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Star Pride Review

Star Pride
2019 Best for Dining

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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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About Windstar Star Pride


Pro

Spacious suites and bathrooms, James Beard-influenced cuisine

Con

Ship decor appears dated in cabins and public areas; limited entertainment

Bottom Line

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


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.

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.


Windstar Star Pride Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

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

Star Pride
Fridaynightlights
Sail Date: Nov 2018
particular cruise appealing, plus the fact there were no sea days. Be warned - sea days on the Star Pride would prove quite boring. Our entertainment at night was limited to four musicians performing in...Read More
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russg140
Sail Date: Mar 2019
best they could to complete the repairs when guests weren't on deck. 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...Read More
Star Pride
mickeyarthur
Sail Date: Nov 2018
The Star Pride, food service and crew met all of our expectations and are the reason we continually pick Windstar. On board services were first class. Now for the cons: Since space is not available...Read More
Star Pride
nirrhhabus
Sail Date: Aug 2018
The Star Pride is relatively small (abt 250) with everything scaled down to that size. Service was competent & friendly & more than sufficient to handle the guests efficiently. With all of the well publicized...Read More

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