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Japan and South Korea

May

Pros: The itinerary and excursions; staff and crew; ship’s amenities.

Cons: Substandard internet (which is soon to be replaced)

Recommended: Yes

The Windstar Grand Japan cruise itinerary was an ideal introduction to Japan and included a day trip to South Korea. A wide range of excursion options were available and, best of all, the guides were knowledgeable and personable. The onboard lectures by Dr. Emma Thompson were fascinating and offered keen insights into the history and culture of Japan. Onboard the staff and crew were very attentive, thoughtful and always welcoming. Requests were graciously responded to without hesitation. The recently renovated ship was beautiful and the staterooms were well-appointed, decorated nicely and quite comfortable. Several different dining options were always available which satisfied our appetites at all times of day. (We all gained a few pounds). The servers and chefs were very friendly and very attentive. The menu choices were diverse and delicious. The ship’s special on-deck buffet events were creative and enjoyable. And dining with the Chief Engineer and his first officer one evening was a real treat. It was lovely to have a spa onboard. We enjoyed massages and a facial, which were wonderfully relaxing. We also visited the relaxation room, sauna and steam rooms. It was great to have these amenities available to us. Our adventures were topped off by the evenings’ entertainments arranged and hosted by Grace Coddle, who also was a fantastic performer. The entertainment highlight was the crew’s talent show which left us touched by their songs and dances as well as laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes. They were all fabulous! It was a very memorable cruise.

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Japan and South Korea

May

Pros: The itinerary and excursions; staff and crew; ship’s amenities.

Cons: Substandard internet (which is soon to be replaced)

Recommended: Yes

The Windstar Grand Japan cruise itinerary was an ideal introduction to Japan and included a day trip to South Korea. A wide range of excursion options were available and, best of all, the guides were knowledgeable and personable. The onboard lectures by Dr. Emma Thompson were fascinating and offered keen insights into the history and culture of Japan. Onboard the staff and crew were very attentive, thoughtful and always welcoming. Requests were graciously responded to without hesitation. The recently renovated ship was beautiful and the staterooms were well-appointed, decorated nicely and quite comfortable. Several different dining options were always available which satisfied our appetites at all times of day. (We all gained a few pounds). The servers and chefs were very friendly and very attentive. The menu choices were diverse and delicious. The ship’s special on-deck buffet events were creative and enjoyable. And dining with the Chief Engineer and his first officer one evening was a real treat. It was lovely to have a spa onboard. We enjoyed massages and a facial, which were wonderfully relaxing. We also visited the relaxation room, sauna and steam rooms. It was great to have these amenities available to us. Our adventures were topped off by the evenings’ entertainments arranged and hosted by Grace Coddle, who also was a fantastic performer. The entertainment highlight was the crew’s talent show which left us touched by their songs and dances as well as laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes. They were all fabulous! It was a very memorable cruise.

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Luxury expanded

December

Pros: Spa gym food staff

Cons: None

Recommended: Yes

The stretching of the Star Breeze solves some issues on the previous version. There is now a full access spa with steam, sauna, heated benches a full gym and yoga room and better salon space. The new Star grill offers additional outdoor dining and the new Cuardro has fun tapas. Staff is awesome and ship is clean and medical staff first rate.

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180 degrees above ordinary

July

Pros: Attentive to service and details The staff is quite responsive to requests for assistance.

Cons: The food in some of the restaurants is sometimes greasy.

Recommended: Yes

The staff make a concerted effort to learn your name and are responsive to requests. If there is a particular type of hot drink that you like, attention is paid to remember it and it is made ready without prompting.

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Circling Iceland

June

Pros: Wonderful scenery, Great food, no lines

Cons: Expensive excursions, limited on board entertainment

Recommended: Yes

For cruising around Iceland in counterclockwise direction, cabins with even number have superior shore views. Small ship means no lines for everything. Great food in main dining room for everyone.

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Star Breeze

May

Pros: Perfect size ship with limited number of passengers

Cons: The ship was not in tip-top shape

Recommended: Yes

There were a few glitches with the ship itself like flooding in the stateroom across the passage way, an elevator that didn't work, etc. We understood it was going in for overhaul after this summer season. It could use it. But the crew were fantastic and especially our steward Ronald. We also got to know one of the bar people quite well, Apple, and appreciated her attention.

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Small ship, big service

January

Pros: Excellent service

Cons: Waterskiing not available

Recommended: Yes

We typically choose active, land-based travel but decided to do a cruise for an anniversary. We chose this cruise for the balance of luxury with small ports of call and for the ability to enjoy water sports from the boat. We were not disappointed. The ports of call provided a nice mix between many tourists to none at all. (It was definitely helpful to know some Spanish.) We were able to swim off of the boat at one port of call, and then enjoy water sports on our private island day. For some reason, they were unable to offer water skiing, although all of the equipment was available and ready to go. Not too big of a deal. Otherwise, we were impressed with the level of service this crew provided. The staff really went out of their way to ensure guests were satisfied. The cabins were large and well appointed, and they were serviced several times a day. (Shout out to our cabin attendant Hasan.) The dining was excellent at all locations (servers Yogi, Trishna and Ragan--thanks so much!!). (One exception-the coffee at the Veranda frequently had an off-putting odor, so we typically got coffee from the Yacht Club and then went to the Veranda to eat breakfast later.) The food was absolutely incredible. We like that they sourced items from the local fisherman, and that the chef made all his stock on board. The average guest was probably 10-15 years older than we were, so there was very little night life on board. That said, entertainment/activities could be improved upon if looking to capture a younger age group. One entertainer, Alex, was good. The other couple, the Radio Stars, were OK for background music as you sunbathed, but they were not good for evening entertainment. We were disappointed to hear that the ships of this line will be expanded in size over the next few years, as we thought this ship was the perfect size. We will definitely consider additional cruises on Windstar if under 250 guests

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