We just completed a second transatlantic cruise with the Windstar's ship Windsurf
it was a wonderful cruise in so many ways. Of couse embarking is easy and quick with 107 fellow passengers, 89 who were repeat and 18 who were new to the cruise line. Many of the passengers have made multiple crossing and often meet each other either every or every other year. So, for many people it is a reunion.
For a ship that can carry 312 people, having only 107 it was like having your own private yacht. For a crossing it takes a special passenger. You have to be happy making your own fun and activities and you have enjoy quiet and solitude. While there are few formal activities there is: reading, ocean and star gazing, a group of women did needle point and made jewelry, one lady painted, the ship does organize games such as trivia and ship golf, a group of people enjoyed putting together complicated puzzles, the ship publishes daily word and number games, there is musical entertainment in the evening and the ship had an evening movie and popcorn! This trip there was a popular tap dancing class initiated by a fellow passenger. As you can see much of activities are self driven and low key. The pool at the beginning of the trip was widely used and the hot tubs were always in use. One of my happy anticipations was the daily noon announcement by the Captain of our position, weather report, nautical miles to land, ocean depth and distance to the horizon. The bridge was happily open 24/7 for curious people like myself.
We had cabin #132, it was on the bottom floor ( there are only 3 floors with cabins), center ship. We think it is spacious, we love the little rocking of the ship for sleeping. This floor and being mid-ship has the least movement. Plenty of storage,, a nice desk, flat screen TV, BOSE iPod dock ( they furnish the iPod ) nice bathroom, great water pressure ( the most important thing in a bathroom for me ). It is a sailing ship's bath but very comfortable, lots of storage.