Built in 1992 as the all-suite, all-inclusive Seabourn Legend for Seabourn Cruise Line, this was then one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world. In early 2015, the now-seasoned, somewhat tired ship was transferred to sister-line Windstar Cruises and renamed Star Legend. Today, the 212-passenger Star Legend has been refurbished and looks pretty good for her age. Unlike on the line’s older ships, there are two dining venues, one for fine dining and another casual indoor/outdoor venue at the stern that serves romantic à la carte dinners under the stars.
What We Love
Complimentary Treats: The line often throws in a complimentary experience, so you might enjoy an elaborate barbecue on a remote beach or a private dinner at the stunning ruins of Ephesus. In addition, fares include all nonalcoholic drinks, from bottled water to sodas and specialty coffees.
Appealing Deals: Promotions offering free shore excursions are common, as are deals eliminating or greatly reducing the single supplement, so solo travelers can cruise without paying the double occupancy rate.
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Roomy Suites: All staterooms onboard are suites, and each measures at least 277 square feet. Guests rave about the walk-in closets and marble-clad bathrooms, which come with L’Occitane toiletries, double sinks, and both a tub and a shower.
No Jackets Required: You can leave the fussy duds at home, though most passengers still dress elegantly in nice pants and shirts, or dresses.
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Who It's Best For
Older Duos: Mature couples like the luxurious, roomy cabins and the line’s doting service.
Luxury-Seekers Looking for Value: Star Legend runs cheaper than rivals Silversea, Seabourn, and Regent Seven Seas, because, for one thing, wine and spirits aren’t included in the fares.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
“French Balconies” Aren’t Balconies: Let’s just call them what they are: sliding glass doors with a ledge and a railing. About one-third of the suites have them, and the others have windows.
The Pool Is Always Shaded: Two imposing smokestacks flank the poor little pool that, unfortunately, sees little sun.
Heidi Sarna is a Singapore-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today.
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Star Legend at a Glance
- Line: Windstar Cruises
- Class: Star
- Number of Passengers: 212
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 1992
- Refurbish Date: 2015