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Windstar Cruise-Panama & Costa Rica-Embark Day

Windstar Cruise-Panama & Costa Rica-Embark Day


We had transportation picking us up at 11:00 am to take us to the Colon Cruise Terminal.  It is about a two-hour drive to get to our cruise. We arrived in Colon, but our driver took us to the wrong port, no problem it took us about 10 minutes to get to the correct dock, Panama Ports.  There a bus met us at the entrance to the port to take us to the ship.  When we arrived at the ship, Windstar Star Pride, our luggage was unloaded from the bus and tagged with our suite number.  You notice I didn’t say cabin number, Windstar calls all cabins suites.  We went through the check in process, checking passports, getting our picture taken, etc.  We found out that there were 208 people on board this cruise, the capacity of this ship is 212 guests.


Amphora and is located on the 3rd level. There is the Compass room, another gathering place with comfortable chairs and sofas where music can be heard in the evening and the Lounge is where movies and other entertainment occurs.

Amphora opens at 7:00 pm for dinner and this restaurant is on the 3rd level. Though this cruise is casual, they do prefer that men wear slacks and a collared shirt to dinner and women either wear pants or a sun dress for dinner. There are no reservations, you just show up. You can sit with other people or by yourself. We chose to dine by ourselves. Windstar has a relationship with the James Beard Foundation, this organization selects the best chefs in the world, and features dishes by James Beard award winners. For dinner I had one of the selections, White Striped Bass grilled over asparagus and polenta. It was very good. Elizabeth had grilled salmon with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and she said it was also wonderful. I had a glass of Chardonnay, it cost $8.00 plus a 15% tip or a total of $9.20, not bad. For dessert, Elizabeth had Dulce de Leche ice cream and I had a custard crepe with mascarpone and blue berries. Both desserts were splendid. We retired to our room exhausted and full.

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