17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
My wife and I did the Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise that leaves from Athens and stops in Nafplio, Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Santorini, and Monemvasia, returning to Athens. We enjoyed the small ship experience and the no ... Read More
My wife and I did the Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise that leaves from Athens and stops in Nafplio, Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Santorini, and Monemvasia, returning to Athens. We enjoyed the small ship experience and the no dress up requirement. Very relaxing on board, hectic on the daily tours. Windstar picked us up from the airport on time...it was basically a taxi cab. We used them for the pick up based on past cruise experiences where the taxi driver couldn't find the ship because it had no address. Terrific crew on board that works very hard to make everyone happy. It is a beautiful ship. Unfortunately, they never seemed to put up more than a couple of sails. We used the Windstar tours every day except for Santorini and Athens. They were very well organized and everything went smoothly. However, most of the islands were very hot, even for June. We had read about mosquito problems in Santorini, but we didn't run across one. Unfortunately, the Kusadasi evening event was rained out for the first time in years, so we had dinner at the hotel that caters the event. Can't blame them for an act of god, but still disappointed we didn't get to do the dinner at the Ephesus library. For Santorini and Athens, our party of four used "Tours by Locals". They were quite excellent also, and provided a small group experience for less than half the cost of the equivalent tour from Windstar. For all the tours, the guides seemed to provide for periodic toilet stops, and the toilets for the most part were clean and modern. Watch out for the toilet in the ruins of Mycenae in Nafplio, my wife got locked in a dark stall for a while. Also the pay public toilet at the north end of the Oia walkway in Santorini was filthy. Food at breakfast and lunch on the ship was excellent. At dinner, the food was good, but not as good as some other cruise lines. Some observations not usually included in reviews: - Internet (an option that you can purchase) speed was measured at 1.5 Mbps download and upload speed if you sat in the lobby near the front desk. The wifi in the room was weak (-89 dBm) and limited the bandwidth further. Web pages loaded at low cost DSL speeds...about 10-20 seconds to open a page. - The toilet in the room was light brown in the bottom instead of white. It looked like the staff had scrubbed it a bit too hard and took the finish off, so now it couldn't be effectively cleaned any longer. - A few weeks before the cruise, we got an email from Windstar to make sure we got a Turkish visa for the Kusudasi visit. We didn't need it. Even the Turkey website says that you don't need one for such a short visit. All we needed was the ship ID (no passport). - Daily evening announcements can't be heard in the room. No option to turn it on or off like other ships. So you had to stick your head out the door to hear what they were saying. And the announcements sometimes modified the meeting times previously announced in the daily bulletin. - The Windstar documentation mentions "wet landings", where you jump out of the tender boat into shallow water. There were no wet landings on this cruise. The tender always dropped us off at a dock. At a couple of stops, the ship could actually tie up to a dock, eliminating the need for the tender. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Very nice cruise--great destinations, most notably smaller islands where big ships couldn't go. Kusadasi was wonderful--dinner at Ephesus was spectactular; food utterly unedible, but setting and light chamber music was extraordinary. ... Read More
Very nice cruise--great destinations, most notably smaller islands where big ships couldn't go. Kusadasi was wonderful--dinner at Ephesus was spectactular; food utterly unedible, but setting and light chamber music was extraordinary. Three big problems. Fumes filled the second and first decks on Monday--might have been paint, but more likely adhesives or sealant. Terrible, but no one on the ship would acknowledge or explain. Ship's hotel director went down after complaints and ship's doctor was notified, but nothing done. Fumes stayed for two days. Food was mediocre--butter is not a substitute for fresh. We're in Greece and no greek salads, fresh fish. The only fresh food was "sea bass," which is not a term for fresh or supple. It's whatever happens to be around. Finally the constant ship conditioning with electric grinders is not okay. Do it before the season, do it in-between cruises but not when passengers are on deck trying to read. A great cruise marred by perfectly preventing sloth. Sorry Windstar. Not okay. Oh, don't get me started on the sermons whenever we took excursions to monasteries and religious sites. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
The main problem with Windstar, confirmed many times over by other guests onboard, is that their office NEVER responds . If you have an issue, and you will have because they have some serious internal communication issues, forget reaching ... Read More
