Star Breeze Arrives in Quepos, Costa Rica

Hola, Star Breeze! Photographed at anchor off Quepos, Costa Rica on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Hola, Star Breeze! Photographed at anchor off Quepos, Costa Rica on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

This morning, Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze arrived at her first port of call on our weeklong Costa Rica & Panama itinerary that will conclude with a transit of the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal.

Today, though, we’ve arrived at our anchorage off Quepos, Costa Rica -a former banana exporting capital turned sleepy paradise. With 22,000 inhabitants, the town is about 60 kilometres from the capital, San Jose – if you could drive in a straight line. Thanks to Costa Rica’s notoriously labyrinthine highway system, you’d have to drive nearly 200 kilometres in order to get from San Jose to Quepos by car.

Getting here onboard the Star Breeze seems decidedly more relaxing. Captain Roman Krstanovic dropped anchor shortly after 7:00 a.m., and tender services will run throughout the day until 5:15 p.m. in preparation for our 6 p.m. departure.

Around the Star Breeze

Need to beat the heat? Relax with a drink from the beverage menu by the pool deck. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Need to beat the heat? Relax with a drink from the beverage menu by the pool deck. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Star Breeze was built in 1989 as Seabourn Spirit. Embarking, I was ready to forgive a lot of little things that a ship nearing its third decade in service might have. An older ship might rattle more. There might be more mechanical noises, or vibrations, or engine bleed-through. But that’s just not the case here aboard Star Breeze: even in last evening’s moderate swells, she didn’t make a peep. No creaking. No groaning. No loose ceiling tiles rattling softly in the night. Nothing. She’s whisper-quiet.

With Star Breeze at anchor....Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

With Star Breeze at anchor….Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...tender service began...Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…tender service began…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...and the crew of the Star Breeze took one of the lifeboats for a spin around the bay. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…and the crew of the Star Breeze took one of the lifeboats for a spin around the bay. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

As I mentioned yesterday, she’s also been lovingly refitted by Windstar. Sure, if you look hard enough you’ll see some signs of wear, but you have to look really hard. We’re talking ‘get-down-on-your-hands-and-knees-and-pick-at-the-decking’ hard.

Let’s take a virtual walk around the ship as she appears today, showcasing her interiors. Bright, modern, and contemporary, Windstar has done a great job of cultivating an onboard ambiance that is welcoming and relaxing.

Our first stop... Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Our first stop… Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...the Yacht Club on Deck 8 forward. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…the Yacht Club on Deck 8 forward. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and light snacks are served here throughout the day. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Totally random, Peter Knego-esque carpet shot. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Totally random, Peter Knego-esque carpet shot. 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

Stateroom Corridor, Deck 6, facing aft. Note the brand-new carpeting and signage. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Stateroom Corridor, Deck 6, facing aft. Note the brand-new carpeting and signage. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

So how can you spend your time here onboard? Here’s what’s happening around the ship today:

  • 7:30 a.m. – Wind Spa Offering – Total Body Conditioning. Fitness Center, Deck 7.
  • 8:00 a.m. – Wind Spa Offering – Pilates. Fitness Center, Deck 7.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Star Breeze Marina is Open! Marina located on Deck 2, aft.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Costa Rican Guitar Players. Show Lounge, Deck 5 Aft.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Wind Spa Offering – Abs. Fitness Center, Deck 7.
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. – Enjoy Live Music with our duo, Sophistication. Star Bar, Deck 8.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Star Breeze Signature Sailaway. Open Decks.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Enjoy Cocktail Music by Mistura Final. Show Lounge, Deck 5 Aft.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Join voyage leader Alina in the Lounge for information on your upcoming day. Show Lounge, Deck 5.
  • 9:00 p.m. – Close – Romance is in the air with our duo: Mistura Fina. Compass Rose, Deck 6 aft.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Close – Love Under the Stars with our duo, Sophistication. Star Bar, Deck 8 forward.

You might notice there’s no elaborate production show, despite the fact that Star Breeze has a pseudo-show lounge on Deck 5. This is in keeping with the vibe found aboard Windstar’s sailing ships; aside from live music offered each evening, you won’t find much in the way of scheduled activities – and that’s okay. This experience is one of social fun, not manufactured entertainment.

Windstar includes all non-alcoholic beverages in the price of the cruise, and an all-inclusive package that features alcoholic beverages can be added to your onboard account for a little over $100 per suite, per day. I personally won’t drink enough to make that worthwhile, but for a couple that enjoys sundowners and nightcaps, it could end up saving you money.

Pull up a (deck) chair - or four. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Pull up a (deck) chair – or four. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze continues tomorrow from Bahia Drake, Costa Rica! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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