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milepig

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About milepig

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Chicago
  • Interests
    History, Food, Local crafts, art, villages
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Windstar
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Too many to list - Tahiti, Med, Europe, Scandinavia

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  1. milepig

    Level 3 advisory

    Is this "level 3" from the US DOS? Don't pay any attention, they tend to babysit us too much. Just take normal travel cautions and you'll be fine. If you listed to them, there's a terrorist hiding behind every bush in 2/3 of the world.
  2. milepig

    Seward - Anc train- Morning option??

    Here are some options: https://www.sewardalaskabus.com/ I haven't used them so can't give any review.
  3. milepig

    Bye bye Wind Star casino

    Really? Because that sad little casino is gone? Grab a drink, go on deck, enjoy the breeze and meet some new friends.
  4. milepig

    Drink Menu with prices

    You will the first day or so but the charges never go through. Then they know you and the beverages just flow and all is well with the world.
  5. milepig

    Drink Menu with prices

    Thanks for posting. Drink prices are less than I remembered. Unless they’ve scaled way back, that’s not the full wine menu at least for Amphora. There would be many more sections.
  6. milepig

    Windstar newbie with some basic questions.

    Laundry rocks. We tend to travel before the cruise and fly right home after. So, on embarkation day we put our all our dirty stuff. It come back the next day all clean. Repeat a couple times and then the day before disembarkation. Pack and we fly home with clean laundry. Worth every penny. Also if you do a back to back it’s free.
  7. milepig

    CASUAL ELEGANT DINING.....NOT ANYMORE

    Lucky you! How's the Pearl - we were at the IC a couple months ago watching the planes land. We saw one ship sail past the 2nd night, but it was dark and we couldn't identify it.
  8. milepig

    Shore Excursions and Roll Calls

    When we did this itin we found that several of the stops were very easy to just do on foot. Cadiz, for one, is a place where you moor right in the middle of the city and everything is close. For Granada we did the WS tour and found it a decent enough value. The guided tour of the Alhambra was quite good, we made another stop at a church (name lost to me) and the included lunch was very good and we got me meet and chat with a lot of people. I found that worth the price. Malaga was another we did on our own by foot. We moored right across from a very nice park, the Picasso Museum and the Catherdal are very close, and I just noticed that there's a Wine Museum that we somehow missed. LOL. The shopping area is also right there.
  9. milepig

    Star Plus Initiative

    Time will tell. When we first sailed on the Pride shortly after the takeover there was a lunch BBQ set up in the star area. That’s the last time we saw it.
  10. milepig

    "All in One Package"

    I thought I knew all things Windstar but I have no idea what an “all in one package” is and googling turns up nothing. Please tell us more!!
  11. milepig

    Shore Excursions and Roll Calls

    It is very hard to meet up with people as Cruisecritic does not allow private messaging. Many, including me, will never post contact information on an open web site making it impossible to contact each other.
  12. milepig

    Deck AND Beach Parties?

    Where were you? There's been some chat about not having them in US waters - like the Alaska itins - because of US health code restrictions.
  13. milepig

    Star Plus Initiative

    Thanks - I think that might need to be moved down a smidge. It looks like the Elevator behind the current 214 is staying, and I think 530/531 are part of the new area, given the location of that elevaot, which doesn't currently exist.
  14. milepig

    Star Plus Initiative

    I just noticed that the area I was talking about is now a "tender embarkation" area, and that elevator is in a different place, with the bow elevator looking like the location of the existing one. I think those cabins are part of the area that't being added and not carved out of the existing part of the ship. Does anyone know where the new part begins and ends - relative to the layout? I am glad to see that they're renumbering the cabins so they align with the deck number. I never understood why they didn't.
  15. milepig

    Star Plus Initiative

    I haven't looked yet - is this lower than the old pricing for the Ocean View or has everything else gone up? They're going to have to do some massive work to the access to those cabins. Right now, that area very much feels like the servant's entrance. They have trays stacked up, it seems to be used as a sort of staging area for beverage service, and they always seem a little surprised when a passenger finds their way there. For those of you not familiar, I should explain that it is actually a public area and serves as a convenient back entrance to Amphora for those closest to that elevator, but it is not attractive. I can't imaging wading through servers doing their work every time I needed to access my cabin.
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