Star Pride Review and Specifications
Specifications of Star Pride
|Year built||1988 / Age : 31|
|Builder||Schichau Seebeckwerft (Bremerhaven, Germany)|
|Building cost||USD 50 million|
|Owner||Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc|
|Speed||19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph|
|Length (LOA)||133 m / 436 ft|
|Beam (width)||21 m / 69 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||9975 gt|
|Passengers||212 - 254|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||Seabourn Pride|
|Christened by||Nancy Anschutz|
Current itinerary of Star Pride
Star Pride current cruise is 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles. The itinerary starts on 12 Jan, 2019 and ends on 26 Jan, 2019.
|Date / Time||Port|
|12 Jan 18:00||Departing from Bridgetown, Barbados|
|13 Jan 08:00 - 19:00||Bequia Island, Port Elizabeth, Grenadines|
|14 Jan 07:00 - 22:00||Castries, St Lucia Island|
|15 Jan 09:00 - 18:00||Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe|
|16 Jan 08:00 - 22:00||Basseterre, St Kitts Island|
|17 Jan 08:00 - 22:00||Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy Island|
|18 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Virgin Gorda Island, Spanish Town, BVI|
|19 Jan 07:00 - 21:00||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|20 Jan 08:00 - 18:00||Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI|
|21 Jan 08:00 - 22:00||Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles|
|22 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Montserrat Island, Little Bay|
|23 Jan 08:00 - 18:00||Roseau, Dominica|
|24 Jan 08:00 - 18:00||Pigeon Island, Rodney Bay, St Lucia|
|25 Jan 08:00 - 13:00||St Georges, Grenada|
|26 Jan 05:00||Arriving in Bridgetown, Barbados|
Review of Star Pride
Launched in 1988 as Seabourn Pride, Star Pride cruise ship is the first of all three identical Windstar yachts - together with the fleetmates Star Breeze (ex-Seabourn Spirit) and Star Legend (ex-Seabourn Legend).
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).
The 9,975-ton, 212-passenger cruise ship Star Pride was purchased by Windstar Cruises in 2013. The vessel was then leased back to Seabourn (her operator since 1988) for a further year until the completion of the transfer in May, 2014. Star Pride set sail as the first Windstar new power yacht, out of three. With just 212 guests, Windstar Pride ship makes her passengers feel like they’re on board a private yacht of their own.
Cruise itinerary program
Star Pride itinerary program is based on luxury Asia cruises with departures from Singapore and Hong Kong. The Windstar Pride ship also sails in the Eastern Mediterranean from Venice, Athens/Piraeus and Istanbul, with Suez Canal transit on repositioning.
All Star Pride 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 Pride are the Owner’s Suites (575 ft2).
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Star Pride 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 fourteen-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 Pride 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
While Star Pride offers the signature Windstar experiences (as the famous deck barbecue), she also promotes company’s product development initiative – intimate access to call ports, themed sailings and active interaction with villagers. Activities on board 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. The marina offers complimentary watersport equipment.
Follows the complete list of Star Pride 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 Pride wiki
Star Pride was acquired from Seabourn Cruises and renamed from "Seabourn Pride". In 2013, Windstar announced that Seabourn Pride will be renamed "Star Pride" in May 2014. The ship left Seabourn on March 30, 2014, and entered Windstar's fleet on May 5. Seabourn Pride, just like the sisterships, was fitted with LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) - a non-lethal method created to fend off attackers.
In 2006, an article at the Forbes website declared Seabourn Pride's "New Year Cruise" the world's most expensive one in its cruising category.
Ship's June 2016 drydock refurbishment cost USD 4.5 million and included full renovation of 2x Owner Suites (cabin amenities, fore-located private sundecks), redesigned AmphorA restaurant, renovated public spaces (Screening Room, Reception, lobby area, corridors and hallways). Ship's two Owner Suites were fully renovated, including their fore-located private sundecks.