The main problem with Windstar, confirmed many times over by other guests onboard, is that their office NEVER responds . If you have an issue, and you will have because they have some serious internal communication issues, forget reaching them by phone, email, mail, or fax. Yes, tried them all. You leave voicemails, they go un-answered. Emails to multiple addresses...forget a response. You fax or snail mail and the result is the same. This company won't even respond to credit card company or Better Business Bureau. Call reservations, hold 30+ minutes ...and get nowhere. There are obvious signs they are cutting back significantly. Water sports equipment that they rave about off back of ship...in sorry shape. Sails they talk about....yeah, right. One main sail had a huge tear in it most of the cruise. Rear sail completely inoperative. Whirlpool and pool is something in dire need of refurbishment. We good go on and on. Expect information before a cruise (boarding time, where?, anything)...forget about it. Its a shame, because the crew is outstanding. This is a company that was in financial trouble only 6 years ago, was bought out by Xanterra - national park concessioner...so you can imagine for yourself the result. Running lodging and food services in some national parks is not maintaining cruise ships. We think, and have said as much to the cruise line, is that they are in financial trouble. Since it is a private company and they don't report financial information like publically owned companies (e.g. Carnival), no way to substantiate it. Be forewarned. As much as we enjoy their crews of the high seas, their land based operation is simply horrible. Any company that doesn't communicate or respond to repeat guests speaks volumes. Accordingly, Windstar is dead to us. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This Windstar cruise was marvelous and well organized with exceptional service onboard. The room was exactly as advertised, very comfortable and nicely laid out. The food was consistently delicious (I especially liked that we had many ... Read More
This Windstar cruise was marvelous and well organized with exceptional service onboard. The room was exactly as advertised, very comfortable and nicely laid out. The food was consistently delicious (I especially liked that we had many options to choose from at each meal--healthy, decadent and in-between). Information on tour times, length of time in each port and the next day’s itinerary was presented each evening, and someone was always available to answer any questions we had. Loved the small ship experience with the limited number of passengers--it was easier to meet people and make friends. And the ship was well designed, we never felt cramped or like there wasn’t enough room. Amenities were good on a smaller scale, including a spa, gym, library/DVDs and free room service, although some amenities, like laundry service, were pricey. Several types of excursion options were offered at each port, but in some ports 30 people in a tour group was too overwhelming for the smaller shops and narrow streets. We enjoyed exploring on our own and felt like we had plenty of time in each port. Lots and lots of amazing, colorful photo ops everywhere we went! The Evening in Ephesus dinner at Kusadasi was magnificent and definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Other than the initial check-in, we experienced no long lines at meals, transferring from ship to ports, etc. Awesome!! Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
With winter wearing us down we felt it was time to book another cruise to soak up some sun and heat. We ended up choosing Windstar because 1) It wasn't departing out of the cruise ports we'd done many times before (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, ... Read More
With winter wearing us down we felt it was time to book another cruise to soak up some sun and heat. We ended up choosing Windstar because 1) It wasn't departing out of the cruise ports we'd done many times before (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, etc.) and 2) the ports were not, with the exception of Castries, places we had been to before. Yeah, basically we wanted to try something different in the Caribbean! We ended up flying in the day before to Bridgetown, Barbados. I'm not a fan of flying in the same day as the cruise especially during winter storm months as the likelihood of delays is high and who wants to miss at least one day of cruising because of flight delays! It's also a great way to get in a day of exploring at the homeport. And were we ever glad to go in the day before! It seems like all the major airlines arrive at the airport at about the same time, resulting in very long immigration lines. In fact, a number of people arrived on the ship on departure day during the lifeboat drill due to the length of time it took to clear customs. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard in the Garrison area of Bridgetown - chosen entirely because I could get the room on Marriott Rewards points. The hotel was clean, staff were friendly, and, although not on the beach, beach access was directly across the street from the hotel. There are a number of dining options near the Marriott. We ended up walking along the beach boardwalk and had dinner at Tapas - a wonderful restaurant on the beach about a ten minute walk from the hotel. The following day, prior to packing up and heading to the port, we spent a couple of hours on the beach. All beaches in Barbados are public. We expected to have beach vendors offer to sell us trinkets but in all the time we had only one vendor approach us. Around 1 pm (we had a late checkout) we packed up and grabbed a taxi to the port. Hint: ALWAYS confirm the price with the driver before getting in. In fact, ask the hotel what