11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My husband and i took this special cruise to french polynesia for my 60th birthday celebrations. We had a wonderful time and the service was good however it was not impeccable nor outstanding. I was expecting a cleaner cabin 227 hence ... Read More
My husband and i took this special cruise to french polynesia for my 60th birthday celebrations. We had a wonderful time and the service was good however it was not impeccable nor outstanding. I was expecting a cleaner cabin 227 hence found carpet was delapidated and our attendant was not accomadating since we had to ask for basic toiletries on our first day and ice cube! In addition we bought a laundry package and unfortunately they lost my husband shorts! The worse shore package was anapearl farm with snorkeling! We were driven with a van for 15 mins and arrived at a docking station where summer our anapearl hostess tooked 19 of us to her pearl farm via a small boat. We arrived at the pearl farm in the middle of the ocean and she explained the process of pearl farming which was interesting but failed miserably in allowing us to snorkel to observe the oyster bed pearl process under water due to the fact an unscheduled 6person guest visitors pop in hence summer was unable to complete our snorkeling tour. We all felt summer was interested in selling her mediocre pearls instead of filling her tour contract!!! Would high not take purchase this excursion and i have complained to kuba (cruise director) hence future customer would be missed lead. Lastly the food quality: The breakfast buffet was good but not spectacular hence could use improvement with better variety of tropical fruits abundant in fp and better quality bakery which i found the croissants to be stale. Dinner was good overall but lack substance innovation lack luster especially the “james beard” signature plate was horrible!!! In addition, the pastry chef serve 6 of us in our table for my birthday celebration with an unrise flat soufle! There was no explanation or worse no apologies or offer a substitution!!! Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Windstar has been on my radar for awhile. We are pretty adventuresome travelers and not big cruise people but theidea of a sailing yacht exploring the iskands in French Polynesia sounded like fun. After a rough year we were looking forward ... Read More
Windstar has been on my radar for awhile. We are pretty adventuresome travelers and not big cruise people but theidea of a sailing yacht exploring the iskands in French Polynesia sounded like fun. After a rough year we were looking forward to a trip where we didn’t have to think or plan too much. Windstar and The Wind Spirit completely exceeded all of our expectations. I woukd call this line “ high end casual”. If you like mice things ( great food, nice wines, high level of service) but enjoy being sporty and casual this is a great choice. Most people enjoyed nice things but appreciated being able to live in shorts, swim suits and sun dresses for the cruise. I cannot say enough good things about the staff. We interacted with numerous staff and members of manager throughout the cruise and everyone was impressed with the level of service. Everyone was friendly and helpful, taking pride in knowing your name and anticipating your needs. The rooms was were way larger than I was prepared for based in past reviews. We were on the second floor which is above the water line which was a good choice for us. Our friends on floor one at the water line made me a little queasy but they said they were fine. Plenty of US electrical outlets , bathroom and shower was fine for my 6’6” husband. Lots of storage and a comfy bed you could actually walk around. The food was incredible, every meal every day. I took a galley tour and was impressed that everything is fresh, the only frozen item is ice cream. Plenty of fresh fruits and veg eatables with every meal. Loads of healthy choices and plenty of unhealthy ones but plenty of choices. We ate outside almost every breakfast and lunch. The main restaurant is lovely and changes the menu every night. The Candles restaurant option on the deck offers more of a steakhouse menu with grilled meats and fish. The onboard bbq was incredible with a suckling pig, lobster and other delights. The motu special event was not to be missed with a great show and meal on a private island. We loved the activities ( snorkeling in Moorea, jet skis in Bora Bora and a not to be missed snorkel and picnic in lovely Huahine). We also enjoyed the private motu day where we did yoga and massages on the beach. The sport deck was a blast . We took kayaks out for a while then floated on the dock for a relaxing time. We enjoyed getting up early to catch a sunrise and coffee on deck each morning. We saw some beautiful rainbows and dolphins on a few mornings. Rainbows and dolphins! Can’t get better than that. Other special touches included the cultural activities that were available onboard and in special activities. The staff takes great care to research and recruit authentic and interesting people to interact with guests. We made leis onboard one afternoon while we learned traditional dance and heard some great music . One night a local came on to tell us Tahitian history and tradition. He was fascinating. This cruise would not be good for people who have mobility issues. Lots of stairs and no elevators. The boat gets rocking and would be