Star Legend Review and Specifications
Specifications of Star Legend
|Year built||1992 / Age : 28|
|Builder||Schichau Seebeckwerft (Bremerhaven, Germany)|
|Class||Star Ship megayacht|
|Building cost||USD 87 million (2020 Star Plus drydock USD 84 million / EUR 75 million)|
|Owner||Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc|
|Speed||15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph|
|Length (LOA)||159 m / 522 ft|
|Beam (width)||19 m / 62 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||12995 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||Star Breeze (Seabourn Spirit), Star Pride (Seabourn Pride)|
|Former names||Royal Viking Queen, Queen Odyssey, Seabourn Legend|
|Christened by||Gloria Bohan|
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 travel brand operating a fleet of smaller-sized ships (mega-yachts) with capacity up to 310 passengers. The company call at 150 ports throughout the 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).
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 a computer hacker (Willem Dafoe), who had set the ship on a collision course with a 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 in 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.
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 is the Owner’s Suite (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 travellers 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 bread, 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 transforms 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 onboard Star Legend are very limited and range from food market purchases to performances by local musicians. Public areas include the casino, library, computer centre, WindSpa, fitness centre, pool and three whirlpool tubs.
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, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking; the ship provides water rafts, wakeboards, paddleboards 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 theatre/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 exercise 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).
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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.
WINDSTAR cruise ship reconstructions 2019-2020 drydock refurbishments review
On November 15, 2018, Windstar Cruises announced company's "Star Plus Initiative" - drydock refit and refurbishment program budgeted USD 250 million. The project was partially financed through Export Credit facility guaranteed by SACE Italy (financial and insurance products and services). The "Star Plus" drydocking project includes enlarging (stretching) and engine upgrades for fleet's three Star-Class vessels (in brackets - completion dates) - Star Breeze (February 20, 2020), Star Legend (July 2, 2020) and Star Pride (November 20, 2020).
Windstar's "Star Plus" project increased the fleet's capacity by 24%. When completed, the project resulted in bigger capacity (254 to 320 passengers, 140 to 190 crew), increased GT tonnage/volume (9975 to 12995 tons), increased length (134 to 159 m), more staterooms (106 to 156), adding new venues and public spaces, machinery upgrades (new Wartsila marine diesel engines). The project was scheduled for the period October 2019 through November 2020, at Fincantieri's shipyards in Palermo (Sicily Island, Italy) and Trieste (Italy).
The ships' drydock lengthening includes cutting each vessel in two and installing a new (prefabricated) midship section with length 25 m (83 ft). Vessel's LOA length was increased from 134 m (439 ft) to 159 m (522). The midship section has an additional elevator. These sections were built (pre-fabricated and assembled) in Trieste, then barged to Palermo to be inserted into the vessels.
Following the drydocks, each ship now has 2 new dining venues (Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso, Star Grill by Steven Raichlen), new / expanded retail shopping space (Signature Shop), enlarged Gym (Fitness Center with Motion Studio for classes), expanded wellness complex (WindSpa by Steiner), new bar lounge (deck 5), larger sundeck and swimming pool (deck 7), new tender loading area (deck 3 midship), two new tender boats (90-seat each), new whirlpool and enlarged swimming pool (on deck 8), expanded and upgraded staff-crew areas and crew cabins. The two new dining venues are a specialty restaurant (Cuadro 44, aft-portside on deck 6, the former Casino area) and a casual outdoor BBQ restaurant (Star Grill, adjacent to Star Bar on deck 8).
Ship's powerplant was upgraded from four Bergen diesel engines (model B33:45, combined power output 7,3 MW) to 4x Wartsila engines (model Wartsila 46F, combined output 5 MW) running on the cleaner ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel) fuel.
Each liner received 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 Midship Owner Suites and two enlarged Forward Grand Owner Suites - all located on Deck 6. All existing staterooms were completely refurbished, including bathrooms, balconies, sliding doors, furniture, equipment. The new public spaces and staterooms were designed by the NYC-based "The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry".
