We have sailed with Windstar before and they did not disappoint. Within ten seconds after embarkation we met three crew members who remembered us from our previous two cruises. Following our check-in, which also lasted less than five minutes we were in our cabin with our bags.
There is not a single frowny face on this cruise...everyone knew our names by day 2. The food was fantastic, all day, every day. Nothing is ever boring here. The food menu changes for every meal...no repeats except for the dining under the stars experience Candles...not to be missed.
The Panama Canal experience from the deck is unique, not shared by other larger cruise lines. Seeing the ship ascend or descend the walls in the lock chambers beats looking down on a narrow gap that looks the same from lock to lock.It was also a thrill to everyone on deck as we passed the Miraflores Locks to see hundreds of people watching our sailing yacht pass throughthe locks.
On board commentary from a local Costa Rican naturalist adds knowledge to the passage.
Passing under the Bridge of the Americas with only a metre or two to spare during low tide was an unexpected thrill.
A bridge tour, galley tour and the evening Captain's yarns beats the hum drum of large ship spectacles and Vegas style entertainment. During our final night, the entire crew entertained us with their own talents during a deck BBQ party.
After seven days we got to know over 80 people on board quite well...another thing not shared on large cruises.
Isla Coiba, Panama is also the best beach experience I have ever known. Gently shallow waters, sand bottom, calm swells, clear water and a full service beach BBQ to boot, beats the crowds of Megan's Bay and many other world class beaches hands down...let's not tell the world about this unspoiled place.
We have already booked our next cruise with Windstar and are looking forward to another adventure...Please Windstar do not change a thing, you are already perfect.