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Windstar Cruises

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About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises offers a trio of masted sailing ships, as well as a trio of all-suite small cruise ships. Passengers embrace a casual-yet-upscale environment and active exploration in port. Deck barbecues and beach parties are a highlight, as are water sports right from the ship.

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Dreams Of Tahiti Package With Air 7d+air/hotel Ppt...

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Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt

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Overwater Bungalow & Tahitian Paradises Cruise Tou...

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Istanbul Icons & Aegean Artifacts Via The Corinth...

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Myths & Marvels Of The Aegean 8d Pir-pir

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Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands Package With Air 10d+...

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Aegean Sea Odyssey Via The Corinth Canal 8d Pir-is...

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Adriatic Archipelagos & Greek Goddesses 9d Pir-vce

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Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt

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Vatican & Italian Riviera Cruise Tour 7d Bcn-cvv

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Comprehensive Spain 12d Bcn-bod

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Dreams Of Tahiti 7d Ppt-ppt

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Windstar Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Windstar cruise ships?

Windstar attracts adults all the way from 30 to 90 years, including honeymooners and people celebrating milestone birthdays or anniversaries. The core age, however, is 55 to 75, with most coming from North America; others come from New Zealand and Australia, the U.K. and other European countries. You won't find younger families onboard as Windstar draws the line at kids under 8.

Do I have to dress up on a Windstar cruise?

Not really. You can leave your formal dress and neckties at home and stick to country club casual sportswear. By day, most women wear walking shorts, slacks, skirts, sarongs and cover-ups; in the evenings resort-style dresses and dressy pants. Men usually wear walking or Bermuda shorts or khakis by day and lightweight trousers and collared shirts in the evening. Windstar doesn't allow shorts, flip-flops, jeans, hats or T-shirts during dinner at either of its dining venues.

Is everything free on Windstar cruises?

No. Although Windstar is a luxury line, its pricing is a la carte, which means the cruise fares are lower than most competitors. You choose what you want to pay for whether it be alcohol and soft drinks, Wi-Fi, shore excursions, gratuities and spa and beauty treatments.

The cruise fare covers all dining and unlimited use of the water sports platform, including equipment for snorkeling, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing.

What are Windstar’s most popular activities?

There are few organized activities onboard a Windstar cruise, with most cruisers spending their time onshore exploring the ports being visited. The unregimented, relaxed life with outstanding food and service fits the passengers, and friendships spring up quickly. Many passengers take advantage of the water sports platform that's on most ships and all the toys that go with it. In the evening, passengers will chat in the main lounge, and while a house band might play for a little while, most cruisers get to bed early to take advantage of a full day in port the next day.

The line does have a robust partnership with the James Beard Foundation, with culinary demonstrations on every sailing that give passengers access to chef secrets.

On the sailing ships, the top deck will always be packed if the sails are scheduled to be unfurled.

Why go with Windstar?

  • Options to travel on masted sailing ships or all-suite yachts.
  • Intimate ships sail to destinations bigger ships can't.
  • Attentive service, with a passenger-crew ratio of 1.5 to 1.
  • Casual atmosphere with fine dining.

Best for: Couples, sailing enthusiasts and independent travelers who love to explore off-the-beaten-path

Not for: Anyone looking for a wide range of dining and nightlife options

Windstar Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Great experience with a great group!

There were only 3 couples in our group; the rest were single travelers, some of whom had never met previously.The Wind Surf also offers a small private party just for single travelers, as well as receptions for new and repeat customers.Read More
GARYTHEHITMAN

many10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Life is Great on the Wind Surf

Dinner is lovely and on the Surf you have 3 venues to choose from: Stella Bistro , French that is French, Candles is the outside venue that is a grille with incredible meats and fish, I love the lamb and I love this restaurant sailing out of harbors at dusk, the main restaurant, Amphora, delicious choices.Small ports, especially in the Caribbean, we find them more culturally interesting, having great beaches, nice touring and lovely markets.Read More
Strenz

many10+ Cruises

Age 76s

Great Times on the Wind Surf

Free chairs, great lunch, rosé wine and just a few of us on this great beach (not to be confused with the more popular Shoal Bay East).Could have gone to any of the great beaches on this stop (Smugglers Cove, Long Bay, Cane Garden) but with the cloudy weather, we decided to go back to the ship.Read More
Misty Morning

many10+ Cruises

Age 61s

Excellent Experience

We did tip the room attendant, waiter and bartender extra with USD because of our exceptional service.Bar service both at the meals and at the pool bar were good along with a stocked mini bar in the room.Read More
stephenking

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 81s

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