the rate is. They have the official rate cards and can tell you what you should be paying. The port was a bit of a nightmare. There were a number of ships berthed that day, including the P&O Azura (a really big ship!). We got about 300 yards from the security checkpoint and then stopped...and waited...and waited. And finally got out and walked through the checkpoint and on to the Windstar check in area. This was the initial check in only, where they collect your bags and have you fill out the standard health questionnaire. After you drop your bags off, you wander around trying to figure out how to get to the ship! There was no signage and little guidance until we found someone in a Windstar shirt who was able to point us to a shuttle bus to take us to the ship. Getting on the ship we experienced what was the first hint of the outstanding crew that the Windstar has. Climbing up the gangway we were greeted Jeffery, the Hotel Manager, and Belinda, the captain. One of the benefits of the small ship experience is that you get to know the crew and they get to know you. Checking in left a lot to be desired. After the greeting, cold towels, and drink, we were directed to the lounge for registration -- where it was a general mass of people standing around waiting to get to the registration desk. It might be a minor quibble but having a some sort of line would have made things a lot smoother! From there you are escorted to your cabin. While this was easily the smallest cabin we've had in some time it was also the best laid out cabin we have ever had. More storage than we could ever need...and a surprisingly large bathroom! Speaking of the bathroom, it was stocked with L'Occitane brand of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, etc. On to the ship... It's small. 70 cabins in total, all but one the same size. No balconies. There is a lounge and the Amphora restaurant on Deck 3. The casino (about 8 slot machines and two gaming tables) is attached to the lounge. There is a small but well equipped spa located on Deck 3 as well. Deck 4 has a bar, tiny pool and hot tub, and a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. There are plenty of deckchairs fore and aft to enjoy the weather. The interior of the ship is very well maintained. For a ship built in 1986 the interior looks fantastic. The exterior was in good shape as well but you could see where it could use a coat of paint (some rust) and there were some nasty dents in the side of the ship. Eating... You could have room service delivered 24 hours a day with no fee (unlike some of the big ships). Selection was quite good. Although we didn't try it, you could have dinner items delivered from the restaurant during the dinner items. We did order in the fresh popcorn a few times while watching a movie (the ship has a large selection of DVDs that you can check out to watch). Breakfast was served upstairs on Deck 4, and consisted of a hot and cold buffet, an omelette station, and a la carte items that you could order. This was probably the weakest in terms of service. We found that ordering from the omelette station was hit and miss - hot dishes made quickly about half the time; other times dishes took 20 minutes to get and were cold or incorrect. Lunch was also served in the same restaurant with a similar format: hot and cold buffet, a hot dish station, and a limited (burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and one entree) a la carte menu. Dinner was typically offered after the daily port talk session and consisted of appetizers, soups, mains, and desserts. All were prepared to order; unfortunately, this caused problems when everyone stampeded to dinner after the port talk! The kitchen clearly got overloaded and significant delays in getting food occurred a couple of nights. However, the food quality was quite good - think as good if not better than the Blu restaurant on Celebrity. One night of the cruise Windstar has a deck barbecue. This was very good with excellent food (paella, steak, shrimp, ribs, chicken, fish, lobster) and local music. One of the highlights of the cruise! Entertainment There really isn't any. They have a duo playing pop song covers every evening in the lounge. On the one sea day trivia games, kitchen tours, and the like are offered. And there's the DVD library and in room TV movies to watch. Ports and Shore Excursions The ports are where Windstar either excelled or failed...badly. Being a small ship Windstar can get into ports that most other ships can't. But when going into the larger ports Windstar seems to end up with some horrible berths. We were supposed to go to Pigeon Island but, for 'operational' reasons we ended up at Castries on a Sunday. The city is essentially closed down on Sundays and we were berthed in an industrial area. Having not booked an excursion there was very little for us to do. Our next port was St. George, Grenada. Again, Windstar was relegated to a commercial area of the port far away from the city and the spice market. It's the small ports where Windstar shines. We went to Tobago Cays, Moreau, and Bequia. Wonderful ports with beautiful beaches and very few people around! The excursions offered by Windstar were geared primarily towards snorkeling and scuba diving. Since we aren't into that we did not have a lot of choice for excursions and ended up doing only one - a Barbados tour and airport transfer on departure day. The Service... Windstar really shines here. The crew are friendly, approachable, and really want you to have a good time. The one issue we had was acted upon promptly. In fact, many of the crew members addressed us by name within two days of the cruise. It was the crew service that took this cruise from an 'Average' rating to a 'Very Good' rating. In Summary... There are a few things that really stand out with Windstar: 1. Special events - the deck BBQ and the Moreau beach BBQ were outstanding. 