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  1. Paying it forward. Basically, the higher end scotches and cordials are not included in the drink package.
  2. Considering a TA on the Star Pride. I saw a video that very quickly showed the gym. I saw no elliptical's. Has anyone been on recently and noticed any? Thank you.
  3. We are just returned from the Star Pride, Colon to Puerto Caldera. It was an excellent trip! The weather was hot, sunny and seas were calm, the other guests were a very friendly and fun bunch and the staff were kind and attentive. Food was above expectation, chef John Eliot runs a great kitchen! The canal transit was interesting, I would recommend going to the question and answer with the local specialist as it was very interesting. In Panama we took a taxi to Casco Viejo and did a walk around, it was easy to see in a few hours. The beach day was perfect, I did the morning snorkel which was fun, the water was warm and although not the most plentiful fish or coral it was a nice boat ride and did see some different things. The people that did the hike said it was fun too but a bit muddy and hot, they enjoyed it and just rinsed off at the beach. In Puerto Jimenez we booked a tour through Changing Tides Tours which was excellent, best dolphin watch ever, (saw hundreds!) and a snorkel stop to cool off, saw some nice fish too. Our guide David was a marine biologist doing a study to identify individual dolphins locally and was full of information. The ship had the marine platform out that day , which was great! They had water skiing and the inter tube for behind the boat which was a ton of fun. We heard the chocolate tour was worthwhile too. In Quepos we arranged a hotel visit. The people we spoke to that did the zip line loved it. FYI the excursions from the boat go early that day ( 7-7:30am), the same company (Titi canopy tours) offers a later morning trip if you want to book independently. From Quepos we took a taxi to Arenas del Mar hotel on the beach,( same beach as Manuel Antonio park) had an excellent lunch and saw a sloth, a troop of squirrel monkeys and some white face monkeys all while enjoying a beautiful ,relaxing and peaceful beach. There is also Buena Vista Beach Club on the same beach closer to the park , they have a nice outdoor dining area and supply loungers , drinks and food, restrooms for a reasonable fee. There was an on deck bbq one night which was fun too, they put out a huge spread of food and had live music and dancing on the deck after dinner, it was a beautiful night for it too.
  4. We have returned from our 10 day Panama/Costa Rica cruise. The ship while had a few blemishes was in good shape despite some folks view negatively.The food was excellent ,the Ports good and the service was excellent. If you have any questions I would be happy to attempt to answer them.
  5. Anyone recently been on the Star Pride ? If so what condition is it in ? We just booked a 10 day cruise on November 27 th going thru the panama canal and ending in Puerto Caldera Cost rica. Anyone taken this cruise before and if so what should we expect.? The itinerary says something about WET LANDINGS... Any thoughts???
  6. I'm considering "midnight sun" itineraries offered on Star Breeze and Star Pride. I'd appreciate any thoughts from recent sailors about the condition/maintenance of these two ships. I realize they're about the same age, but the reviews I've read make it tricky to figure out if one ship is in markedly better shape than the other. I did a Baltic cruise on the Pride when she was still being operated by Seabourn, so I'm familiar with the ships' layout. It sounds as if both ships are scheduled to be "stretched" in the near future to add additional suites. Thanks in advance for any advice/opinions.
  7. Jim and I were delighted by our recent (24 June - 5 July) 12-day Windstar cruise aboard Star Pride -- Edinburgh, Scotland / Kirkwall, Scotland / Norway (port stops in Bergen, Geiranger, Alesund and Molde) / Torshavn, Faroes / Reykjavik, Iceland. That you may better understand my comments -- we are not avid cruisers having been disappointed in fairly recent voyages on Regent (Caribbean) and Silverseas (Amazon), one each. Although I cruised often as a child on the now-defunct Panama Line. Cruising lately has been an option we are trying because Jim is in mid-stage dementia and this form of travel can be easier than some. We adored Star Pride, a smaller vessel with around 200 passengers. It was in tip-top shape and we found the furnishings pleasing and comfortable which cannot be said of our Silverseas and Regent experiences. No crowding, much comfort plus thoughtful touches throughout. Service was pervasive, attentive and kindly. Never a surly face to be seen (although there was an occasional "doing my job" mien). Meanwhile the many smiles were sufficiently genuine so as to defeat my BS sensor. As with our Silverseas and Regent cruises we booked top accommodation, an owners suite of 648sq.ft. which was perfect for us. Foyer, bar area, bedroom, living room, full marble bath with walk-in shower (YAY), powder room, walk-in closet, plentiful storage, windows galore, large outside deck with lounge and dining furniture. If I can't book a large premium REAL suite, I won't book, period, no matter the line. Although smaller by almost half of the SS and Regent top suites, we were delighted with the Star Pride owners suite and found it very much to our taste. So comfortable. Speaking of taste, no question decor is entirely objective. I so prefer the quiet, comfortable ethos on Star Pride. Little bling, no fake elegance, no distasteful art, no sacrificing function over form. This cruise line has managed to furnish its cabins and public spaces with graceful