Wind Surf Cabins
- Pro: 312-passenger sailing yacht prides itself on food and service
- Con: No balconies, limited onboard entertainment
- Bottom Line: Perfect for travelers who like packed itineraries and a casual atmosphere
Wind Surf Cabins
The upgrades that took place on Wind Surf late in 2012 focused heavily on staterooms. New beds and bedding were installed, and flat-screen TVs, DVD players and Bose iPod speaker docks were added (you can borrow loaded iPods and DVDs from the front desk at no charge).
On this refurbishment, bathrooms did not receive any attention but, despite the cozy set-up (they're shower-only in all cabins but the two bridge suites), they were perfectly outfitted, with handheld and stationary showerheads, L'Occitane toiletries, thick towels, and lots of storage space.
There are three cabin types. Most are standard cabins at 188 square feet -- on the small side of industry average. All are identical, with portholes, a queen bed that converts to twins, an entertainment area and a small desk/vanity. There's no sitting area, but each room does come with two chairs with arms and cushions; one is at the desk and the second one is largely useless, unless you need an easy place to toss your sweater when you come in for the evening. There are flat-screen televisions -- a great addition -- but they don't swivel, so you can only watch from the bed, not from the desk area.
The new beds, with their fluffy down comforters and array of pillows, are dreamworthy and luxe, outfitted with pillow-topped mattresses with upscale sheets, white duvets and decorative pillows.
Suites, located on Deck 3, are essentially two standard cabins turned into one bigger one. On one side, there's a living area with couch, easy chair and small dining table. On the other is the bedroom, identical to those in standard staterooms. Each has a granite-topped desk and flat-screen television (in some suites there are DVDs for each, though in ours there was no player in the bedroom unit). A curtain can be pulled to divide the two rooms.
There are two identical shower-only bathrooms -- and these are the same as those found in standard accommodations. While at first it seemed like two identical bathrooms was a bit of wasted space, we actually grew to appreciate each having our own.
Slightly angled, the space features a roomy rounded shower enclosure and a rounded toilet enclosure, with a sink and vanity between the two. The 2.5 ounce-sized L'Occitane en Provence soaps, shampoo and lotion are wonderful. The original wood floor and wooden trim at the vanity and around the mirrors add to the yacht-like feel of the space.
Two luxury suites on the Wind Surf's bridge deck are approximately 500 square feet each and include a living and dining area, separate bedroom with massive walk-in closet, and a marble bathroom with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Passengers in the Bridge Suites enjoy extra service amenities such as unpacking service, an invitation to dine with the captain, laundry and pressing, evening appetizers, afternoon tea service upon request, complimentary bottled water in the suite, chilled Champagne upon arrival and additional L'Occitane bath amenities.
Each cabin also features a telephone and stocked minibar -- sodas and juices are complementary. Oddly no glassware is provided (you must order glasses through room service). Each cabin is set up with perhaps the most expensive Wi-Fi at sea; not only is it slow, it's oddly priced by the megabyte so to use 90 MB, I bought the $60 package (that lasted me about two hours). Unless it's critical, leave the laptop and smartphone at home and use the ship's computers to peruse your email.
There are no cabins configured for passengers using a wheelchair and Wind Surf is not an ideal choice for anyone with mobility issues, as there are numerous yacht-like raised doorways. There is an elevator, however. If you can't negotiate stairways, be careful not to book a midship room on either Deck 1 or Deck 2. There are watertight doors on those floors that are closed when the ship gets underway or when it's entering a port, and people in midship cabins cannot get to either elevator bank during this time.
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