13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
After searching for a "unique experience" for our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I settled on the 11 day French Polynesia excursion on Windstar's Wind Spirit. Our decision couldn't have been better! Embarkation ... Read More
After searching for a "unique experience" for our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I settled on the 11 day French Polynesia excursion on Windstar's Wind Spirit. Our decision couldn't have been better! Embarkation and disembarkation were well planned and went smoothly. The limited number of passengers led to a more intimate atmosphere, making it easy to make friends. This is definitely not a trip for folks with children, but then again that's part of what we were looking for. The crew were uniformly friendly and helpful and worked around our schedule when cleaning/making up our cabin. While somewhat compact our cabin was well designed and extremely comfortable. The food on our cruise was outstanding, especially the evening dinners in the Amphora A dining room. We also had the opportunity to dine on-deck under the stars, which was an incredible experience. We took advantage of a wide variety of excellent shore excursions, and particularly liked snorkeling in the coral aquarium on Rangiroa, the Huahine and Bora Bora island tours, the Anapa Pearl Farm, and Aqua Safari on Bora Bora. In short, Windstar more than exceeded our expectations. We have been on several very nice trips with other cruise lines, but after our experience with Windstar I can't imagine ever vacationing on a large ship again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was such a magical cruise! Totally amazing look at the island nation of Tahiti.It truly enriched our lives. The food was top notch and we have cruised and traveled the entire world. It's a nice small ship where you get to know ... Read More
This was such a magical cruise! Totally amazing look at the island nation of Tahiti.It truly enriched our lives. The food was top notch and we have cruised and traveled the entire world. It's a nice small ship where you get to know everyone, crew and fellow passengers. We saw 6 or 7 islands Bora Bora and Huahine being my favorite.The crew couldn't have been better. Rina and Natasha at the front desk were SO NICE and helpful they knew everyone's names. They deserve a raise! Captain Ned and first mate were the most personable officers I have ever meet on a cruise, loved them. The excursions were to die for. Loved the floating mats off the back of the boat when we stopped. Dody my room steward (room 104) kept or room immaculate at all times. The crew on this ship made this cruise they were the best of any cruise I have ever taken. Just loved this cruise. They do need new mattresses in the cabins. I hope that is part of the refurb they are about to do. If you want to do Tahiti this is the way to go, even better then staying a week in Bora Bora. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I will start by saying that we selected a March cruise being in the low season it's more of a bargain because it is also considered the rainy season. We kept an open mind and thought we could expect some rain. We were lucky, it did ... Read More
I will start by saying that we selected a March cruise being in the low season it's more of a bargain because it is also considered the rainy season. We kept an open mind and thought we could expect some rain. We were lucky, it did rain but none of that rain happened during the days of our trip so we were able to enjoy all our excursions. In fact the days were very warm and sunny. With that said our package included round trip airfare (Air Tahiti Nui), transfers (before & after cruise), lodging (Le Meridien/Tahiti) and the cruise itself and all went extremely smooth. The Windstar Spirit is a great yacht, you are made to feel special the moment you board, the service is fantastic with a helpful staff. The meals are thoughtfully made and presentation at meals were done well. The pool/bar area is nice & you are welcome on the bridge. The special on deck BBQ, and motu outings were uniquely delightful. The Tahitian on board entertainment was a welcome treat. The only gripe we had was with the lounge entertainment duet. They we young & talented but they didn't hit the mark with their music seeing that most of the passengers were all baby boomer ages (70"s on down) which is probably why the lounge was dead most nights. They need to pay a visit to Las Vegas & see what they should play or better yet ask their audience for request. On our cruise someone requested that they play Amy Winehouse's Rehab (which they did) and the audience was very receptive and sang along. That was a beginning to a more fun evening. You won't go wrong with this cruise so go and you'll have met many new friends w/ great memories that will last a lifetime.. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our first cruise and we chose it because of the small ship size, good food reviews and itinerary. Being able to visit multiple islands was a great way to experience this part of the world. You can embark from 1pm and all aboard ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose it because of the small ship size, good food reviews and itinerary. Being able to visit multiple islands was a great way to experience this part of the world. You can embark from 1pm and all aboard is 10pm. We checked in at 3pm and then got off at 6pm to pick up a few supplies in Papeete. Getting on and off the ship is very easy, once on the cruise the longest we waited for a tender was 10 minutes. I was slightly disappointed by some of the food onboard as the good reviews didn't match my experience. Veranda restaurant needs improvement as the breakfast and lunch options were bland. Every morning I ordered poached eggs which I only received twice - other times I received soft boiled eggs or fried over easy eggs instead! Produce in general needs improvement. Amphora restaurant is very good with good service, nice ambiance and lots of great options on the menu which changed daily. The deck barbecue and motu picnics were all excellent. Candles restaurant on the deck was very nice under the stars with a good menu and good service. The jet ski excursion in Bora Bora was a highlight