My husband and I had never been on a cruise - and this was our first. We have traveled - just never on a ship.
We chose this particular cruise because the ship looked interesting - a sailing cruise ship with five sails! The ports were also intriguing and different - southwestern England, two ports in Wales, and two ports in Ireland. I had done my homework and had found that the Windstar has very positive reports. We started in Portsmouth, England and ended in Dublin, Ireland. We docked or moored every morning in a new port. And - by the way - it did not rain, anywhere.
Our cruise turned out to be an amazing experience; exceeding every expectation. The ship was very well appointed - it had the swimming pool, the hot tubs, the recreational water equipment for warm water cruising, Spa, well-equipped exercise room, bars, and a multitude of dining rooms. It was also comforting to travel in the designated rescue boats at times to transport passengers from ship to shore. It was nice to know that they are in working order! Our cabin was comfortable, well organized, and oddly spacious. It had lots of closet space and places to secure things - all within 188 sq feet.
Cabin 212, Wind SurfAlthough only 188 sq feet, it was well organized and had a lot of storage places. The bathroom was small but not cramped. We had 2 portholes - as did all of the cabins on this ship. No one had a balcony. No one had an inside cabin. The location was quiet - near the SPA, but I never noticed the traffic to the SPA. I never heard noises from any other cabins. Staff was good at making up the room daily, and turning our bed down at night. It was nice to get little chocolate hearts as we headed off to bed on our nightstand. It was a great cabin, great experience.