Windstar has only 6 ships so and they are small ships focused on going to areas the bigger ships cannot get to. While the ship itself is a little dated, it is slated for a big makeover this summer which is explained here: https://www.windstarcruises.com/starplus/. The cabins are suites with a sofa, chairs, a desk, a full bathtub and a walk-in closet – plenty of room for the 2 of us. There is a spa which we did not use and a decent fitness room, which I admit, I intended to use, but did not. I had too much fun doing the excursions. The best part about Windstar is the service. All the staff are friendly and really try to make the passengers have a good experience. There was a challenge with the first port so as we were boarding we learned we would not be going to an island off Puerto Rico but to St. Thomas instead. We were given new excursions to pick from. The last two days we were feeling the effects of a storm, so we couldn’t tender to Virgin Gorda. I was extremely bummed as I wanted to go back to The Baths, but the captain and team rallied and took us to Tortola where they quickly assembled 2 excursions for us. The food is decent. You have 3 choices for dinner – either the big dining room, the area where you have breakfast & lunch that they convert to a ‘romantic dining experience’ or room service. We did all 3 options. Yes, we got a little bored with the food selections but at least we didn’t overeat too much. We also bought the Package which included a full liquor selection, WiFi and Laundry Service. If you are looking for nightlife, this is NOT the ship for you. On our ship, they had 2 different 2-person bands playing during sunset and after dinner and I saw they had a small casino set up at night but we never went to see it. There was a show put on by the crew Thursday evening but we skipped it. Also, the only child we saw was the captain’s daughter.
Loved the walk-in closet. We could easily store our larger 27-28" suitcases. There are also drawers in the desk that we used to put our clothes. There is a safe in the closet. Mini fridge and fully stocked with soda, wine, beer, liquor. No chardonnay in the tiny size so I either got one at the bar or we called room service. Our cabin was close to the stairs, near the reception and the room where they had the excursion meetings. Also close to the stairs which was convenient. It was also AWAY from the anchor. Another passenger would hear the anchor from his cabin.
Got a good overview of the island.
I had been to St. Marteen several times. Very sad to see how destroyed the French side was.
The catamaran we got on was beautiful and the staff wanted us to really have a good experience. The weather did not cooporate though. The area they took us to was stirred up so snorkeling was just okay then on the way back we got hit with a rainstorem.View All 8 Sailing Reviews
We were spoiled by the service on the St. Barts Sail & Snorkel. This one served only water and rum punch. Didn't want us to use the fresh water rinse for our snorkel gear (we brought our own). But the beaches are really pretty. so i'd recommend.View All 3 Snorkeling Reviews
Unexpectly we went to Tortola versus Virgin Gorda. Windstar quickly booked 2 tours. We took the island tour which was 3 hours up and down hills with seanic views. We stopped at Cane Garden Bay Beach for 40 minutes. Received a small rum punch then bought our own world-famous painkillers.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We did this walking tour as it included storing our luggage and taking us to the airport. Our guide, Robert, was incredibly knowledgable about the history of the island, the port, the town. Very impressed.View All 182 Walking Tour of Old San Juan Reviews