Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride Cruise Ship Tour

Christened at a ceremony in Barcelona on May 5, 2014, the 212-passenger Star Pride is Windstar Cruises’ first new ship in nearly two decades. Originally launched in 1988, the Star Pride is a former Seabourn Cruise Line ship that Windstar has purchased and revamped. The Star Pride was built in Bremerhaven, Germany Windstar spent several weeks upgrading the Star Pride before putting it into service. The work included a major overhaul of the ship’s rear-facing lounge, the Compass Rose. The revamped bar area at the Compass Rose lounge now boasts a sleek, contemporary decor. Adjacent to the Compass Rose lounge is a small casino space with several table games and a room with seven slot machines. Table games at the Star Pride’s small casino area include roulette and blackjack. Also getting a major overhaul on the Star Pride was the ship’s forward observation lounge, now called The Yacht Club. The newly-named Yacht Club now offers a yacht-like decor that is in keeping with Windstar’s other vessels. Windstar added a small coffee bar to The Yacht Club, among other changes. The Yacht Club offers light snacks including sandwiches during the day. One space that has yet to get a major overhaul on the Star Pride is its main show lounge. The Star Pride features a main curving staircase that connects all six of its passenger decks. The winding staircase at the center of the Star Pride goes all the way up to the ship’s pool deck. The top deck of the Star Pride features a main sun deck with lounge chairs. Lounge chairs lined up along the main sun deck of the Star Pride. The lounge chairs on the main sun deck can be cleared away at night for deck-top events such as sailaway parties and barbecues. Blankets appear on the top deck of the Star Pride on chilly evenings. Two of three hot tubs on the Star Pride are located at the edge of its main sun deck. The two hot tubs on the sun deck can be covered to create a small stage area. The top deck of the Star Pride also has a small pool. The Star Pride’s pool is separated but not far from the main deck-top lounge area. A tiled artwork serves as a focal point above the Star Pride pool. Towels are available near the hot tubs on the main sun deck. A third hot tub and more lounge chairs are located at the very front of the ship in a secluded area on Deck 5. Another outdoor lounge area can be found on Deck 5 overlooking the back of the ship. The 9,975 ton Star Pride is 438 feet long and 67 feet wide. One of the iconic features of the Star Pride is its array of interior portholes on Deck 6 that offer an underwater view of the ship’s pool. Located at the very top of the ship on Deck 8 is the outdoor Star Bar. The deck-top Star Bar offers outdoor seating comprised of cushion-covered teak chairs and tables. A sitting area near the Star Bar. The Star Pride’s main dining room, the AmphorA Restaurant, is open daily. Located at the back of the ship, the casual Veranda eatery offers buffet breakfast and lunch. At night, it transforms into Candles, a full service specialty restaurant. The Veranda has outdoor as well as indoor seating. The small buffet station where breakfast and lunch is served at the Veranda. The small dessert area at the casual Veranda eatery. A promenade walkway encircles part of Deck 7. Among public areas on the Star Pride is a small library with books and DVDs that can be borrowed at no charge. A small reading lounge is located just off the ship’s library. The all-suite Star Pride features 106 cabins in all, starting at a generous 277 square feet in size. Here, one of 36 balcony suites that are designed with French balconies. Balcony suites have a built-in desk area with a television and DVD player in an adjacent nook. Balcony suites also feature a sitting area with sofa and chairs. Like other suites on the Star Pride, balcony suites have walk-in closets with ample storage space. Balcony suite bathrooms on the Star Pride are marble-lined and feature double sinks and a bathtub that doubles as a shower. The marble-lined bath tub in a balcony suite bathroom. Cabin bathrooms feature L’Occitane products. A built-in bar area is located near the seating area in cabins. The built-in bars in Star Pride cabins have miniature refrigerators with drinks that are available for an extra charge. Star Pride cabins have both European-style and U.S. style electrical outlets. Retro cool? One thing not yet updated in Star Pride cabins are the telephones, which date back to the ship’s debut in the 1980s. Balcony cabins feature French balconies — outdoor-facing glass doors that opening onto a railing to create the effect of a balcony. A French balcony on a balcony suite shown with the door in the open position. Every cabin on the Star Pride has a safe where passengers can store valuables. A sailaway party around the Star Bar. The Star Pride carries two teak-covered tender vessels that are used to transport passengers. The Star Pride’s WorldSpa has a hair salon and several treatment rooms. The fromt desk at the Star Pride WorldSpa. The WorldSpa includes saunas in the men’s and women’s changing rooms. The Star Pride’s fitness center offers cardio machines and free weights. A small card room is located on Deck 5 of the Star Pride near the reception area. A reception desk is located in the ship’s main lobby on Deck 5. Passengers can book shore excursions for an extra charge at the shore excursion desk located on Deck 5. A sitting area in the Star Pride’s main lobby. The Star Pride has a single retail space called the Signature Shop that opens when the vessel is at sea. The Star Pride has elevators both forward and aft connecting all passenger decks. A shuffleboard court is tucked into a forward area of the ship’s top decks. The ship’s bell can be found just outside the bridge. Star Pride cabins have yacht-like temperature gauges and barometers. Interior hallways on the Star Pride are adorned with photos of ports the ship will visit. A small internet cafe is located on Deck 5 near the reception desk. The view over the secluded lounge area with hot tub located at the front of the ship. The 212-passenger Star Pride docked in Barcelona for christening ceremonies on May 5, 2014. Star Pride godmother Nancy Anschutz, left, celebrates with Windstar executives and officers as a champagne bottle breaks against the hull of the 212-passenger Windstar vessel. A bottle of Veuve Clicquot crashes against Windstar’s Star Pride during a christening ceremony on May 5, 2014. Star Pride godmother Nancy Anschutz, left, with Windstar owner Philip Anschutz and Xanterra Parks & Resorts CEO Andy Todd at the christening of the ship on May 5, 2014. Nancy Anschutz, wife of Windstar Cruises owner Philip Anschutz, christens the line’s new Star Pride at a ceremony in Barcelona on May 5, 2014. Windstar Cruises CEO Hans Birkholz speaks at the christening of the line’s newest ship, the 212-passenger Star Pride. A portrait of Star Pride godmother Nancy Anschutz hangs in the hallway just outside the Yacht Club. The Star Pride docked in Barcelona in May 2014. The Star Pride docked in Portoferraio on the Italian island of Elba. A life buoy on the top deck of the Star Pride.

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