miserable for people with mobility issues. The crude would probably not appeal to younger people who want a party scene. With 136 passengers it is pretty chill. People were having a great time but if you want a noisy club scene then a big cruise line might be better. Pro tips- if you think you will be snorkeling a lot bring your own mask and snorkel . The masks get used a lot on the boat so some people were frustrated because they leaked. Bring shoes like Tevas that strap on for water, hiking around etc. don’t miss a sail away or sunset I would take another Windstar cruise without hesitation Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Since my first memories of the movie/soundtrack of South Pacific, these islands have been on my bucket list and I decided to use a reunion trip to Australia to have a break on the trip home. The cruise was as billed, but the quality of ... Read More
Since my first memories of the movie/soundtrack of South Pacific, these islands have been on my bucket list and I decided to use a reunion trip to Australia to have a break on the trip home. The cruise was as billed, but the quality of food, the friendly vibe of crew and passengers, well designed cabin that I shared with a longtime friend, great weather, and special meals on the motus made it even better. Some of the ingredients were a matter of good luck, but the trip will live with me for a long time. I did tours on first and last days with knowledgeable guides and mostly snorkeling excursions in between. These are not places to go for shopping or shore excursions--they are to enjoy for their beauty, tranquility and slower pace. Enjoying water sports will help. This cruise is for people who can make their own fun with family, close friends and crew members, instead of expecting to be entertained. That said, I was glad I shared with a friend rather than doing on my own. While over-the-water bungalows are romantic, I thought that this was an ideal way to see these islands. The bungalows could be done before or after or on one of the two nights in Bora Bora. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
March 22 through 1 April 2018 This is a cruise for you if you ever wondered what it would be like to sail aboard a private sailing yacht through the South Pacific paradise. HITS: - Sailing on a four mast ship through the South ... Read More
March 22 through 1 April 2018 This is a cruise for you if you ever wondered what it would be like to sail aboard a private sailing yacht through the South Pacific paradise. HITS: - Sailing on a four mast ship through the South Pacific Islands just sailing on your own private Motoring Yacht at a fraction of the cost. - The two special events on private motu (reef islands) were absolutely awesome. - Service on the Wind Spirit was exceptional throughout our cruise. Our room attendant (Dedi) was very efficient as well as being very friendly. The Serving Staff in the Amapour Dining Room was also exceptional. - All meals were also excellent throughout our trip. It is amazing that the chef could get such a wide variety of high quality fresh food in such a remote location. - Embarkation and Disembarkation were both very quick & easy. This is not surprising given that there were only 116 passengers to process. - The description of the excursions in the My Windstar website was very accurate and informative. We found that Windstar’s excursions were high quality experiences. GETTING THERE: It is not easy any or cheap flying to Papeete, Tahiti. Only Tahiti Niu and Air France fly nonstop from LAX to Papeete, Tahiti (Airport Code PPT). Air New Zealand (United Code Share) has an insanely long 30+ hour flights (via Auckland) or Hawaiian Airlines with 18+ hour layovers in Honolulu. We choose the Air France flight (Code Share with Delta) LAS > LAX > PPT. We splurged for Premium Economy because it was only about ~$500 more than Coach when we booked. I checked air fares a few months later and found that they had been raised much higher. We flew a Delta flight to LAX and our Checked Luggage was booked through to PPT. Our Delta Flight arrived in LAX Terminal 2 and our Air France Flight departed from the Bradley Terminal. Fortunately, Delta has a shuttle from Terminal 3 to the Bradley Terminal so we DID NOT have to go through TSA again. The service on Air France was very good. It was an overnight flight so we slept for most of the 8 hour flight. Premium Economy was a worthwhile splurge. Thankfully our luggage arrived without any problem Papeete is a small airport and getting through Tahitian Customs and Immigration was quick & easy. We took a taxi to our hotel 2,400 Polynesian Francs (~$US24) PreCruise Hotel: We chose Hotel Tahiti Nui (3 Star) because it was close to the ship (just 4 blocks/400 yards). We chose a Jr Suite (another splurge) with an Early Check In for (~$US240). The Le Meridien (recommended by Windstar) and the InterContinental are both 5 Star Resort Hotel alternatives which may be better for longer stays. The location of the Hotel Tahiti Nui is in the downtown area. The area looks rough but we never felt unsafe. We found it very convenient for our needs. Traffic in Papeete was much more busy than I expected. For example, the traffic was stop and go all the way from the airport to the hotel. It seemed just busy and congested as Honolulu. Both my wife My wife and I experienced serious Jet Lag from our flight. Our afternoon was spent exploring the downtown and harbor area. The weather channel predicted 80% chance of rain but thankfully they were wrong. Very humid through. We walked back to our hotel after a nice lunch in a restaurant overlooking the harbor. We stopped into a convenience store and bought cereal and milk for breakfast. 