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MVY Windstar - Barbados - Jan 5th 2016 - Caribbean cruise. Wonderful Cruise, wonderful people and staff, and a great ship EXCEPT for the noise in some of the cabins at night while underway. The noise is a very high pitched wine that makes it impossible to sleep. When we complained that ultimately moved us to a cabin much further forward, The noise was almost eliminated but still there. BUT you could sleep. Many people on the cruise complained of the noise and i think they played musical cabins because one couple that we talked to had complained and we found that they were going to be moved to the cabin that we had vacated! What really bothers me and I find unbelievable is that the noise issue has been going on for about 3 years. That the company could rent out the cabins, cruise after cruise, and put their on board staff through the process of trying to appease upset customers every cruise is, to me, unprofessional at the best and disreputable at the worst. The cruise itself was exactly what we'd hoped for - slow and relaxing. Stopping at smaller ports, not visited by the giant cruise ships, allowed you to see what the Caribbean was all about. A couple of days spent on a white sand, sun drenched beaches with lounges and cabanas supplied by the cruise line, with clear blue water to swim and snorkel in was our idea of paradise. This was capped of on one stop with a great BBQ lunch setup on shore. The ship itself was older but very well maintained. The hall carpets were pretty threadbare but other than that everything w was beautifully maintained. The food was probably the best we have ever had on any cruise ship! One other thing that bothered me was this ship has an open bridge police - that means you can visit the bridge anytime the ship is underway. In itself this was great, it gave one an opportunity to witness, first hand, what the running of a ship like this entails. Unfortunately the Captain was an arrogant and condescending individual who treated questions as if he were talking to children. Not a good representative of the company. As I said earlier, the location, the routes, the ports visited, the ship itself, the food and most definitely the staff are all fantastic. it is too bad that the issue of the horrible whining noise had to ruin or first day but after a lot of complaining we were finally given a cabin much farther forward which was lot better. The noise was still there but did not interfere with sleep. It is just too bad that the noise has to put such a dark cloud on the cruise. I would definitely NOT recommend this ship for a cruise until they repair their very noisy propulsion motor!. I would recommend the same cruise on a different ship. If you do doubt the noise level I am talking about go to YouTube and type in WINDSTAR CABIN 205. Some one in 2012 - 4 years prior - in Cabin 205 (the same cabin we initially had) recorded their experience with the noise. By all means take a similar cruise just not on this ship. If you choose to go on this ship insist on a forward cabin.

Great cruise, except I would not go on this ship again.

Wind Star Cruise Review by Brian D

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MVY Windstar - Barbados - Jan 5th 2016 - Caribbean cruise. Wonderful Cruise, wonderful people and staff, and a great ship EXCEPT for the noise in some of the cabins at night while underway. The noise is a very high pitched wine that makes it impossible to sleep. When we complained that ultimately moved us to a cabin much further forward, The noise was almost eliminated but still there. BUT you could sleep. Many people on the cruise complained of the noise and i think they played musical cabins because one couple that we talked to had complained and we found that they were going to be moved to the cabin that we had vacated!

What really bothers me and I find unbelievable is that the noise issue has been going on for about 3 years. That the company could rent out the cabins, cruise after cruise, and put their on board staff through the process of trying to appease upset customers every cruise is, to me, unprofessional at the best and disreputable at the worst.

The cruise itself was exactly what we'd hoped for - slow and relaxing. Stopping at smaller ports, not visited by the giant cruise ships, allowed you to see what the Caribbean was all about. A couple of days spent on a white sand, sun drenched beaches with lounges and cabanas supplied by the cruise line, with clear blue water to swim and snorkel in was our idea of paradise. This was capped of on one stop with a great BBQ lunch setup on shore.

The ship itself was older but very well maintained. The hall carpets were pretty threadbare but other than that everything w was beautifully maintained.

The food was probably the best we have ever had on any cruise ship!

One other thing that bothered me was this ship has an open bridge police - that means you can visit the bridge anytime the ship is underway. In itself this was great, it gave one an opportunity to witness, first hand, what the running of a ship like this entails. Unfortunately the Captain was an arrogant and condescending individual who treated questions as if he were talking to children. Not a good representative of the company.

As I said earlier, the location, the routes, the ports visited, the ship itself, the food and most definitely the staff are all fantastic. it is too bad that the issue of the horrible whining noise had to ruin or first day but after a lot of complaining we were finally given a cabin much farther forward which was lot better. The noise was still there but did not interfere with sleep. It is just too bad that the noise has to put such a dark cloud on the cruise. I would definitely NOT recommend this ship for a cruise until they repair their very noisy propulsion motor!. I would recommend the same cruise on a different ship.

If you do doubt the noise level I am talking about go to YouTube and type in WINDSTAR CABIN 205. Some one in 2012 - 4 years prior - in Cabin 205 (the same cabin we initially had) recorded their experience with the noise.

By all means take a similar cruise just not on this ship. If you choose to go on this ship insist on a forward cabin.
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Oceanview Stateroom
Cabin A 205 - 221
Cabin was very well maintained and very stylish. Ship is older but does not detract from the appearance of the cabin.
Noise level in Cabin 205 was unreal.
Deck 2 Outside Cabins