Wind Surf Cruise Review by SueHen: We've been spoiled!
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We've been spoiled!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: St. Maarten
We embarked from St. Maarten in early February on the Windsurf and from the start, it was a fabulous experience! Embarkation was fast and simple and very personalized and we were quickly escorted to our suite accommodations (we splurged), which were very comfortable. We loved the relaxed atmosphere and were surprised at the number of dining options on such a small ship. The ship has all the amenities of a larger ship (pool, hot tubs, library, fitness room, spa, etc.), but the smaller number of passengers meant they were very accessible.
The food was wonderful, with plenty of choice for those with dietary restrictions, and the service was excellent. Staff made an exceptional effort to remember our names and our favourite wines.
The entertainment was provided by a band that had a very large repertoire and the members were all very talented.
The itinerary was very interesting, taking us to places a larger ship wouldn't be able to go. The shore excursions were More very well organized, with several choices in each port. We especially loved the trip to the native Carib village in Dominica, Touna Aute. I expected a "touristy" set-up, but this was the real deal - visiting the villagers at their homes and learning about their culture and history. The tour culminated in a visit to the tour leaders' home where we sat down to a lunch of their traditional foods at their table (just 8 people on this tour - can't get that on a big ship!).
We were very sorry when the cruise came to an end and we had to return to the frozen north, but we'll be back! Less
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The suites are quite comfortable, with a nice sitting area and plenty of storage space. Because the suites are basically two staterooms joined into one, we each had our own bathroom, which was a bonus! The bath has only a shower, but that suited us fine, and everything was efficiently organized. We also each had our own closet space and desk area.The bed was comfortable and the gentle rocking of the ship quickly put me to sleep every night. The room seemed to be quite sound-proof and we were never disturbed by noise outside our cabin.Our suite was located in the middle of the ship, so we could quickly get to every other part of the ship, but I think that would have been the case regardless of where the room is, as the ship is so small.Although there were only portholes for windows, you could be out on deck in just a few seconds, so it didn't really matter.
Port and Shore Excursions
Touna Aute Carib Indian Village
This is the real thing! The tour of the villagers' homes was fascinating as we learned about pressing sugar cane, basket-weaving, traditional remedies and medicines, traditional foods and the history and culture of the Carib people, including how they are adapting to the modern world, while retaining their traditions.
We didn't actually visit Guadeloupe, but the neighbouring small island of Ile des Saintes. We simply wandered around the small town there, which was lovely and "un-touristy". With its very French atmosphere, we almost felt like we were on the Mediterranean in the south of France. Narrow streets and unique and interesting shops, with people going about their daily lives, made this a most charming port of call.
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