2. The sailing experience - we were able to go to areas of the ship (open bridge, bowsprit) that are typically off limits. We were shuttled to the smaller ports on Zodiacs (you aren't getting that on a larger ship!). 3. The small ports - going places we wouldn't get to otherwise 4. The Crew. Outstanding. There were a few things we didn't like: 1. The big ports - Windstar seems to get shunted to the less desirable areas due to its size. 2. Entertainment - there really is none. 3. Shore Excursions - mostly geared to the scuba and snorkel enthusiasts. Would We Go On Windstar Again? The jury is out on this one. We both wanted to try the small ship experience and found that the lack of entertainment really detracted from our enjoyment. Additionally, we found the limited selection of excursions (a small ship really can't support a wide variety) detrimental for us. There really were none that we wanted to do. If you like snorkeling or scuba diving, Windstar's Caribbean itineraries are a great option. If you like to sit back and be entertained, Windstar probably isn't the cruise for you. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We sailed on the Windstar to the Caribbean, St George to St George, in early March 2017. The ship was lovely, the crew was very attentive and food was quite good. The advantage of cruising on a small ship like this is that visits to small ... Read More
We sailed on the Windstar to the Caribbean, St George to St George, in early March 2017. The ship was lovely, the crew was very attentive and food was quite good. The advantage of cruising on a small ship like this is that visits to small ports and hidden away places are possible and the itinerary was full of promise. While the first few days of this cruise confirmed this expectation, bad weather (high wind, strong seas) forced the cancellation of at least 50% of the itinerary. This was bad luck and no fault of anyone. The crew did a great job of keeping us safe. What was disappointing was that the cruise line did not offer one single bit of compensation. No complementary drinks, or services and no rebates or discounts on future trips. I would be hesitant about recommending this trip at this time of year. Our trip was dramatically restricted due to weather as were other sailing during this time. There were no foul weather plans or alternative itineraries so we spent most of the time cruising at sea often under adverse weather conditions. Overall it was a disappointing experience. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
After our experience with UNPROFESSIONAL and uncharming service in The House Hotel in Barbados we enjoyed the so well trained and friendly service of the windstar crew!!!!!- just perfect! The cabin was well kept and clean. Breakfast, ... Read More
After our experience with UNPROFESSIONAL and uncharming service in The House Hotel in Barbados we enjoyed the so well trained and friendly service of the windstar crew!!!!!- just perfect! The cabin was well kept and clean. Breakfast, lunch or dinner were always phantastic and it´s great to have breakfast or lunch or dinner sitting outside in the deckchairs on the veranda while You watch the sea. The captain - Melinda ist charming and knows her job as do the other members of the crew. We can´t say much about the entertainment or the off shore tours because we had been on a private cruise. It was a wonderful first experience even we had often rain and the sea was quite rocky for february, but I do hope that we will sail again with the Windstar and Melinda in the Mediterranean or Sweden and Norway or the baltic!!! Thank You all! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our first small ship experience and we loved it. I was a little worried about not having a balcony but come to find out on a small ship it is just one flight of steps to sitting outside. The cabin had enough storage and space. ... Read More
This was our first small ship experience and we loved it. I was a little worried about not having a balcony but come to find out on a small ship it is just one flight of steps to sitting outside. The cabin had enough storage and space. The outdoor area is large with a bar and also set up in the morning for a continental breakfast. Very small pool and hot tub. The food and service was excellent and our Social Director (Felippe) was the best I have every seen. Everyone on the crew seemed genuinely happy and wanted us to have a great time. Other than Grenada we enjoyed all the ports or I should say harbors...we tendered into most of the small islands....one time we had to take the rubber boats into land...so if you have a mobility problem this could be difficult. Breakfast and lunch is buffet or order off the menu in a restaurant on the top level......dinner is down in the dinning room and is off a menu. You can also sign up to have dinner under the stars.........up on the deck - it was lovely. They also had a barbeque night up on the deck, most food I have ever seen and all of it was great, this was followed by line dancing with the crew. I think we will be hard press to go back to a big ship after such a great time on the smaller ship.......granted it was a little rocky on the first night due to a super moon but it calmed down after that. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our 3rd Windstar cruise - the other 2 being in Europe. We enjoy the small ship atmosphere and have been very pleased with the level of service and casual elegance of the Windstar experience. This ship was full with 144 passengers, ... Read More
