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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: