Nothing like a Windstar cruise

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

For a definitely different cruise experience nothing beats a voyage on a Windstar sailing ship. The little computerized-sailing ship fleet takes you to island paradises of your dreams.

While I’ve been on entire fleet, my favorite is the the 310 passenger Wind Surf. Why? Because she’s bigger and well better. But my favorite cruises are on the Wind Spirit in dream French Polynesia.

But there are  some similarities. Both ships glide effortlessly in the wind with tall while sail billowing in the breeze. The furnishings are nautically aesthetic.

Major renovations on horizon

In October the Wind Surf will undergo a major redo in her s public spaces, suites and The Lounge. And, a new Officer’s Suite added. By November 30, 2019, she’ll sport a fully redesigned Spa mid-ship.

We sailed her in the Med. What a way to visit European ports. It was summer so we were able to dive off the marina at the back of the boat for snorkeling, swimming and other watersports. All the equipment is free for you use.

A few observations

Wind Surf houses 122 stateroom and 31 suites on six decks. She’s propelled by seven triangular, self-furling, computer operated sails with five masts at 221 fee. The food is always excellent and served with free non-alcoholic beverages.

Cabin comfort is enhanced by Queen size beds draped in high end linens. Robes are slippers are provided as well as a fully stocked mini bar.

WiFi’s available for a fee. Fresh flowers and fruit are free.

The ambiance is very much like a yacht club. Many of the passengers sail their own boats or would like to.

A cruise highlight happens when passengers are ashore and the Captain takes the ship out for a spin in front of their eyes. Quite a vision of a majestic vessel.

Wind Surf cruises the Med in summer and Caribbean in winter.

Paradise found–leaving Bora Bora on Windstar (photo by Richard Pietschmann)

Wind Spirit circles around the tropical paradises of  French Polynesia and beyond. Contact a Pavlus specialist for full details, fares and bookings.



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