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February 27, 2017

QuirkyCruise Reader Review: STAR PRIDE in Vietnam / Asia (Windstar Cruises)

Reviewer: Chrissy from New York.

Cruise Line: Windstar Cruises.

Ship: Star Pride.

Destination: Vietnam.

# of Nights: 10.

Departure Date & Ports: January 2015, from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, visiting Halong Bay, Hanoi and Da Nang.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you been on a small ship cruise before? I’ve been on 5 small ship cruises.

Review: Best Little Ship on the High Seas

My initial impression that bigger is better was quickly dispelled almost the moment I came aboard. The difference felt like going from a shopping mall to a yacht. The VIP reception, champagne welcome, dancers, back rubs and authentic music, set the stage for what would be the most spectacular small ship experience to date. The ports of call made me chuckle at my former self thinking the Caribbean had everything I could ever want in a cruise destination. The mesmerizing spectacular cultural and natural beauty of Southeast Asia was jaw-dropping and inspiring. As a veteran traveler, this was nothing new, but the small ship difference was that coming back to the ship allowed me to appreciate all the beauty of Asia without the logistical hurdles and cultural frustrations of land-based travel. It also provided a serenity and calm experience entirely lacking on large ships.

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