Wind Spirit Review

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Great Cruise in Mediterranean

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Wind Spirit
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2024
Traveled with children
Palma Cathedral
Sailing in to Portoferraio
Bastia marina
Portoferraio
Deck BBQ Buffet in Lobby
Mahon port
Under sail on sea day

Just back from another great Windstar cruise (our 13th) from Barcelona to Rome. This was the first time we took Windstar (or any cruise line from that matter) for a European cruise and, also the first time we sailed on the Wind Spirit, our previous 12 cruises having all been in the Caribbean (Wind Surf, Star Pride, Star Legend & Wind Star).We sailed with another couple (their 4th time on Windstar but first time on sailing ship) who also very much enjoyed their sailing.

We chose this cruise for several reasons: A) it was off season (April 28-May 5th) and while Mediterranean weather can be a bit of a gamble at that time of year (more on that later as the weather did impact our cruise), we were willing to give it a try; B) it was on one of the smaller sailing ships which our friends wanted to try (we had sailed only once on its twin Wind Star), C) the itinerary was going through island ports (Mallorca, Menorca, Corsica and Elba) and not through busier mainland ports and it also had a sea day (which we like). The bonus was that in each of our stops, we would likely be the only ship in town (even in Palma de Mallorca, our largest port on the cruise); D) the advertised price of the cruise was extremely attractive at US$1,799 when compared to other itineraries and finally E) the ship’s free laundry (we are 4-star Yacht Club members) would allow us to travel on carry-ons only (we were spending 3 days pre and post cruise in Barcelona and Rome). In the end the four of us were extremely happy with the cruise.

We flew Montreal to Barcelona 3 days ahead to enjoy this marvelous city for a few days prior to the cruise. Despite being in April, the city was much busier than we expected with big lineups for the 2 Gaudi houses on Passeig de Gracia (Casa Batllo and Casa Milà). Had no issues getting tickets to get into Sagrada Familia which we had not seen in over 22 years. Do not miss it. We stayed at the wonderful Hotel Jazz, a small boutique hotel near Plaça de Catalunya. Central location next to Universitat metro station, extensive breakfast included and there is also a rooftop terrasse bar and pool. Pricing was reasonable for Barcelona.

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Bastia

Nice town easy to walk from ship

Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Largest port on the cruise. Very nice and lively city with charming old town. Cathedral is a must see. Also went to the local market which was interesting

Port Mahon

Quaint little town perched over port. Entry and exit of port through long narrow channel is very nice

Portoferraio

Very beautiful stop with lots to see in town.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Swift disembarkation. Taxis waiting nearby. No issues

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