1,100 CFP. (~$US11) which was more reasonable than the Continental Breakfast offered by the hotel for $US33 (a full “American Breakfast” was $US45). We both needed showers after our walks and we were content spending the rest of the day recovering from our flight. The Hotel Tahiti Nui is just fine for a day or two before a cruise but it is not a Resort Hotel of the same caliber as the Intercontinental or Le Meridian. It is also much less expensive as a result. Having a couple hundred in CFP came in handy as we saved a lot of money by avoiding the expensive hotel restaurant. EMBARKATION: Hotel Check out was 11:30 and ship embarkation starts at 1:30. Although it is only an 8 minute walk to the Fingers Pier where the ship was docked, it would have been very difficult to transit because there are many poor sidewalks, high curbs and cross streets so we took a taxi for 2,000 CFP (~$US20). We arrived at 1:30 when embarkation started along with some of the other 116 other passengers. Unfortunately, it was not raining. There were there porters available who quickly took baggage and put on the luggage tags. Check in went quickly though and efficiently taking about 15 minutes once it was our turn. Once onboard a nice Buffet lunch was available. We departed Papeete at 18:00 sailing off into a beautiful sunset. Our first dinner was excellent! Day 2 - AT SEA: DAY 3 - FAKARAVA, TUAMOTU (Anchor) We did not book any excursions as I wanted to get the feel of the ship and take advantage of the Windstar's water sports platform where you can swim off the back of the ship. Weather was mostly sunny but there was a stiff breeze which made the water quite choppy. Spent the rest of the morning reading and napping. DAY 4 - TIPUTA, RANGIROA (Anchor) Rangiroa, the second largest coral atoll in the world and a premier dive destination. I took a snorkeling excursion to “The Aquarium” a small motu (island) inside the lagoon. I have snorkeled many places all over the world and have never seen as many fish as this location!!! It was incredible!! My wife went to the Paul Gauguin Museum and Pearl Farm where she learned about the island as well as how pearls are “farmed” The "Special Event" Dinner was Bbq on the pool deck under the stars. Great food and wonderful service. DAY 5 - AT SEA Much needed rest after BBQ on the pool deck the evening before. Sailing between Rangiria and Taha. The Captain shut the engine down and used sails for most of the day. Another very good dinner. Nice entertainment in the lounge 9 to 10. Spent about 20 minutes Star Gazing fro forward deck of ship. Lots of stars in Southern Hemisphere that we rarely get to see. DAY 6 - TAHA'A (Anchor) The quiet sister island to Raiatea (they share the same lagoon) offers similar enchanting scenes, from paradise-white sand beaches to an ancient volcano and deep valleys redolent with the scent of vanilla. I booked the Coral Garden Drift Snorkel Excursion to a Coral Garden channel. We took a small boat to the other side of Tahaa Island where a 100 yard wide channel runs between two small islands. The current runs over a beautiful coral reef. We walked to the inlet side of the channel and drift snorkeled about 400 yards downstream which was a truly unique snorkeling experience. We snorkeled down this beautiful coral filled channel three times which was enough time in the water. My wife was very happy with the Scenic Exploration of Taha'a excursion that she booked. The second “Special Event” was a BBQ lunch on Motu Mahaea off the island of Taha'a. The ship dining staff set up a great lunch for everyone. The ship’s staff also brought over kayaks and paddle boards for use in the motu. It was a great day!! DAY 7 – HUAHINE (anchor) Huahine is a more isolated and "savage" island (actually two sister islands linked together), known for its lush forests and deep lagoon. We both took the Sacred Sites & Cultural Walk excursion. Our guide was incredibly interesting and informative. He explained the history of the Island of Huahine as well as the history of French Polynesia in fascinating detail. This was a great excursion. It was very warm (90 degrees) so we really looked forward to getting back to the ship. DAY 8 - BORA BORA (anchor) is justly famous for its magnificent lagoon and magical water I booked a snorkeling excursion through Trip Advisor. It had the same 3 snorkeling spots as the ship's excursion but was about $40 cheaper. Swimming with Black Tip Sharks is completely safe but takes some getting used to. The Sting Rays were also a unique and interesting encounter. My wife enjoyed her Glass Bottom Boat excursion. Her guide was excellent. Described the history of Bora Bora. She thought it was a fascinating excursion. DAY 9 - BORA BORA (anchor) We needed a rest day onboard after several day’s of fantastic excursion experiences. The evening’s Destination Discovery event where everyone on the ship was taken by large Polynesian Catamarans to our own private island off Bora Bora for a spectacular Tahitian luau, complete with Tahitian dancers and fire dancers. DAY 10 – Morea (anchor) I walked around the port area for about a half hour, stopped at a cafe for a cup of tea before returning to the ship. DAY 11 – Papeete > DISEMBARKATION The ship arranged a taxi to take us to the airport. Our Air France flight (07:30 departure) was a long but uneventful back to LAX. We had 3 hours to clear Customs & Immigration and get over to Terminal 2 where we caught our Delta flight back to Las Vegas (arrived 23:00). FINAL THOUGHTS: I believe that this was the best cruise that we had ever taken. I cannot recommend Windstar any higher than that. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We are fairly new to ocean cruising. We have been on several river cruises in Burma, Vietnam, Assam and India. Our only 'big ship' experiences have been with Princess Cruises out of Sydney. Both of these ships were much larger, ... Read More
