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.
feel free to ask for special attention food items and or drinks, be sure to use your mini bar if it's included. Reminder that spa items include gratuity; we asked but were told it wasn't and winded up giving a double gratuity (which we had corrected by management).
Candles was our favorite place to dine but the food was excellent everywhere, the lounge on deck eight offered sandwiches and beverages and was our favorite place to hangout, either reading or just watching the ship come into or depart the different ports
Candles (the gourmet restaurant) has last minute openings that you can sometimes snag. The manager of the restaurant works hard to accommodate guests in every way. Get to know your waitstaff and cabin steward. They do try to make your cruise enjoyable by remembering your favorites!
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.
This is a luxury cruise
If you hit a storm, prepare for the amusement park ride of your life! We had a rocking and rolling, dresser drawers opening and closing, hold on to something if you need to get up and walk anywhere night! Also Windstar insists on calling its ships "yachts" but seriously the Star Pride is just a small cruise ship.
Visit the bridge!
Less launch trips, we missed out of Monaco due to strong seas.
We sailed at Christmas and it was sad Windstar did not make it seem more special, the decorations were old and tired as well. A crew member poorly dressed as Santa was put out at odd times for photos but not much else. No special Christmas Eve or Day dinner, many guests shared their disappointment
Soda in mini-bar complimentary; also specialty coffee in all venues
soda is comp in your mini bar
My partner is Gluten Free and the dinning staff went out of their way to accommodate her needs.