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Windstar Cruises: Star Legend

Star Legend Review

For years, Windstar Cruises' fleet traditionally consisted of three majestic motor-sail yachts with billowing sails, but in 2015 the line doubled in size with a trio of 212-passenger luxury yachts. All of the upscale yachts often visit ports of call inaccessible to huge, traditional cruise ships and offer a unique perspective of any cruising region. Windstar's sailing ships seldom depend on wind alone to sail, but if conditions are perfect, as they sometimes are, the complete silence of pure sailing is heavenly.

Whether on the sailing ships or megayachts, it doesn't take long to read the daily schedule of activities on a typical Windstar cruise. Simply put, there are few scheduled activities. Diversions are for the most part social, laid-back, and impromptu. You can choose to take part in the short list of daily activities; borrow a book, game, or DVD from the library; or do nothing at all. There's never pressure to join in or participate if you simply prefer relaxing.

Multimillion-dollar upgrades last took place in 2012, when each sailing ship was enhanced from bow to stern with chic decor that mimics the colors of the sky and sandy beaches. The Yacht Club is designed to be the social hub of the ship, with computer stations, a coffee bar, and an expansive feel. The yachts Windstar acquired in 2015 from Seabourn were substantially renovated before they entered the fleet. The all-suite accommodations, restaurants, pool deck, and public spaces were upgraded in the move.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • The Sun Deck is wide enough to allow for jogging
  • A Premium Beverage Package includes unlimited cocktails and beer
  • An open bridge policy allows you to visit the ship's control center at almost any time

Cons

  • Internet packages are on the pricey side
  • The swim-against-the-current splash pool is tiny
  • Children over seven are allowed, but will probably be bored
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 153
  • Entered Service 2015
  • Gross Tons 9,975
  • Length 440 feet
  • Number of Cabins 106
  • Passenger Capacity 212
  • Width 63 feet

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