Star Breeze Ship Review

We’re fresh off of our journey through Costa Rica & Panama with Windstar Cruises aboard the intimate and luxurious Star Breeze, and we’ve taken the time to thoroughly update our Star Breeze Ship Review with new images, new information, and more details about what guests can expect onboard, from the ship’s spacious suites to the pricing of her onboard wi-fi internet packages.

If you see something we haven’t covered, let us know using the comment form below. In the meantime, enjoy our profile of the elegant Star Breeze.

Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze, photographed off Isla de Coiba, Panama. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Star Breeze Overview

Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze began her life in 1989 as Seabourn Spirit, the second launch vessel for the then newly formed Seabourn Cruise Line.

The sister to Seabourn Pride and, later, Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Spirit served Seabourn for well over 20 years. During that time, however, she was continually refitted. French balconies were added, as the ship’s original oceanview-only accommodations were falling out of style in the late 1990’s. Certain features were removed, while others were added.

Star Breeze still retains her sleek, distinctive lines. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Star Breeze still retains her sleek, distinctive lines. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Pride and Seabourn Legend were sold in bulk to Windstar Cruises, which acquired the three ships in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The latter two became Star Pride and Star Legend when they entered service for Windstar. Recently refitted by Seabourn before their transfers, the ships did require Windstar to do much work to do to the public spaces and staterooms onboard – but the line chose to embark on a multi-million-dollar refitting campaign that would make each of these three vessels unmistakably Windstar.

...the Star Breeze's marina platform was opened! Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Star Breeze stern-mounted marina platform. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

One feature that wasn’t removed were the ship’s retractable marina platforms mounted at the stern, which have been heavily copied ever since. This fits in perfectly with the Windstar mantra; each of the line’s existing three sail-motor ships includes a retractable marina.

Capable of carrying just 212 guests, Star Breeze is one of Windstar Cruises most attractive and inviting ships.

Star Breeze Suites

Windstar spent millions of dollars transforming Seabourn Spirit into its Star Breeze. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Windstar spent millions of dollars transforming Seabourn Spirit into its Star Breeze. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Thanks to her luxury pedigree, the vast majority of suites aboard Star Breeze come in at 277 square feet. These feel substantially larger still thanks to a great layout that includes a full seating area near the window complete with a plush couch on one side and two chairs and an end table on the other. In the center: an oversized coffee table. With three separate lighting options, this is the ultimate seaside reading nook.

My Category S3 Oceanview Suite on Deck 6 measures 277 square feet. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Category S3 Oceanview Suite #303 on Deck 6 measures 277 square feet. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The reverse angle: looking back towards the bathroom, closet and entry door in S3 Oceanview Suite 303, starboard side, forward. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The reverse angle: looking back towards the bathroom, closet and entry door in S3 Oceanview Suite 303, starboard side, forward. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Windstar has made significant changes to suites onboard following the transfer of Star Breeze from Seabourn. New fabrics, furniture and soft furnishings have been added. Windstar replaced the headboards, and added new direct and indirect light sources in the form of bedside lamps and reading lights. Carpets have been redone. Furniture is new. Drapes have been swapped out. In essence, you’d never know your suite is coming up on the anniversary of its third decade in service.

Bathrooms feature dual-vanity sinks....Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Bathrooms feature dual-vanity sinks … Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Star Breeze features marble baths in all of her accommodations. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
… and marble baths in all of her accommodations. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
..and French-milled L'Occitane toiletries, which grace each suite category aboard Star Breeze. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
French-milled L’Occitane toiletries, which grace each suite category aboard Star Breeze. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

On the bathroom front, expect a spacious, marble-clad bathroom complete with a tub-shower combo and a dual vanity sink. Shelves are available on either side of the vanity, with additional storage behind a mirrored glass panel located on the inside of the room opposite the sink and door. Toiletries are Windstar-standard: French-milled L’Occitane products grace the bathroom in every suite category.

Star Breeze also offers two 575-square foot Owner’s Suites, and a handful of Classic Suites that range in size from 400 square feet to 530 square feet.

Star Breeze Public Rooms

Star Breeze Atrium, Deck 7. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Star Breeze Atrium, Deck 7. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

You’ll never have an issue finding a seat in your favorite public room aboard Star Breeze. Anchored by an attractive Atrium that rises four decks in height, almost all public rooms are situated aft of the atrium, with the lone exception being the Yacht Club all the way forward on Deck 8.

A look at the Public Rooms aboard Star Breeze:

The Compass Rose Lounge, Deck 6 Aft. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The Compass Rose Lounge, Deck 6 Aft. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Atrium Blues: nearly every square inch of Star Breeze was heavily refitted by Windstar Cruises. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
A central Atrium links the public rooms aboard Star Breeze together. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
...the Yacht Club on Deck 8 forward. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The Yacht Club on Deck 8 forward. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Our first stop... Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Light bites are served here throughout the day, along with beverages. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Tucked away on Deck 6 aft, starboard side, is a cozy and well-stocked library featuring books and DVD's for (free) rent. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Tucked away on Deck 6 aft, starboard side, is a cozy and well-stocked library featuring books and DVD’s for complimentary usage. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
...stop by the Spa on Deck 7....Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The Windstar Spa on Deck 7 forward features treatment rooms and a rather large fitness center. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
A small but functional Gift Shop is located on Deck 6 adjacent to the Atrium. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
A small but functional Gift Shop is located on Deck 6 adjacent to the Atrium. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Also on Deck 6, a small Screening Room where lectures, games and, yes, movies are held. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Also on Deck 6, a small Screening Room where lectures, games and, yes, movies are held. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

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