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 Pride Itineraries
The below listed Star Pride 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|
|2018 Dec 08||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards||San Juan|
|2018 Dec 15||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards||San Juan|
|2018 Dec 15||7 days, round-trip James Beard Foundation: Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets||San Juan|
|2018 Dec 22||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Lovely Leewards||San Juan|
|2018 Dec 22||7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands||San Juan|
|2018 Dec 29||7 days, round-trip Windward Islands Surf & Sunsets||San Juan|
|2019 Jan 05||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles||San Juan|
|2019 Jan 05||7 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown||San Juan||$1499|
|2019 Jan 12||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles||Bridgetown|
|2019 Jan 12||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Juan||Bridgetown||$1699|
|2019 Jan 19||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles||San Juan|
|2019 Jan 19||7 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown||San Juan||$1499|
|2019 Jan 26||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles||Bridgetown|
|2019 Jan 26||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Juan||Bridgetown||$1799|
|2019 Feb 02||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles||San Juan||$3599|
|2019 Feb 02||7 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown||San Juan||$1799|
|2019 Feb 09||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles||Bridgetown||$3999|
|2019 Feb 09||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Juan||Bridgetown||$2199|
|2019 Feb 16||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles||San Juan||$3599|
|2019 Feb 16||7 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown||San Juan||$1799|
|2019 Feb 23||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Juan||Bridgetown|
|2019 Mar 02||7 days, round-trip San Juan & the Virgin Islands||San Juan|
|2019 Mar 09||23 days, one-way from San Juan to Lisbon||San Juan||$3599|
|2019 Mar 09||10 days, round-trip Gems of the Leeward Islands||San Juan||$2599|
|2019 Mar 19||13 days, one-way from San Juan to Lisbon||San Juan||$1599|
|2019 Apr 12||15 days, one-way from Lisbon to Civitavecchia||Lisbon||$4399|
|2019 Apr 12||8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona||Lisbon||$2599|
|2019 Apr 20||7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$2499|
|2019 May 04||17 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$8799|
|2019 May 04||7 days, round-trip Treasures of the Greek Isles||Piraeus||$4899|
|2019 May 11||10 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$4899|
|2019 May 21||7 days, round-trip Rome & Grand Prix of Monaco||Civitavecchia|
|2019 May 28||15 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon||Civitavecchia||$5699|
|2019 May 28||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$5399|
|2019 Jun 04||8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon||Barcelona||$3199|
|2019 Jun 12||8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Dublin||Lisbon||$2899|
|2019 Jun 20||16 days, one-way from Dublin to Copenhagen||Dublin||$6699|
|2019 Jun 20||8 days, one-way from Dublin to Leith-Edinburgh||Dublin|
|2019 Jun 28||18 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Stockholm||Leith-Edinburgh||$7199|
|2019 Jun 28||8 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Copenhagen||Leith-Edinburgh||$4199|
|2019 Jul 06||10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm||Copenhagen|
|2019 Jul 16||15 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen||Stockholm||$6299|
|2019 Jul 16||7 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen||Stockholm||$3799|
|2019 Jul 23||18 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm||Copenhagen||$6499|
|2019 Jul 23||8 days, round-trip Norway’s Famous Fjords||Copenhagen||$3599|
|2019 Jul 31||10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm||Copenhagen||$4299|
|2019 Aug 10||18 days, one-way from Stockholm to Reykjavik||Stockholm||$7199|
|2019 Aug 10||8 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen||Stockholm||$2599|
|2019 Aug 18||37 days, one-way from Helsingor to Montreal||Helsingor||$13099|
|2019 Aug 18||25 days, one-way from Helsingor to New York||Helsingor||$8899|
|2019 Aug 18||10 days, one-way from Helsingor to Reykjavik||Helsingor||$5499|
|2019 Aug 28||27 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Montreal||Reykjavik||$7799|
|2019 Aug 28||15 days, one-way from Reykjavik to New York||Reykjavik||$4899|
|2019 Sep 12||12 days, one-way from New York to Montreal||New York||$3899|
|2019 Sep 24||10 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston||Montreal||$4499|
|2019 Oct 04||10 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal||Boston||$4499|
|2019 Oct 14||30 days, one-way from Montreal to Bridgetown||Montreal||$6999|
|2019 Oct 14||23 days, one-way from Montreal to San Juan||Montreal||$5399|
|2019 Oct 14||12 days, one-way from Montreal to New York||Montreal||$4799|
|2019 Oct 26||18 days, one-way from New York to Bridgetown||New York||$3199|
|2019 Oct 26||11 days, one-way from New York to San Juan||New York||$1999|
|2019 Nov 06||14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Comprehensive Lesser Antilles||San Juan||$3199|
|2019 Nov 13||24 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Puntarenas||Bridgetown||$6399|
|2019 Nov 13||14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Colon||Bridgetown||$3399|
|2019 Nov 13||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Juan||Bridgetown||$1999|
|2019 Nov 20||17 days, one-way from San Juan to Puntarenas||San Juan||$4799|
|2019 Nov 20||7 days, one-way from San Juan to Colon||San Juan||$1999|
|2019 Nov 27||10 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$3699|
|2019 Dec 07||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2499|
|2019 Dec 14||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2499|
|2019 Dec 21||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2999|
|2019 Dec 28||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2999|
|2020 Jan 04||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2499|
|2020 Jan 11||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$2599|
|2020 Jan 18||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$2599|