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Star Pride is one of three German built cruise ships, was built for Seabourn Cruise Line as Seabourn Pride and now operated for Windstar Cruises and was the first of her class.Star Pride is the first of the three small luxury cruise ships added to the Windstar yacht fleet, and it leads the way as Windstar enters a new era of small ship cruising, Former cruise ship  Seabourn Pride set out on her maiden voyage in November, 1988 as Seabourn Pride, after being christened by Shirley Temple Black.
 
She is identical to her sister ships Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit, the latter gaining attention when her sister, Seabourn Spirit was attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, in November 2005. Like her sister ships, Seabourn Pride is fitted with a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), designed as a non-lethal method to fend off attackers. During 2005, she was refurbished along with the other two vessels in Seabourn Cruise Line, to keep up with the luxurious image of the Seabourn cruises.
 
In 2006, a Forbes.com article declared Seabourn Pride's New Year cruise as the most expensive in the category. In 2013 Windstar Cruises announced that Seabourn Pride would be renamed Star Pride. The ship's former owner, Seabourn Cruise Line was her operator until the transfer was completed in May, 2014. She departed the Seabourn fleet on March 30, 2014 and entered service for Windstar Cruises on May 5, 2014.
 
Star Pride's splashy christening on May 5, 2014, in Barcelona, was not only the coming out of a single ship, but also a celebration of the soon-to-be doubling of Windstar's fleet to six ships -- raising its berth count to 1,230 upon completion. The Star Breeze, currently Seabourn Spirit, is scheduled to debut May 6, 2015 in Nice, France, and the Star Legend, currently the Seabourn Legend, is set for launch May 25, 2015, in Rome. These three twin-propeller yachts, driven by four Bergen marine diesel engines with a cruising speed of 15 knots, are identical in measurement: 440 feet long with a breadth of 63 feet, featuring six passenger decks, and will match in decor as well. May 5th 2014 she has debuted the all new, all suite Star Pride in Barcelona, Spain during a christening ceremony and pier-side fiesta to celebrate the launch of the luxury yacht’s inaugural voyage through Spain, France, and Italy.
 

Even though Star Pride and its sister ships will be driven by power instead of sails, Windstar will continue to build itineraries that are different from mass market lines, seeking interesting small harbors and coves where others don't go. For example, on Star Pride's maiden voyage, we anchored in France's Sete and Sanary-sur-Mer, two towns that you'd be hard-pressed to find offered elsewhere. Star Pride’s inaugural voyage, the yacht will spend its summer season in the Mediterranean. In the fall, Star Pride will embark on new itineraries to the exotic wonders of Asia and Arabia.
 
Cruising with Private yacht experience onboard Star Pride and other Windstar ships can dock in places only small ships can go. Star Pride’s small size allows it to explore off-the-beaten-path locales that bigger ships can’t visit and in most places, they’re even able to park right in town rather than at a cruise terminal. Star Pride will be traveling to the little-visited ports of the Black Sea, and in the winter, it will head to Asia for stops in lesser-visited ports along the coast of Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
 
Atmosphere on board 
With 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.
 
When you're ready to make an appearance, the lounges, club, casino and library are waiting to be explored. Take some "you" time in the tranquil WindSpa . . . enjoy a dip in the pool . . . work off that decadent dessert in the Fitness Center . . . and, of course, you are always welcome to visit the Bridge to examine navigation charts with the Captain.
 
Star Pride is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.
 
All three yachts are identical, with a guest capacity of 212 in 106 suites. At 10,000 gross tons, each yacht is 440 feet long with a breadth of 63 feet and six passenger decks. Similar to Star Pride, Star Legend and Star Breeze will undergo major transformations to public spaces, suites, and dining venues to fit  intimate, casually elegant style of small ship cruising.
 
