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  1. From Cruise Industry News, a first look at the stretched Star Breeze on her sea trials. Can’t wait to hear more.
  2. Has anyone seen any information on the transformation of Star legend. My searches haven't yielded any results.
  3. Hi Windstar cruisers! We are considering doing a transatlantic cruise on the Wind Spirit and wonder if anyone else has done one of these cruises? We love our sea days and do mostly repositioning cruises but not sure if 15 days with absolutely no stops is the right way to go on a small sailing ship and looking for any input if they’ve done these before. Most of our transatlantic‘s are on larger ships in the 2000 to 4000 person size and indeed we had one crossing with 45 to 60 foot waves for two days, the captain said he hadn’t had seas like that since his fishing days, so that was a fun couple of days (it really was!) but I don’t think it would be as much fun on a sailing ship, just saying. So anyone’s thoughts who have done the sailing TA’s are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  4. B cabins were sold out when I made my reservation for a November cruise, so I went for BX #129. Final payment is due shortly and I'm thinking that if there is any a time when cabins might free up it would be at final payment. As in people who are thinking about a cruise and hold a place, may cancel more frequently then. Asked TA to take a look at that time. I've read that aft B cabins are noisy. Any thing forward to avoid just in case there's something available? Nancy
  5. Looks like they’ve posted a few of the new Star Breeze Med itineraries. Starting 7/31/20 Athens to Istanbul. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. Anyone have any info when it will actually leave and start sea trials or cruises? Been there for an extremely Long time . I heard why, but anyone got a firm time when it will be actually ready? Just checked current position and it is still there in dry dock. Tough for those who might want to book cruises aboard .
  7. As promised, I wrote a review. Yesterday. It still hasn't posted yet so I rewrote it this morning in case I did something wrong yesterday and I'll just post here as well so I don't ave to keep watching for the link. +++++++++ This cruise was thrust upon us when our booked Star Breeze BCN - MIA was cancelled. We took a refund on the BCN - LIS portion and replaced the LIS-MIA with this cruise. Since our Breeze DS suite was not available on the old version of the Legend we were moved to the mid-ship suite, which was larger, 2 bathrooms and a full balcony. We were also given a 20% cruise credit as compensation, and price protected, which meant this was a very affordable cruise for us. The WS rep warned me of the obstructed views but I cruise to be on a ship, not to be on a floating resort, and I loved the views! As well, the lifeboat hanging over us while we were on the balcony, provided privacy from those looking down from the pool deck area. For us, the suite was perfect. Unfortunately, after the stretch, it will no longer be the same, it will be larger, have no obstructed views and be much more expensive. This was the last cruise of the Star Legend in its current configuration as she is on her way to dry dock. The weather was warm and sunny for all 15 days and the seas calm due to hard work by the Captain. In his avoiding of rougher conditions, he got us to Madeira a day early so that was an extra bonus. We sailed with ~105 other people and ~150 crew so the service was excellent. Food was excellent. Service was very good. Ship seemed reasonably clean (and then they started increased cleaning due to Covid 19 precautions.) Things were a bit worn but that was to be expected on a ship headed to dry-dock. Nothing struck me as bad at all, just a bit faded around the edges in places and ongoing water issues outside one public bathroom. Entertainment was virtually non existent. I'm a small-ship, crossings, cruiser and I was worried about this but it turned out to be a perfect match for me. I went to trivia most days but aside from that I read, visited, watched movies from home or the library, or just sat and did nothing. I suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) and since there was nothing to miss out on, I had a stress free cruise. The only part I found stressful were the two days in Madeira, since there was so much to do and not enough time to get it all done, that's how FOMO affects me. We used the gym and spa but our rating is lower simply because we had intended to spend our shipboard credit on a trainer during the 13 sea days of the cruise but there was no trainer on board. I spent the excess credit in the shop instead. The manager was a delight but also on top of things and when an item I'd bought went on sale, she issued a credit for the difference before I was even aware of the sale. I have already booked my next cruise and picked 2 more before that cruise that we may go on. The travel industry upheaval is all that is keeping me from booking immediately. We did have a major problem with while on board which was well resolved by Windstar, both head office as well as crew. Our suite flooded badly (main water intake line broke, soaking the bedroom of the suite from the bathroom all the way to the window, about 12', in a matter of minutes.) With the ship half full, we were offered a same class suite in the bow but opted instead for a regular suite down the hall, and using 2 cabins for 4 days. We always had access to the balcony (and coffee machine, living room and second bathroom when the blowers were off) but we slept in a standard cabin. Our cabin steward was wonderful, doing a great job of keeping track of us in both cabins and keeping both up very nicely. This gave us a chance to review that as well and the only thing I strongly disliked (the bathroom door so close to the side of the bed) is resolved in the Star Suites in the new configuration so we'll be booking our upcoming cruises on the motor yachts in the SS1 category (which gives us our preferred low and mid-ship position.) In hindsight the flood was a blessing since we could experience both the luxury of a suite (for this one time!) and still determine that we'll be comfortable in a regular cabin on future cruises.
