Windstar Wind Surf, The newest addition to Windstar's fleet carries 312 passengers in inimitable style. With a 1:2 passenger-crewmember ratio, wide-open decks and deluxe ocean-view staterooms, pampering comes easy.
7 NIGHT CARIBBEAN CRUISE
Departing Date: December 7, 2013
Departing From: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
||Ports of Call: Philipsburg, St. Maarten | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua | Sopers Hole, British Virgin Islands | Jost van Dyke Great Harbour, B.V.I | Jost van Dyke Great Harbour, B.V.I | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands | Gustavia, St. Barthelemy | Philipsburg, St. Maarten|
|Sat Dec 7, 2013||Philipsburg, St. Maarten||--||7:00 PM|
|Sun Dec 8, 2013||Falmouth Harbour, Antigua||8:00 AM||11:59 PM|
|Mon Dec 9, 2013||Falmouth Harbour, Antigua||12:01 AM||1:00 PM|
|Tue Dec 10, 2013||Sopers Hole, British Virgin Islands||11:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|Tue Dec 10, 2013||Jost van Dyke Great Harbour, B.V.I||7:00 PM||11:59 PM|
|Wed Dec 11, 2013||Jost van Dyke Great Harbour, B.V.I||12:01 AM||3:00 PM|
|Wed Dec 11, 2013||Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands||6:00 PM||11:59 PM|
|Thu Dec 12, 2013||Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands||12:01 AM||5:00 PM|
|Fri Dec 13, 2013||Gustavia, St. Barthelemy||10:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|Sat Dec 14, 2013||Philipsburg, St. Maarten||6:00 AM||--|
Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.
|Dining / Dinner||Entertainment / Recreation||Room Amenities|
No. of Dinner Sittings:
| Bars/Lounges/ Night Clubs
Photo Shop and Photo Gallery
Pools - Outdoor - 2
| CD Player
Closed Circuit TV
|Services||Shopping||Health and Beauty|
| Laundry/Ironing/Dry Cleaning Service
| Hair Stylist
Health Center w/Massage and Treatment Rooms
|Athletic/Exercise Facilities||Business||Ship Facilities|
| Fitness Center
| Conference Center
|| Air Conditioning
Passenger Decks - 7
Those who enjoy informal attire at night, single open seating, and exemplary food and service will almost certainly revel in their experiences on these ships, which spend lots of time in ports inaccessible to bigger ships. Intimidated by the sails? Don't be; they're mostly just for show, though they may add three or four knots to the motorized speed if the wind is right. Given that the casino's approximately the size of a large beach towel, and that there's no glitzy entertainment in a main show lounge, many passengers happily head back to their comfortable cabins after dinner to phone room service for some popcorn with which to enjoy a movie.
Even as we speak, Windstar is implementing a new initiative called Degrees of Difference. Upgrades to dining, accommodations, service, destinations and activities will be introduced in stages, with completion expected in 2007. Staterooms will receive upgraded soft goods, Shea Butter bathroom amenities from L'Occitane, flat screen TVs and DVD/CD players, and Bose SoundDocks for use with iPods, which can be borrowed at no charge from reception. Wireless connectivity in public areas is promised for all three ships.
And the food will get even better. There will be no fewer than 100 new menus devised by Windstar chefs in collaboration with celebrity chef Joachim Splichal, winner of culinary awards from the James Beard Society and owner of Los Angeles's Patina Restaurant and Pinot Bistro; a new steak house menu in the Bistro of Wind Surf; the addition of an "Amuse Bouche," or "little bite" at dinner, compliments of the chef; a new wine list featuring more boutique labels, plus the flexibility to purchase wine in; a selection of cheeses served tableside; petit-fours served with coffee at the end of dinner, and new Riedel stemware and Rosenthal china.
The lounge is pretty well deserted most nights; the best show in town is watching the ship leave port from the large aft deck. Heading to your cabin with a DVD from the library is the best bet.
The fitness center is tiny. Of far greater importance is the water sports platform, aft, that lies flat in port while passengers jet-ski and snorkel.
Magnificent -- even the "Lean and Light" menu. The kitchen is small enough that everything arrives warm. The main courses and desserts are delectable. But the service is what it makes the most pleasing, as the staff is aware enough to quickly learn who on board has made acquaintances and seat them at the same tables. The outside barbecues are events, with big steel drums rolled out to barbecue shrimp, steaks and even lobster tails.
The cozy, wood-paneled main restaurant has plenty of tables for two and views of the sea. Single, open seating allows you to dine when and with whom you please, except that the maitre 'd will select a table for you, and if you do not like the company it may be too late to say so. Tell him in advance if you prefer to dine alone. Breakfast and luncheon buffets are also served in the Bistro.
From all appearances, a transfer to Windstar from Holland America is some kind of reward for the mostly Filipino/Indonesian crew. The mostly Dutch officers have sailed with Windstar for years; they're especially delighted by the sight of repeat customers. There's an unusual amount of fraternization between crew and passengers. At one time, passengers were allowed to walk into the bridge whenever they pleased, where the officer on board typically would give you a long lesson on charts and compasses. That privilege has been understandably but regrettably discontinued.
Windstar forbids any kind of solicitation of gratuities, and offers no guidelines. Staff may nonetheless accept tips for outstanding service.
Windstar's brochure calls for "casual elegance" in the evening, which means pants and skirts for women and polo shirts for men at night. Daytime clothing is strictly casual.
With lots of dark wood paneling and blue fabrics, what the decor says, over and over again, is, "Nautical."
Aside from the restaurant and a tiny lounge big enough for a combo and a small dance floor, there really isn't much to do. Nighttime is great for sitting outside at the tiny bar and making new friends. These are some of the most congenial ships afloat and people do make friends quite easily.
Staterooms are large -- a standard 180 sq. feet -- and handsomely decorated. Standard amenities include two large portholes, TV/DVD and CD player, large closets, and a desk/vanity. Bathrooms have showers, hair dryers, and ample space for toiletries. There is 24-hour room service.
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|June 18, 2013||---||7 Night Mediterranean Cruise||$N/A||$2599|
|June 25, 2013||---||8 Night Mediterranean Cruise||$N/A||$3199|
|July 3, 2013||---||8 Night Northern Europe Cruise||$N/A||$2799|
|July 25, 2013||---||11 Night Northern Europe Cruise||$N/A||$3599|
|August 5, 2013||---||8 Night Northern Europe Cruise||$N/A||$3999|
|August 24, 2013||---||7 Night Northern Europe Cruise||$N/A||$3699|
|September 23, 2013||---||7 Night Mediterranean Cruise||$N/A||$2899|
|October 24, 2013||---||8 Night Mediterranean Cruise||$N/A||$3299|
|November 1, 2013||---||7 Night Mediterranean Cruise||$N/A||$1999|
|November 8, 2013||---||8 Night Mediterranean Cruise||$N/A||$2299|
|December 14, 2013||---||7 Night Caribbean Cruise||$N/A||$1499|
|January 4, 2014||---||7 Night Caribbean Cruise||$N/A||$1799|
|April 19, 2014||---||8 Night Mediterranean Cruise||$N/A||$2399|
|July 12, 2014||---||8 Night Northern Europe Cruise||$N/A||$3399|
|July 31, 2014||---||8 Night Northern Europe Cruise||$N/A||$3499|
|October 5, 2014||---||8 Night Mediterranean Cruise||$N/A||$2999|