We are fairly new to ocean cruising. We have been on several river cruises in Burma, Vietnam, Assam and India. Our only 'big ship' experiences have been with Princess Cruises out of Sydney. Both of these ships were much larger, with a passenger complement of up to 3000 people. Although we liked the two big ship cruises, we found the endless entertainment schedule a bit tiresome as we are not interested in cabaret shows, magic shows, retail events (disguised as jewellery 'presentations), Keno, BIngo and the seemingly endless rotation of activities designed for people who can't amuse themselves. And so we decided to go to the other end of the spectrum, to a motor yacht than can carry up to 148 passengers (but which took only 133 on our cruise). Not surprisingly it was an altogether different experience and one we much enjoyed. The downside, of course, is the lack of activities and entertainment. There was one duo who sang out on deck in the evenings. We enjoyed what they offered and appreciated the fact that the volume was subtle, allowing us to talk and think while they entertained us. The upsides were many: we got to know almost all the crew, we also met many of our fellow passengers and - on a small ship like this with a fairly 'active' itinerary - we also encountered people for whom cruising is not just a food-and-drink-fest. One of the things that amazed us about Princess Cruises was the number of people who seem to spend their entire day gravitating from breakfast to the bar to lunch to the bar and then to dinner (and the bar!). Surely there's more to life than this? Windstar's clientele seems a little more discerning, interesting and active, and although there was an element of the 'all you can eat and drink' type on board, there were also lots of others for whom the booze and food was secondary. The Indonesian restaurant staff and Filipino catering staff were great and we had a lot of laughs with them. And our cabin crew were also friendly, polite, helpful and efficient. The cabin exceeded our expectations although we met a couple of serial 'Wind-cruisers' who said they thought the cabins were small. We thought our cabin (BX) was more then sufficient for our needs with an amazing amount of storage. Even if my wife had bought 20 pairs of shoes there would have been enough room to stow them! A note on cabins. It seems that BX and AX are both pretty much the same, except AX is one deck above BX. Given that all cabins have portholes I'm not sure why you would pay extra to be 2 metres higher? We didn't bother with the shore excursions as none of them were of interest to us and in any case there are several local tour operators with whom you can book the same stuff at a much lower price. Instead we hired a car a few times, and a scooter, and drove around the various islands we stopped at. Huahine was the out and out favourite, a totally laid-back, low key South Seas destination that was infinitely more pleasurable than either Bora Bora or Moorea. The food was pretty good. I would rate the Wind Spirit as a 4-star experience and the food was certainly to a four-star standard. In fact it was far far better than the 5-star Sofitel on Moorea, where we spent three nights after the cruise had finished. The only downside was the fact you can't open the portholes to let in some fresh air. On our deck you probably would have got wet if you tried this, so I understand the reasons why. But to sleep under airconditioning is not good, and we both ended up with chest infections as a result. I would definitely travel with Windstar again, but would hope the bigger ships have windows that open! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We did some research and chose Windstar over Paul Gauguin Cruises for our visit to Tahiti and French Polynesia. We included the flights from LAX, hotels, and transfers. The cruise was excellent and exceeded our expectations. First, I ... Read More
We did some research and chose Windstar over Paul Gauguin Cruises for our visit to Tahiti and French Polynesia. We included the flights from LAX, hotels, and transfers. The cruise was excellent and exceeded our expectations. First, I am glad we did a cruise rather than flying into Papeete and then visiting an island or two. Many tourists only go to Tahiti and an island like Moorea or Bora Bora. This cruise allowed us to visit multiple islands and motus and I felt like we got a better feel for French Polynesia as a result. The weather was great. The staff were excellent. The service was very good. The other guests were all enjoyable. The excursions and activities were all fun ... especially the AquaSafari in Bora Bora. Though some of the excursions could be purchased directly from the vendors via Viator for significantly less. The food was