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Sep 05||8 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice||Civitavecchia||$4399|
|2020 Sep 13||7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$3999|
|2020 Sep 20||10 days, round-trip Ancient Wonders Of Greece & Ephesus||Piraeus||$5999|
|2020 Sep 30||7 days, round-trip Treasures Of The Greek Isles||Piraeus||$5399|
|2020 Oct 07||10 days, round-trip Ancient Wonders Of Greece & Ephesus||Piraeus||$5999|
|2020 Oct 17||10 days, round-trip Greece Via The Corinth Canal & Turkey: The Marvels Of Ancient Rivals||Piraeus||$5899|
|2020 Oct 17||20 days, round-trip Star Collector: Pyramids, Parthenon & Jerusalem Walls||Piraeus||$11199|
|2020 Oct 27||17 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$8399|
|2020 Oct 27||10 days, round-trip Greece, Israel & Egypt: Footsteps Of Faith In The Holy Lands||Piraeus||$6199|
|2020 Nov 06||7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$2999|
|2020 Nov 06||14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona||Piraeus||$4399|
|2020 Nov 13||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$2399|
|2020 Nov 13||17 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon||Civitavecchia||$4399|
|2020 Nov 20||10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon||Barcelona||$2999|
|2020 Nov 20||23 days, one-way from Barcelona to San Juan||Barcelona||$2999|
|2020 Nov 30||13 days, one-way from Lisbon to San Juan||Lisbon||$1599|
|2020 Dec 13||10 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami||San Juan||$2199|
|2020 Dec 23||10 days, round-trip Jungles & Jewels Of The Central American Coast||Miami||$3999|
|2021 Jan 02||10 days, one-way from Miami to Colon||Miami||$3599|
|2021 Jan 02||21 days, one-way from Miami to Puntarenas||Miami||$6199|
|2021 Jan 12||11 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$4099|
|2021 Jan 23||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2699|
|2021 Jan 30||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2699|
|2021 Feb 06||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2699|
|2021 Feb 13||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2699|
|2021 Feb 20||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2699|
|2021 Feb 27||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2699|
|2021 Mar 06||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2699|
|2021 Mar 13||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2499|
|2021 Mar 20||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2499|
|2021 Mar 20||17 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Miami||Puntarenas||$4799|
|2021 Mar 27||10 days, one-way from Colon to Miami||Colon||$3499|
|2021 Mar 27||23 days, one-way from Colon to Lisbon||Colon||$3499|
|2021 Apr 06||23 days, one-way from Miami to Barcelona||Miami||$3499|
|2021 Apr 06||13 days, one-way from Miami to Lisbon||Miami||$1699|
|2021 Apr 19||10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona||Lisbon||$3499|
|2021 Apr 29||23 days, one-way from Barcelona to Amsterdam||Barcelona||$6699|
|2021 May 11||19 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Copenhagen||Bordeaux||$6699|
|2021 May 11||11 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Amsterdam||Bordeaux||$3999|
|2021 May 22||15 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Stockholm||Amsterdam||$6999|
|2021 May 22||8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Copenhagen||Amsterdam||$4199|
|2021 May 30||7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm||Copenhagen||$3999|
|2021 Jun 06||18 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen||Stockholm||$8499|
|2021 Jun 06||10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen||Stockholm||$5499|
|2021 Jun 16||8 days, round-trip Norway’S Famous Fjords||Copenhagen||$4499|
|2021 Jun 16||18 days, one-way from Copenhagen to London Tilbury||Copenhagen||$8299|
|2021 Jun 24||10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to London Tilbury||Copenhagen||$5299|
|2021 Jun 24||20 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Dublin||Copenhagen||$9199|
|2021 Jul 04||18 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Leith-Edinburgh||London Tilbury||$8799|
|2021 Jul 04||10 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Dublin||London Tilbury||$5499|
|2021 Jul 14||16 days, one-way from Dublin to Copenhagen||Dublin||$7899|
|2021 Jul 14||8 days, one-way from Dublin to Leith-Edinburgh||Dublin||$4799|
|2021 Jul 22||8 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Copenhagen||Leith-Edinburgh||$4499|
|2021 Jul 22||15 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Stockholm||Leith-Edinburgh||$7199|
|2021 Jul 30||7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm||Copenhagen||$3999|
|2021 Aug 06||10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen||Stockholm||$5499|
|2021 Aug 16||7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm||Copenhagen||$3999|
|2021 Aug 16||18 days, one-way from Copenhagen to London Tilbury||Copenhagen||$8799|
|2021 Aug 23||11 days, one-way from Stockholm to London Tilbury||Stockholm||$6299|
|2021 Aug 23||24 days, one-way from Stockholm to London Tilbury||Stockholm||$9999|
|2021 Sep 05||11 days, round-trip Belles Of The British Isles||London Tilbury||$5699|
|2021 Sep 05||22 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Lisbon||London Tilbury||$7799|
|2021 Sep 16||11 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Lisbon||London Tilbury||$3499|
|2021 Sep 16||21 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Barcelona||London Tilbury||$5999|
|2021 Sep 27||18 days, one-way from Lisbon to Piraeus||Lisbon||$7799|
|2021 Sep 27||10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona||Lisbon||$3999|
|2021 Oct 07||8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus||Barcelona||$5199|
|2021 Oct 15||10 days, round-trip Greece Via The Corinth Canal & Turkey: The Marvels Of Ancient Rivals||Piraeus||$5999|
|2021 Oct 25||18 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona||Piraeus||$7299|
|2021 Oct 25||10 days, round-trip Greece, Israel & Egypt: Footsteps Of Faith In The Holy Lands||Piraeus||$5799|
|2021 Nov 04||20 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lisbon||Piraeus||$6199|
|2021 Nov 04||8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona||Piraeus||$3999|
|2021 Nov 12||27 days, one-way from Barcelona to Miami||Barcelona||$3699|
|2021 Nov 12||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon||Barcelona||$3699|
|2021 Nov 24||15 days, one-way from Lisbon to Miami||Lisbon||$1999|
|2021 Nov 24||25 days, one-way from Lisbon to Miami||Lisbon||$3299|
|2021 Dec 09||10 days, round-trip Jungles & Jewels Of The Central American Coast||Miami||$3299|
|2021 Dec 19||17 days, one-way from Miami to Puntarenas||Miami||$4299|
|2021 Dec 19||10 days, one-way from Miami to Colon||Miami||$2399|
|2021 Dec 29||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2999|
|2022 Jan 05||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas|
|2022 Feb 05||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2699|
|2022 Feb 12||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2699|
|2022 Feb 19||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2699|
|2022 Feb 26||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2699|
|2022 Mar 05||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2699|
|2022 Mar 12||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2699|
|2022 Mar 19||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2699|
|2022 Mar 26||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2699|
|2022 Mar 26||17 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Miami||Puntarenas||$4099|
|2022 Apr 02||10 days, one-way from Colon to Miami||Colon||$2399|
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