Star Legend

Star Legend Review and Specifications

Specifications of Star Legend

Year built1992  /  Age : 26
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderSchichau Seebeckwerft (Bremerhaven, Germany)
ClassMega Yacht
Building costUSD 87 million
OwnerXanterra Parks & Resorts Inc
OperatorWindstar Cruises
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)21 m / 69 ft
Gross Tonnage9961 gt
Passengers212 - 254
Crew140
Passengers-to-space ratio39
Decks8
Cabins106
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2017-2020
Former namesSeabourn Legend, Queen Odyssey, Royal Viking Queen
Christened byGloria Bohan

Current itinerary of Star Legend

Star Legend current cruise is 23 days, one-way from Tianjin to Laem Chabang. The itinerary starts on 27 Oct, 2018 and ends on 19 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
27 Oct 17:00      Departing from Tianjin, Beijing, China   
29 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Qingdao, China   
31 Oct 07:00 - 01 Nov 16:00     Shanghai, China   
03 Nov 09:00 - 17:00     Ishigaki Island, Japan   
04 Nov 07:00 - 18:00     Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan   
06 Nov 09:00 - 07 Nov 20:00     Hong Kong, China   
09 Nov 08:00 - 10 Nov 13:00     Halong Bay, Vietnam   
11 Nov 13:00 - 12 Nov 22:00     Da Nang, Hue, Vietnam   
14 Nov 07:00 - 14:00     Nha Trang, Vietnam   
15 Nov 13:00 - 16 Nov 18:00     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City-Saigon, Vietnam   
19 Nov 07:00      Arriving in Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand   

Review of Star Legend

Launched in 1992 (as Royal Viking Queen) and bought as "Seabourn Legend", Star Legend cruise ship is the third and last of all three identical Windstar yachts - together with Star Pride (ex-Seabourn Pride) and Star Breeze (ex-Seabourn Spirit).

History - construction and ownership

Windstar Cruises is a luxury brand operating a fleet of smaller-sized ships (mega-yachts) with capacity up to 310 passengers. The company call at 150 ports throughout Caribbean, Central America, South Pacific, Asia, Europe. Currently, Windstar is a subsidiary of Xanterra Parks and Resorts (USA's largest national and state park concession management company).

Windstar Star Legend cruise ship

The 9,961-ton, 212-passenger cruise ship Star Legend was constructed in Bremerhaven, Germany by Schichau-Seebeckwerft and put into service in February 1992 for Kloster Cruise. Seabourn Legend was originally Royal Viking Queen, operated for Royal Viking Line on various crossings. In 1995 her name was changed (after assigned to Royal Cruise Line) to Queen Odyssey. Until January 1996, she was operating for Royal Cruise Line, when sold to Seabourn Cruise Line and joined her sister ships as Seabourn Legend. In April 2015 she departed Seabourn fleet, and later in May became a member of Windstar Cruises fleet.

An interesting fact is that Seabourn Legend cruise ship was featured in the film Speed 2: Cruise Control, in 1997. In the movie, Alex Shaw (Jason Patric) – LAPD Police Officer, and Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock), were trapped on the vessel, where navigation computers had been reprogrammed by computer hacker (Willem Dafoe), who had set the ship on collision course with supertanker.

Cruise itinerary program

Star Legend itinerary program is based on luxury Mediterranean cruises with departures from France, Italy and Spain. In Northern Europe, Windstar Legend ship cruises in the Baltic on Norwegian Fjords itineraries and to Iceland leaving from Denmark and UK.

In November 2016 Windstar Cruises announced that it returns to Asia for the first time in 3 years, sending to the region Star Legend in winter 2017-2018. The luxury yacht-style vessel will sail throughout Asia, from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to South Korea and Japan.

Beginning 2018, the cruise line will base Star Legend in Vancouver. There, the ship will operate 3 distinctive itineraries from May through August, including 11 and 12-day voyages from Vancouver to Seward; 14-day sailings from Seward to Vancouver; and a couple of 12-day cruises leaving roundtrip from Vancouver. The line plans to offer pre-and-post cruise land extensions.

Cabins

All Star Legend staterooms are comfortable and sedate suites with luxury linens, stocked mini-bar, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, fresh fruit and flowers. There are a total of 106 staterooms (all of which Suites, 42 Balcony, 64 Oceanview) in 8 categories. The largest aboard Star Legend are the Owner’s Suites (575 ft2). 

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

A major Star Legend plus is the wide variety of eating options for such a small ship. Star Legend guests may choose from various inclusive dining options – AmphorA Restaurant, Yacht Club, Sky Bar & Grill. Windstar travelers usually like to dress up. There are 2 formal nights on weeklong cruises and 3 on 14-day voyages. On these nights, a lot of the men wear tuxedos. Women wear luxury cocktail dresses or ball gowns. Other nights are casually stylish (jacket for men, but tie optional; nice outfit for women), or casual (no jacket for men; sundress or slacks for women). For those who do not like formal nights, the Veranda Cafe offers a casually stylish alternative.

Follows the complete list of Star Legend restaurants and food bars.

