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  1. Viking Ocean 19.95 pp, pd. Wine and cheer included with meals.
  2. The Heineken draft was $5. They may have had Stella on draft for 5.50. There was so much change in the drinks and drink pkg, it's hard to be specific. We were on the package so, we didn't pay a lot of attention to the price. 8.50 - 8.95 seems about right. I don't have a copy of the current bar menu, just what's included in the drink package. Sorry.
  3. Wow, the answer is YES, per the Windstar Press release May 2, 2018 BUT, generally, the agents in Seattle are clueless. I'm sure it's not their fault. We gave up on Seattle and decided to book onboard. The Bar Manager "acted" clueless but, we did get the $5 pp, per day. The cost: the price of the liquor package went up from $52 to $59, the day we boarded the Pride. So by not booking with clueless Seattle, the Star Collector discount cost us money to take advantage of. If all was right in Windstar world, we would have pre paid $52 pp, per day minus $5 for a daily fee of $47. Price increase Feb 2, the day we boarded Pride. Liquor package now $59 minus a hard fought for $5 Star Collector discount for a daily fee of $54. So, our Star Collector discount cost us $7× 2 persons x 14 days for a grand discount of minus $196. Great Perk, NOT
  4. Some times you roll the dice. We wanted to wait to book the package on board because we were going on a Star Collector cruise where there is suppossed to be a $5 per person discount off the beverage package. Seattle seemed clueless. We were hopeful the Bar Manager on the Pride would be more familiar. Big mistake, sort of. We got the $5 per person discount on the package but, as we boarded they were breaking out the brand new sign stating that the top tier beverage package went up $7. Net to us: a loss of $2 pp, per day by waiting to get the Star Collector discount.
  5. Good for you. Your the first, that I know of, that has been able to get the second page of the new drink package.
  6. Sounds like identical experiences. I think the crew was a little embarrassed because of the way it was handled.
  7. Sorry, I don't have a copy of the new menu. I am 99% sure that most of the hard liquors haven't changed much. The biggest change was the wines available in the package and individual non package drink prices are up.
  8. They are NOT charging for soft drinks as of February 2019.
  9. Despite what Windstar told you, those menus and prices are woefully out of date. Just back from 2 weeks on Star Pride. You would do well to find a glass of wine for under $9 and the brand of wines listed are no longer valid.
  10. Wow, that is an accomplishment. Very skinny and steep boarding ladderway. We're too old to be lugging 50 pounds of luggage up that awkward entry.
  11. This bar menu is no longer valid. See my post on page 2. The Beverage Packages, Prices (package and per drink) have gone up and the listed wines have changed due to Windstar's contracts with providers. My favorite, Oberon, is no longer available. Additionally, if you are picky about your drinks, you need to be aware that just because it's on the "menu" doesn't mean it's included in the package. That has also changed. Now, there is a specific list of what you can have.
  12. We did a 2 week star Collector cruise on the Pride in February. It was a strange cruise, from a liquor package perspective. First issue was a surprise price increase on the top level beverage package and the elimination of the middle tier. It had gone up about $7 (along with the obvious tip increase) taking the package to $59 plus gratuity. Wines available in the first week were not available the second week. The usual "any wine under $11.50 per glass is included in the beverage package" is no longer true. I ordered a wine that was $11.50 and the Bar tender said it was not included in the package. I said that the menu says it's $11.50 so, it should be covered. He presented me with a brand new list of included wines. It is rather limited in quantity and even more limited by "We don't have any of that". Kind of a disappointing development and worst of all, an unannounced, unadvertised change, particularly to already booked guests. So, do your research thoroughly...... just because a wine is on a bar menu, it does not mean it's part of the "new"2019 beverage package.
  13. I'm sure this could vary from ship to ship and port to port but our one experience on Windstar was the Pride R/T San Juan. Hotel checkout time was 11 am. Ship boarding was 1 pm. The luggage drop off is a very simple process but, there was no way to do it until they opened the pier at 1pm. We sat on benches outside the pier, with our luggage, until 1.
  14. We did both in 2018. January for the West Indies Explorer and October/November for the New York, Bermuda. We aren't going to be much help because we just like to cruise and have seen the Caribbean, over and over. We are always attracted by a cruise to/from NYC. To us, it's a beautiful port entry/departure. Although expensive, NYC offers a great opportunity to add on to your vacation. Viking overnights in NYC and San Juan on the New York, Bermuda cruise. That's another plus for us. As you mentioned, the NYC cruise is 4 days longer. I'd go for the length of the cruise plus NYC over St. Lucia and Barbados.
  15. We have been upgraded when purchasing a "Guarantee" cabin and we have been "upgraded" through an extremely reasonable upsell to an Explorers Suite, from a PV3. The upscale offer was one week before sailing. Having said the above, I agree, no one has figured out the comings and goings of the upgrade fairy.
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