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7 Night South Pacific Cruise from Tahiti

7 Night South Pacific Cruise from Tahiti (Papeete)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 2
    Moorea
  • Day 3
    Raiatea
  • Day 4
    Raiatea
  • Day 4
    Tahaa
  • Day 5
    Bora Bora
  • Day 6
    Bora Bora
  • Day 7
    Huahine
  • Day 8
    Tahiti (Papeete)

Wind Spirit

Wind Spirit - Windstar Cruises

Pros

Small size and stellar service make you feel like you're on your own private yacht

Cons

No night life, with exception of a musical duo and a tiny casino

Bottom Line

A great fit for its home base of French Polynesia


Cruise Reviews

Everything about this cruise was perfect except for the weather. December is apparently the rainy season, something I didn't realize when I booked. So be warned. It didn't ruin the experience, but more sun and less clouds and ... Read More
Everything about this cruise was perfect except for the weather. December is apparently the rainy season, something I didn't realize when I booked. So be warned. It didn't ruin the experience, but more sun and less clouds and rain would have been nice. The best weather we had was the 3 days we spent at the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort for 3 days before the cruise. Embarkation was fast and efficient.The ship is a little tired, but I understand it's about to go into dry dock soon for some much needed sprucing up. Still, everything was clean and the wonderful crew more than made up for this. We loved that the ship had around 120 passengers and enjoyed getting to know many of our ship mates. The food was outstanding. Breakfast and lunch are mainly buffet style but there are things you can order off the menu. Enormous variety of food and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is possible to maintain healthy eating and also to totally be a glutton if you so desire. Dinner in Amphora restaurant is excellent. It is open seating and you can choose to be seated with others if you want. We met some really nice people. The service is excellent. Our only disappointment was the 'special' dinner in the Candles restaurant where the food was sub par. I would skip it next time although maybe they were just having an off night. If you are looking for ritzy entertainment and casino type things you won't like this cruise. There is a duo in the lounge at night and they were very good, but it may be too low key for some. There was line dancing on deck one night and a Polynesian show on an Island one night both of which were fun. The itinerary is perfect, you get to see a lot of different islands. If you like shopping, you won't find too much to buy except black pearl things. We did a snorkeling or water based excursion every day. They were all good but expensive. We should have done less. The snorkeling was good but the reefs they take you to have been damaged by too many tourists. I'm sure there are many unspoiled reefs, but don't expect to see them on these tours. I can understand why they would take tourists only to certain spots given that you see people doing stupid things like standing on the coral. Also I really objected to the fact that on some of the tours they fed the rays and then just tossed the excess fish parts in the water which attracts black tipped reef sharks. I read that this is illegal inside the reef but they do it anyway. The guides assured us the sharks are benign, but they are sharks and it seems irresponsible to feed them or attract them. Also some of them were about 5 feet so if they decide to bite you it would be bad news. Our best tour was the jet ski around Bora Bora. It was AMAZING and 2 hours went by in a flash. Worth every penny! I would go on this cruise or a similar one again but in the non-rainy season. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Quick back round. This was our 37 cruise, the 6th to Tahiti, once on Princess, 2 on Oceania, 1 on Wind Star and 1 on Holland America. This 17 days on Wind Spirit were far and away the best for the following reasons. Wind Spirit at ... Read More
Quick back round. This was our 37 cruise, the 6th to Tahiti, once on Princess, 2 on Oceania, 1 on Wind Star and 1 on Holland America. This 17 days on Wind Spirit were far and away the best for the following reasons. Wind Spirit at most has only has 140 passengers. This cruise was really a 10 day followed by a 7 day cruise. Neither cruise was sold out and only 25 of us opted for the 17 day trip. --Overview of the Wind Spirit-- The ship is small which makes it easy explore and the passengers range in age from mid 30's to around 70. No children, no scooters, no O2 tanks and no elevators, just lots of stairs to climb getting around the ship. All the cabins but the owners suite are exactly the same with two large port holes, no balconies or inside cabins. Lots of storage, nice sized bathroom. The only minor complaint is that the bed takes up most of the room on the port hole side, making getting into bed on that side a little tricky while at sea. Speaking of the port holes you get quite a show if you're on deck 1 when the seas are a little rough. Looking out as the waves crash against the glass port holes is something we have never experienced before!! --Wind Spirit Staff and Crew-- Ok, every member from your cabin steward to the Captain are friendly, outgoing and somehow are able to remember your name after just one day onboard. Our waiter of choice was Achmed. The dinners are open seating and you can sit with other passengers or just as a couple. We always sat requesting Achmed's station. As for bar tenders John and Gerber were top notched. You only had to make eye contact with either of