Windstar Cruises reviews

About Windstar Cruises

Families with older teens and couples — including honeymooners — who like the idea of sailing, without the need for actual wind, book cruises with Windstar. The open teak decks, towering masts, and flapping sails look majestic, even when the engines are doing the work. Recent renovations retained the nautical look the line does so well, but with a fresh update. Best of all, the no-jackets-required dress code and open-bridge policy create a casual, relaxed vibe.

Top 5 Windstar Cruises Destinations:


(44 cruises)

Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

(22 cruises)

Panama Canal, Central America

(19 cruises)

Europe - Mediterranean

(18 cruises)

Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

(18 cruises)

Top 5 Windstar Cruises Departure Ports:

Bridgetown, Barbados

(21 cruises)

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

(20 cruises)

Barcelona, Spain

(14 cruises)

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

(13 cruises)

Papeete, Tahiti

(12 cruises)

Expert review of Windstar Cruises

Best For

Couples and families with older teens who like to have the feel of sailing mixed with an upscale cruise experience. 

Not For

Children, as well as anyone who needs a lot of organized activities: Socializing with shipmates and gazing at the scenery are the main pastimes when not in port.

We Love

  • Renovations freshened the nautical look Windstar does so well.
  • The ships' retractable marinas let passengers water ski, sail, kayak, and snorkel off the ships’ retractable marinas three to five times a week.
  • Sail-away includes a sunset barbecue buffet on deck — a spectacular way to leave gorgeous ports like Dubrovnik and Santorini.
  • The poolside Candles restaurant on Wind Star and Wind Spirit serves well-executed casual fare, including shish kebabs that rival those in most ports.
  • Windstar's DVD collection offers 400 choices.
  • All nonalcoholic drinks are included. 
  • The spa and gym are outstanding on Wind Surf, which also has an outdoor jogging track.
  • Three ships from Seabourn will be added to Windstar's fleet by 2015, allowing the line to offer more exotic itineraries.

We Could Live Without

  • These feel like fake sailing ships — the sails look majestic, but the engines propel the ships. 
  • The gyms and spas on Wind Star and Wind Spirit are tiny.
  • The cruise line doesn’t offer Wi-Fi in cabins.

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What cruisers say

  • kpeiffer123 says ...

    There are 101 crew members servicing only 148 passengers. It could not be better. Read full review
  • sherryplotkin says ...

    Loved cabin 119. Felt less movement and it was close to the best stairs! Very quiet and private. Glad we chose the 1st level. No elevators though but the walk up was easy and quick. Read full review
  • lauramosso says ...

    The ship design was lovely, and everything sparkled. Read full review

6 Windstar Cruises ships

Star Breeze

Price: $$$$
Ship size: XL

Accommodating only 212 lucky guests, the casually elegant Star Breeze is large enough to pamper and...

Sails to:

Alaska Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) South Pacific South Pacific - Australia South Pacific - Tahiti

Sails from:

Auckland, New Zealand Benoa, Bali, Indonesia Cairns, Australia Hong Kong Juneau, Alaska Melbourne, Australia Osaka, Japan Papeete, Tahiti Seward (Anchorage), Alaska Singapore Tokyo, Japan Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan More

Star Legend

Price: $$$$
Ship size: XL

Large enough to pamper and entertain but small enough to slip into tiny harbors and hidden coves, th...

Sails to:

Caribbean Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Europe - Mediterranean Europe - Northern Europe Europe - Western Europe

Sails from:

Amsterdam, Netherlands Aqaba (Petra), Jordan Barcelona, Spain Bordeaux, France Bridgetown, Barbados Copenhagen, Denmark Dubai, U.A.E. Fuerte Amador, Panama Haifa, Israel Istanbul, Turkey Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland Lisbon, Portugal London, England Miami, Florida Muscat, Oman Oranjestad, Aruba Piraeus (Athens), Greece Reykjavik, Iceland More

Star Pride

Price: $$$$
Ship size: XL

First of Windstar's three new power vessels, the graceful, suite-only Star Pride is large enough to...

Sails to:

Canada, New England, New York Caribbean Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Europe - Mediterranean Europe - Northern Europe

Sails from:

Barcelona, Spain Boston, Massachusetts Bridgetown, Barbados Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), Ireland Edinburgh, Scotland Fuerte Amador, Panama Haifa, Israel Istanbul, Turkey Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland Lisbon, Portugal Miami, Florida Montreal, Quebec Oranjestad, Aruba Philipsburg, St. Maarten Piraeus (Athens), Greece Reykjavik, Iceland San Juan, Puerto Rico More

Ship size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers


  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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