We recently got around to updating our review of Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride, the first of the line’s so-called “Power Yachts.” Acquired from Seabourn, Star Pride and her sisters Star Breeze and Star Legend have given Windstar the flexibility to deploy its ships anywhere in the world, effectively doubling the line’s fleet within a single year.
Let’s take a look at this classic cruise ship that just seems to get better with age.
Star Pride Overview
Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride began her life in 1989 as Seabourn Pride, the first vessel built expressly for the then-newly formed Seabourn Cruise Line.
The sister to Seabourn Spirit and, later, Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Pride 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.
After entering service for Windstar back in 2014, Star Pride returned back to the fleet in June of 2016 after an extensive $4.5-million refurbishment that remodelled public spaces, suites and the ship’s outer decks. She now features the same amenities that her fleetmates Star Breeze and Star Legend received before they entered service, including an expanded pool deck that allows for full-sized loungers to be placed on the deck without impacting the ability of guests to walk past. The total investment Windstar has made on these three ships, acquired from Seabourn back in 2013, now exceeds $21.5 million dollars.
“We are extremely pleased with the extensive yacht refurbishment of Star Pride and are excited to be welcoming guests aboard in Windstar’s private yacht style as the Mediterranean cruise season gets under way,” remarked Andrew N. Todd, president and chief executive officer of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, parent company of Windstar Cruises.
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 Pride and her sisters are among Windstar Cruises’ most attractive and inviting ships.