1 Oslo to Europe - All Windstar Wind Surf Cruise Reviews

This was our 2nd time on the WindSurf (Yachtsman of the Caribbean before) and our fourth cruise with the Windstar line (Tahiti and the Panama Canal before on the Windstar). We chose this cruise because the ship would participate in Sail ... Read More
This was our 2nd time on the WindSurf (Yachtsman of the Caribbean before) and our fourth cruise with the Windstar line (Tahiti and the Panama Canal before on the Windstar). We chose this cruise because the ship would participate in Sail Amsterdam, a once every five-year event that brings together sailing ships from all over the world. Since the Windsurf is the largest commercial sailing ship in the world, the Windstar line began three years ago working with Sail Amsterdam to allow the ship to participate. Their efforts paid off!! We began in Oslo,which is a beautiful city and worth a visit on its own merits. We did a Hop On Hop Off tour of the city after leaving our luggage at the ship in the morning. We departed Sunday evening and enjoyed Windstar's famous "Sail Away" event. Our first port was Kristiansand on the southeast coast of Norway, a vacation spot for most Norwegians due to its relatively warm temperature and beneficiary of a large amount of North Sea oil money due to the larger number of vacation homes in the area. We had a day at sea and the North Seas was what we expected - rain and a little rough despite the size of the ship. Still,the staff did an excellent job keeping everyone entertained and well fed. The trip really began when we pulled into Amsterdam. We anchored just off of Java Island in the morning. The ship parade was to begin a 10, but did not start until 2 due to delays in the lead ship arriving in port. When it did start, it was pretty amazing. Probably 20 tall sailing ships and navy vessels, plus literally hundreds of yachts, fishing boats, small pleasure craft participate in the parade. Due to our size and anchorage, it was difficult to see some of the larger ships come in, but the ship provided binoculars to help. The upside was that most of the boats actually circled around our ship for the remainder of the day and into the evening. Most of the boats anchored next to our ship to watch the fireworks show that evening. You could almost walk across the harbor the boats were tightly packed in! The next day, we toured the large ships that were anchored dockside along Java Island and the mainland. We had been to Amsterdam last year so we did not go into the city. This is a country of 17MM people, but 2MM people come into the country for Sail Amsterdam, so everything is crowded. The deck bbq was the 2nd night in port and capped off by a 2nd fireworks show that night. The remainder of the cruise had stops along the Netherlands and Belgium coast, where you learn about the extensive dike and reclamation system. We would recommend tours inland to get a real sense of the country. The cheeses and seafood are excellent. The ship and its staff were excellent as always. If you have never sailed with Windstar, give it a try. Almost 2/3rd's of our passengers were repeat Windstar cruisers, so it should tell you something. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Wind Surf Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.5 3.6
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 3.5 4.1
Family N/A 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment N/A 3.6
Service 3.5 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.1

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