but I wouldn't bother with the stingray and snorkel tour again as we were moored by 3 other tours and there really was nothing interesting to see where we stopped to snorkel. Bloody Mary's is within walking distance of the jet ski tour and a bus back cost 500 xpf per person. I enjoyed the coral drift tour in Ta'ha. I loved the beach at Huahine which is a short walk from the port. It was interesting to learn about the history of Raiatea from one of the local storytellers.. Service is excellent and all staff know your name by the time you wake up in Moorea. Sail away was lovely. Disembarking occurs between 8am and 8.30am at the end of the cruise and was straightforward Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Windstar cruise line offered an interesting opportunity to see more than Tahiti and Moorea by taking a week long cruise on the Wind Spirit. The itinerary included the additional Society Islands of Bora Bora, Taha'a, Raiatea, and ... Read More
Windstar cruise line offered an interesting opportunity to see more than Tahiti and Moorea by taking a week long cruise on the Wind Spirit. The itinerary included the additional Society Islands of Bora Bora, Taha'a, Raiatea, and Huahine. Each stop afforded us the opportunity to learn more about the Polynesian culture, the local history, and the current economy. The two tours we arranged before the cruise with Francyfranc Tours in Moorea and L'Excursion Bleue in Raiatea, were offered at half the price of similar ship-sponsored tours and were excellent - better than the two ship tours we booked for other ports, which were also good. We were invited to visit the ship's bridge when at sea, although most inter-island travel was at night. It was a rare opportunity to chat with the captain and each of the officers on duty throughout the cruise and we very much enjoyed our brief conversations and the explanation of the instruments used to control the ship. The food was delicious and the table service was generally very friendly and efficient. We enjoyed the two events ashore: the evening luau on Motu Tabu off Bora Bora, which included very entertaining Polynesian dancers, and the picnic lunch on a motu off Taha'a. However, the evening buffet on the open pool deck with a rain storm was not as successful. Of particular note was the Captain of the Hotel Staff and one of his Lieutenants assisting on the serving line during the picnic. This leadership approach results in the friendly, cheerful and efficient service provided by the entire crew directly serving the passengers. Do not miss the crew's talent show which is presented at the end of the voyage. The other onboard entertainment is limited to a husband and wife team singing popular songs. Be cognizant that the weather in the southern hemisphere summer (our winter) is sunny, hot and humid with frequent showers. Being from Houston, we know hot and humid, but we found this weather to be well beyond our summer experiences. If you like water sports (snorkeling, kayaking, etc.) you will love this cruise. Snorkel gear and other water sport equipment is provided without charge. Just a heads up: when snorkeling, be careful of currents carrying you into coral, which can cause significant injuries. You will probably not find any cheap cruises or airfare to Tahiti due to lack of competition. Be sure to allow plenty of time (3 hours minimum) if you're making connections in L.A. and be clear on whether your bags will be checked through. We almost missed our flight to Tahiti due to a misunderstanding in this regard. Also recognize that you must produce a return or continuing airline reservation or you will not be issued a boarding pass to fly to Tahiti. In summary, we very much enjoyed this unique cruise on Windstar and would definitely recommend it. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
A Tahiti/French Polynesia cruise has been on my bucket list ever since Windstar initiated this itinerary. I'm a solo cruiser and particularly enjoy the Windstar cruises because of the more intimate, convivial feeling with a relatively ... Read More
A Tahiti/French Polynesia cruise has been on my bucket list ever since Windstar initiated this itinerary. I'm a solo cruiser and particularly enjoy the Windstar cruises because of the more intimate, convivial feeling with a relatively small passenger size--about 130 in this case. Not an inexpensive trip for a single, but worth it. Embarkation was smooth. SHIP: Delightful 4-masted motor sailing ship. Facilities are adequate for a ship and passenger number of this size. Caveat: some open air facilities like deck dining and happy hour are weather-dependent. CABIN: The cabins are woodsy and cozy (rather than roomy) with lots of clever nooks for storage. Closet, drawer and storage space is adequate. Robes and slippers are supplied along with the usual toiletries. Always flowers and a fruit selection on fold-out table. Minibar good but lacks snack options. I always have the feeling that there is a crew of elves that invisibly keep things neat, filled up, replaced, arranged, made up and cleaned. Cabin stewards created different "towel creatures" daily for our amusement. Twin beds can be slid together. Portholes ok.DINING: Inside and outside, casual and laid-back elegant. Affected by terrible weather but handled deftly by crew. Food: substantial, wide selection but chef was into too many uber-creative concoctions. ACTIVITIES: offered daily, I didn't partake. Crew show was terrific. SERVICE: Absolutely, consistently the best, even in difficult conditions. A Winstar hallmark. PORTS/EXCURSIONS: Itinerary altered due to bad weather. Lots of excursions but many cancelled due to weather & conditions. All setbacks handled with fabulous communication, efficiency & good spirits. Delightful island picnic with entertainment. CAPTAIN very communicative re: poor weather and rough conditions. He made alterations for passengers' comfort. It appeared there was always a 'Plan B' for everything & it was seamlessly enacted when necessary. WOULD I GO AGAIN ? You betcha! I'd like to experience this cruise outside of rainy season. ADVICE: Avoid rainy season (Jan to spring)!! NOTE: this was my 8th Windstar cruise. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My wife and I selected this cruise because it had good reviews and was in the area where we wanted to do a cruise, being Tahiti and French Polynesia. Our only other cruise experiences are just two, a 4-day Blue Lagoon cruise in Fiji and a ... Read More
