Chris Gray Faust
Cruise Critic Managing Editor
5.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

The 106 suites on Star Pride feel more like hotel suites than traditional cruise cabins. Each has separate sitting and sleeping areas separated by curtains, a large walk-in closet, marble bathroom (complete with a shower/tub combo) and ocean views. Some offer French balconies.

In the room, queen-sized beds can be split into two twin beds. The bed is impressive with Egyptian cotton linens, deluxe duvet and decorative pillows. There is a wall-mounted leather headboard with a bendable reading light on each side of the bed. Blackout curtains in the window provide deep, dreamy sleep even when it's light early or late. The blond wood, brass touches and gold, beige and blue hues are pleasant, if a little dated.

There's a desk/vanity in the bedroom that includes six drawers, which is where you will find the hair dryer. There is a mounted mirror and ample space for vanity purposes. However, if you use the vanity as a desk, which we do, it's tight between the desk and the bed, and there isn't a lot of depth to the desktop. This was the one place we actually felt crowded in the room.

The sitting area is a room unto itself and can easily be separated by a closed curtain if one is sleeping while another watches TV or eats. It's a comfortable space with two upholstered chairs and a sofa. There is a cabinet, which holds the mini-bar and plenty of glassware suitable for all, from bubbles to bourbon. Fresh cut flowers are refreshed daily, as is ice and your preferred soft drink or sparkling water. (Just tell your room steward your preferences.)

There is a coffee table, perfect for casual drinks, coffee or in-suite dining. The nook with the flat-screen TV and DVD player can be turned toward the sitting room or the bed. The iPod dock comes with Bose SoundDock speakers. There is a direct dial phone, nautical thermostat, wall clock and U.S. and European sockets (110V/220V) -- although not nearly enough for today's plugged-in traveler.

The walk-in closet comes with a dresser with four drawers. On top is a safe, which is too small for a laptop, but perfect for passports, cash and jewelry. In addition to the dresser, there are several small shelves in the corner, as you enter the closet. There are hooks on the wall for extra coats, ties, hats and scarves.

If you packed a lot, this is your closet nirvana. Not only is it large with two rods, it also comes with 30 wooden hangers, a shoe brush, slippers and two waffle-weave bathrobes.

There's plenty of room for two to comfortably manage their way around the bathroom. It's got a large shower/tub combo, double sinks, large vanity mirror mounted on the wall, magnifying mirror and shelves on either each side of the vanity for your products and Windstar-provided L'Occitane Verbena products (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion, shower cap) and facial tissues. There's no need to hoard towels here, as they have shelves full of white cotton hand, bath and wash towels.

In the shower, you'll find a handheld showerhead. Water warms quickly, and a clothes line in the shower is useful for hanging wet bathing suits or hand-washing.

Two ocean-view suites, two balcony suites and two Classic Suites have third berths and 12 cabins have sofas with pull-out beds in the living room. None of those are adjoining suites, although the way the hallways are set up, pairs of cabins have shared vestibules. If you're traveling with friends or family, you can close off a cabin pair with a door.

Oceanview Suites: If you book any of the 64 ocean-view suites, you are guaranteed 277 square feet of comfort and a gorgeous ocean view through a floor-to-ceiling picture window. Four of these suites are modified accessible and conveniently located by reception and elevators.

Balcony Suites: There are 36 balcony suites with the same layout, decor and amenities available in the ocean-view suites. The only difference is that balcony suites come equipped with a French balcony -- a sliding-glass door opens onto a 12-inch space with railing. You can enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze, but don't expect to have breakfast on your balcony as there's no room for a chair or any furniture. However, by leaving the balcony door open, you can make the sitting room feel like a breezy veranda.

Classic Suites: Two of the Classic Suites are 400 square feet on Deck 5 forward, positioned near the discreet hot tub. The other two Classic Suites are 530 square feet, midship on Deck 6. All four Classic Suites come with private verandas.

Classic Suites feature separate bedrooms and living rooms. Each living room comes with a sofa and chairs and a small dining table for two or four. There is a bay window in the living room and in the bedroom. The bedroom features an adjacent dressing area, away from the bed, so the vanity/desk feels spacious.

The balcony furniture is slightly uninspired. There are two small padded wicker chairs and a small table only. If staying in a midship suite, the view has more of an industrial feel with pipes and a lifeboat hanging just above.

Owner's Suites: The two Owner's Suites are 575 square feet and located on Deck 6 forward. A few key features in these suites are the separate living and dining room, a full bath and a half, and two walk-in closets. In the living room, there is a sofa, a small dining table for four, a lounge chair and a very wide desk with several storage units on both sides and four big bay windows in front. There are earth tones throughout, punctuated by blue hues.

Passengers staying in one of these two exclusive suites have access to an extended private walkaround deck area with spectacular views over the bow. The balcony furniture is from Cane-line in Denmark and includes two sunbeds and a dining table and two chairs, all in shades of gray.

 

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