furniture and airy ethos. Kudos, Windstar. Much depends upon the food. This, in particular, is where SS and Regent utterly reneged on their Luxury promise yet Windstar shone finest kind. Food was fab! Breakfast in The Veranda was excellent. Mmm. The fruit buffet was fabulous -- juicy, tasty, utterly fresh. No cardboard melon. Best benedicts with variations. Delicious scrambled eggs -- these are my breakfast test, however common, good scrambled eggs are difficult to be had. Even room-service breakfast was fab! Lunch for us was in the Yacht Club where a rotating selection of mini sandwiches was provided each day: egg salad on pita (my fave), pate on whole wheat, smoked salmon on French, Asian chicken wrap, turkey with cranberry jelly, ham and brie on French, etc. Plus a selection of cookies and dessert. There are two other lunch venues but we did not go there, so satisfied were we with the Yacht Club offerings. Dinner. Well, dinner was finest kind. Delicious, wonderfully satisfying and a salubrious mix of creative and traditional. Lobster twice and it was very very good indeed. I confess I went to dinner with low expectations but was delightfully surprised every night but one. My grilled veal chop was not so grilled and closer to raw than medium rare. We enjoyed our fellow cruisers who spanned the gamut from one young honeymoon couple to a full panoply of age ranges including more than a few family groups. In general on this cruise, average age skewed lover than our other two cruises. For good or ill -- just information. Excursions -- Inextricably wrapped up in port choices. We traveled with my kindergarten friend from Panama and none of the three of us could come up with an explanation of why we had 36 hours at Kirkwall in Scotland where the weather was dreadful all the day long. Meanwhile, the four Norway ports were nothing short of fabulous but we could have used more time in each. Ashore time was skimpy. For most onboard, Norway was the point of the trip. Faroe Islands -- in the middle of the Norwegian Sea. Arrived in the early morning. Left at 1pm when the sun began to shine. Poor timing. It's odd but probably familiar to the well cruised -- port choices and times have little to do with what is best for passengers but rather more to do with management sailing and PR issues. In general excursion choices were fine with good selection for the more active. Our four excursions in Norway were good to great. We opted out of excursions in Kirkwall and Faroes due to entirely overcast weather which is the norm in the morning which is when we were there. Right. Why? I am a good sailor but my two companions suffered mal de mer on the last two days of the voyage as we transited the Norwegian Sea and North Atlantic. Seas were rambunctious and ours was a small ship. Bonine available gratis at reception and that did help. Ship's doctor available for injections in grievous cases. Service was kindly and competent across the board. A call-out to our suite steward, Christian, who was so sweetly expert. If we cruise again, It will be on one of the Windstar motorized yachts. The Windstar sail yachts have too many passengers in tiny cabins so not for us. If you need decent room in your cabin, look only to the motorized "yachts." We loved our Windstar voyage on Star Pride very much -- it was finest kind. If we cruise again it will be on one of the Star vessels. Finally, a note about luxury. For me, luxury is about comfort, kindness, good food, intelligent excursions and fine accommodations. In an environment that brings together like-minded folk. We were happy to jostle along with our colleagues.
  8. We just received a notice from Windstar that our embarkation pier has changed for our upcoming cruise on the Star Pride departing Reykjavik on August 28th. We will now be embarking from the Miobakki Pier in the East Harbor. Has anyone who has recently cruised from Reykjavik on Windstar used this pier? Does it have a cruise terminal associated with it? What is the check-in procedure for Windstar? We are staying at the Hotel Borg pre-cruise and it appears from a map that it is less than a 10-minute walk. Thanks!
  9. Windstar is spending $256 million to stretch and modernize these ships. See the following article. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/19952-windstar-to-stretch-three-ships-in-250-million-refurbishment.html
  10. Does anyone know how far from Positano Harbor the Star Pride anchors and if the tender goes directly into the harbor or to another location nearby Portofino? I was interested in possibly having dinner onshore and was wondering if there would be enough time to make the last tender. Many Thanks
  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. So, I have been tracking Star Pride's Itinerary using cruisemapper.com from Barcelona to Rome for the April 20th sailing and noticed that some of the ports are different than what was presented. For example, instead of sailing to Sanary sur Mer, I believe they went to Marseille. And they docked in Nice for 2 days instead of Cannes and Monte Carlo. Is this typical? If so, how do you plan shore excursions outside of Windstar to coincide with the itinerary changes? Or, am I not understanding things correctly. Also, looking at the Star Prides itineraries, it seems there is a gap from April 28th to May 4th. I know they already went into dry dock recently, so could this be a private charter?
  13. Have been reading some very bad reviews (with pictures) of the Star Pride. The pictures looked horrible, is this true? I really like the Caribbean itinerary (Antilles Island Hopping) and would love to book for next year. I am a 60+ woman and would be traveling by myself.
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