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Star Of The Caribbean

Windstar's yacht-like Star Legend offers genteel journeys to off-the-beaten-track destinations

Vacation Agent | Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Brian Major

Star Of The Caribbean

Windstar Cruises’ 212-passenger Star Legend is aimed at the traveler seeking casual, intimate luxury – and it delivers on nearly every front.

The ship’s guest capacity offers a stark contrast to the 2,000-plus passenger vessels that define much of the contemporary cruise scene. Yet Star Legend is large and luxurious enough so that every passenger can enjoy space and service levels typically associated with a private yacht. Late last year, Windstar completed an $8.5 million renovation that has revitalized this boutique luxury vessel.


Star Legend’s two 575-square-foot Owner’s Suites offer the ship’s highest-level accommodations. They are equipped with separate living rooms and dining areas, full master baths and separate powder rooms and verandas.

The most common accommodations are the 64 Balcony Ocean suites, which measure 277 square feet. These staterooms feature picture windows, queen-sized beds (which can be separated as twins) and full-sized bathtubs and showers.

All of Star Legend’s accommodations include flat-screen televisions and DVD players, walk-in closets, waffle weave robes and slippers, safes, direct-dial telephones, L’Occitane bathroom amenities, and fully stocked mini-bars and refrigerators


Windstar voyages include all meals in all venues at all times, including 24-hour room service. Nonalcoholic beverages – espresso, cappuccino and other specialty nonalcoholic drinks – are also included. All voyages feature exclusive private events for passengers, including a champagne welcome reception and an onboard deck barbecue. The ship is equipped with a watersports platform, and guests have unlimited use of all watersports equipment.


Star Legend features instrumentalists and small groups in select ports of call. The most engaging entertainment is the crew talent show, where shipboard staff strut their stuff. The ship also features a fully equipped library with a large collection of DVDs for guests looking to unwind in their staterooms.


Star Legend’s “San Juan & The Virgin Islands” itinerary features several small islands offering experiences inaccessible to larger cruise ships. The highlight of the itinerary is a weekly call at Little Bay, Montserrat. Star Legend is the first cruise ship to call at this one-time Caribbean travel hot spot in nearly 25 years.

Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills volcano erupted on July 18, 1995, leveling the 40-square-mile island’s southern half, including the capital city of Plymouth and the main seaport. In the days that followed, Montserrat’s southern region was evacuated and an exclusion zone was created. Star Legend passengers can visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, which features an observation deck offering sweeping views of the exclusion zone.


Star Legend’s AmphorA Restaurant serves dinner nightly in an open-seating atmosphere. The Veranda indoor/outdoor eatery on the ship’s aft deck serves casual buffet breakfast and lunch.

In the evening the space converts to Candles, which offers al fresco dining, weather permitting. The Yacht Club features a coffee bar plus continental breakfast and snacks. Room service is available 24/7.


With its small size, contemporary décor, upscale amenities, services and cuisine, Star Legend is well positioned to cater to your upscale clients who are seasoned travelers. Star Legend guests are typically couples between 40 and 70 years old. Many are experienced cruisers and most are interested in the arts, environmental issues, and food and wine.


Guests booking the Ocean View Suites on either the port or starboard side of the ship will enjoy sweeping views from their secluded verandas. Windstar guests can also visit the captain in the open bridge at any time while the ship is at sea – an opportunity not usually afforded to guests on other ships.


Star Legend is designed to feel like a private yacht and largely succeeds. There are no crowds or formal nights. The ship’s size enables it to visit off-the-beaten-track itineraries not served by mainstream cruise lines.


Cruise line: Windstar Cruises

Ship: Star Legend Size: 212 passengers maximum, 9,975 gross registered tons;440 feet long.

Entered Service: Launched in 1991 as Royal Viking Qeen.

Itinerary: "San Juan & Virgin Islands" departs roundtrip from San Juan and calls at Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico; Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; Little Bay, Montserrat; Marigot, St. Martin; Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I.; and Prickly Pear Beach, Virgin Gorda.

Price: Seven-night fall and winter "San Juan & The Virgin Island" voyages range between $1,499 and $2,499 per person.

Contact info: Visit or call 877-689-5083

Windstar to Unveil Group Component to Fams

Windstar Cruises is developing a new travel agent program that will include a groups component and fam trips. The Star Groups Programs offers bonus commission opportunities, tour conductor credits with as few as five staterooms booked, savings and other amenities. There are two levels of benefits, depending on the group date selected. The Star Group Dates offer a 5 percent fare discount, a tour conductor (TC) berth for nine guests booked, $100 shipboard credit per person, and a complimentary cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres for a minimum of 18 guests.

The Star Advantage Group Dates include a 10 percent discount, one TC berth for nine guests booked, $100 per person shipboard credit, a cocktail party with hors d'oeuvers for 18-plus guests minimum, and a $100-per-person travel agent bonus commission. A TC credit has to be earned for the bonus commission to be paid. The new Star FAM program includes select dates through 2016; agents just pay non-discountable amounts (NDAs), gratuities, port charges and taxes. Visit

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Vacation Agent Magazine

A version of this article appears in print in the June 2016 issue of Vacation Agent Magazine.


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