  8. Looks like that according to most recent Coronavirus update from Windstar, not only will they monitor the temperature of incoming guests but they have decided to not deploy the Star Breeze to Asia from Aug 25th to November 29th 2020. Wow after cancelling cruises due to asbestos issues, now they have to re-route the Star Breeze for 3 months. Ouch, not a good year for Windstar Here is the memo posted on their website. FAQs: Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Is Windstar currently sailing in any areas with confirmed cases of coronavirus? No. We are currently not sailing to any areas with reported cases. Is Windstar making any changes to deployment as a result of coronavirus? Windstar Cruises will cancel the Star Breeze’s 2020 Asia program. We regret the inconvenience to booked guests on these sailings which were scheduled to depart August 25 through November 29, 2020. Our team is working on communicating this change and alternatives to our guests and travel advisor partners. New sailings for the Star Breeze during this same time period will be announced soon. We are not making any changes to our spring 2021 Asia deployment at this time. What are Coronaviruses? Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that usually cause respiratory illness. A new (novel) CoV was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and is called 2019-nCoV. What is the current situation? The new coronavirus is causing an outbreak of illness in the city of Wuhan, China. Additional cases have been confirmed in other countries including the United States. The situation remains fluid. Stay up to date by visiting the Centers for Disease Control’s website. What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV Signs of infection may include respiratory symptoms, such as fever or feverishness, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. How is the virus transmitted? Health authorities say it can be passed from one person to another through close contact, such as caring for or living with an ill person. How can I minimize the risk of catching or spreading a respiratory illness? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses: • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, including sharing cups or eating utensils. • Stay home when you are sick. • Cover your cough or sneeze: cough or sneeze into your elbow, or cover with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. What are the treatments? There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the new coronavirus infection. Individuals with respiratory infections should seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. Is the new Coronavirus the same as SARS or MERS viruses? It is a similar type but not the same virus that caused SARS or MERS. What is the preventive action Windstar has taken? Along with other Cruise Lines International Association member cruise lines, Windstar Cruises now requires each guest and crew member to fill out a health questionnaire specific to coronavirus prior to boarding the ship and undergo a no touch thermal scan to screen for fever. Anyone with a fever (≥38 C°/100.4 F°) will not be allowed to board the ship. The sanitation levels on all ships are being elevated. Guests or crew who have been in or travelled from or through China, Hong Kong or Macau in the 30 days prior to embarkation are not being allowed to board the vessel. Guests who within 30 days before embarkation have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Coronavirus, or who are currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to Coronavirus, are not being allowed to board the vessel. Additionally, all crew travel through mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau has been suspended. If you experience any symptoms of illness while on board, please stay in your cabin and contact the Medical Center. Medical visitation fees are currently waived on board Windstar Cruises’ ships for guests presenting with symptoms of the coronavirus. If you develop symptoms after leaving the ship, see a doctor right away. 2/12/2020e
  9. Windstar just notified me that: We are writing to inform you that the above Star Legend voyage [Spanish Serenade, Sep 29-Oct 7, 2020] you are scheduled to travel on has been cancelled. As you may know, the Star Breeze is in the process of being renovated as part of our $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to provide major enhancements to the onboard experience. Due to the complexity of the work, the time in the shipyard has been extended and is affecting the schedule for Star Pride and Star Legend. As an unfortunate result, this delay means we must cancel your voyage. They are offering two options: (1) rebook another Windstar cruise and get $100 pp OBC + 20% FCC of cruise fare and NDA amounts of the cancelled cruise + reimbursement of non-refundable expenses in full (2) cancel and get full refund + 10% FCC of cruise fare and NDA amounts of the cancelled cruise + reimbursement of expenses up to $350 pp
  10. The Legend has left its anchorage in Lisbon and is on its was to Palermo with a scheduled arrival date of March 12 at 7:00. i doubt that this indicates any progress on the Breeze with an imminent complete date but it’s something. With the recently released State Department warning suggesting that cruise ships should be avoided, the out of service status of the Breeze and Legend and the upcoming dry dock for the Spirit may turn out to be well timed. This is all a shame
  11. Paying it forward. Basically, the higher end scotches and cordials are not included in the drink package.
  12. 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.
