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Windstar Cruise Review (2024): Six Small Luxury Ships

Can affordable luxury cruising get any better?

We’ve cruised on the Wind Spirit in French Polynesia twice now – one of the best cruises in Tahiti!

We’ve also sailed on Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride in Asia, and enjoyed another Windstar cruise in the Med.

Now we’ve just finished cruising again on the Star Pride (our fifth Windstar cruise) this time a 9-night voyage in Greece and Turkey. The ship had recently been “stretched” and refurbished.

So what can you take away from this Windstar Cruise review of ours?

In a nutshell, Windstar is hard to beat for romantic small ship cruises in the “won’t-break-the-bank,” affordable luxury category.

But we know you want all the nitty gritty, so read on!

Windstar Cruise review
Windstar has six ships: three classic sailing-style yachts and three all-suite ships

Windstar Cruise review: The ships

At one time, Windstar was known for their three motorized, tall ship, sailing-style yachts – Wind SurfWind Spirit and Wind Star.

The line then acquired the Seabourn Pride from the luxury Seabourn fleet. (You might want to read our Seabourn Cruises review.)

It set sail as the Star Pride under the Windstar flag in 2014.

Two sister ships were also plucked from Seabourn.

After a multi-million-dollar transformation (double the upgrades of the Star Pride), they were launched by Windstar as the Star Legend and Star Breeze in May, 2015.

Windstar Cruises' Star Pride ship at sea
What’s your fancy? Classic sailing-style ship or all-suite power yacht?

All six ships have since been extensively renovated yet again.

Carrying just 148 to 342 passengers each, they’re intimate enough to nose into hidden bays, small ports and secluded villages that the big ship contenders can only dream about.

We love the youthful style of Windstar’s classic yachts with their striking white sails.

But with all-suite accommodations and more amenities, the three larger “Star Plus” ships – Star Pride, Star Legend and Star Breeze – offer an enhanced level of luxury for port-hopping Windstar guests.

Inside a newly refurbished Star Plus yacht on Windstar Cruises
Inside a newly refurbished Star Plus yacht

There are differences between the two classes of ships. And we’ll dive into them in this review of Windstar Cruises.

But on the whole, all the Windstar yachts offer a somewhat similar cruising experience.

Windstar ships at a glance

  • Wind Star (1985) – 148 passengers, 74 cabins, 101 crew, 4 decks, 4 masts, 6 sails (21,500 square feet)
  • Wind Spirit (1988) – 148 passengers, 74 cabins, 101 crew, 4 decks, 4 masts, 6 sails (21,500 square feet)
  • Wind Surf (1998) – 342 passengers, 171 cabins, 210 crew, 6 decks, 5 masts, 7 sails (26,881 square feet)
  • Star Pride (2015 for Windstar) – 312 passengers, 156 cabins, 204 crew, 6 decks, length 522 feet
  • Star Breeze (2015 for Windstar) – 312 passengers, 156 cabins, 204 crew, 6 decks, length 522 feet
  • Star Legend (2015 for Windstar) – 312 passengers, 156 cabins, 204 crew, 6 decks, length 522 feet

The Windstar sailing ships

The first two sailing-style vessels are smaller than the Star Plus ships.

Custom-built for Windstar, the Wind Star (launched 1985) and Wind Spirit (launched 1988) each carry 148 passengers.

They’re classic 440-foot beauties, with four masts and four computer-operated sails each.

One of Windstar Cruises' sailing yachts
You definitely feel like you’re sailing on your own private yacht (or a rich friend’s yacht) on these ships!

The 342-passenger Wind Surf is larger (617 feet long). She sports five masts and seven triangular, self-furling sails.

The Windstar “Star Plus” ships

Windstar Cruises’ Star PrideStar Breeze and Star Legend are luxurious, all-suite power yachts. (See our Star Pride review.)

In a recent $250 million refurbishment, all three ships were stretched (they’re now 522 feet long). Basically, they were cut in half and a new block was added in the middle.

This increased each ship’s capacity to 312 guests. The staterooms were refurbished and received new bathrooms too.

Additional restaurants plus a new infinity pool were added to each ship.

They debuted in their new gussied-up form in 2021 and 2022.

Formerly known as “Star Class” ships before being stretched and refurbished, Windstar now calls these three vessels “Star Plus” ships.

