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OctoberKat

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  1. I cannot make a direct comparison with Seabourn but WS is head and shoulders above Regent and Silver Sea.
  2. Windstar (and other cruise lines) continue to advertise heavily on- and off line. Which befuddles me because no one knows when cruising, even on smaller vessels, will be sufficiently safe. Despite the size of the vessel, the crucial issue is crew who are bundled up closely in their cramped quarters. My January 2021 Windstar Panama Canal transit was cancelled and that makes sense to me. But, I am nonplussed by Windstar and other lines exuberantly pushing their cruise advertising in this unsettled time when no one knows what will happen with cruising in the next years. Why bother to post this? I’m interested to know if others think cruising, via Windstar or any other line, will resume in the near term. It’s reasonable to suggest cruising would resume after wide availability of an effective vaccine. But that vaccine still is out of reach and, whilst, there is much hoopla, there is little concrete info, so ... who knows. I suggest cruising is unlikely to resume until there is a reliable vaccine. Reliability is key. First generation vaccines may not be more than 50% effective. And, is anyone else annoyed that Windstar (and other cruise lines) continue to advertise and pretend cruising will resume in the near term?
  3. I don’t think Windstar is part of a mega conglomerate such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Well, it is cuddled up with Xanterra but that would be a mini-conglomerate. Which is no bad thing generally but during this pandemic (and aftermath), I worry Windstar will find it difficult to re-establish itself. What is the thinking here? Please note I am not trash talking this line which is my favorite. Have a Windstar Panama Canal booked in January 2021.
  4. During our July Alaska cruise aboard Star Legend, our group of five found candles to be decidedly ho-hum.
  5. http://click.email.cruisecritic.com/?qs=b86f590b9bfc64d60ff10344da6d241868fa63fd00c2a6b073172d9a23fe92c09a3c666b07ecbf566db991d51af23e118f044eed680236867c4b636e8c89cddc
  6. Winding up my experience with using Luggage Forward to ship one piece of luggage to the Star Legend in Vancouver from my home in Palo Alto, CA. In a word — flawless. Easily booked on their website, picked up promptly, delivered to my suite on Star Legend. No issues, smooth. I will use again. As for the “official” library — I became known on board as the book lady for the tomes I left in the library and handed to fellow passengers. The expedition staffers and naturalists were especially appreciative. They asked, and I had to answer, “Yes, I’m a librarian.”
  7. As of now, before stretch, Star ships have owners suites between 575-645sqft, and classic suites of 400sqft.
  8. But Wind Surf still, has smaller cabins than the motor yachts, yes? 312 guests on Wind Surf, 212 on The Star ships.
  9. I should have said I am looking only at the motor yacht sailings, the Star series. The sail yachts too small for us.
  10. Yikes, not February 5th. July 5th. I‘ve been off kilter for weeks. Yesterday I thought it was October.
  11. If my beloved however demented husband is up for this, I am likely to book a transit voyage December-March. The trick for us will be booking an owner's suite or the next category down (classic?).
  12. Here is an update on the process with Luggage Forward. Early last week they sent me the label packet with instructions (easy to follow). They said my bag would be picked up at my home on February 5th between 1-3pm. At 1:30pm today, Feb. 5th, I received email notification that the bag had been picked up. So, pretty easy.
  13. We sailed that itinerary in 2017 on Star Pride and could not have been happier.
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