After traveling with Celebrity on our last six cruises, the wife and I decided to try something different. We picked the Windsurf (Dec. 8-15) because of the smaller size ship and the port destinations (Martinque and Les Saintes). This is what we experienced:
Embarkation: went smoothly and quick. After dropping off our bags and a quick ID check, it was a small walk to the ship. Paperwork took less than five minutes. It was nice that we had a room steward take us to our room and give us a rundown on where all the switches were.
Room: Comfortable,bed was fine, bathroom had enough space and plenty of storage for your clothing. Cosmetically it looked old, too much white. But we only stayed in room for sleeping and changing. TV was small and satellite was not working, but never turned it on.
Public Rooms: very nice. Lounge was big, never did watch a show. The Compass Rose is beautiful, spent most of our time there to talk to other couples and relax. The pool area was nice, pool is only good for wading, no swimming. The water platform was great, went and used it each day. Watch out though, the current is strong.
Restaurants: both the Amphoria and the Stella Bistro looked great. The selection of meals were plentiful and the portions were large. The quality at the Amphoria was excellent. Unfortunately, the wife's meal at the Bistro was undercooked for three of four servings. Dinner at Candles was nice, we had little wind compared to some of the nights. The BBQ on board got rained on so people had to scramble. The beach BBQ also was cancelled because of rain. Did use the sandwich shoppe, was very tasty.
Ports: La Marin: very little shopping around if you are looking for anything. We did the Jeep tour and had a great time stopping at the Rum distillery and Pottery. There was a shopping area at the pottery, but they only take euros.
Pigeon Island: two very small beaches to use but was comfortable, had many lounge chairs.
Les Saintes: beautiful little island, the shopping area was perfect, not big and it seemed every thing was local.
St Kitts: what a change since our last time there. The port now reminds me of a little St. Maartan. Thirty areas of shopping with every jewelry store known to man. I liked it better when it was quiet.
Debarkation: again was very quick and easy. Got off the ship at 8 am. Went on the Post tour of the island. Make sure when you sign up ask if they are going to Marigot first. We went to Phillipsburg first and all the shops were closed. did like the Marigot shopping area. Bus got us back to the airport by noon.
I wanted to try to compare this with our experiences on our last cruises with Celebrity. Very hard to do. Pros: no rush, no lines, quiet, met some nice people from all around the States, free soda. Cons: less activities if you want them.
Overall: would I cruise Windstar again. Yes, if the price is right. I paid the same as a balcany room on a large ship for this cruise. If that price were higher, I don't believe I would.