This was the third trans-Atlantic cruise we have taken on Windsurf. She remains our favorite ship - she's not young but elegant, graceful, and really just about perfect. Embarkation in Sint Maarten was seamless and we quickly got checked in. Found many familiar faces from past crossings - some come back every year. Staff just as welcoming and helpful as always. After a brief muster drill (no need to bring lifejackets) we went up to the Captain's reception - lots of champagne, and an introduction to the department heads. The signature SailAway was not possible because of wind conditions, but they eventually had 2 more. Out of a possible 342 passengers, our sailing had 153.
Dining was as delicious as we remembered and everything about the ship looked well cared-for. They take time to do some needed refreshing during this 2 week voyage and Stella Bistro was closed for a few days for carpet replacement, but it was no bother.
You really make your own entertainment getting acquainted with the interesting people on board. There was a terrific duo in the Compass Rose - we have found the duos are always good and often superior to the bands and this was no exception. The crew show varies because of who is performing - all are very talented!
The staterooms haven't changed much over the years except for the double stateroom suites on deck 3 and the three larger suites. All are perfectly adequate in every way. The showers are hot and have great pressure. While we were onboard, maintenance was being done during the day on unoccupied staterooms including changing wallpaper, carpet, etc., but it never interfered with us. There is a dry dock scheduled for 2024, but until then it should be said there are only 3 outlets, all by the desk. One is 110 and the other two are 220. We brought an adapter with USB charging ports for a couple of devices and it had a nightlight feature - very useful. You could also just bring a 110 nightlight, but this does multiple tasks. The choice of cabin is a personal one - we were perfectly satisfied with ours, especially as it was in the midship where there is less motion.