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Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze Inaugural Cruise - Part III - The Windstar Experience 2.0

Having been on Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf in the Caribbean and the Star Pride in the Black Sea I was really excited to see, as its guest, Windstar Cruises 2.0 on the Star Breeze's five night Inaugural Cruise from Nice, France to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

My trip, however, did not start in Nice, France, but at my son's dorm room at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  On Sunday, May 3, 2015, I flew from New Jersey to Colorado to assist in what I thought was the simple packing up of a freshman's computer equipment, clothes, etc. at the end of his first year at college. (Let's just say it took longer than expected...a lot longer!)  Then on Monday morning I flew from Denver to Washington, D.C. on what seemed like one of the oldest planes still flying (thank you United Airlines!) connecting on a United flight to Brussels, Belgium and then a Brussels Airlines' flight to Nice, France....where I found out my luggage was delayed after being advised I had to pay for a cup of coffee or a glass of water on the flight.  (Now that is nickel and diming!)

Windstar provided me a private transfer (who patiently waited) and then it was off to the AC Marriott a newly renovated hotel not too far from the pedestrian area and with a nice view of the Cote d'Azure. Being it was still fairly early my room was not ready so, as I usually do, I went for a walk.  Having been in Nice before it was more of a stroll on a partly sunny day.

Nice, France Central Pedestrian areaAs I strolled I saw a restaurant that looked a bit too good for lunch, but thought it might be perfect for dinner so I carried on; eventually settling on a smaller place where I enjoyed the typical moules & frites (mussels and French fries) with a carafe of the house rose and some crusty bread.
One of my favorite meals:  Moules & FritesBack to the hotel to check-in and then off to the airport to collect my bag and my girlfriend.  (I thought about having her pick up my bag and meet me at the hotel, but then I thought a bit more. Having my girlfriend act a delivery service probably would not be a good idea!) Fortunately both showed up.

We headed back to the AC Marriott and then met up with some friends who were also on our cruise for dinner at a restaurant they wanted to go to.  Fortunately it was the same one I had spotted...and one which Windstar had recommended to us in our pre-cruise information package:  Le Boccaccio. It was a fantastic show, with bigger than life presentation, delicious food and charming waiters.  (By the way, TripAdvisor ranks it No. 237 in Nice.  Really"  Another reason to avoid relying on TripAdvisor.)

Le Boccaaccio's Paella for two...after four people have been served!
Profiteroles and Creme Brulee for one...seriously.
They were delicious...and there is proof that the old saying,
"I can't believe I ate the whole thing" still is relevant!Wednesday, May 6th, brought the full Windstar 2.0 Exper...
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