terrific, especially Candles. Our cabin was small but had lots of storage and was comfortable. Our cabin attendant, Dedi, was the best! And the ship was the perfect size for us ... small, but with lots of space to hang out with others or to have some quiet space. My one issue was that the ship was under constant maintenance and one of the sails never worked during the entire cruise even though they were constantly working on it. As a result of the maintenance some areas were sometimes restricted or unavailable (roped off) and others smelled of paint and varnish. But it wasn't a big issue, just an annoyance. There were no children on the cruise and that was a plus. I would say that Windstar and its crew has this journey nearly perfected and would do it again. The travel to get to Tahiti required a long day each way. So, consider extending your stay with a visit to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia or elsewhere. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
The South Pacific was number one on our bucket list, so we gave ourselves this cruise for our 45th anniversary. It lived up to our dreams! Windstar was the perfect way to see these islands. The service was great, the yacht was amazing ... Read More
The South Pacific was number one on our bucket list, so we gave ourselves this cruise for our 45th anniversary. It lived up to our dreams! Windstar was the perfect way to see these islands. The service was great, the yacht was amazing and the itinerary was perfect. We did have a couple days of rain, but it wasn't bad. We were in cabin 136, so on the lowest passenger deck, The cabin was more spacious than we expected, and had so much storage space! We loved the food, even when it was buffet style, like the deck barbeque. We snorkeled a few times and were impressed with the variety of fish and coral we saw. The crew was attentive without hovering, and all so friendly! Our only complaint about the cruise is the lack of space to visit with other passengers. The lounge was a nice space, but when the entertainment duo played they were so loud it made conversation almost impossible. We did use the marina off the back of the yacht once, It was fun, and a novel experience. We had wondered in advance if we would find other passengers to make friends with. We shouldn't have worried--we made friends with so many other cruisers--they were all so much fun! All in all, we loved this cruise and are so glad we did it! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
If you are seeking a cruise with Tahitian culture, history and dancing, this one is not for you. We have taken two other Polynesian cruises and the crews were Polynesian. We learned a lot about the islands and their culture and history. ... Read More
If you are seeking a cruise with Tahitian culture, history and dancing, this one is not for you. We have taken two other Polynesian cruises and the crews were Polynesian. We learned a lot about the islands and their culture and history. The shows featured Polynesians and their dancing. The crew on the Wind Spirit is Asian and Eastern European and knew nothing about the islands. It seemed the cruise director learned everything he knew of the islands from books.This ship should have been sailing in the Caribbean. The entertainment every night was Hot, Hot, Hot, YMCA, and rock, nothing Polynesian. Even the music on the speaker systems was devoid of anything Polynesian. The crew was exceptional in all other respects. the food was good but not great. You pay $9 for a small glass of wine. Tours were excellent but expensive. On two occasions we contacted local tour operators for equivalent tours at less than half the price. The sports platform included a small swimming area and a couple of kayaks. On first and last day we had rooms at the Meridien hotel in Tahiti. Breakfast was included but nothing else. A better choice is the Paul Gaugin where everything except tours is included. We would not take another Windstar cruise. There is much better value to your money elsewhere. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
From the time we boarded the Wind Spirit until we disembarked 7 days later, we thoroughly enjoyed everything about this experience. The islands, the sky and the ocean, of course, are beautiful. But the ship, our cabin, the food, all of the ... Read More
From the time we boarded the Wind Spirit until we disembarked 7 days later, we thoroughly enjoyed everything about this experience. The islands, the sky and the ocean, of course, are beautiful. But the ship, our cabin, the food, all of the service and most importantly the crew, were outstanding. A highlight of the trip was the crew, starting with Martina, the activities manager. The fitness/massage team, especially Susan, the sport activity leaders, Bang Bang and Uus, the entire food and beverage group, the casino manager and our cabin steward, Indra, were all personable, excellent at their craft and worked hard to ensure that each passenger had everything that they needed or wanted. We met the ships captain and many of his staff. As we arrived safely and on time to each location, I assume that they too are excellent at their jobs. This cruise had 131 passengers and 100 crew. There were no children. The median age of the passengers was in the 50s. The boat was comfortable, safe and very clean. Each stop offered multiple shore or water excursions in and around that island or the nearby atolls or motus. We went ashore