This was our 3rd Windstar cruise - the other 2 being in Europe. We enjoy the small ship atmosphere and have been very pleased with the level of service and casual elegance of the Windstar experience. This ship was full with 144 passengers, I believe, and 99 crew. This cruise started in Barbados with a fast and easy embarkation and a sunset departure that brought most everyone up to the deck to enjoy the "signature sail away" music and raising of sails. Our cabin was 2nd deck mid-ship and was comfortable with a firm bed and lots of storage space. I must comment on the water pressure in the shower - wow - far better than I get at home! We had read that the first night going from Bridgetown to St. Lucia could be rocky and, indeed, you definitely knew you were on a boat that first night! Preparing ahead with Bonine, patch, or whatever, would probably always be a good preventative against the swells. The final night also featured some rocking and rolling, but we didn't hear any complaints, so perhaps everyone had their sea legs by then. Of particular note on this cruise was the incredibly friendly group of people aboard. Mostly American with a good number of Canadians, some Brits, French and others. While most of the passengers were couples, we found nearly everyone inviting others to join them for dinner and tables for 4 or 6 quite common. We were really pleased with this aspect of the cruise and don't know if it is always replicated on these Caribbean trips, but it worked for us! There were a few men traveling alone and one commented at the end of the trip about how welcoming and friendly everyone had been to him --- unlike many cruises he'd taken on other lines. I think the small size of the ship helps - you feel like you know everyone on the ship by the end of the week! Phillipe, the Voyage Leader, did a good job of introducing us to the various ports of call each evening prior and was exceedingly patient and good natured throughout the trip. His French accent was adorable and his dancing skills were put on display during the on-deck barbeque dance party - fun! Michael, the bar manager, Haley and Jesus, the entertainers, the ship's doctor, the reception staff - all were 100% upbeat and enthusiastic in their interactions with us. While we know that there is repetition to their jobs week after week with a new crowd of passengers, the staff really made you feel like they enjoyed their work and were having fun. Even the captain showed off his sense of humor and was a genial host on the bridge visits. Our cabin steward, "T" was a delight and was at the ready with a smile and greeting whenever we met and quickly responded whenever a request was made. A few towel animals found their way into our cabin, too. A real highlight on board was the on-deck barbeque. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather throughout the trip, so being on deck with an absolutely amazing spread of food, a steel drum band playing, and then line dancing after was just terrific. Haley did a good job of getting people up and dancing and the crew dances were fun to watch. It was a great evening! The diversity of the ports made this trip quite memorable. We did 3 excursions and were satisfied with each one. In St. Lucia, the Sights and Casteries tour took us through hill and dale and to the capital city - so we had a good look at the island. The guide was very good and while we could have done without the final stop at an arts and crafts shop, overall it was a good trip to get a look at the island. In Grenada, we did the glass bottom kayak tour. It was an interesting area to kayak and we were taken to the location of the underwater sculpture park. It was a bit difficult to see much through the bottom of the boat given the sea being a bit stirred up, but it was a worthwhile paddle if you like to kayak.The staff took photos of our group arriving and boarding the kayaks and sold a CD for $10 that also included underwater photos of the sculpture park.The snorkel excursion in Tobago Cay was aboard a large catamaran with about 30 people aboard. The boat had two stops - the first took us to a reef, and then we went to an area with sea turtles to see. Rough seas made the first stop a challenge for some of us (who were weaker swimmers), but the second stop was great and most everyone managed to see some turtles, which was awesome. And the rum punch served on the way back to the ship was fantastic! Remember to bring tip money for the guides - something easily forgotten when you're putting on bathing suits. Our favorite day was on the island of Mayreau at the "special event." The day was magnificent, there was nice snorkeling right off the beach, lunch was served under the shade of the palms, the water sports items were available to use from the beach, and there were shade cabanas set up with lounge chairs all the way down the beach. Paddle boarding is harder than it looks! There was a steep walk from the beach to the top of the island where the area behind the church offered amazing views of neighboring islands and reefs and that crystal clear blue and green water. If you're up for it, you can continue on that road to the other side of the island and Salt Whistle Bay, which has small beachfront restaurants and bars. Its a steep walk both ways, but Salt Whistle is lovely. That