Family with Kids/Teens
No children's program or babysitting available. Children, especially infants and toddlers, are not encouraged aboard Windstar cruises. The intimate ship size and unregimented atmosphere are adult in orientation and do not provide for the care, supervision, or entertainment of children. Children occupying staterooms as the third person are charged the applicable "third person" rate, which is available on request. Travel for Children under 24 months is limited.
Windstar operates four sailing yachts known for their ability to visit harbors and ports larger ships can’t reach. The ships carry fewer than 300 guests and call on ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas with a complimentary water sports platform available when the ship is in anchor – subject to weather of course—featuring water skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing. The ambiance is relaxed (no jackets or ties needed) but upscale. While these yachts aren’t meant for kids, they’re ideal for parents who want a getaway without the kids or a special trip with grown kids.
 
Past Passenger Programs
Windstar. Multi-tiered programs provide all repeat guests with newsletters and a "welcome onboard" cocktail reception or free drink but then set milestones for additional awards. Most of the major lines among others -- Windstar offer this type of past passenger setup.
 
The Foremast Club is Windstar Cruises' past passenger loyalty program. Please see below for Foremast Club member benefits.
 
Foremast Club Benefits (you become a member after your first cruise):
 5% member-only discount on all voyages
 Private cocktail reception with ship officers and Foremast members
Invitations to dine with the Captain and officers
Exclusive member-only private sales throughout the year
Members-only onboard events and private receptions
 
Fitness And Spa
Windstar cruise line more than ship itself focus on destination itself do not look for 24 hour fitness center.
 
Fitness Center
Cardiovascular equipment including treadmills
Free weights
Exercise Classes
Personal Training
 
Scuba Diving is offered at an additional fee
Sports platform is only open while ship is anchored and subject to weather or local restrictions. Not open when ship is docked.
Star Pride has a swim and sports platform located at the back of the yacht and it’s be available whenever the conditions are right. The platform offers a variety of complimentary water toys such as waterskies, wakeboards, kayaks, paddleboards, and sailboats. Guests can also enjoy the freedom of their own private yacht by swimming to and from the platform. They also provide snorkeling gear and bicycles to rent on shore. Water Sports Platform features complimentary watersports equipment. The platform offers a variety of complimentary water toys such as waterskiing,windsurfing,wakeboards, kayaks, paddleboards, and sailboats. You can also enjoy the freedom of your own private yacht by swimming to and from the platform.
 
Staying in shape
When you think “cruise” you probably think about endless buffets and gaining weight. Fortunately, Star Pride has a fitness center that’s open 24/7 so you have no excuse not to work off the extra calories. Next to it is the WindSpa, which is a full-service spa and salon. Offerings include massages, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, acupuncture, haircuts, blowouts, and highlights.
FYI: There are two whirlpools in the middle of the top deck.
 
Food & Dining
Star Pride provide Fine service. However Windstar doesn’t have over-the-top service like Seabourn but that’s because they have fewer crew and charge half the price. But nonetheless, they have good service and though it could be slow at times, overall it exceeded my expectations.
 
There were a lot of seasoned cruisers on my voyage and I heard night after night that the food on this trip was the best they’d ever encountered. One of the highlights was the deck barbecue gala, which takes place on the pool deck one night per voyage. The 5-star buffet offers an array of dishes from lobster to an Asian-style suckling pig, jerk marinated chicken and other specialties including seafood paella, which is cooked right on deck.
Good to know: Windstar offers an open seating program that allows guests to dine when and with whom they like.
 
