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Wind Star Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Not a Good Fit for Me

Wind Star Cruise Review by Cruise Worm

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom

Ditto other reviews: delicious food, few onboard activities, personalized service, beautiful sail-away events, phenomenal cabin storage, nice L'Occitan toiletries, great shower with 2 heads, great spa with massages, & best of all--fantastic talks by naturalist. But the ship seems tired--1 of 2 generators that power propeller went out, so kitchen was an hour late in preparing dinner the first night, ship rocked massively from side to side on several days, & ship missed a port call in Balboa. There were stains all over cabin carpet & chipped molding in our room.

Transfer from Costa Rica airport to Marriott Hotel near San Juan took 10 minutes, & then 2 buses took guests on an hour drive to port--wished we'd taken a lunch with us, as we didn't eat lunch until 3:45pm that day on board ship. Not only were there big buffets for breakfast & lunch, but there was also a menu guests could choose from to include delicious apple pancakes one morning to bratwurst at lunch. There were plenty of non-meat dishes, & waiters could request substitutions for more meals including the delicious James Beard meals.

If transiting the Panama Canal, pick your spot on deck 30 minutes before expected start of transit. The wet & dry tenders were fine, & crew even had a towel station to clean your feet after wet tenders. Many times the bridge was open, & guests could look at the all the navigation machines & talk with staff. The talks by the naturalist were fantastic!!

While it was a nice cruise & staff went out of their way to be accommodating, I realized that I would have preferred a bigger ship with more activities, less rocking, formal afternoon teas, etc, Also, when the ship got near a port, safety doors were closed on Deck 1, & guests on that floor had to go through the crew stairways at end of halls. But the transit thru Panama Canal was wonderful, & a special speaker was on board just to talk about the transit.

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Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom

Storage everywhere, including under bed, over bed, chest of drawers, closet with drawers, another closet, bathroom shelves, under seats at banquette, etc. Tight fit on side of bed near window, so had to walk around bed holding rail; otherwise, room big enough. Shower had fixed & moveable shower heads with L'Occitan amenities.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Beautiful place to zip line. Felt safe. Enjoyed double zip line to race another guest.

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Took independent nature tour with Jose through Tours with a Local--probably our favorite event of the trip (other than canal transit). Saw tons of animals, & Jose had telescope to see animals up close.

Isla Parida

Boat didn't dock here because of mechanical difiiculties.

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