When Star Pride made its debut in Barcelona, it was quite the departure for Windstar. The cruise line had long been known for its fleet of three masted ships: Wind Surf, Wind Star and Wind Spirit. After acquiring three 212-passenger luxury yachts from Seabourn, it was quick to roll out the new ships, doubling the size of the fleet and expanding the image of the brand in a single year. Star Pride was the first of the trio to debut in May 2014. Though sail-less, the yacht maintains the small ship ambiance, the laid-back luxury and the level of service for which Windstar is known.
A 2016 renovation has brought Star Pride in line with sisters Star Breeze and Star Legend, which benefited from larger refurbishments before joining the fleet. Public spaces and dining venues were remodeled to a nautical theme, using lots of blues and earth tones. New carpets and tile flooring were added to stairwells and all indoor public spaces, and the Owner's Suites were completely renovated, featuring enhancements to an expansive private deck, which commands a sweeping ocean view over the yacht's bow.
Other ship highlights include larger suites with expansive bathrooms and large walk-in closets, great ocean views throughout, an impressive spa and salon menu and an expanded top deck (Deck 8), which allows for more room and loungers. The watersports platform -- with everything from standup paddleboards to diving and snorkeling equipment -- reflects the ship's more active ambiance.
Passengers seek out the line for its sportiness, as well as its relaxed, yet sophisticated sense of luxury. Star Pride cruisers are sophisticated, yet refreshingly unfussy. They skew much younger (40s to 60s) and are much more active than we have seen on other similar-sized ships. We encountered a mix of people who had traveled with other lines, were on their second or third Windstar cruise or were first-time cruisers (as was the case with one travel-savvy, 30-something couple on our cruise).
Windstar is known for cruising into lesser-known and smaller ports, as well as the iconic destinations. They are 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 in some cases, a full night in port, making Star Pride a great choice for active explorers. In addition, the line offers a complimentary private event in port on nearly every cruise, which could be a beach party, a tour and lunch at a winery, or an evening soiree with food and drink in a Roman villa.
Another hallmark of the brand is the staff, which shines from the time you arrive. Crew members seem to know every passenger by name and what they typically drink, upon arrival. In line with the laid-back, no-fuss, fun factor, the staff throws down not once, but twice, in a pretty sassy talent show in the Lounge and with a line dance extravaganza at the deck party. We were left wondering who was having more fun, the passengers or the crew?
If you are one for drama or nostalgia, the "1492" theme song is played daily during the Star Pride Signature Sail-Away. It is well worth the daily race up to the Star Bar on the Star Deck to hear the song, watch flags raise and locals wave, all the while enjoying a drink in hand and stunning views all around. It never got old.
The 106 suites on Star Pride feel more like hotel suites than traditional cruise cabins. Each has separate sitting and sleeping areas, a large walk-in closet, marble bathroom, complete with a shower/tub combo and ocean views. The large suites are a huge bonus for Windstar's yachts compared to the sailing vessels; standard cabins are 100 square feet larger on Pride than on the sailing ships, and 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 either side of the bed. Blackout curtains in the window provide deep, dreamy sleep even when it's light early or late. Soft plush carpeting underfoot and pleasing gold, beige and blue hues throughout make for an easy, pleasing ambiance.
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 desk and bed and there isn't a lot of depth to the granite 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 are two direct dial phones, U.S. and European sockets (110V/220V), a thermostat and a wall clock.
The walk-in closet comes with a dresser with four drawers and a safe on top. It 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. In addition to the hanging space, 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 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 hand-held showerhead. Water warms quickly, and a clothes rack in the shower is useful for hanging wet bathing suits or hand washing.
As a part of Star Pride's 2016 renovation, all suites received stylish new coffee tables and new flat-screen televisions. Comfortable sofa beds were added in the living rooms of 12 select suites now offering triple accommodations.
Two Ocean View Suites, two Balcony Suites and two Classic Suites are with third berths. None of those are adjoining suites.
Ocean View 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. True to the brand, this category boasts laid-back luxury. The floor-to-ceiling window allows light to shine in, and the great space makes it easy for two friends, family or partners to enjoy the cruise, cabin and each other with ease. 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 very spacious.
The balcony furniture is slightly uninspired. There are two small padded wicker chairs and 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. These two suites are a big part of Star Pride's 2016 renovation. The suites were completely gutted and rebuilt with a new indoor-outdoor floor plan and an interior design featuring new linens, towels, furnishings, windows, drapery, a new wet bar, a mini-bar fridge and a Nespresso coffee machine. They are sleek, modern and almost masculine in design. It is a big and ambitious departure from the prior design.
