We were looking for something different from a typical cruise... No formal nights... Relaxing, elegant, and fun...we found it! Being on a large yacht instead of a huge ship was intimate and you got to know as many or little people as you wanted. Only about 125 guests and over 100 staff made it a great experience, staff had fun and were genuine and wanted to be sure you had an amazing time.
The excursions were all picked to be spectacular and not the norm. We did a catamaran cruise with snorkeling and a lobster lunch on a beach. The ride was amazing, the boat beautiful, and the lunch the best ever...seriously great beach lunch. The ship was able to easily change it's course a bit if needed for rough waters and pulled in a cove one night so we wouldn't rock too much while sleeping. The captain was great and endured sails were up as much as possible... Think it was like 95% of time. The deck BBQ and steel band was amazing under the stars. The beach lunch BBQ was neat and the exclusive snorkeling beach. The little towns were great and different.
Wifi is non existent on ship...it's the one thing they need is free great wifi. But we connected free at bars on almost every island and being disconnected other times was nice.... Just hard if u need it.
Everyone was given free snorkel gear for week and that was nice. The deck chairs were comfy, the pool bar awesome, just a great trip.
The food was great. Main dining, candles, the breakfast and lunch buffets , all better than on a normal cruise. And buffet still same with a menu to order from too...crazy great! Their alcohol package is too expensive and we drink enough ;-) still didn't come close to spending what we would have on package so skip till they make it more sensible.
All staff were amazing... Montse was great, daddy, Bree, Andre, there were just too many to name but each made our cruise.... Even the mechanic guys fixing stuff were fun and friendly. You can tell the staff lives what they do and care. We met great people too.
Lounge was kind of a waste ... Entertainment wasn't great and it was typically empty nightly. They should move music to deck nightly after dinner as many would participate and did one night they did it. The night they let some guests sing and okay guitar it was full until the entertainer started singing with them ... She was nice just not good so people left. ;-(
We will cruise again on windstar... Looking forward to their new ships as well. If you go out of barbados....the island and people are the friendliest of any island so far. This small of an intimate ship allowed us to get in port at 530am and make an 8am flight home..,wish we would have stayed a few days like we came in early to do though. Highly recommended to anyone