Wind Spirit Dining
The food served in The Restaurant was outstanding (despite occasionally missing the mark here and there); elegantly prepared -- but far from fussy. The chef offers a "recommended" menu, which pairs wines with each course. There's also a "Sail Light" selection on every menu, both calories and fat gram info are provided.
At night, passengers also have a second dining option. The approximately 30-seat Candles is the poolside grill dressed up for dinner with a menu of steaks and skewers with a choice of sauces. There's no fee to dine here, but reservations are recommended.
Even those travelers not fond of buffets will find a lot to like during breakfast and lunch at the Verandah Cafe. For breakfast there's plenty of fresh fruits, along with granola and pastries. Daily, there's an omelet station. You can also order off a menu, which changes every day. There's a light fare menu here too. For early risers, a Continental repast, with pastries, fruit, juices, coffee and tea, is served out on the aft deck from 6 a.m.
Just in case you're still hungry -- and we regret to say we often worked up a new appetite in mid-afternoon -- Wind Spirit serves afternoon tea on the pool deck every day from 4 - 5 p.m.
Major kudos for the ship's 24-hour room service. There's a daytime menu (noon - 9 p.m.) featuring burgers and steak sandwiches and "light and healthy entrees." At meal times you can also order from the Veranda or Restaurant menus. The 24-hour menu, available anytime, has consomme, fruit plate, tortilla chips, club sandwich, cheese tray and smoked salmon bagels along with assorted desserts. Nice touch: you can order a basket of freshly-popped Orville Redenbacher popcorn to go with your in-room flicks.