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 either side 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 are privy to an extended private deck area with spectacular views over the bow, as the main salon footprint was expanded. Old windows were taken out to create the new walk-around deck outside. 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.
Star Pride has several dining options, including room service, all of which are included in the cruise fare. Each of the a la carte menus offers extensive options and the breakfast, lunch and BBQ buffets were robust.
The cuisine is international. The food is fresh and often locally sourced, as the chef tries to gather ingredients in port. Regardless of what is on the menu, special requests are cheerfully honored. Star Pride has 50 vegan recipes on offer and is more than adept at catering to gluten-free needs and allergies, all the while serving up exciting cuisine.
AmphorA (Deck 3): AmphorA, the main dining room on Star Pride, is open for dinner only. Dinner starts at 7 p.m., with open seating. The tables are a mix of two-tops, four-tops and larger group or communal tables. Upon arrival in the restaurant you are asked if you would like to be seated with others or have others join you, or if you prefer a table for just your party. We enjoyed having a romantic dinner one night, dining with a couple we'd never met another and arranging a group table of newfound friends by the cruise's end.
AmphorA received an updated look in 2016, making it a sophisticated and vibrant space to dine in each evening. The space feels like something you would see in a chic boutique hotel.
The dinner menu changes daily, although a few side dishes and a few mains (salmon, steak, chicken and pasta) remain the same and are available each night. The nightly special reflects what the chef gathers that day in port. The cuisine is international, at times reflecting neighboring ports, as well as including local favorites by staff from Malaysia and Indonesia.
Meals begin with homemade breads, made daily onboard. The menu is divided into appetizers (e.g., caprese salad, escargot bourguignon, crab Louis and bell pepper terrine), soups (seafood chowder, cream of baked potato), salads (market greens, signature Caesar, Italian artichoke), entrees (sea bass, lamb shank, steak churrasco, roasted whole turkey and wild mushroom ravioli) and desserts (tiramisu, chocolate souffle, berries sabayon, sugar-free mango upside-down cake, ice cream and a cheese plate). Expect a slow and decadent dining experience.
House wines are served by the glass at a reasonable price; higher-end bottles come at a premium price. A wine steward is in the room to advise with wines. In true European form, service was all but rushed. At times, our wine went dry longer than we would have liked and olive oil for our bread seemed to be more elusive than available. It was the one time and place where service waned on occasion. Regardless, it was a leisurely experience with an extensive and impressive menu throughout.
Veranda (Deck 7, aft): Buffet breakfast and lunch are served in the Veranda. There is open-air seating aft and in front of the restaurant (the latter with a courtyard and garden wall) and indoor seating next to the buffet. Early risers catch the sunrise and the best tables on the outside deck, as the outside seats tend to get scooped up first, unless the weather is wild. Indoor diners don't lack for light or views with sliding-glass doors dividing the venue from the back deck. In general, seating can get crowded inside or out during prime times, as it is a relatively small space. Plan accordingly.
The breakfast buffet is open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. You can expect fruit, yogurt, pastries and bread, hot and cold cereal (oatmeal and porridge), scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cold cuts, cheese, salmon, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms and eggs to order. In addition, eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos, French toast and pancakes can also be ordered through your server. Coffee, still and sparkling water, orange juice and two smoothies (often one fruit and one green) are plentiful each day.
The lunch buffet is open from noon until 2 p.m. You will find several prepared cold salads, an impressive salad bar with nearly a dozen options and add-ons, antipasto, sandwiches (Buffalo chicken crepe, grilled Cuban sandwich, fontina and mushroom burger) and an array of burgers (including beef, veggie and turkey) and dogs plus sausage with sauerkraut).
Typically, you'll find three hot dishes (Italian sausage with marinara, turkey breast with sage jus, BBQ pork ribs or salmon escalope) and several hot veggies, potatoes and soup. Dessert includes homemade cookies, ice cream and options like cheesecake and bread pudding.
Candles (Deck 7): At night, the Veranda restaurant, both inside and out converts into Candles, a romantic steak and seafood restaurant where the focus is on the grill. Reservations are a must, as seating is limited and passengers are only given one Candles reservation per cruise. When the weather is pleasant, outside seating is evocative with a setting sun and a romantic ambiance.
The menu is the same each night, a mix of surf and turf (filet mignon, sirloin steak, veal chop, sea bass filet, skewered tiger shrimp, chicken souvlaki and marinated tofu) with sauces, sides and desserts (raspberry creme brulee, chocolate strawberry truffle cake, fresh fruit and assorted cheeses). Service is attentive, and the atmosphere is sexy.
