We sailed out of St Maarten on the 10th of December 2011 for 14 nights through the Panama Canal and continued to Costa Rica in Central America.
Windstar as a company recently has had new owners and they are refurbishing their ships, not that the Windstar ship really needs it. Able to get into areas the larger even mid-size can not do.
Great food, even better service since we had only had 38 passengers instead of the 148 she holds. The cabins are identical on both decks, a little on the small size from the bed to the wall but still very luxurious. The bathrooms are a bit small but due to the round shower there is no elbow bumping with of lots of storage, counter and mirror area. Closets are Very roomy.
You can walk around the deck which makes exercise very easy and even has a well equip GYM.
Our naturalist Carlos Picardo certainly made the cruise for us with evening talks very lively, interesting and fun. Always most gracious at all times and so informative on every port and great on the Panama Canal even though is is my 7 trip through the canal.
We never put the sails up though I asked several times. One of the sails needed replacing, though it was on board, but the rest were fine and the ship looks great in port for pictures and advertizing for the company with the sails up. Last Windstar cruise, 2003, for 4 weeks the sails were up all the time. The Captain, Mark, was stiff and in real life unfriendly. When we disembarked at Porto Caldera, there were about 8 guest waiting for transport to the main gate and he walked buy within 40ft and keep his head averted so as not having to speak to anyone. Your cruise is over. The rest of the officers were just fine. The chief engineer was a delight. In fact he actually off the ship to say good by.
Excellent sports couple though there was not enough time to use the swim deck do to short hours they scheduled and if you wanted time on shore before it got too warm you were out of luck.
Well this guys, happy sailing.