All 106 staterooms are suites with ocean views and have been redone with a warm, contemporary tone of blues, beiges and gold. Sixty-four standard suites have picture windows. Thirty-six standard suites have French-style balconies, which means that you can open a glass door and step outside approximately one foot, which may be nice for early morning fresh air as the ship pulls into a port, but not for sitting.
The standard suites, at 277 square feet, feature a sleeping area and a sitting area. Their spaciousness will especially delight alumni of Windstar's sailing vessels where cabins are much smaller and don't have balconies of any sort. The queen-size bed (which can be split into two twin beds in most staterooms) is fitted with a new wall-mounted leather headboard, top padding, Egyptian cotton linens, a deluxe duvet and accent pillows. There is a bendable reading light on each side of the bed. New drapery window treatments completely block outdoor light for dark-room slumber. Underfoot is soft, plush carpeting.
Standard suites also contain two curved-arm upholstered chairs; in all, the sitting area easily accommodates four people. Fresh fruit and flowers are replenished regularly on the coffee table, which can be raised and used for in-room dining.
The light-tone wood vanity with granite top, located near the foot of the bed, offers ample counterspace and deep storage drawers in rounded-corner cabinetry. Above is a mounted mirror; a free-standing, round makeup mirror with a magnification side is also available. The new artwork in the suites, as well as throughout the ship, reflects the company's nautical heritage; our favorites are paintings of colorful fishing boats.
In a nook area is a flat-screen TV with DVD player. Several channels are accessible, such as CNN, BBC, and MSNBC, as well as one for shore excursions. A stocked minibar (at extra cost), a cabinet with glassware (wine goblets, tall and short bar glasses), and an iPod dock with Bose SoundDock speakers encourage entertaining in-suite. Two direct-dial telephones are available. Outlets are 110/220V.
The walk-in closet has two perpendicular hanging rods, one a tad taller to accommodate long dresses. Easy-access wooden hangers (not those annoying attached ones), come in two sizes: standard and oversized for coats.
In the back of the closet, a narrow bureau has four drawers, atop which there is a safe (you program a personal code), though it is not large enough to fit a laptop. The closet also is fitted with a handful of corner shelves -- storage aplenty to satisfy even a clotheshorse. A shoe brush hangs on the wall. There are slippers and two full-length waffle-weave bathrobes.
The bathroom floor and walls are covered with lovely white marble. Double sinks with generous bowls are positioned on a wide sinktop; there is room for two people to move around closely yet comfortably. Glass shelves flank the large mirror. A container holds cotton balls and cotton-tip swabs, and toiletries are L'Occitane products: bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower cream, shower cap, and body lotion. A full-size curtained bathtub has a hand-held showerhead that can be adjusted for height. . I was pleased that the water flow was strong and quickly got hot. Thick white towels are a luxury. A hair dryer is located in the desk drawer.
Four Owner's Suites range from 530 to 575 square feet, with a private forward-facing veranda with two lounge chairs, a separate living room and small dining room, which is especially nice for room-service dinners. Renamed Destination Suites, they harbor themed artwork and books that reflect Windstar's special destinations, such as Bora Bora. The two 400-square-foot Classic Suites also offer a forward-facing private veranda.