Deck Barbecue (Decks 7 and 8): The epic, once-per-cruise barbecue takes place outside on decks 7 and 8. Come hungry, as crew serve enough food to feed several ships. Before you even get to the BBQ portion of the program, you'll encounter a massive buffet of antipasto, cold cuts, cheeses, grilled vegetables, mixed greens, Caesar salad, penne pasta salad, chipotle corn salad, German potato salad, mixed Mediterranean breads, shrimp and crab legs.
On the grill, you'll find basted lobster tails with drawn butter, jerk-marinated chicken drumsticks, catch of the day with soy-sherry glaze, beef short ribs and thyme-marinated lamb loin. There's also a signature paella, a carving station, a gyro station and a dessert station filled with carrot cake, sacher torte, cheesecake, strawberry and rhubarb cobbler and ice cream, a chocolate fountain with pound cake and banana bread, and fresh fruit skewers and grilled BBQ bananas with chocolate and marshmallow
The Yacht Club (Deck 8): Offering dark wood, luxe sofas and expansive views on Deck 8, the Yacht Club is the perfect place for early risers to grab coffee and a quick Continental breakfast. In the afternoon, there were cookies, fresh fruit and an array of sandwiches (turkey and Brie, roast beef and cheddar, etc.) -- useful if you miss lunch or need an afternoon pick-me-up.
Room Service: In-suite dining is complimentary and available 24/7. Room service tags are left in your room each evening, making it easy to order the next day's breakfast before going to bed. We found orders were ready in 20 to 40 minutes, depending on whether it's a busy time of day.
A typical breakfast menu includes everything from eggs and bacon to sausage, salmon, bagels, fruit and granola. Similar to Veranda, you can also order waffles, pancakes, French toast and eggs Benedict. Throughout the day, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and burgers are served.
Once AmphorA is open in the evening (7 p.m.), you are able to order off the restaurant's menu. Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., the menu is very limited. Only quesadillas, tuna sandwiches, Cobb salad, turkey club and a hot beef sandwich are available. When you actually call in, the galley might not have every item on the list available. They will, however, have potato chips, tortilla chips and popcorn. If looking for something more substantial, get your order in while the restaurant is still open.
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 Polo or button-down shirts, no jacket, while women wear cute tops with slacks or a skirt or a casual dress. Do not pack suits, ties or fancy dresses.
Windstar offers a variety of tours, at least one in each port of call and as many as three were offered in a given port on our cruise. In addition, at each port you can opt to go it on your own by arranging a private car and a guide (maximum of 2 people) at a premium price or a van and a guide (maximum of 6 people) at an additional charge.
Many excursions are cultural or food-and-wine driven, while some have an active or outdoor angle, like hiking, for the more physically fit. Typically tours are half-day, lasting four to five hours. Few can take up a full day with eight hours away. They're best when they take you to a town or attraction that's a few hours away or otherwise more difficult to access on your own.
The tours offered onboard are a good value and often got us back in time to then explore the port of call. It gave us the best of both worlds, seeing what was in port and what was farther away. We saw many passengers choosing a few organized tours throughout the cruise.
Excursions come at a cost and should be arranged in advance. Once onboard, you can add to, change or cancel excursions. It's best to handle in advance to ensure availability.
One complimentary private event, called a Destination Discovery Event, is available on most cruises. Our complimentary private event was a spirited party at a third century Roman villa. Flanked on the hills near Portofino, the villa was filled with authentic music, food, wine and local purveyors, and was by far one of the best experiences of the cruise
Also, market tours are often available and free of charge on each cruise. Passengers join the chef to shop in local markets; he then uses the product(s) in the nightly special at dinner. This program is offered on most Windstar sailings at least once, but there are some sailings where time does not allow. Book in advance at the front desk.
Bikes are offered on all Windstar cruises and are placed out for passenger usage in ports where it makes sense to bike. Rentals are $39 for a half-day rental, $59 for full-day rental. Helmets, locks and chains are provided.
Daytime and Evening Entertainment
This is a smaller ship, so there isn't an expansive menu of entertainment options or poolside activities. The focus is really on the destination and allowing passengers to explore in port.
What once was the Card Room has since been transformed into an intimate Screening Room where passengers can also watch the latest movies and play video games. Card games, board games and Wii games in the Screening Room are not hosted. If you're looking for more structured gaming, you'll find hosted Wii game tournaments, mini-golf tournaments, gaming lessons in the casino and blackjack tournaments.
Port talks, which are 15-minute daily chats led by the Voyage Leader (aka cruise director), take place in the Lounge before dinner.