night we had our dinner at Candles on deck (deee-lish) and then went to the crew show, which was so much fun (don't miss it!). It was truly a perfect day. We did have 1 day at sea and the activities and demos during the day made the time fly. Some folks can sit and read all day and others cannot, so towel animals, fruit carving, trivia, galley tour and line dancing instruction were appreciated! Name that Tune in the evening was well attended and well managed by Hailey and Jesus. We almost won! The breakfast selections were varied and quite good in our experience. Plenty of fruit, hot items, and the best Muesli! We mostly had lunch on board and it was fine. Caesar salad was very good. Best part was discovered at the end of the trip - bread pudding - OMG - soooo good. Don't miss it. Dinner in the dining room offered a nice and varied selection. But the best dinners were enjoyed at the on-deck barbeque and at Candles. If you have the chance to take the galley tour, do it - it's amazing what they accomplish in such a small space. Overall, the food was well presented, tasted good, and the service was excellent. Disembarking was done reluctantly - we didn't want to leave. But, of course, it was efficiently handled in spite of 3 mega ships also in port. Our flight was 1pm, so we hired a taxi to take us up to Holetown and see a bit of the island that we didn't see on our one day ahead of the cruise. $80 got us a 1.5 hour tour plus trip to the airport, which seemed very fair.There are excursions available with airport transfer, but your flight had to be after 3:30pm. So, our thanks to the crew and fellow passengers for a wonderful week at sea and visits to new and interesting ports. This is an itinerary that the big ships cannot offer, take advantage of it! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was super fun! The ship is small, I think 190 or so passengers, and nearly a 1-1 ratio crew. It is wonderful, watching the anchor lift up, and then the music starting, as the beautiful sails slowly unfold, and we get underway. you ... Read More
This was super fun! The ship is small, I think 190 or so passengers, and nearly a 1-1 ratio crew. It is wonderful, watching the anchor lift up, and then the music starting, as the beautiful sails slowly unfold, and we get underway. you can’t really go wrong, with a friendly, helpful, cheerful crew, good food all day, and service, and the SEA! The magnificent, ever changing sea and sky! The fresh air, the sights, the tiny islands we visit… There are no elevators on this ship, but I was amazed at the fortitude with which some very elderly guests, went up and down the stairs several times a day, including one blind man. The guests were mixed, mostly couples, I’d say middle aged and a bit older perhaps, I’m sure it varies, with the sailing dates, as kids were back in school, when I went. I went solo, and had a great time - my only minor whine, was that after a large dinner, they had music and dancing in the lounge, and as a single, I found it awkward to dance. On a fabulous barbecue night, outside on the deck, the entertainment directors started us line dancing, so anyone could join in, and it was a blast. It’s great to have exercise, after a big meal. The pool is very small, and not heated, and it’s also, on the deck where the outside bar is, and which turns into the alternative dining spot “Candles”, in the evening, so no lovely night time swims in the moonlight are possible, which I usually adore, especially as I’m very pale, so I can swim without worrying about sunburn. The jacuzzi is there also. “Candles” has to be reserved, and each passenger is only allowed one night’s dining in Candles, unless they have room. They have a platform, which can be lowered, when we’re not sailing, or parked right in town, which is great fun. They provide you with snorkeling equipment, and all kinds of water sport goodies to enjoy. Luca was in charge of water sports, and very knowledgeable and helpful. The cabins are small, with no balcony, but charming, and old fashioned, and well designed. the beds are comfy, the rooms are clean, the showers hot, and there is a mini bar, plus TV with cable and DVD player. You’re allowed two bottle of wine per cabin I believe, to bring on board. Drinks are about $7.50 to $10.00 or more US. I didn’t buy any excursions, as I had already had to pay a single supplement, but they have tenders that take you to shore, and one can explore, or go to a beach and swim. This was only a 7 day cruise, so I just wanted to relax and have fun. Breakfast and lunch are at the “Verandah” Restaurant, with some, coveted seating outside. There is a small library, small spa, and the main dining room, which one does have to dress for a bit, and which is very nice. We did hit some swells, with the full moon, so the ship was gently (mostly gently), rocking us back and forth, but if you love the sea, you won’t care. Apparently the full moon often brings swells in the ocean. The islands we visited were beautiful, and the entertainment at night was pretty darn amusing. The singer was sweet, and had a beautiful voice, and Philipe, the head of Voyage something - was a hoot. Everyone had a great time, and everyone was sad and quiet the last night. It is just a great experience. I almost asked if they had any cabins available for the next sailing, so I could stay on another week! Read Less
Wind Star Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 3.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.9
Value For Money 5.0 4.2
Rates 5.0 3.8

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