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Wind Star Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
109 Reviews

Mostly fantastic - some issues need to be addressed

Wind Star Cruise Review by NolaLori

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: Greece
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom

Overall, this was an excellent cruise. The food is fabulous and despite the small size of the ship, the cabins are relatively spacious. The crew were extremely friendly and made a point of knowing everyone by name. Unlike larger ships, there is no fighting for deck chairs, etc. A very relaxed experience. There were, however a couple of issues that need to be addressed. The WIFI on the ship is extraordinarily expensive (even when purchasing an internet package prior to sailing), which would be acceptable if it worked - it doesn't. Coverage was spotty at best and extremely slow. Windstar should really upgrade their equipment - I have been on other cruises where the Internet was fantastic even out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean a thousand miles from land. Shore excursions - Most were quite good, but we had a horrible experience in Nafplion. We were on an excursion that visited Mycenae and the guide was very longwinded, and did not allow us enough time to tour the entire site. To make matters worse, she made a stop at what can only be described as a tourist souvenir shop along the highway - we were forced to stay there for a bout 20 minutes while the proprietors gave us a hard sell on their "genuine, fake" reproductions of Greek trinkets. Really, this is not something one would expect from a luxury cruise line like Windstar. As mentioned in a previous review, the water sports platform is only open when the ship is at anchor (4 of the 7 ports of call). However they cannot open the water sports platform in Santorini because they are required to run the engine at all times. In the other three ports the sports platform was not open do to winds - so on a 7 day cruise, we were never able to swim in the Aegean!


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Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom
Cabin A 132

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Nafplion

See comments in my main review

Mykonos

this island is easily toured on your own - every thing is very accessible. We just roamed around the tiny little streets and alleys on our own. Get there early in the day to avoid the crowds

Carpet Weaving

This is nothing more than an extremely hard sell experience in a very glitzy shop. The carpet weaving demonstration was interesting, but the proprietors are very aggressive in trying to get you to purchase rugs or jewelry (the other half of the store) Avoid this if you can

View All 41 Carpet Weaving Reviews
Celsus Library

Dinner at the Celsus Library is a once in a lifetime spectacular experience! GO!

View All 22 Celsus Library Reviews
Ephesus

Ephesus is amazing and not to be missed.

View All 257 Ephesus Reviews
House of the Virgin Mary

this was nice, but a little underwhelming

View All 81 House of the Virgin Mary Reviews
Santorini

this one is hard. We had a car and a private guide and both were excellent. Unfortunately, there were two large cruise ships in port and Oia and Fira were completely over run with tourists. It was hard to move in the crowds and really hard to get a good feel for the island. It's a shame too because it is a beautiful place

Patmos

This is a beautiful little island and not very crowded. The visit to the the cave where the Apostle John received the book of Revelation was a very moving experience.


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