Wind Surf - Western Mediterranean: Wind Surf Cruise Review by little britain
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Wind Surf - Western Mediterranean
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Boarded in Barcelona after one night at the fantastic Le Meridian hotel [recommended!] Caught a cab down the Ramblas to the pier this cost 12¬ which is a lot cheaper than the $65 that Windstar wanted for the transfer. Boarding started at 2pm a strange procedure all the photos and credit card taking was done when we were on board sitting in the lounge. At least they served a glass of champers and some canapEs when we waited.
We had a suite #337 port side forward the suites are basically two back to back cabins with a hole knocked between them. No further alterations have been made so you are left with two vanity units, two cupboards, two fridges, two mini bars, four safes and best of all two bathrooms. New dEcor on the beds is a pretty gold/maroon colour the beds seemed new and were very very More comfortable. However the woodwork in the room was all chipped and scratched and looked rather tired. This was my impression of the whole ship and I think it is going into dry dock shortly so perhaps they will give it a good revamp as it certainly needs it.
On my previous cruises whenever we docked there was always some poor guy dangling over the side with a tin of paint painting the hull but this did not happen at all and the poor hull was all scratched and marked as if the captain had had a few troubles in the past trying to park the ship!!!
I took a peek into a normal cabin and these appeared to be very small with no seating area at all unless you sat on the bed. Because the windows are portholes all the cabins are always quite dark.
Food was generally very good the breakfasts were vast spreads with separate omelette chef and the waffle chef areas. Lunches were often speciality buffets like Mexican or Greek or Lobster days and these were excellent. There was full afternoon tea at 4pm and on a few evenings they had canapEs at 6:30. Dinners were slightly disappointing there are two restaurants and we ate every night in the smaller Bistro which requires booking on the day at 8am. Menus were simple. The dEcor in the Bistro was again rather shabby again I am used to sumptuous dining rooms with chandeliers, ornate paintings, plush carpets, drapes and wallpaper but the Bistro had faux wood walls, one picture and a few tired looking yucca plants!
One evening they had a Indonesian theme evening which was very good and on another there was a Mediterranean themed buffet complete with suckling pigs. This was followed by the crew show which involved a few dances from their local countries [Indonesia and Philippines] and then a few more traditional show numbers like YMCA
On board these smaller ships you tend to make your own entertainment. There is a small pool and 2 Jacuzzis - the chair hogs were in force and it was sometimes difficult to find a chair on sea days. In the evening there was a group who played in the lounge the dance floor is so small though you could not really dance properly, and there was a duo who played in the Compass Rose bar thought that the volume was rather loud for the size of the room. The ship had a casino and the usual art auctions didnt try either.
Ports of call were Ibiza, Palma, Malaga and Tangiers. I never take the ships tours and tend to do my own thing. In both Ibiza and Palma they laid on a courtesy bus to take you to the town this ran every ½ hour. In Malaga they did not caught a cab to El Corte Ingles [the department store] and then walked slowly back to the ship via coffee, the Cathedral and a leisurely lunch. The cathedral is spectacular and well worth a visit. In Tangiers we just took one of the local guides who met the ship the cost was $20 for all four of us for a ½ day tour which seemed good value to me. Weather was good through out apart from a bit of rain in Palma. Even saw dolphins and a whale....! Less
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