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We were on the Star Pride sailing on October 7, 2016 from Civitavecchia to Portoferraio, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Nice (nice surprise port), Portofino, and Portovenere. I have sailed on Norwegian, Celebrity, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Costa. This was my first Windstar experience and it did not disappoint. The staff is truly unbelievable with their friendliness, attention to detail, and they clearly try to go out of their way to make your trip enjoyable. It was an amazing cruise, A+ job by the staff. We took a 1 hour regional train from Rome (~7 Euros each) and arrived at the port of Civitavecchia around 12:00pm and they began to board at exactly 1:00pm. With under 200 guests on board it took about 30-45 minutes to board, fill out the necessary paperwork and receive your room cards. After reading the tips on here I carried on 2 bottles of wine to consume in our stateroom and that was not an issue. I should note that this limitation is very relaxed and throughout several other ports I was able to carry on an extra bottle of the local wine with no questions asked. As for the condition of the ship, the public spaces were recently updated and the ship is in as good of condition as you would anticipate at this age. There were some areas of rust and the bathrooms were starting to show their age but that’s about all. Although we had the cheapest stateroom it was very nice. The food was exceptional, probably the best of any cruise I have ever been on. The first thing we did when we got on board was to book a reservation at Candles, the rest of our dinners took place in the dining room and service was quick and attentive. The only option for lunch and breakfast is at the rear of the ship again it was very good with menu items, buffet items, and a made to order bar. We spent quite a bit of time at the “Yacht Club” at the top/front of the ship where you could enjoy cappuccinos, expresso, and tea along with snacks until 5:00pm each day. We were also very impressed by the DVD collection within the library. Due to the itinerary we were always up early and the first ones off the ship so we didn’t spend any time in the evenings listening to the entertainment so I can’t comment on the quality of that. We were docked in Portoferraio, Monte Carlo, and Nice. Cannes, Portofino, and Portovenere had 2 ship tenders running all day long, it was never more than a 10-15 minute wait for a tender and many times we were the only ones on board. We were supposed to spend 2 days in Monte Carlo but after docking the first day we were going to be tendering the 2nd day but the seas were scheduled to be rough and a spot opened up in Nice so the captain moved us down the coast to dock and spend a day in Nice which was a nice surprise. The sports platform was open while we were anchored and we took the opportunity to go swimming in the Mediterranean in October! The water was actually quite pleasant. They had foam swim cushions, individual kayaks, and 2 person kayaks along with a skiing/wakeboard boat. This was our first time on a small ship and we don’t know if we will ever go back to a big ship. The only time we ever waited in a line was when we boarded, that’s it. Definitely worth the slightly higher cost! Please keep in mind that our experience was based on a very affordable room that in October is the same price if not cheaper than many Caribbean cruises so we were not expecting a “luxury” experience, just a fun trip on a small ship.

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Star Pride Cruise Review by TCSpartan

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We were on the Star Pride sailing on October 7, 2016 from Civitavecchia to Portoferraio, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Nice (nice surprise port), Portofino, and Portovenere.

I have sailed on Norwegian, Celebrity, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Costa. This was my first Windstar experience and it did not disappoint. The staff is truly unbelievable with their friendliness, attention to detail, and they clearly try to go out of their way to make your trip enjoyable. It was an amazing cruise, A+ job by the staff.

We took a 1 hour regional train from Rome (~7 Euros each) and arrived at the port of Civitavecchia around 12:00pm and they began to board at exactly 1:00pm. With under 200 guests on board it took about 30-45 minutes to board, fill out the necessary paperwork and receive your room cards. After reading the tips on here I carried on 2 bottles of wine to consume in our stateroom and that was not an issue. I should note that this limitation is very relaxed and throughout several other ports I was able to carry on an extra bottle of the local wine with no questions asked.

As for the condition of the ship, the public spaces were recently updated and the ship is in as good of condition as you would anticipate at this age. There were some areas of rust and the bathrooms were starting to show their age but that’s about all. Although we had the cheapest stateroom it was very nice.

The food was exceptional, probably the best of any cruise I have ever been on. The first thing we did when we got on board was to book a reservation at Candles, the rest of our dinners took place in the dining room and service was quick and attentive. The only option for lunch and breakfast is at the rear of the ship again it was very good with menu items, buffet items, and a made to order bar. We spent quite a bit of time at the “Yacht Club” at the top/front of the ship where you could enjoy cappuccinos, expresso, and tea along with snacks until 5:00pm each day. We were also very impressed by the DVD collection within the library. Due to the itinerary we were always up early and the first ones off the ship so we didn’t spend any time in the evenings listening to the entertainment so I can’t comment on the quality of that.

We were docked in Portoferraio, Monte Carlo, and Nice. Cannes, Portofino, and Portovenere had 2 ship tenders running all day long, it was never more than a 10-15 minute wait for a tender and many times we were the only ones on board. We were supposed to spend 2 days in Monte Carlo but after docking the first day we were going to be tendering the 2nd day but the seas were scheduled to be rough and a spot opened up in Nice so the captain moved us down the coast to dock and spend a day in Nice which was a nice surprise. The sports platform was open while we were anchored and we took the opportunity to go swimming in the Mediterranean in October! The water was actually quite pleasant. They had foam swim cushions, individual kayaks, and 2 person kayaks along with a skiing/wakeboard boat.

This was our first time on a small ship and we don’t know if we will ever go back to a big ship. The only time we ever waited in a line was when we boarded, that’s it. Definitely worth the slightly higher cost! Please keep in mind that our experience was based on a very affordable room that in October is the same price if not cheaper than many Caribbean cruises so we were not expecting a “luxury” experience, just a fun trip on a small ship.

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Ocean View Suite
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Cabin is large and spacious with a walk-in closet. The bathroom has a tub and double sinks although really needs new caulking throughout. The bath is starting to show its age.
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