Star Pride pool deck
The three Star Plus-class Windstar ships are all-suite power yachts, with six passenger decks, a water sports platform and several restaurants

Windstar Cruises cabins

On all ships, luxury touches in your cabin include:

  • A bowl of fresh fruit restocked daily
  • Mini-bar (fridge) that is also restocked daily
  • A small vase of fresh flowers
  • Soft bathrobes
  • Nightly turn-down service with chef-made chocolates

Windstar cabins on the sailing ships

One of the biggest differences between the sailing yachts and the Star Plus vessels is the size of the cabins.

On the sailing yachts, the “regular” cabins are smaller than the “regular” suites on the non-masted Star Plus ships.

Wind Spirit and Wind Star cabins

The cabins are all 188 square feet in size on the Wind Star and Wind Spirit (except for the 220-square-foot Owner’s Suite).

The space is cozy, but the cabin is well-designed and comfortable. You’ll find a queen-sized bed with a cream leather headboard (or two single beds, if you prefer), flat-screen TV and DVD player, mini-fridge, pull-out dressing table, cushioned arm-chairs and plentiful cupboard space. 

You won’t find any cabins with balconies, however.

They’re all outside cabins with double portholes (which don’t open).

We remember the very strange (but not unpleasant) “washing machine” sensation of lying in our bed, watching the waves outside slosh against the portholes.

The bathrooms are design delights – with cylindrical showers, granite countertops, teak floors and curved vanities with granite countertops that store more fluffy white towels (changed twice daily) than you can possibly use.

As on all Windstar ships, you lather up with L’Occitane toiletries.

Wind Surf cabins

A cabin on the Wind Surf, with a window frame around two portholes
A cabin on the Wind Surf, with a window frame around two portholes

On the Wind Surf, you have a choice of three cabin types:

  • 150 Standard Staterooms – 188 square feet
  • 18 Suites – Most are 376 square feet
  • 2 Bridge Suites – 495 square feet
  • 1 Officer’s Suite

Décor colors are neutral shades of cream with pops of royal blue.

Like the two baby yachts, most cabins on the Wind Surf have two small portholes for a window.

Suites, however, have a window. And they’re almost twice the size, featuring a separate bedroom and living area. You get his-and-hers bathrooms as well (two bathrooms), though neither has a tub (just a shower).

Splurge on a Bridge Suite, and you get a king-size bed plus a full bathroom featuring a glass rain shower and a separate Jacuzzi bath.

Star Plus cabins (er, suites)

Star Pride suite
Our Star Pride suite

On the Star Pride, Star Breeze and Star Legend, all cabins are essentially “suites.”

They’re very spacious and feature walk-in closets, large bathrooms with two sinks and lots of storage space.

Your choices are:

  • Porthole or Window Suite – 277 square feet
  • Balcony Suite – 277 square feet
  • Premium Suite – 400 square feet to 820 square feet

Porthole Suites and Window Suites

These suites have either portholes or picture windows, along with queen size beds.

Windstar Star Pride suite with picture window
Star Pride suite with picture window

Both times we cruised on the Star Pride, we were struck by how roomy our suite felt. At 277 square feet in size, these suites are larger than most accommodations on other ships.

And who doesn’t love a walk-in closet!

There’s enough space to hang clothes for a two-week or longer cruise. (Not that we needed all this space on our most recent 9-night Star Pride cruise, as we traveled carry-on.)

The original suites are configured so the bedroom space is closer to the doorway entrance, with the living area beside the portholes or window.

The new suites that were recently added in the middle (when the ships were stretched) reversed this layout. From the corridor, your walk into the living area of your cabin, and the bed is placed by the window.

Personally, we prefer this layout (Janice anyway), as there’s a little more privacy having the bed further away from the cabin door. Also, these suites have all new furnishings, unlike the original suites.

But it’s a bit of a “he says, she says” situation. George likes the older layout, which allows you to sit on the couch by the window and soak up the view (for example, during room service breakfast).

Balcony Suites

There are 58 Balcony Suites on each Star Plus ship.

A Star Balcony suite on Windstar Cruises
A Star Balcony Suite with the new reverse layout

What’s particularly nice about these suites is that they have French balconies with glass railings. Double doors open out onto the balcony.

You can’t relax out on the balcony – there’s no room for any furniture. But you can walk out whenever you want a breath of fresh air or to gaze out at your surroundings.

Premium Suites

The top-of-the-line suites on each Star Plus vessel are the nine Premium Suites.