each day, either for a ship-sponsored excursion (we took 3) or to rent bikes or just hike around town or to a local beach. Many of the other passengers on this cruise seemed to be more seasoned cruise participants than us. All appeared to clearly be enjoying the trip. Certainly the ones who we met were having a great time. Although options existed on each island, we wanted to take every meal onboard the boat because the 3 meals a day were truly delicious; fresh fruit and vegetables, excellent seafood and beef cooked to perfection and plenty of beverages, non-alcoholic and alcoholic. The ship offered an alcohol package that we did not take but it appeared to be a good deal if you were inclined to drink a lot. There was also plenty of cheeses, deserts, salad options and soup. I focused on the main courses which were plentiful and excellent. There are many spectacular-looking trips on the Windstar itinerary. If I knew that this crew and this ship were leading another cruise anywhere else, I would consider that cruise next. Having said this, I assume that the culture of service and professionalism on the Wind Spirit is a hallmark of all Windstar cruises. We will definitely take another Windstar cruise. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
First, the negative: The cappuccinos on board weren't as good as the ones we make at home with our Peets coffee and DeLonghi espresso machine. Now, the positive: EVERYTHING else! We did the air + cruise package, which got us ... Read More
First, the negative: The cappuccinos on board weren't as good as the ones we make at home with our Peets coffee and DeLonghi espresso machine. Now, the positive: EVERYTHING else! We did the air + cruise package, which got us free transfers from airport to hotel to ship and back, including luggage handling. We also got plumeria flower leis upon arrival at Papeete airport and cowrie shell leis upon departure. The air package made this whole thing so convenient and easy. The crew of this ship were simply amazing. The majority were Indonesian and Filipino, with a smattering of people from everywhere else, they were incredibly hard-working and efficient and never stopped trying to please us in any way possible. They knew our names and favorite drinks on the first day and remembered them for the entire week. Food was excellent as well. The chef actually went ashore to buy fresh vanilla beans when we were docked at Raiatea and he shaved them into his sauces and desserts, resulting in the best bread pudding and pineapple upside-down cake we've ever had! And don't hesitate to take advantage of room service for breakfast. That was awesome. Cabins were roomy, considering how small the ship is, and space was very well designed. There's 12.5" of storage under the bed for your suitcases, as well as lots of drawers. The water pressure in the shower was great, too. And we loved the L'Occitane shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion they provided. We chose cabin 138, which was great. We felt that there was definitely less motion on deck 1 than the upper decks, and actually enjoyed watching the waves crash against our porthole a few times on our way out of Taha'a. Speaking of motion, I took one Bonine as we set sail from Moorea, Taha'a, Bora Bora and Huahine. No need to take any when leaving Tahiti or Raiatea, since there was little to no sailing on the open water. The islands were all fantastic, each in its own unique way. We were fortunate to have been blessed with clear skies when we needed them the most, during the drift snorkel on Taha'a and the lagoon snorkeling tour on Bora Bora (we booked Lagoon Service for that one, not the Windstar excursion. They were amazing). Those were the times we were the most blown away by the amazing colors and clarity of the water. We attribute our good weather to our reverent pilgrimage to Marae Taputapuatea on Raiatea, the most sacred spot in the entire Polynesian triangle, and the launching point of the outrigger canoe expeditions that brought the Tahitian/Raiatean people over 2600 miles to settle Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island. Be sure to remove your shoes if you are going to step on any of the rocks, or you are defiling sacred marae. The two special events on private motu (reef islands) were absolutely awesome. The crew set up a BBQ lunch on Motu Mahaea off the island of Taha'a and transported everyone there, along with the watersports equipment. The destination discovery event was an evening tamaaraa (Tahitian luau) on Motu Tapu off Bora Bora, complete with Tahitian dancers and fire dancers. We were also given access to the private motu from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that day, and it was amazing to have the whole island to ourselves (just about 8 of us took advantage of it, not including the two watersports pros who were there with the kayaks and paddle boards). This is not the cruise for you if you like to hang out on the ship and be passively entertained 24/7. Or if you need an elevator (there isn't one). But if you love tropical islands and snorkeling, you will have the best week ever! Read Less
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Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 2.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
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Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
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