Variety of restaurants
 
Star Pride has several dining options. The main dining room is called AmphorA Restaurant, which features a contemporary, international menu and fresh local dishes. The most coveted restaurant is Candles, which is called Veranda during the breakfast and lunch buffet but at night is turned into a romantic setting where guests can dine under the stars. Here, they offer ?ne steaks and grilled skewers on the menu. Note: They only let passengers dine once during the trip, but make reservations as soon as you get on the ship because there are a limited number of tables.
There’s also the Yacht Club which is a chic lounge and coffee bar that serves snacks and treats during the day. And of course there’s 24-hour in-room dining.
Star Pride's Compass Rose bar
Star Pride’s Compass Rose bar
 
Bars
There are several places passengers can get a drink and socialize. The nicest is Compass Rose, which is the club space that was redesigned with all new contemporary furnishings, including rich new flooring finishes, plantation shutters and comfortable chairs and bar stools. There’s live music here nightly. The other popular place is Star Bar, the outdoor deck bar that offers casual drinks during the day and a venue for star-gazing by night.
Don’t pay for other people’s drinks. For those who don’t drink alcohol (ahem, me) you’ll be sure to like Windstar’s “Luxury as You Like It” philosophy. Unlike many of the all-inclusive luxury brands, Windstar offers a choice of alcoholic beverages to be a la carte or through a beverage package, ensuring that guests aren’t paying for someone else’s bar bill. So if you drink a lot, get the package deal.
 
 
Entertainment
By day, the focus is on exploration, but when the ship anchors offshore, guests can also swim, kayak, paddleboard, or water-ski from the water sports platform. There’s also a small spa, a gym, and a library with books and movies on DVD. On sea days, the Yacht Club — with its panoramic windows and coffee bar — is a quiet haven.
 
Come evening, the Star Bar serves sunset cocktails, while post-dinner entertainment is centered in the Compass Rose Bar, the small adjoining casino, and an entertaining vocal-piano duo. A five-member band plays the lounge nightly and backs up affable, baby-faced Captain Alan MacAry during his welcome and farewell cocktail parties. Since Star Pride has an open bridge policy, passengers get to know the captain here more than they do on other ships, and — since the ship is small and social — you can expect to get to know your fellow passengers, too.
 
Staterooms
What Star Pride does have that Windstar’s other yachts don’t is spacious suites with large bathrooms. Standard cabins are 277 square feet versus 188 on the three sailing ships. And yet with re-imagined contemporary-style interiors by the same design firm that renovated Wind Star, Wind Spirit, and Wind Surfover the past two years, it all feels familiar — elegant yet comfortable with a color palette and fabrics that are refreshingly unfussy.
 
Star Pride has a total of 106 all suites with a guest capacity of 212. These cabins are way larger than the ones on Windstar’s other ships since they are 277 square feet! I think having a large cabin can make or break some couples’ trips since the tighter the quarters, the more potential for friction there is. No worries about that on Star Pride. FYI: These suites were updated to meet Windstar’s casually elegant, warm and contemporary style. All suites include a ?at-screen TV with live TV, DVD/CD players and Bose SoundDock speakers. All 106 suites, refreshed in April 2014 just prior to the inauguration, have new furniture — except built-ins and beds — carpet, and draperies in a contemporary palette of light taupe with deep blue (or in some suites, pale green) accents, a queen-size bed with Euro Top mattress (most are convertible to twins), a sofa, and two chairs.
 
The only complaints: Suite doors are inches apart, so you hear neighbors coming and going, and a bulky chair creates a tight squeeze between the desk and the bed.
 
Star Pride offers four cabin categories: There are 64 ocean view suites (four of them accessible), each 277 square feet with a picture window. The 36 balcony suites offer the same square footage and have French doors that open to a Juliet balcony. Two classic suites, located forward on Deck 5, are 400 square feet and feature a bedroom and a separate living area with a forward-facing window and a cozy balcony off the bedroom; each has a port-inspired theme (Portofino and Mykonos) with color scheme and artwork to match.
 
The four owner’s suites, also port-themed, come in two sizes: 520 square feet with side-facing balconies off the living room, and 575 square feet with forward-facing balconies off the living room. All four have living and sleeping areas connected by French doors, two bathrooms, and a second TV in the bedroom.
 
Marble bathrooms
The bathrooms are large too so you won’t have to squish each other getting ready for dinner. There are also double vanities and the tub/shower is the same size as I have at home with solid water pressure.
 