Called Deluxe Suites, Classic Suites and Owner’s Suites, these are larger than the Porthole, Window and Balcony Suites.

They have either French-style balconies or true verandas with lounge furniture.

Windstar dining

Dinner on Windstar Cruises
Who’s hungry for dinner?

As for dining onboard, the welcome Windstar philosophy of “casual elegance” is the same on all Windstar cruise ships.

Eat with whom you want (or just the two of you). Eat when you want.

And all restaurants are included in your cruise fare. There’s no additional charge for the specialty restaurants.

Reservations aren’t needed for the main restaurant (just show up). But you have to make reservations for the specialty restaurants, and you should book soon after boarding, as they’re popular.

As for Windstar Cruises’ dress code, gents, don’t worry – there’s no need to wear a jacket or tie in the evenings for dinner.

Think instead “country club casual.” There are no formal nights. Designer denim jeans are even acceptable!

AmphorA

Attractively decorated with Murano glass chandeliers and panels, AmphorA is the main dining room on all Windstar ships.

AmporA, the main dinner restaurant on the Star Pride
AmphorA, the main dinner restaurant on the Star Pride

Usually open only for dinner (typically between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm), its multi-course menu features international and ethnic specialties. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

On one of our cruises, the Indian lamb biryani and chicken curry were so delicately spiced, they were as popular as the beef tenderloin main course.

The Veranda

Outside seating at The Veranda on the Star Pride cruise ship
We loved eating outside as much as possible in The Veranda on the Star Pride

The Veranda is the casual breakfast and lunch buffet venue on all ships, with indoor and outdoor seating at the stern.

As well as the buffet, there are menu options you can order (like Eggs Benedict for breakfast).

Candles Grill

At night, the Veranda becomes the reservations-only Candles Grill, offering expertly prepared steak, lamb chops and seafood. (See the Candles menu.)

Caesar salad and shrimp at Candles Grill on the Star Pride cruise ship
Dining alfresco at Candles Grill on the Star Pride

We especially liked eating alfresco on the Star Pride, watching dusk work its magic on the scenery ashore, as the ship pulled out of port in the evening.

Stella Bistro

On the Wind Surf, the Stella Bistro is a specialty French restaurant with a four-course menu. And we hear the food quality is excellent.

What to order? The garlicky escargot, French onion soup and Coquilles St. Jacques Provencale (scallops). They’re hot ticket items.

We also hear the Crepes Suzette, flambéed at your table, is the hit dessert. (They were excellent on our latest Star Pride cruise, served with generous pourings of Grand Marnier!)

Cuadro 44

This new specialty restaurant is only found on the Star Plus vessels – Star Pride, Star Legend and Star Breeze.

Cuadro 44 on the Star Breeze cruise ship
Cuadro 44 on the Star Breeze

The 38-seat dinner restaurant serves up modern Spanish cuisine. It includes a chef’s counter and communal dining table.

You’ll want to share various small and large plates, tapas-style, to taste all the different flavors. (See the Cuadro 44 menu.)

Additional dining venues

Yacht Club

Each of the six ships also has a Yacht Club lounge at the bow.

Yacht Club on the Sea Breeze
The Sea Breeze ship’s Yacht Club

Attractive and nautical in feel, it’s a great place to hang out, play board games and read a book, especially if it’s chilly (or too hot) outside.

It also has a café, where you can get a cappuccino and a muffin or a snack.

Star Grill

The Star Grill on the Sea Breeze
The Star Grill on the Sea Breeze

As well, the Star Plus ships have the alfresco Star Grill – casual seating topside under cover.

It serves up different barbecued meats and fish for lunch and dinner, and there’s a small salad bar there too.

Barbecue on deck

And one evening on each cruise on every ship, Windstar pulls out all the stops with its gala deck barbecue under the stars – suckling pig, grilled lobster and paella, all cooked à la carte.

Windstar Cruises barbecue on deck
Barbeque on deck

Windstar’s water sports platform

One of the things we love most about Windstar Cruises is their unique water sports platform at the back of each yacht, open when conditions are right.

Watersports marina at the stern of a Windstar cruise ship
A water sports marina at the stern means you can enjoy all sorts of fun water sports when the ship is anchored

You can burn off some of those calories you consume onboard with complimentary water toys like kayaks, sailboats and stand-up paddleboards.

How to make you feel like this is your own private yacht!

There’s also a delicious sense of freedom about swimming right from the yacht to floating rubber mats tied to the platform.