  • AmphorA Restaurant (ship’s dining room, open-seating; offers 5-course gourmet dinner menu which is changed daily; along with onboard-made breads, in all ports of call the executive chef goes to the local markets to shop for fresh ingredients)
  • Candles Cafe & Veranda (a smaller “dining room” which offers buffet-style breakfast and lunch, as well as a la carte menu through the wait staff; its indoor area is called “Candles Cafe” and features floor-ceiling panoramic windows; the outdoor seating area is called “Veranda” - in the evenings, it transformes into “Candles Grill” al-fresco steakhouse)
  • Sky Bar & Grill / Star Bar (serves the top deck open-air area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Activities on board Star Legend are very limited and range from food market purchases to performances by local musicians. Public areas include the casino, library, computer center, WindSpa, fitness center, pool and three whirlpool tubs. 

Windstar Star Legend cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Star Legend lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Marina (retractable water sports platform for water skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, kayaking; the ship provides water rafts, wakeboards, paddle boards and a water trampoline island; the steel cage forms a swimming pool in the sea)
  • A Whirlpool (with sunbathing area and lounge chairs)
  • Card Room (bridge and board games); Library
  • Computer Center (discount Internet packages and rates per minute)
  • Lounge (ship’s theater/main show lounge for live evening entertainment)
  • The Boutique Shop (sells duty-free luxury fashion clothing and accessories)
  • The Casino (with blackjack/roulette gambling tables, slot machines)
  • Compass Rose (ship’s social lounge with its own bar and grand piano)
  • The Wellness Centre (Spa, Gym and Beauty Salon; The WindSpa has treatment rooms, Saunas, Steam Rooms; operated by Steiner)
  • The Fitness Center (with floor-ceiling windows; has free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines; offers complimentary excercise classes)
  • Pool Area (with one rectangular swimming pool, two whirlpools on platforms and a 3rd whirlpool at the ship’s bow, sunbathing and shaded areas)
  • The Yacht Club (Constellation Lounge with floor-ceiling windows for 270-degree views)
  • The Sun Deck (with luxury lounge chairs).

Star Legend wiki

Star Legend was operated by Seabourn as "Seabourn Legend". The vessel was initially built for and owned by Kloster Cruise, and operated by its subsidiary Royal Viking Line under the name "Royal Viking Queen". In 1995, Kloster Cruise transferred it to their other subsidiary Royal Cruise Line and renamed it "Queen Odyssey". In 1996, the ship was purchased by Seabourn Cruises. Seabourn Legend entered Windstar's fleet in April 2015 (in active service since May 2015).

Star Legend's godmother is Gloria Bohan (CEO of "Omega World Travel" agency - corporate travel management, business meetings, events at sea). The christening ceremony was on May 25, 2015, held in Civitavecchia (Rome). Ship's 3-week drydock 2015 refit and refurbishment was done in Genoa Italy. The renovation project cost USD 8,5 million and included stern-to-bow renovations, expansion of Veranda Cafe and Star Deck, adding Yacht Club, new resistance swimming / infinity pool, whirlpool.

Fun fact is, that Seabourn Legend was the background in the "Speed 2" movie. Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock) and her boyfriend Alex Shaw (Jason Patric) LAPD Police Officer are trapped onboard while all navigation computers have been hacked by the criminal mind John Geiger (Willem Dafoe) setting the Seabourn Legend ship on a collision course with a pretty large tanker.

During ship's week-long drydock 2017 refurbishment (December, in Singapore) was installed Transas A-Suite (e-navigation system) and Navi-Radar 4000 (by DP Marine) with incorporated JRC sensors. The system consists of 2 radars (X-band and S-band), Dual ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information) system, K-Nav ECDIS (route planning station (by Kongsberg Maritime) and PilotStar NX (autopilot by Anschutz). Also were modified all consoles and the ship's antenna.

Star-Class ship refurbishments 2019-2020

On November 15, 2018, Windstar announced company's "Star Plus Initiative" - drydock refurbishment program budgeted USD 250 million. The project includes enlarging (stretching) and engine changes for fleet's three Star-Slass ships - Star Breeze, Star Legend, Star Pride.

When completed, the project will result in bigger passenger capacity, adding new staterooms, venues and public spaces, also new, more efficient engines. Ship's capacity will be increased by 68% (from 212 to 312 passengers). The project is scheduled for the period October 2019 through November 2020, at Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo.

When completed, the Star Plus project will increase Windstar fleet's capacity by 24%. Star Plus Initiative is partially financed through Export Credit facility guaranteed by SACE Italy (financial and insurance products and services).