Passengers are also invited on a galley tour at least once a cruise. They get an inside look into how the food is prepared. A cooking lesson is often on offer, which complements shopping with the chef. Check at reception for timing and booking.
Windstar Cruises is one of the few cruise lines to have an open bridge policy. Visits are off limits when in port, docking or sailing away. Otherwise, it is an open opportunity to meet captain and crew and get a behind the scenes look.
The Star Pride Signature Sail-Away is worth scheduling in, as it is a daily occurrence. Crew members hoist flags to the strains of Vangelis' "1492" song as the ship sails out of port, a holdover from the sail-raising tradition on the original Windstar ships. The Star Bar tends to be abuzz about this time regardless.
There is also a big BBQ night onboard, a crew talent show in the Lounge and an evening of crew and passenger line dancing in Compass Rose.
Evening entertainment in general is limited in comparison to big ship offerings, but what was on offer was more than enough and suited the ambiance onboard. After dinner, passengers migrate to the outdoor Star Bar to listen to a live duo of a musician/singer or a singer.
On our cruise, the crowds seemed a bit larger inside for the second duo at the Compass Rose. There was as much listening as dancing indoors. There's also a "casino" in the corner of the room that you would miss if it weren't pointed out to you. It is only open while at sea and for very limited hours. Check with reception for hours.
To complement the market tours, the chef often offers a cooking demonstration
onboard. This is not a hands-on demonstration. The venue for the demos is typically small and normally 35 to 45 people are in attendance. It is free, but you must sign up in advance at the front desk.
Windstar does offer speakers and lectures beyond the port talks, but only on select itineraries.
The bars and lounges on Star Pride are casual and comfortable. Many passengers turned up at the outdoor Star Bar for the daily sail-away, especially when it was near sundown or close to dinnertime. It's worth an early arrival to ensure a seat at or near the bar, or on a nearby lounger.
The Drink of the Day is another draw at cocktail hour. Rum Punch, Kir Royale and French Kiss were but a few on offer during our sailing. All drinks specials are $8 per drink. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added onto any and all alcoholic beverages served onboard.
A Drinks Package provides unlimited cocktails, sparkling wines, wines by the glass and all beers (for drinks typically priced under $12). The package includes mini-bar beverage selections and beverages provided through room service, as well as orders at the bars and restaurants onboard. The package cost per day (based on double occupancy) is $108.00 ($54 per person) per stateroom. Packages must be purchased on the first day of the cruise and must be purchased for the full duration of the cruise. The price does not include the standard 15-percent gratuity.
There were very good wines by the glass; red, white, rose and sparkling at a surprisingly affordable price ($7). Things got much more interesting and more expensive by the bottle. There were a lot of bubbles by the bottle (Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon and an Italian prosecco). Pouilly Fuisse (France) was on the Connoisseur's White List. The Connoisseur's Red List had all from Italian Chianti to Spanish Garnacha, Oregon pinot noirs and Syrahs from Washington State.
There was an endless array of chardonnays -- including French, Spanish and Argentinean -- beyond the usual California chardonnays like Rutherford Ranch and Napa Valley.
The Lounge (Deck 5, aft): The Lounge on Deck 5 received new flooring, lighting, sound system and furniture in the 2016 renovation. The elegant ambiance makes the Lounge an amenable space for entertainment and gatherings. It's where the welcome cocktail, port talks and the crew's talent show takes place, and it's where passengers typically gather for excursions or tenders.
Compass Rose (Deck 6, aft): The Compass Rose is open during the day, yet it is more popular later in the evening, after dinner and late into the night. It's decked out in comfortable banquets, sofas and small cocktail tables near the dance floor. Limited seating is available at the small bar and at the piano, near the pianist and singer. The ambiance is lively, and the dance floor tends to get busier each night.
If you're looking to gamble a bit, you'll find the casino discreetly set to the side of Compass Rose.
Yacht Club (Deck 8, forward): The biggest draw to the Yacht Club is the view. The semi-circular room with dark wood and plush couches has expansive views out the bow and on both sides of the ship. It is the prime spot for early birds to beat the crowds and enjoy the sun rising with an early coffee and a continental breakfast. If you don't want to commit to a big buffet, it's a great place to grab sandwiches or coffees throughout the day. Servers are happy to bring drinks in from the nearby Star Bar at any time of the day, and it's a nice spot for pre-dinner cocktails.
The Yacht Club is a serene scene throughout the day, an ideal place to read, write, check emails or simply enjoy the surrounding scenery. There isn't service past 5 p.m., but if the Star Bar is cold or windy, it's a great place to pop in for a quick warm up, in between ballads.