Relaxing on floating mats at the back of the Wind Surf cruise ship
Relaxing on floating mats at the back of the Wind Surf

Nor do you have to pack snorkeling gear for your trip, as Windstar offers complimentary use of masks, snorkels and fins.

The water sports platform can only be used when the ship is anchored offshore (not docked in port). And of course, the weather has to allow it.

We were a little disappointed it wasn’t open on our recent Star Pride cruise.

The weather was good when we were in Santorini and we thought it could be deployed. But we were told the ship wasn’t actually anchored (and the propellers at the back were still moving to keep the ship in its position offshore) – so it wasn’t safe to use the water sports platform.

It’s a big hit on Windstar’s Caribbean and French Polynesia cruises, however! (Chances are better it can be deployed in these destinations.) If you read other Windstar Cruise Line reviews, you’ll see they also note that the water sports platform is a highlight on tropical cruise itineraries.

Other onboard activities and entertainment

Windstar’s fleet of small luxury cruise ships is quite relaxed when it comes to onboard activities and entertainment.

There are no annoying public announcements – just a light schedule of champagne tasting sessions and other shipboard activities.

You can also drop by the open bridge for an impromptu lesson in chart reading. 

As well, the ships each have a small pool, hot tub (two hot tubs on the Star Plus vessels) and fitness center (another good spot to burn off some calories).

Passengers enjoy the hot tub on the Star Pride
Passengers enjoy the mid-ship hot tub on the Star Pride

Windstar Cruises itineraries

The Windstar cruise line prides itself on their ports-of-call being one of their chief attractions.

Windstar’s sailing ship itineraries

We fondly recall our Tahiti and Amalfi Coast cruises on Windstar’s tall sailing-style ships, which slipped into smaller ports and island coves that larger ships couldn’t access.

You can also enjoy small ship cruising with Windstar on their tall vessels in other destinations, like Greece and the Caribbean.

Star Plus yacht itineraries

As for the Star Plus yachts, they go many places.

Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe (and the Med), Canada and New England, Central America and the Panama Canal, southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand are just some of the destinations visited.

The Wind Surf anchored offshore in the Mediterranean
The Wind Surf anchored offshore in the Med

Some Windstar Cruises itineraries entice you with unique cruising through Greece’s Corinth Canal – squeezing between its narrow limestone walls.

Or do you fancy exploring Iceland?

Star Legend and Star Pride circumnavigate Iceland on several summer voyages.

Soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, ride an Icelandic horse, fly over raging waterfalls, see huge puffin colonies and kayak through the West Fjords.

For winter, Costa Rica voyages on the Star Pride immerse you in all that’s special about the country – volcano tours, spider monkey spotting in national parks, swimming at white sand beaches and rainforest exploration.

Sign us up!

Long days

The long days in port were something we particularly enjoyed on our most recent Windstar cruise.

Departure times were usually 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. And we overnighted in Rhodes, giving us two full days on the Greek island.

This meant we could squeeze the most out of each day, without worrying about getting back to the ship on time.

Sea kayaking in Rhodes
We booked our own sea kayaking tour in Rhodes through GetYourGuide (and yes, this is us)

Shore excursions

Shore excursions aren’t included in the cruise rates.

However, on many itineraries, you’re treated to a complimentary signature Destination Discovery Event.

For example, on South Pacific cruises, the event is an extravagant beach barbecue with Polynesian fire dancing.

In Kusadasi on our most recent Star Pride Turkey-and-Greece cruise, everyone was bused to the ancient Ephesus ruins for an amazing evening – dinner by moonlight in front of the facade of the Library of Celsus, accompanied by live classical music.

Windstar's signature Destination Discovery Event in Ephesus: dinner at the ruins in front of the Library of Celsus
Can you think of a more special event than the moonlight Ephesus dinner on our recent Star Pride cruise?

Sparkling service

No Windstar Cruises review would be complete without mentioning the truly excellent, friendly service onboard – a standout feature.

Perhaps it has to do with the high crew/guest ratio.

But how the dining room staff knew so quickly our personal preferences on our cruises – sparkling vs. still water, skim milk lattes (not whole milk coffees) – is a marvel.

The sports-and-swim team (who doubled as dining stewards at dinner on our French Polynesia cruises) were fun and ever-helpful.

Every time we reboarded the ship after going ashore, there were cold facecloths waiting for us.

