Star Legend

Star Legend Ship Review

Star Legend. Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises.
Star Legend. Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises.

Star Legend Overview

Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend will be best known to some for her former incarnation as Seabourn Legend. The sister to Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Pride,  Seabourn Legend was the last ship of this class to join Seabourn Cruises in 1996, after having a brief stint with Royal Viking Line as Royal Viking Queen.

Movie buffs will also recognize Star Legend for her big on-screen role (as Seabourn Legend) in the 1997 film Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Like sister Star Breeze, Star Legend sports an unmistakable profile. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
…at anchor this morning in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. 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. These vessels became Star Breeze, 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 Legend features a 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  Legend is one of Windstar Cruises most attractive and inviting ships.

Star Legend Suites

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

Thanks to her luxury pedigree, the vast majority of suites aboard Star Legend 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 Legend 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 Legend. 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 Legend 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 Legend Public Rooms

The attractive Yacht Club on Deck 8 forward, photographed on sister-ship Star Breeze. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The attractive Yacht Club on Deck 8 forward, photographed on sister-ship Star Breeze. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

You’ll never have an issue finding a seat in your favorite public room aboard Star Legend. 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 Legend (photographs were shot aboard sister-ship, Star Breeze, but are representative of the identical Star Legend):

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 Legend together. 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 (free) rent. 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
The Show Lounge on Deck 5. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The Show Lounge on Deck 5. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Star Legend Dining

Dinners are typically taken in AmphorA, the main dining venue aboard Star Legend. Situated on Deck 3, AmphorA has been attractively refitted from the ship’s Seabourn days, and is now one of the most inviting public rooms aboard the vessel. A good number of seating options are available, from intimate tables for two to larger ones that can seat six to eight guests.

AmphorA, Deck 3. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
AmphorA, Deck 3. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
...before enjoying one last dinner onboard Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Casual meals are taken in The Veranda on Deck 7 aft, with buffet breakfast and buffet lunch being served here daily. The Veranda also offers a selection of a la carte menu items available for order directly from your waiter. In the evening, The Veranda turns into Candles, Windstar Cruises intimate, reservations-only dining venue. The atmosphere is intimate, with most guests dining outdoors on the stern of the ship, though indoor seating is also available. Reservations are required, but Candles is a complimentary dining venue.

Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Continental breakfast, sandwiches, and other quick bites are available in the Yacht Club on Deck 8 forward, and canapes are served throughout the vessel, typically starting around 6 p.m.

Room Service is also available to all guests.

Star Legend Internet

Sunset out on deck. I'm happy to say I read out here for two hours this afternoon...Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
A Pleasant Surprise: Wi-Fi internet reception even works out on the upper pool deck, Deck 8. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The ship’s internet works well, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the public rooms and suites. It’s not as fast as on land due to the ship’s satellite connection, but it’s snappier and more responsive than we would have expected. Prepaid internet tickets can be purchased from the Reception Desk, and are available as follows:

  • $60 Ticket: 200 Megabytes
  • $120 Ticket: 500 Megabytes
  • $250 Ticket – Unlimited Megabytes

The latter basically allows you to have unlimited internet access throughout the vessel for the duration of the voyage.

Flag Ceremony On Star Legend

Raising the flag, to the theme from 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Raising the flag, to the theme from 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

If you’ve sailed with Windstar before, you’ll know the act of setting sail is no ordinary departure: On Windstar, it’s a true event, accompanied by the raising of the sails to the thudding Vangelis score from the film 1492: Conquest of Paradise.

There’s just one problem: Star Legend and her two “power yacht” sisters have no sails.

Windstar thought of that, and solved the problem with a special flag raising ceremony that takes place on the forward radar mast just above the Star Bar on Deck 8. With the score to Conquest of Paradise playing over the ship’s new sound system, guests gather in the fluorescent glow of the lights and watch in awe as two crew members appeared beside the forward mast, raising the Windstar Cruises house flag up to the crest of the musical score. It’s not as impactful as watching the sails billow out on Windstar’s sailing ships, but it’s nice to see Windstar made the effort to carry on that tradition aboard its Power Yachts.

Star Legend Itineraries

After wintering in the Mediterranean, Windstar is sending Star Legend on some very cool itineraries that explore Iceland roundtrip from the capital of Reykjavik. She returns to the Mediterranean in the fall before sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to winter upon the sunny shores of the Caribbean.

Gratuities On Star Legend

...with a little help from my friend, Mr. Mojito. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Windstar recommends US$12 per guest, per day, which can be added to your onboard account and settled with cash or credit card. Though Windstar is not all-inclusive, Star Legend has beverage packages available for US$100 per stateroom.

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