staff was very friendly and food excellent. The only thing was hit tub was not hot and pool cold. Had a awesome time!

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