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Star Pride Review

2019 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Cabins
2016 Best for Cabins
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Star Pride
4.5 / 5.0
110 reviews

Bottom Line
Intimate feel and upscale details make Star Pride a nice choice for port-intensive cruises




Passenger to Crew


Shore Excursions
Sails To
Canada & New England, Caribbean, Baltic Sea
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Chris Gray Faust
Cruise Critic Managing Editor

Star Pride Overview

One of three motor yachts in the Windstar Cruises fleet, Star Pride brings the flavor of the laid-back line in a small-ship package. While Windstar has been traditionally known for its three-masted sailing ships, Star Pride and its two sister yachts carry on the line's signature traits: itineraries featuring small, interesting ports where larger ships can't go; fresh and delicious food; and a social onboard vibe.

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Windstar plans to stretch Star Pride in July 2020, bringing the passenger count from 212 up to 312. The renovation will add 50 suites in a new configuration and new dining options (a steakhouse and a casual grill restaurant). It will also overhaul the currently underwhelming pool deck, creating a cascading water complex of a larger pool and hot tubs over two decks, expand the spa and fitness area, and modernize the decor. These changes will be welcome, as the ship seems dated in many areas.

One of the highlights of Star Pride are the suites; even the smallest cabins are 277 square feet, which is large for a small ship (and 100 square feet larger than what you'd find on the fleet's sailing ships). They boast walk-in closets, bathrooms with double sinks and a sitting area that can be separated from the bedroom with a curtain, creating a true suite situation.

Another highlight is the ship's maneuverability. Windstar is known for cruising into lesser-known and smaller ports, as well as calling on iconic destinations. The line is also known for pulling into ports very early in the morning and staying as late in the day as possible. You will get a full day and sometimes a full night in port, making Star Pride a great choice for active explorers.

The ship also has a water sports platform with complimentary water toys and kayaks. While deployment can depend greatly on weather and itinerary, it was open three times during our May Mediterranean cruise and was a hit with the teenagers onboard.

Where the ship falls short is in its onboard nighttime offerings. Entertainment on Star Pride is contained to piano players, a crew show and an enthusiastic line dance party. If you're used to ships with lots of entertainment options, you might be bored at night.

All in all, Star Pride is a comfortable and classy small ship that is only bound to get better as it gets refreshed. We recommend it to cruisers seeking lesser-known ports and an intimate no-fuss atmosphere.

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Fellow Passengers

The majority of Star Pride passengers are American, with a fair amount hailing from Canada and Australia. You'll also find cruisers from Mexico, South America and a mix of European countries.

Most passengers are fit, or at least active. They are typically sophisticated, well-traveled and business-savvy folks in their 30s to 70s, with the majority in their mid-40s to mid-60s. Most are couples, though you might see some family groups (especially ones with older or grown children).

Windstar Star Pride Dress Code

The dress code is casual and comfortable, with both men and women wearing shorts and jeans by day. At night, sneakers, jeans, tanks and tees are prohibited in AmphorA, the main dining room.

Outside of those restrictions, the dress code is pretty loose and casual, far more than we would have expected. Men wear slacks and collared or button-down shirts, while women wear cute tops with slacks or a skirt or a casual dress. Do not pack suits, ties or fancy dresses (although we did see several men wear sport coats at night).

Star Pride Inclusions

All meals in all venues at all times, including the 24/7 room service menu, are free of charge. Also included in the fare are welcome cocktails on embarkation day, all onboard entertainment, unlimited use of the fitness center and water sports equipment and DVD rentals.

Alcohol, soda and premium coffees, shore excursions, airport or hotel transfers, spa treatments and Wi-Fi cost extra. Tips are $13.50 per person, per day, payable at the end of the cruise via your onboard account. (You can also prepay, with a package that includes drinks and laundry.) The spa and the bar automatically add on 15 percent for each service or alcoholic beverage ordered. Additional tipping is at your discretion.

The currency onboard is the U.S. dollar.

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Star Pride Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.53.5
Value For Money4.53.6

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Windstar Star Pride won 8 awards over the years, including Best for Dining in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Service
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Windstar Star Pride Member Reviews

Sail Date: Jul 2019
The Star Pride is a little tired and needs an uplift. We are excited about the planned upgrades for all the motor yachts.... Read More
Sail Date: May 2019
Choose the Star Pride predominately for the race and then the wonderful different ports of call. Food was some of the best cruise food ever and the staff were wonderful.... Read More
Sail Date: Jun 2019
Windstar is a firm favourite for us and our eight day Star Pride trip was a really great cruise.... Read More
Sail Date: Mar 2019
As another reviewer wrote Star Pride is showing her age and isn't due to go into full dry dock for "stretching" until 2020, so it's no wonder WS schedule a mini-dry dock now.... Read More

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