Windstar vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

Thank you for a vacation to remember!

5.0 January 2017
D
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just completed a one week Tahiti itinerary on Wind Star. We have cruised all over the world and this is 110% one of the BEST cruises we have ever been on. Start to finish, including the booking process, the crew was incredible, the ship pristine and ever so intimate, the itinerary perfect, and we made many wonderful new friendships with some of the nicest and most interesting passengers we have had the good fortune to meet. 5 stars isn't enough. I'd give it 6 stars.
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Tour Windstar Company Reviews

What an incredibly great cruise.

5.0 January 2017
Jl
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have cruised with most the big name ships, Windstar is my favorite of all time. By the end of the trip it's like being on a private yacht with a lot of good friends. The entire staff was attentive and sweet and fun. Edgar (cruise director) made the trip memorable. Captain Taillard was also a wonderful person, he joined my husband and I for breakfast and we chatted at length. Can't wait for my next Windstar cruise.
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Tour Windstar Company Reviews

Once again a very lovely trip!

5.0 January 2017
S
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just returned from our second Windstar Cruise. This trip was on the Star Pride from Costa Rica to Panama. Lovely ship, excellent food, good excursions but, as with our first trip, the crew are what makes the trip. What a lovely group of people who made our trip so special. We had an amazing time. We will be back on Windstar again soon!
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Tour Windstar Company Reviews

Life-changing and enjoyable!

5.0 October 2017
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a holiday gave me a chance to slow down, and take the time to feel part of the natural world: the sun, to notice the hook-beaked oyster catchers and families of rare seals, to enjoy the wonderful food, the sunshine, scudding clouds, waves lapping and the feeling of being held safely by the St Hilda whilst being at the mercy of winds, tides and waves. It was fun to share tasks with fellow passengers and to laugh. I haven't laughed so much for years. And I loved seeing beautiful coastal parts of Scotland for the first time from the sea, gaining the chance to wonder at the histories and cultures that have flourished, been lost and yet live on in the remote, unusual places where we moored. I discovered my sea-legs, but I found much more - the pleasure of a little bit of distance from land, the new perspectives it gives and sheer joy of experiencing the sea, and its role in revealing new dreams and uncovering old ones. All this was in the company of knowledgeable crew - sea-farers who made the whole cruise delightful from start to finish and easy-peasy for a land-lubber like myself.
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A Delight

5.0 October 2017
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a fantastic holiday - there is something magical about being in a ship, relying on wind and waves, seeing beautiful scenery, eating lovely food, helping sail the ship and enjoying the experience with a group of witty, friendly, knowledgeable people.
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It's fascinating to be on a slow journey

5.0 October 2017
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This holiday was like no other: it was stepping into another world where the wind, sun and sea mattered because our lives were held by the ship and these big elemental forces. It was a realm of sea faring lore, laughter and fun, where the elements - water, wind and tides - mattered and shaped and influenced our journey. It's easy to laugh on a ship because you are sharing the camaraderie of crew and ocean and somehow the sea is lighter than the land. Instead you have the myths and stories of sea and mysteries of the deep - Moby Dick, Jonah, Noah's Ark and Ring of Bright Water! It's fascinating to be on a slow journey with time to reflect and to be looking at the strange, populated and then depopulated, fought over Scottish coastal landscape from a new perspectives. It's fun to work with the charming, witty, friendly skippers and fellow crew hauling anchors and sails. But, most of all, it's a joy to be on, and in, and feeling the elemental ocean. I felt safe and found my sea-legs, but I also stumbled into a new world, one that enriches and ignites dreams.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 450 $ 166
Operator Type None Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size None Local Specialist
Trip Types
    • Private Guided Trips
    • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
    • Custom Itineraries
    Service Level N/A Standard
    Regions
      • Rivers & Seas
      • Europe
      Known For
        • 50+
        • 18 - 35
        • Solo & Singles Travel
        • Eco Travel
        • Adventure
        • Sailing
        Headquarters Seattle, WA Oban, Scotland
        Year Established 1986 N/A
        Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
        Tour Languages N/A N/A
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            About Windstar

            Windstar operates a fleet of luxury small ship yacht-style cruise ships around the world.

            What Makes Them Stand Out?

            Windstar is the place to go for luxurious, yacht style travel . Their fleet consists of  vessels specifically designed to be a difference experience to larger ships. Each ship has a maximum occupancy of 300, lending to their luxurious feel. They pride themselves on providing a “private yacht experience” so even though you are traveling with a couple hundred passengers, you have a lot of space to yourself.

            Who Travels With Them?

            Those seeking a flexible, inclusive, customizable cruise experience will be most at home on a Windstar Cruise. This is a higher budget kind of experience, popular among baby boomers, couples, and families. 

            Where Do They Operate?

            Currently Windstar operates their cruises in North Europe, Italy and the Mediterranean, the South Pacific and Caribbean. They also offer special themed cruises and ocean crossings.

            Why Travel With Them?

            For the experience of authentic travel with a luxury twist, Windstar provides an ideal mix. They offer options like private events, exclusive on shore tours with interesting and varied themes, as well as top notch cuisine and on ship activities. Smaller ports are more accessible on smaller ships such as these so it’s a great option for those who want a comfortable travel experience with just an element of adventure.

            About St Hilda Sea Adventures

            St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

            What Makes Them Stand Out?

            Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

            Who Travels With Them?

            All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

            Where Do They Operate?

            The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

            Why Travel With Them?

            Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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