  13. Just reminiscing what great cruise we just had as I read my detailed review (link below) of our recent Star Legend Caribbean cruise which just got posted. It has a lot of info on both the ship and all of the stops (11 altogether). Now looking at booking another cruise next March. http://click.email.cruisecritic.com/?qs=070cdfa5ec678c1b30092c03efb8965756d34e810707dd0d573a9fad6f7e27ea6cf63d0a5cc727997327fab4ef61a8f6b1f0a2f8191e2845
  14. We are thinking about booking two TA cruises. Star Legend from San Juan to Lisbon end of Jan. 2020, and Star Breeze from Lisbon to Miami end of Feb. 2020. We have heard that both ships are headed for refurbishment around that time. Does anyone know when these refurbishments will take place and how they may impact these two cruises?
  15. Hi, Just got the email via my TA. Options are rebook on another cruise and get any non-refundable arrangements refunded 100%, price protection on the booking (not exactly sure what that means since it is limited to region and duration but my duration was a back-to-back and my region is a trans Atlantic so booking another one is not really easy.) Plus a 20% credit on a future cruise and $100 shipboard credit. The best choice except there is nothing remotely similar being offered by Windstar at the time of this cruise. OR (the poor choice) 100% refund, plus up to $350 of my non-refundable travel arrangements, plus a 10% discount. My trip insurance was over 3x the amount they are covering, my US to home flights are non-refundable and I'm not sure what it will cost to cancel my flights (partially refundable, I'll put the cancellation in tomorrow.) Thoughts? Experiences with previous cruise cancellations?
  16. 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.
  17. If we choose to stay on the ship for the day (at Kusadasi) is that an issue in any way? thanks
  18. We were just upgraded to BS1 balcony cabin on the Star Legend. Has anyone been in this cabin and is it a quiet cabin? We saw one review from the UK which states that it is near a noisy service area. Has this been your experience?
  19. 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.
  20. I'm hoping that there are other posters on this board who have been in touch with passengers currently on what was supposed to be the Wind Star transAtlantic. After having a problem with an engine, the ship has been in Madeira for the past five days and the hope was that the repair would be completed and they would be sailing today. Our friends told us they would be back in touch today, but I haven't heard from them. I know the internet hasn't been working. We did get a chance to speak by phone yesterday; a big thank you to the individual on the bridge who was able to pass on our message. Our friends stated that they continue to be given the Windstar experience despite the changes in plans, and are glad that they chose to stay onboard. Passengers were given the choice of staying on the ship or passengers could choose to fly home. I'm not sure if there were other choices. It was hoped that the ship would now arrive in St. Maarten on the 29th. Does anyone have any updates?
  21. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-04/why-cruise-lines-keep-cutting-their-ships-in-half-for-stretching?utm_source=pocket-newtab
  22. We received an email from Windstar saying that they will remove the casino operations on Wind Star (effective 4 Nov) to increase public space on board. Probably that means adding the space to the lounge. The email doesn't mention the other ships so it isn't clear whether the change is going to be fleet wide. I didn't find anything on Windstar's website about the change. We are happy with the change as we don't use the casino. It has seemed like others don't use it much either but perhaps I haven't been around at the right times. Viking Ocean doesn't have casinos. I wonder if that was a factor in Windstar deciding it could remove it
  23. Just a few more days until we board Star Legend and we were wondering if the 110 V North American electric outlets in the cabins are the 2 or 3 pronged kind. I seem to recall it was 2 but not sure.
  24. Looking forward to experiencing the caring service and superb amenities of the Star Breeze on her transpacific cruise, embarking from Seward, Alaska on August 25, 2020 and disembarking in Yokohama, Japan on September 10, 2020. https://www.windstarcruises.com/starplus/
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