And the crew entertainment shows (held one evening on each cruise) had us in stitches.

So, what is the best Windstar ship?

That’s a tough one to answer!

Younger guests tend to gravitate toward the Windstar sailing ships.

These tall ships are impossibly romantic. Plus, they’re ideally suited to tropical destinations, where they can anchor off secluded beaches and the water sports platform can be set up.

If you’re interested in an active itinerary with an emphasis on water sports, then the Wind Star, Wind Spirit or Wind Surf are perfect.

A couple stand-up paddleboarding from the watersports platform on a Windstar ship
Who wants to go stand-up paddleboarding right from the back of the ship?

On the other hand, the Star Plus vessels are more spacious, offer more dining choices and have larger accommodations. Their suites are certainly more comfortable.

For Alaska, Iceland, northern Europe, eastern U.S. and the like, the Star Pride, Star Breeze and Star Legend are better suited (and the sailing ships aren’t deployed there anyway).

But you can expect a similar private yacht experience on all Windstar vessels – like the open bridge and relaxed but elegant dining.

Also, the cruise line matches the type of ship with the destination, so once you’ve picked your destination, you’re bound to be happy with the ship.

Our advice? Do both!

Cruise the Caribbean or French Polynesia on one of the sailing-style ships and then book another cruise on one of the Star Plus ships.

Are Windstar Cruises expensive?

Surprisingly, you don’t have to pay a fortune for all that Windstar Cruises offers.

Windstar offers excellent value for money when you take into account the wonderfully personal, small ship adventure provided by their yachts – which is worlds apart from the experience you get on the colossal cruise liners, packed to the brim with thousands of passengers.

Blue-and-white cushioned loungers on the deck of the Star Pride
Is this your happy place at sea?

You can choose to go cruise only or enhance your experience by adding on various packages (like a Windstar drinks package, daily WiFi package and/or unlimited laundry service package).

Even if you add on all the extras, your total cost will still be less than what a six-star cruise costs on, say, Seabourn (known for its unlimited free champagne), Silversea Cruises or Regent Seven Seas (RSSC).

More FAQs about Windstar Cruises

Is Windstar Cruises a luxury line?

In a way. We call it affordable luxury.

Windstar’s yachts don’t offer the same level of luxury as the six-star cruise ships – where alcohol and gratuities (sometimes shore excursions too) are included in the fare.

But as one of the best small ship cruise lines, they’re definitely a big step above the mass-market cruise lines like Princess, NCL and Carnival.

What is included on Windstar Cruises?

Your cruise price includes:

  • Your cabin or suite accommodations (of course!)
  • All meals (including at specialty restaurants) and 24-hour room service
  • Non-alcoholic beverages, including sodas and specialty coffees like cappuccinos or lattes
  • The complimentary Destination Discovery Event (offered on select itineraries)
  • Watersport toys (like stand-up paddleboards and kayaks) from the water sports platform, weather conditions permitting
  • Use of snorkeling gear

What’s not included?

  • Alcoholic beverages (unless you have one of Windstar’s drinks packages)
  • Shore excursions
  • WiFi
  • Gratuities

What is the average age on Windstar Cruises?

The average age is about 45 to 65, with several younger and older passengers.

You’ll find more couples in their 30s and 40s, however, on the Wind Star, Wind Spirit and Wind Surf (the sailing-style ships). The line’s French Polynesia cruises, in particular, are a favorite for honeymooners – so you’ll likely mingle with some couples in their 20s too.

Most passengers are couples. The ships are adult-focused, and children under eight aren’t allowed.

Do Windstar ships really sail?

Yes, the sails on the three tall ships – Wind Star, Wind Spirit and Wind Surf – aren’t just for show. When the weather and wind conditions allow, they can operate under full sail (with engine assist).

On engine power alone, their top speed is 8½ to 10 knots. With both wind and engines, their top speed is about 14 knots.

The Wind Star in Moorea
The Wind Star in Moorea

What health and safety precautions does Windstar take?

To kill viruses, the ships have recently been refitted with new hospital-grade, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.

This feature makes us more comfortable cruising with Windstar (and it’s something recent Windstar Cruises reviews also note).

Star Clippers vs. Windstar

Now, we’ve also sailed on Star Clippers several times. They’re also a small ship cruise line, with three tall sailing ships. (See our Star Clippers review.)

So you might ask: What’s the difference between Windstar vs. Star Clippers?

