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  1. Check out a product call Reliefband, I have used it on all my Windstar cruises (6 of them). Non medical FDA approved. If you start to feel seasick just put it on your wrist and set accordingly. I have seen a few other people on board with the same device. Looks like a watch.
  2. When in Santorini you should really consider having a lunch/wine tasting at Venetsanos Winery. The food, wine and most of the view from their restaurant patio was awesome.
  3. We will be on the Star Pride in May and I get what you are saying. Needless to say having been on the Star Breeze last year these vessels are certainly showing their age. That said we found the ship more than acceptable and experience no problems. Having been a long time Windstar cruiser, we did do a Regents cruise to Alaska before Windstar went there. In my experience Regents is a couple of notches above Windstar in most areas especially compared to the motor yachts. The Wind Surf is in a category all to it self and we truly enjoyed that ship for exactly what it is. Bottom line for us, if cost were comparable which I don't they are, I would choose Regent's over Windstar's motor yachts as they are now.
  4. We will be staying in Athens in May before boarding the Star Pride. Sounds like some of our destinations are the same. So regarding Athens here some things to look into: The hotel we are staying is the AVA, right in the Platka area. From the port you might want to make arrangements for transportation to your hotel. Check out George's Taxi. We always do some tours first to get acclimated. Athens Free Tour has walking tours that run fairly frequently. If you like biking check out Solebike If visiting Santorini check out Tours by Locals, specifically we are using Eugenia L In Malta we are doing a private walking tour through Tours by Locals using Ann Marie Hope this helps
  5. We very seldom would consider a Windstar package tour, primarily due to the expense and sometimes bus like nature of the tours. I agree with Strenz that tours by locals is a good way to go. In fact we are using of their guides when we visit Santorini on the Star Pride in May. It takes a bit more work, but arranging your own tours in the end will probably be more satisfying. I have found Trip Advisor's to be a good starting point for making arrangements. Also, we have had folks we met while on the ship to join us on our prearranged tours, but 10 is a large number to put together, especially beforehand.
  6. Just a FYI: I am also scheduled to be on the Star Pride at the end of May. I looked at her schedule and it looks like there is a gap in the schedule in Lisbon from April 1-12. So I am guessing she would be in dry dock during that time? Correct me if I am wrong. I have no idea what is being done while she is is dry dock though.
  7. Thanks for the information. Yes, it does look like she will be out of commission during that period.
  8. When you mentioned a dry dock visit in a couple of months, can you be more specific (if you know). We are scheduled to be on Pride in May and just wondering if it before that.
  9. We were on the Star Breeze last September travelling Ireland/Scotland. For the most part all was OK, the ship needed some care but not like the tales I have been hearing regarding the Star Pride. In colder weather cruising there was just not enough room for morning breakfast. I'm sure that will be resolved when the ships are refurbished. That said, understanding the importance of the tenders, it sure would be nice to have issues like those resolved and not reoccurring.
  10. As we always plan our own excursions, having issues with the tenders would greatly impact our plans. I hope that is not case with our upcoming cruise! We have been on the Surf a few times and really enjoyed the ship. It would be our first choice but the itineraries lead us to different vessels.
  11. We recently cruised on the Star Breeze and while in need of some updates it was in reasonably good shape. We are scheduled to cruise in the spring on the Star Pride and while I realize that all these motor yachts are scheduled for major rehabilitation, it does seem that the Star Pride passengers reviews from engine issues to overall condition are generally not so good compare to the others motor ships in the fleet. Anyone care to weigh in...
  12. I also received an email that the casino will be removed for the same reason from the Star Pride effective early spring 2019.
  13. We also could not tender in Portrush due to rough seas, Captain instead took us to Oban instead which turned out to be lovely little town in Scotland. Texasstar, hope you enjoyed your voyage, a bit of a transition to the motor yachts from Wind Surf. Staterooms were great, sail away just not the same!
  14. As we have done on the Wind Surf, bring an extension cord. You will get a couple more outlets out of it!
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