My wife and I selected this cruise because it had good reviews and was in the area where we wanted to do a cruise, being Tahiti and French Polynesia. Our only other cruise experiences are just two, a 4-day Blue Lagoon cruise in Fiji and a 15-day Viking River Cruise in Europe, which were both much better than this one. We started the 10-day cruise in Papeete on 13 Jan 2017, Tahiti. It rained hard when we left Papeete and the first night was quite rough. The Wind Spirit is not very stable. We heard that several other passenger became sea-sick. Bad weather kept around us for 8 of the 10 days. Many of the shore expeditions and water-sport tours had to be cancelled. The highlight of the cruise was supposed to be the lagoon of Bora Bora, but because of the weather we saw very little of it. But a BBQ dinner and local show on small island were very nice. A few times, during sailing, the waves tilted the ship so far that food in the dining room slid of the tables and some people fell of their chairs, resulting in injuries. Our full glasses of wine fell of the table and to my surprise we had to pay for new ones, and I can assure you that everything is very expensive on board. In general the food was good and the service in the on-board restaurants was excellent. Evening entertainment was mainly (every evening) provided by a young couple that sang and played, with background music, popular Western songs. They were quite good but there could have been more variation in the entertainment. Because of the many cancelled excursions, life became very boring on this relatively small cruise ship. I also thought that the communication by the Ukranian activity director was often poor and his strong accent did not help there. Overall we found that Windstar did little to offer alternative entertainment for the cancelled excursions. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The term 180' from normal is very fitting. We have been on 10 cruise with larger cruise ships and this one was very different. Everyone is so relaxed and friendly and there is no need to get all dressed up. The crew where amazing ... Read More
The term 180' from normal is very fitting. We have been on 10 cruise with larger cruise ships and this one was very different. Everyone is so relaxed and friendly and there is no need to get all dressed up. The crew where amazing and worked so hard to make our 2 meal on coral islands so special. The highlight was the dinner at Bora Bora where we watched the sunset as we sipped our cocktails and ate a fest before being taken back to the ship in the dark and have a great view of the ship all light up with her sails up. The accomodation was a little cramped but well appointed. My only grip would be that on the lower levels the engine noise was quite evident. Though we did get use to it and the benefit of being low was the close proximity of the ocean to oir port hole. This was definatley a bucket list cruise and one we will remember for a long time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
It was my 4th cruise, and this is my first review. First time in a small ship and probably not going to a big one again! My impression of Windstar Cruises is that everyone was REALLY interested in make my vacations happier and my life ... Read More
It was my 4th cruise, and this is my first review. First time in a small ship and probably not going to a big one again! My impression of Windstar Cruises is that everyone was REALLY interested in make my vacations happier and my life easier. Really looked to me like the crew enjoy what they do. I never heard a "NO" for any request. We went to French Polynesia. The excursions was TOP. Never crowded. Never got lines. Me and my husband were called by our names all the time. We made great new friends, but that aren't many people at our age (37-44). Most of the passengers were older. The food was the best I ever had in a cruise ship, including special creations with local food. The chef, Darin Erp, tried all the food in every venue in every day. I would certainly back to a new cruise in Windstar. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I have nothing but nice things to say about WindStar. First, the disclaimers- if you are YOUNG, this might not be for you. We've been on 3 Windstar cruises and they are typically older folks who don't want evening entertainment. ... Read More
I have nothing but nice things to say about WindStar. First, the disclaimers- if you are YOUNG, this might not be for you. We've been on 3 Windstar cruises and they are typically older folks who don't want evening entertainment. There isn't much- a small casino, some music and some WS cruises (not Tahiti) have dancing. WS offers very personal attention- as many waitstaff/etc aboard as guests (less than 150). The food at every meal is delicious, well prepared and unique. If you get the laundry package you will have laundry nicer than anything you can do yourself. The servers know your name and want to make you happy. Your room attendant wants your room to be clean and beautiful, leaving cute animal folded towels. Everything is done with YOU, your comfort, your convenience in mind. When leaving ports the sails are hoisted and beautiful music is played. It is just lovely. The shore excursions are varied and fun (and cost more). WindStar is expensive but it is worth every single penny. We loved every moment of our 11 day cruise in the South Pacific. We saw places and did things we will never get to do again. And you would never have the opportunity to do these things if you didn't go on a cruise ship. The 11 day cruise takes you to Fakarava, a World Heritage Site. On two days of the trip they rented private islands for special events. It was so fun. We had so much fun I cried because I didn't want to leave. The worst part is having to fly on Air Tahiti Nui which is the worst airline in the history of air travel. Read Less
Wind Spirit Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 2.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family N/A 0.0
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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