Luxury toiletries
I wasn’t going to list this because most luxury cruises have designer toiletries but not only does Star Pride have L’Occitane products, but they also replenish them daily. FYI: I sometimes swipe extra toiletries and donate them to senior citizen homes or homeless shelters.
There’s nothing worse than being jetlagged and not being able to sleep because of an uncomfortable bed. That won’t be the case on Star Pride because the beds are super cozy and so are the sheets and pillows. Combine that with the lull of the ocean and you’ll be sleeping like a baby.
 
 Plenty of closet space, you and your travel companion won’t fight over lack of closet space or hangers because there’s plenty of both. There are also a number of drawers—and don’t forget about the storage space under the bed for the suitcases.
 
Star Pride’s French balconies are only the expensive suites in the front of the ship have full balconies but the majority of cabins do have French balconies—the second best thing next to an actual balcony. Actually, not having the balcony makes the cabin that much larger so it might be the best if you care about space inside. But being able to open the doors to pop your head out to take pictures or to leave them open for fresh air makes a huge difference.
 
Tipping
Windstar crew work very hard to make sure that every aspect of your cruise meets the highest standards. This includes those crew members who serve you directly, such as wait staff, beverage servers and the stewards who service your stateroom each day. There are also many others who support their efforts whom you many never meet, such as galley and laundry staff. To ensure that the efforts of all crew member are recognised and rewarded, a Hotel Service Charge of US$ 12.00 per passenger is automatically added to each guest's onboard account on a daily basis. If service exceeds or fails to meet your expectations, you are free to adjust this amount at the end of the cruise. In addition, a 15% Beverage Service Charge is automatically added to bar charges and dining room wine purchases. These charges are paid entirely to Windstar crew members and represent an important part of their compensation.
In terminals, airports, ports of call and on shore excursions, it is suggested that you extend gratuities consistent with customary local practices.
 
Fellow Passengers
Windstar passengers tend to be active, well-traveled, well-educated adults of all ages, hailing from North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. They tend to enjoy the more laid-back atmosphere of a smaller ship, the idea of traveling under sail and the unique itineraries that Windstar provides.
 
Our recommendation
Aim for no-fuss upscale casual clothes. During the day, most men sport Polo shirts or dressy T-shirts (usually with a discreet brand logo), and shorts or khaki pants, depending on the port stop. Expect lots of Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, and Lands' End for the guys. Top-Siders are popular shoes. For daytime, women wear shorts, capris, pants, silk and cotton tops, and sundresses.  What’s nice about Windstar is that although it’s a luxurious ship, you don’t have to pack a dinner jacket, tie or fancy dress because it’s a casual-elegant atmosphere. That means you can travel light and not have to check a bag, which is a real inconvenience. The only things not allowed are jeans and shorts in the dining room for dinner.
 
In the evening, women add simple jewelry and perhaps a fancier blouse or light sweater to slacks or a skirt. Some wear floor-length casual dresses. AmphorA, the main dining room, discourages shorts, jeans, tank tops, and sneakers. Do not pack suits, ties, tuxedos, or evening gowns.
 
These obviously aren’t new ships. Star Pride was built in 1988 so naturally it does show signs of age in several places. One of the biggest of these is the pool, which has to be the most uninviting pool I’ve ever seen. But once you set sail on Windstar, you quickly realize you don’t go on their ships (or other similar small ships) for things like the pool. These aren’t those floating megaships that have everything a top Las Vegas hotel would have. Instead, you go on a ship like this for the luxurious cabins, service, food and most importantly, the stopover destinations, as they have the ability to stop in smaller ports that the large ships can’t.
 
Like all Windstar ships, Star Pride has an Open Bridge allowing guests to come into the Bridge when the yacht is at sea. Guests can talk with the Captain and officers on watch, view the navigational chart, and enjoy some of the best views on the yacht without any advance warning. You just can’t go into the bridge when they’re making maneuvers.