  • The drydock lengthening includes cutting each vessel in two and installing a new (prefabricated) midship section with length 25,6 m (84 ft). Vessel's LOA length will be increased from 135 m (443 ft) to 161 m (528).
  • Following drydock, each ship will have two new dining venues, new shop, new retail space; enlarged fitness, new Spa, larger swimming pool, new tender loading area (midship), two new tender boats (90-seat each), expanded and upgraded staff-crew areas and cabins. The two new dining venues are an alternative (specialty) restaurant and a casual BBQ space (adjacent to Star Bar). The midship section has an additional elevator.
  • Ship's current diesel engines (7 per ship) will be replaced with 4 new engines running on cleaner (ultra-low sulfur) diesel fuel, thus reducing SO emissions.
  • Each ship will receive 50 new cabins (to a total of 156), which (based on the total investment) means shipbuilding cost per berth USD 267,000. Among the new cabins are two larger Owner Suites. All existing staterooms will be completely refurbished, including their bathrooms, balconies, sliding doors. The new public spaces and cabins were designed by the NYC-based "The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry".

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Star Legend Itineraries

The below listed Star Legend cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Windstar fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 27 23 days, one-way from Tianjin to Laem Chabang Tianjin
2018 Nov 07 12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Laem Chabang Hong Kong
2018 Nov 19 33 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Singapore Laem Chabang
2018 Nov 19 26 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Singapore Laem Chabang
2018 Nov 19 12 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Hong Kong Laem Chabang$2299
2018 Dec 01 21 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong
2018 Dec 01 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong$4599
2018 Dec 15 18 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore$3999
2018 Dec 22 11 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore$2499
2019 Jan 02 37 days, one-way from Benoa to Laem Chabang Benoa$8699
2019 Jan 02 25 days, one-way from Benoa to Hong Kong Benoa$5499
2019 Jan 02 11 days, one-way from Benoa to Singapore Benoa$2099
2019 Jan 13 26 days, one-way from Singapore to Laem Chabang Singapore$5799
2019 Jan 13 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore$3999
2019 Jan 27 23 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong$6799
2019 Jan 27 12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Laem Chabang Hong Kong$4399
2019 Feb 08 47 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Tokyo Laem Chabang$11899
2019 Feb 08 25 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Hong Kong Laem Chabang$7299
2019 Feb 08 11 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Singapore Laem Chabang$3999
2019 Feb 19 25 days, one-way from Singapore to Tianjin Singapore$6399
2019 Mar 05 22 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo Hong Kong$5299
2019 Mar 05 11 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tianjin Hong Kong$2999
2019 Mar 16 11 days, one-way from Tianjin to Tokyo Tianjin$3499
2019 Mar 27 10 days, one-way from Tokyo to Kobe Tokyo$4599
2019 Apr 06 10 days, one-way from Kobe to Yokohama Kobe$4599
2019 Apr 16 10 days, one-way from Yokohama to Kobe Yokohama$4599
2019 May 06 28 days, one-way from Yokohama to Vancouver Yokohama$5199
2019 May 06 16 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seward Yokohama$1999
2019 May 22 12 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$3999
2019 Jun 03 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$3999
2019 Jun 14 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$4299
2019 Jun 25 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$4299
2019 Jul 06 12 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$4499
2019 Jul 18 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver
2019 Jul 29 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$4299
2019 Aug 09 11 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$4299
2019 Aug 20 11 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$4299
2019 Aug 31 12 days, round-trip Islands & Inlets of the Inside Passage Vancouver$4499
2019 Sep 12 65 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Juan Vancouver$15999
2019 Sep 12 22 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver$6399
2019 Sep 12 12 days, round-trip Islands & Inlets of the Inside Passage Vancouver$4499
2019 Sep 24 39 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Juan Vancouver$9999
2019 Sep 24 25 days, one-way from Vancouver to Puntarenas Vancouver$7099
2019 Sep 24 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver$3199
2019 Oct 04 15 days, one-way from San Diego to Puntarenas San Diego$4299
2019 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta San Diego$2499
2019 Oct 11 15 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to Colon Puerto Vallarta$4199
2019 Oct 19 21 days, one-way from Puntarenas to San Juan Puntarenas$4899
2019 Oct 19 14 days, one-way from Puntarenas to San Juan Puntarenas$3499
2019 Oct 19 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas$2299
2019 Oct 26 7 days, one-way from Colon to San Juan Colon$1599
2019 Nov 02 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$2899
2019 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands San Juan$1799
2019 Nov 09 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$2899
2019 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets San Juan$1799
2019 Nov 16 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$2899
2019 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands San Juan$1799
2019 Nov 23 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$2899
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets San Juan$1799
2019 Nov 30 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$2999
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands San Juan$1799
2019 Dec 07 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$3199
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets San Juan$1999
2019 Dec 14 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$3899
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands San Juan$1999
2019 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$4599
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets San Juan$2899
2019 Dec 28 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$3899
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands San Juan$2899
2020 Jan 04 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$3199
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets San Juan$1999
2020 Jan 11 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$3299
2020 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands San Juan$1999
2020 Jan 18 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$3499
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Jewels of the Windward Islands San Juan$2199
2020 Jan 25 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$3499
2020 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands San Juan$2199
2020 Feb 01 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards San Juan$3499
2020 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets San Juan$2199
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands San Juan$2199
2020 Feb 15 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown San Juan$2199
2020 Feb 22 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Juan Bridgetown$2199
2020 Feb 29 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown San Juan