If you’re a sailing purist, the main difference is that the Windstar sailing-style ships are engine-powered with auxiliary sails.

Star Clippers ships, on the other hand, are true sailing ships with the assist of auxiliary engine power. On Star Clippers, the sails are used to power the ship about 70% of the time.

Another difference: Windstar’s ships are more luxurious and offer more amenities (like the watersports platform and specialty restaurants).

The whole cruise experience is more upscale on Windstar, and the cruise price reflects this. (True sailing afficionados might still prefer Star Clippers.)

That’s a wrap for our Windstar review!

Wind Spirit and Sea Breeze
The Wind Spirit and Sea Breeze

You may know we’re cruise fans (we’ve sailed on more than 60 different cruises now).

The Windstar cruise line is a favorite of ours. We love the intimacy and small ship cruising experience.

And the Star Plus yachts, in particular, boast lots of star power!

For more information or to book, check Windstar Cruises’ website or call 1-888-279-2641.

Craving more cruise inspiration?

Holland America: What’s cruising like on HAL’s new Rotterdam ship?

Scenic Cruises: Hop on over to our review of Scenic, and discover the historic riches of Normandy on a deluxe Seine River cruise.

Viking Ocean Cruises: In our Viking Star review, we dish on why Viking Star was named the “world’s best ship” – and why Viking’s cruise experience is such a pleasure.

Our top travel tips and resources

Hotels: Booking.com is great for scoring a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car is often one of the best ways to explore off the beaten path. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

Travel insurance: SafetyWing is designed for frequent travelers, long-term adventurers and digital nomads. It covers medical expenses, lost checked luggage, trip interruption and more.

Travel gear: See our travel shop to find the best luggage, accessories and other travel gear. (We suggest these comfy travel sandals for city walking, the beach and kicking about.)

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Photo credits: 4, 8, 11, 18, 19, 26, 28, 29 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining images Windstar Cruises


This Windstar cruise review is based on our personal experience, sailing on five Windstar cruises. While we were hosted as media guests (and received the cruise on a complimentary basis), as always with all hosts, the cruise line had no editorial influence over this or our other articles on Windstar.


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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Vivian Christie

Thursday 4th of April 2019

We sailed on the Windsurf late January 2019. It was the best. Service and food were outstanding. Customer service reps were very friendly and very helpful. Hope to cruise with them again soon.

Janice and George

Friday 5th of April 2019

So glad to hear! We particularly like their tall ships -- and the Wind Surf, being the biggest of the tall ships, can offer more amenities than the two smaller tall ships.

Calizona Jones

Sunday 20th of March 2016

I was booked on the January 2nd cruise that was cancelled. Windstar reimbursed me for the cost of the cruise, but travelers are out of luck on the cost of any other arrangements, such as airfare and hotels. I purchased Allianz travel insurance for my airfare and was informed that the grounding was not a covered peril. I have contacted Windstar repeatedly about reimbursement only to be informed that they will respond the next day and then I get no response.

BUYER BEWARE when dealing with Windstar. Their customer service is extremely poor. I will never travel with them again.

Janice and George

Sunday 20th of March 2016

We're sorry for your troubles. And how disappointing to be told that your travel insurance doesn't protect you. Have you written a letter to Windstar's top management? (not just an email or phone call) Or try contacting the Ombudsman at Conde Nast Traveler magazine? These are some things we might try in your situation. Best wishes, and we hope you get a satisfactory resolution.

Gail Douglas

Thursday 7th of January 2016

Again our thanks about Windstar and the Star Pride accident. I saw your post from NomadicTexan's tweet. We met Mike and Kim on our recent Viking cruise down the Danube. I thanked him too. Saved us a lot of headaches!

Janice and George

Thursday 7th of January 2016

Glad we could help and you are secure on another voyage :-).

Gail Douglas

Thursday 7th of January 2016

Thanks so much for giving us a heads up about the Star Pride and the accident. It afforded us the opportunity to book another cruise this am to the Caribbean. We got notice later in the day that our Feb 28 voyage is cancelled and now we are secure on another voyage. Thanks again.

Irene S. Levine

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

We've sailed the Seabourn Spirit (the sister ship) and absolutely loved the ship, especially dining outside on the back deck. The concept of affordable luxury sounds unbeatable! Would love to check with Windstar for a future sailing.

Janice and George

Friday 8th of January 2016

It's a great cruise line :-). We've sailed with them several times over the years...