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    California Central Coast
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    house concert presenter & volunteer for local NPR station..."day job" for 20+ years in travel
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    Windstar, Holland America, American Cruise Line, Avalon Waterways, Lindblad, Regent, Viking
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    South Pacific

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  1. Here is a copy of the post dry dock deck plan (directly from the Windstar website). Windstar labels this as "WINDS SURF; RENOVATED VOYAGES START NOVEMBER 30, 2019". (File name here is just how I have it stored on my drive.) There will be 18 suites remaining on Deck 3, along with the 3 individual suites on the Bridge Deck.Wind Surf Deck Plan (updated 11-30-19).pdf
  2. Canadian Kate, we share your joy of included soft drinks. Since this is your first Windstar cruise, you may not know that the mini bar refrigerator in your cabin also comes stocked with unlimited soft drinks. We always let our cabin attendant know that we only consume diet coke, and would like a few extra cans in there. We also ask for some cut lime wedges. Within a couple of hours we find 2-4 extra diet cokes and a ramekin (well sealed in plastic wrap) full of cut limes. It is often restocked during the entire cruise. Side note: Most of the time the sodas at the bars on board are not kept cold (no fountain bar guns). We will often just grab a soda and a glass of ice in our cabin instead. A warm soda poured over ice, usually seems too flat to me. Enjoy your first cruise on Windstar. I suspect you will be back for a second and third.
  3. You and I are on the same page milepig. Windstar has had a 310 passenger sailing yacht for a very long time, so they know how 300 people conduct themselves. This is not news. We are looking forward to a more "modern" layout, with a lot more usable space on deck. With more on deck dining space, more open space in front of Veranda/Candles (without lifeboats blocking our view), and the new BBQ area by the Star Bar; I expect we will feel like we gained a lot...and wonder how it ever worked before. Spanish dining space on deck 6 looks like a great option. We were at 206 passengers in July on the Star Legend in Alaska. Even during sea days and while anchored on expedition days, we never felt crowed. There were actually a few occasion when I wondered where everyone was. The only crowed event was during the staff talent show, so I wonder what they will do to make the Lounge fit all takers for that event. (we never miss it!) We are doing Panama and Costa Rica on the Legend (post stretch) in January 2021. We will see then, if not before. We talk with onboard staff a lot. Everyone on staff seems to be please with all the new twists on the design and layout. And I always work to get honest answers and we feel we did on this issue too.
  4. My understanding from the rep on Star Legend was that you can book with the discount for any sailing, then move the deposit to another sailing if you change your mind. AND if you decide to just cancel, you will get 100% of your deposit refunded (up until time of final payment).
  5. If you buy a bottle of wine at dinner, you do not have to finish it at that meal. They wine staff will tag it for you and bring it back to you for dinner the next night, until it is gone.
  6. There were at least 8 teens on our Star Legend Alaska sailing (just ended on 8/9). They were all well behaved and linked up with each other by the second day. One staff member (Amphora and Yacht Club) who bonded well with them was in the crew talent show. The teens loved her singing and gave her a standing ovation (soon joined by us old farts). I am almost 70 and I love the kind of kids we find on Windstar.
  7. All the trade journals quote Ponant & PG brass stating that PG will remain an independent, stand alone brand.
  8. I believe Windstar started doing this last Fall. Reduced deposit, extra discount off current fare, onboard credit for new booking, 100% refundable deposit until final payment, and you can move the new booking to another cruise date; if you change your mind about your selection. The rep had people waiting to talk with him all the time, especially during the last 3 days of the sailing.
  9. Just got off the Star Legend on Friday. (review to come later, but we already miss the ship and crew). Asked this exact question: As I now understand it, once the Star Breeze work gets started in October there will be a webcam for a lot of the construction. Owen Taylor (the onboard sales rep for new bookings) said there will likely be a time-lapse of the overall work on each ship, available after the re-launch. I would love to see a daily time-lapse. But I am a Star class groupie.
  10. We never use the minibar for alcohol libations, as we prefer those in a more social or meal setting. But we are both consumer diet coke in large volumes. On Windstar our cabin attendant has always listened to our requests and made sure there was always enough in the minibar, with the things we would never consume just going away, if there is no room. And I always add a wedge of lime, when it is available. On our last Windstar cruise, I asked our attendant if I could have some "cut lime", figuring I would get a couple of slices and be happy. A ramekin full of lime wedges showed up shortly in our minibar (very freshly cut) and covered in a piece of plastic rap. For the duration of our cruise, there was a fresh supply, faster than I could polish off the last batch. Frankly not needing to sign for coffee, juice and soda beverages on Windstar, is delightful. It is not the money, it is the simple, relaxed environment.
  11. This can seem "second rate", but I would attribute that to being conditioned to only be impressed with more "marketing materials" all...the...time. Mudhen, here is my preferred perspective which I posted, in a similar context, which i post on another thread a few months ago. "We have over-conditioned ourselves to need a ton of paper to feel like all is well. If you got a chance to meet the Queen of England; which would make you feel more honored? 1. Welcome Mr & Mrs Jones, the Queen is expecting you. 2. Hello do you have your "papers"? We must see your papers before you can meet the Queen. Number 1 makes me feel more special (in fact very special). And I do not understand why so many people want to (or expect they must) carry a whole folder of papers or no one will welcome them aboard Windstar."
  12. Wow OctoberKat, Have you considered just putting together a history series for every cruise (or even land trip) you take. If you do this all the time, this type of commentary would make for a great blog to enlighten the rest of us. If you are sailing southbound on July 29, can I have lending (lendee) privileges? If you are sailing northbound on the one just before ours, maybe we can work out a stash arrangement with a crew member. Since we are flying out of San Jose, CA, we could bring them all home to you too.
  13. Having been following this project since the earliest hints came out, I believe you have misunderstood the comments and information. While the overall layout of the existing suites will remain the same (not flipping the bed area and living room seating) all the suites are getting an overhaul to the same finish and furnishing as the new section. This includes the bathrooms. Personally I am happy to see the living room seating area stay in the same place, except in the new section. The wife and I agree; we prefer having a suite with the seating by the window. And with the new suites being flipped, everyone can have the choice that fits their wishes. Some folks have expressed concern about too many passengers making the Yacht Club over crowded. The design of the Courtyard area is likely to make that a very usable enclosed space, when the Yacht Club seems to busy for some.
  14. Sorry we will miss meeting. We are July 29 from Seward. Leave the light on for us.
  15. thank you for the great insight and pictures. What date are you sailing in July?
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