Star Bar (Deck 8, aft): The Star Bar is the one outside bar onboard. The Signature Sail-Away and $8 daily drink specials draw a crowd. Passengers gather around the bar, at neighboring tables and on loungers to watch the ship sail out of port and for pre-dinner drinks. After-dinner cocktails at the Star Bar draw a committed crowd every night, aided on our cruise by the talented duo that performed every evening.
A small pool (more of a wading than a swimming pool) and two hot tubs are located on Deck 7. Just above those pools, the Star Deck (Deck 8) is often abuzz with sail-aways, sundowners, pre-or post-dinner cocktails or lazy loungers. This area was expanded by 4 feet on each side in the 2016 refurb, giving additional space for passengers to relax on deck chairs and take in the upper deck ambiance.
A whirlpool (hot tub) is tucked discreetly away on Deck 5 forward, and it's easy to forget it's there.
The watersports platform or Star Pride Marina is available as weather and port conditions allow. Windstar aims to have the platform open for at least one day during each cruise. Activities include standup paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and diving on certain itineraries. The Discover Scuba program is designed for those who are not certified divers, but interested in trying. The Certified Dive Program is for certified divers only. Bring proof of certification with you.
Aside from the Lounge, you'll find reception, the purser's desk, the shore excursion desk and a computer center with two computers and a printer on Deck 5. Just above, midship on Deck 6 is the library with a wide range of books and DVDs to check out for free. The Signature Shop is home to several Windstar logo tees, bags and hats and well-appointed signature gifts from the regions visited. It is a small shop, but surprisingly robust.
There are no self-serve launderettes onboard, but passengers can purchase a laundry package for $109 per cabin ($54.50 per person) for a seven-day cruise. It must be purchased by the first day of the cruise.
The internet package also needs to be purchased in advance. You are buying data versus days or minutes. The Basic Email Plan is $60 for 200MB, which averages out to approximately 15 to 60 minutes. The Surfing Plan at $120 is 500MB (approximately five hours). The Unlimited Plan ranges from $250 for seven days to $525 for 15 days. If purchased before departure, it's good for two devices. If purchased onboard, it's only good for one. It's all a bit pricy, but the service was excellent and available throughout the ship, in cabins and in common areas.
There is no organized kids program or playroom, let alone any kind of outdoor attractions like a climbing wall. The ship's ambiance and clientele does not lend itself to kids running amok. No children under the age of 7 are allowed on any Windstar cruise. Well-behaved children ages 7 and above are allowed, but they will need to find their own entertainment and handle long, grown-up dinners (or settle for room service).
The majority of Star Pride passengers are American, with a fair amount hailing from Canada and Australia. You'll also find cruisers from Mexico 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-50s. Most are couples, though you might see some family groups (especially ones with older or grown children).
The Windspa is located on Deck 8. We found treatments to be a bit expensive, but no different from an upmarket salon in a major city. As the cruise goes on, you will find prices getting better, with flyers for daily deals slipped under your door.
There are three treatment rooms and services range from Collagen Quartz or the Tri Enzyme Resurfacing Facials, Lime & Ginger Body Massage, an Aroma Stone Massage with Volcanic rock, a customized (deep tissue or gentle strokes) Bamboo Massage with essential oils or an Ionithermie Slimming Treatment.
The salon had manis, pedis, cuts, colors, teeth whitening and waxing for anywhere there was hair. Men had their own IQ Facials and haircuts. Aside from daily deals, you can get a 10-percent discount for your first treatment, 20 percent for your second and 30 percent for your third.
The fitness center is attached to the spa. It's small but efficient with treadmills, bicycles and free weights. Yoga and exercise classes are available. Schedules vary per cruise and are left in your cabin upon arrival. Most classes are complimentary.
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. One shoreside event, called the Destination Discovery Event, is free of charge but not available on all cruises.
Alcohol, 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. The spa and the bar automatically add on an additional 15 percent for each service or alcoholic beverage ordered. Additional tipping is at your discretion.
The currency onboard is the U.S. dollar.
Date Refurbished: 2013
Country of Registration: Bahamas
Maximum Capacity: 212
Number of Crew:124
Crew Nationality: International
Officer Nationality: International
Language(s) Spoken:< Multiple Languages
OverviewWith only 212 guests, you begin to feel like it's your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard. The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view - making it a welcome retreat.
No. of Dinner Sittings: 1
No. of Dinner Sittings: Open
Special Diet: Please advise at least four to six weekls prior to sailing.
Dress Code: Casual WearGratuity Policies
Hotel Service Charge $12 per passenger, daily charge
Beverage Service Charge 15% automatically added