My husband and I returned from the Wind Spirit's 7-day Costa Rica cruise a little over a month ago. This ship was built in 1988. It carries 148
passengers and is smaller than the Windsurf. The cabins are all the same except the Owner's Cabin which is a double room with sitting area. There
are 4 decks and no elevators.
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The comfortable cabins are well designed with lots of closet and drawer space. Part of the counter turns into a table for room service trays, workspace or cocktails! The spacious bathroom has teak floors and lots of storage.
The food was the best we've ever had on a cruise! The seating is open and the dress casual.
Deck 3 consists of the lounge and restaurant on the opposite ends of the ship and the reception area, cabin access, store and library in between.
Deck 4 has the lunch & breakfast restaurant, sun deck and the bridge which is open and may be accessed by passengers anytime.
Our first day on the ship was spent on the sun deck while sailing the Costa Rican coast. The ship's small sized allowed the captain to spend a
beautiful day cruising scenic Golfo Dulce. It was a treat!
Day 2 the ship anchored off Coiba Island, Panama. We were taken to the beach on small zodiacs for a "wet landing". This island park is very remote. We snorkeled here in clear water and saw some large fish and big schools but nothing exciting. There is a nice beach for sunbathing and the ship offered the use of kayaks. The ship provided the passengers with a BBQ lunch that they prepared on the island and everything was great! There are two walking trails that take you to lookout points to
view the dramatic vistas of the surrounding chain of islands. We were the only people around for miles (except for a small prison)!
Day 3 we used zodiacs to reach San Josecito beach. We immediately had to transfer to a small fishing boat to be taken, by our guide, to Cordova Park about 20 minutes away. 2 to 3 foot waves were crashing on shore when we arrived at a beach entrance. We had to wait for a set to finish before powering on shore for another "wet landing". We toured the park with a guide and saw pairs of scarlet macaws, large groups of small raccoon like animals scampering by, sloths, and a howler monkey that had lost his troop and was really howling! We walked to a couple of waterfalls where we swam and cooled off...it was great. We were given sack lunches before returning to San Josecito beach where there is a small bar/soda fountain stand and a house with a troop of monkeys that were a hoot to watch!
Day 4 we take regular tenders to the dock at Quepos which is the only town that we stopped at. We toured Miguel Antonio Park with a talented guide who was able to spot wildlife in the jungle and then let us view them with his telescope. We saw toucans, humming birds, sloth, lizards, iguanas, and a troop of white faced monkeys, with young babies clutching their mothers, that scampered right by our group while heading to the beach! The town of Quepos is very small, about 3 or 4 blocks long. This is the only place to shop on this cruise. It is very limited but we did buy some t-shirts and coffee. There is an internet cafe, grocery stores, a pharmacy and a casino.
Day 5 we had another tender to the dock at Playa Flamingo. The ship's passengers are allowed to use the pool facilities at 2 nice hotels or enjoy a beautiful beach. There's not much else to do here if you don't take an excursion. We spent the day at the pool of the hotel next to the beach. There were lots of rentals available for beach or pool use, along with mopeds and bicycles. The ship offered water skiing and banana ride in the afternoon.
Day 6 we had a zodiac take us to the beach at Curu Park at 8:00 a.m. It was fascinating to see a large flock of Pelicans fishing at the shore! The park has a couple of ranger's homes and small gift shop. There is an unguided nature trail that takes you through the park which consists of wet and dry jungles and mangroves. It was a nice walk but we only saw animals near the entrance! We saw scarlet macaws, a falcon and kingfisher fishing in a stream, a troop of white-faced monkeys and big iguanas that were everywhere! We returned to the ship for lunch while the ship sailed to Tortuga Island. We took zodiacs to the beach and spent the afternoon on a lovely beach next to a small private park which is available to tour at an additional charge.
We came back to the ship for our last sunset and dinner. The next morning we disembarked early for our 2 hour ride back to San Jose!
If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to try and answer them!