them and your favorite adult beverage soon appeared. We had 2 Matre'd, Rafi who left after the 10 days segment and Prasi who replaced him 7 days. Both gentlemen could not do enough and every request was met with a smile and a "No problem." Cabin stewart was great,reception desk with Nicola and Jenn were great at fixing the few minor problems we had. Reyni in the shop was very helpful and pleasant every time we stop in. Exploring the open bridge was fun, questioning the Chief Officer Paul about how the ship navigated and other workings that you don't normally have access to was interesting. --Dining-- Didn't use room service, didn't need too as breakfast, lunch and dinner were fabulous. Breakfast and lunch were in the Veranda. It's a hike from deck 1, up four flights of stairs. Dinner in the Amphora restaurant. Breakfast and lunch had a hot and cold buffet and every day there was a hot dish made fresh for you. Limited menu at both breakfast and lunch. Now dinner was wonderful. With the casual dress code there was no need to have fancy clothes, just a collared shirt and long pants for men and women to dress smartly. The food was excellent from start to finish. The dining room is a little loud but never crowded. Never had to wait more than a minute or two to get a table. On two nights, one for each cruise, they have a full scale buffet dinner outside on the top deck. Food there was great too. --Entertainment-- This is easy, they only have a duo in the lounge for a few hours every night. No Broadway production, comedian, magician or animal tricks. Really didn't miss it. The one thing that was not mentioned about this cruise was that the casino had been removed and replaced with a coffee shop. Didn't bother me but my honey always likes to play the slots while cruising. That being said, I had lots and lots of extra cash on hand, a big chuck of it spent on black pearls!! --Shore Excursions-- Didn't take many from the ship as we had seen just about every thing on our prior 5 cruises around Tahiti. Did do the stingray and shark snorkeling on Bora-Bora which was fun and do not miss the Faaroa River and Motu beach break if the guide is Tihoti. Tihoti is pure Tahitian, covered with tattoos and a wonderful story teller. His insight in the Tahitian life style that is now changing due to the internet and outside influence is both enlightening and sad. He is not to be missed!! --Odds and Ends-- Didn't use the fitness center, it's very small. Used the swim platform at the rear of the ship several times and it's a great way to take a dip, go waterskiing, use the kayaks or the small sail boat. --Beverage Package-- Did not originally want it but since the casino wasn't there I took it for myself. It included all the top shelf hard liquor, Grey Goose, Chivas, Makers Make, all beers both imported and domestic, wine and also the mini-bar in the room!! They also discounted whole bottles of wine by 30% which you could share with the wife in the dining room. Pricing on the bottles of wine was crazy cheap considering it was on a cruise ship, a nice bottle of Napa Valley merlot was $26.00!! I know, if you buy the package you are going to drink a lot more than if you are paying for each drink but remember, you're on vacation, don't have to drive the boat and your cabin is just minutes away. --Summary-- Getting to Tahiti from the east coast is a bear. We flew out two days before from NC, stayed overnight in LA. Flew Air Tahiti leaving at 4:15 pm and arrived in Tahiti at 10:00 pm. Stayed there in a BnB and met the ship the following afternoon. This isn't an inexpensive vacation. The air fare is steep, around $4800 for r/t from NC. When you visit Tahiti and see just how beautiful it is, now friendly and honest the Tahitians I think you'll believe it was money all spent. So, suck it up and make plans to go to Tahiti. You will not regret it. We did shed a tear or two while leaving the ship as mostly likely this will be our last trip to the wonderful place. You should really make a point to get out and mingle with the Tahitians away from the crowds. They are honest, friendly and even thru we don't speak French or Tahitian they do like to spend time with you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We just returned from our cruise. Fantastic in all ways. Our airplane was cancelled 2 days in a row by Air Tahiti Nui (a whole other matter) and we would not be arriving to Tahiti until 1 hour after the sailing time. We called Windstar ... Read More
We just returned from our cruise. Fantastic in all ways. Our airplane was cancelled 2 days in a row by Air Tahiti Nui (a whole other matter) and we would not be arriving to Tahiti until 1 hour after the sailing time. We called Windstar to see how to meet the ship in Moorea. They got involved with the air company even though we did not book our air through them. Customer service was amazing and they held the ship in port until we arrived. I would not hesitate to book them again. The whole cruise experience, Room, Food, Service is top notch. I even lost my souveniors while tendering and did not realize until I returned I did not have them. They had it in lost and found and are sending them back to me at home. AMAZING! The ship itself is a little worn but very well kept. If you are a snorkeler, the water is so clear and beautiful anywhere we went. The private islands were just what you would think paradise should be. Nothing was too much to ask of anyone. I can't imagine visiting all the places we did with room and food for less money that we paid for the cruise- as long as you can pay a discounted rate. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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