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Wind Surf Cruise Review by beachpicasso

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Wind Surf
Wind Surf
Member Name: beachpicasso
Cruise Date: November 2009
Embarkation: Barbados
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 321
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 3.0
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Nothing to do but relax
First sailing on a Windstar adventure and was not sure what to expect. What was experienced was lots of relaxation with just the right amount of activity if desired. The lack of "stimulation" (which I loved) from big ships was a definite plus for me. If you want clubbing and nightly entertainment this is not the cruise for you.

My sailing had only 224 passengers and it was quite nice to actually get to know most of the folks on the cruise and share both onshore experiences and learn what a small world in which we live.

Sports platform was a major plus as to jump or dive into the middle of the crystal clear Caribbean was magnificent. There were also sailboats, kayaks, waterski boats and snorkel trips for guests when sports platform was open.

I found the spa facilities to be nice with some services definitely better than others depending upon the technician providing the services. Fitness area was adequate but not necessary for me with all the swimming and other activities in which to participate.

Food and bar service were good although I did not feel exceptional. There is 24 hour room service however the meals are served at set times. If you want a snack in between meals, room service would have to be used as there is no buffet at "all times" as I have experienced on other cruises. It should be noted room service was very fast.

The casino is small and not many folks frequent it, however, the few which did were "regulars" and we all got to know each other and looked forward to seeing each other each evening to talk about our days and enjoy each others company. The dealers were very friendly and it was hard to get upset even when the money was going to the wrong side of the table.

Crew members were very helpful and went out of their way to get to know the guests names and particular needs. One day of ordering a particular drink and it was remembered and offered at the appropriate meal. While they were attentive, they were not overbearing. It was quite refreshing.

The captain of the ship allowed folks to enter the bridge and in St.Lucia sailed over to the base of the Pitons for a view of the beach and to take photos.

It was also nice to not have loud announcements every 30 minutes or so from the Captain. We usually only heard from the bridge when we were under full sail or if a landmark was being identified.

One negative is the amount of guests they put on the tender boats as it was uncomfortable being so crowded aboard and with only one window and the boarding area open it was also quite hot. I think more tender boats or even more trips with less people would be desirable. I also received this feedback from most of my fellow passengers.

All in all, I would recommend the experience to anyone wanting to relax, see a few ports of interest and bask in the sunlight and swim in the Caribbean.

Publication Date: 12/08/09
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